The OCC Barton Cup goes to Germany’s Susanne Huber-Curphey s/v Nehaj

The OCC Barton Cup goes to Germany’s Susanne Huber-Curphey s/v Nehaj

...the first woman to navigate the Northwest Passage single-handed (west to east 6) .

By Daria Blackwell - 22/01/2018

The Club’s premier award, the OCC Barton Cup, named after Humphrey Barton, founder of the OCC, goes to Germany’s Susanne Huber-Curphey, the first woman to navigate the Northwest Passage singlehanded (west to east 6). She received extraordinary praise from Victor Wejer, who himself was recognised for his assistance with ice and weather reports by the OCC Award of Merit in 2016. He advised Susanne during her passage in s/v Nehaj (11·9 m cutter). He wrote to us that Susanne completed her passage “with great style, ability and perseverance, beating many experienced crew who were way ahead. She provided all support and immense friendship to others, even when her own resources were at their limits.”

In 2008, Susanne and her husband Tony Curphey were awarded the Cruising Club of America’s Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship when Susanne, sailing solo aboard her own vessel So Long, a 1964 Rhodes 41, rescued her husband sailing solo aboard Galenaia, a 1958 plywood 27 foot cutter, when it started taking on water 29 days out of Bunbury in Western Australia. She towed Galenaia, with Tony still aboard, for 650 nautical miles to Port Nelson in New Zealand under challenging conditions.


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