It was a cold and stormy night last week when we went to Vancouver to attend the Blue Water Cruising Association's annual general meeting and awards night. It was an enjoyable evening catching-up with fellow cruisers, especially so because we were to be presented with awards - yes, two awards. We have rarely been back to Vancouver during the month of December as our cruising has always kept us in warm climates during the northern winter or else it was just too far to travel to get back. So knowing that we would be around for the annual awards evening we nominated ourselves for a couple of the ones we were eligible for.
The main award we received was the offshore sailing award for blue water passages of greater than 1000 miles. The award is a substantial brass plaque with the BCA burgee flying in colour in one corner with our names and a few of our destinations engraved onto it (Panama, Easter Island, Ushuaia (Argentia), Stanley (Falkland Islands)). The other award that we received that night, while much smaller in size, feels, to us, like far more of an accomplishment. This award was for our passage around Cape Horn and is generally not given out at the annual awards event. We had included Jessie as crew for her outstanding watch keeping abilities but unfortunately she didn't make the cut.
It was a pleasure and honour to have been recognized for our travels by our peers at BCA. We trained and took courses with many of the people there and look forward to sharing sea shantys with more of them over the ensuing years.