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Megan Clay s/v Flycatcher of Yar

For 2017, the award goes to Megan Clay for an ambitious Atlantic Circuit with her husband Ed (non-member) aboard Flycatcher of Yar, a Contessa 38 which they co-own with Ed’s parents.

During their 400-day cruise, the majority of which was sailed two-handed, they covered 16,450 miles and visited 240 harbours and anchorages. As well as more frequented destinations, they spent time in The Gambia, penetrating some distance inland, then crossed the Atlantic from the Cape Verde islands to Barbados, a distance of 2050 miles and Megan’s qualifying passage. From the Caribbean they headed north up the US East Coast, spending time on the west coast of Greenland before heading home to the UK via Ireland. Megan wrote a memorable and highly enjoyable account of their cruise entitled Hippos to Humpbacks: A North Atlantic Circuit, which appeared in Flying Fish 2017/1.

Megan Clay s/v Flycatcher of Yar