The Rose Medal - 2009
This year’s popular winner was Mike Bickell, who completed his seven year solo circumnavigation aboard Alchemi in March 2009. David and Annette Ridout kindly received the award on Mike’s behalf as he was in Panama. They described Mike as a thoroughly worthy winner and said that he was delighted to have been nominated for the award. David and Annette met Mike on many occasions whilst sailing around the world and they have become good friends. Mike has been a regular contributor to Flying Fish, and his e-mailed apologies for being unable to attend were full of useful information for the Cruising Information Service regarding the transit of the Panama Canal.