British Yachting Awards 2022 winners revealed

The great and good of the yachting world descended on the Royal Thames Yacht Club on 28 November to celebrate the 2022 British Yachting Awards.

The awards, organised by Sailing Today with Yachts and Yachting  magazine, are an opportunity for the readership to vote and give their verdict on some of the incredible talents within the sailing world.

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It was also a chance to celebrate the finest new yachts, best events, kit innovations, destinations and much more. 

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The champagne flowed as the winners were announced, confirming what a vintage year this has been for sailing.  

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Guest speaker was Sara Sutcliffe, Chief Executive of the RYA, who spoke about a more inclusive approach to sailing governance with a focus on diversity and equality.

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The evening was presented by Hannah Diamond, SailGP athlete and part of the Athena Pathway Programme, which is attempting to win the Women’s America’s Cup in 2024.

Fiona McCracken of category sponsor Pantaenius, left, presents the Davey trophy and bottle of Dartmouth Gin to the Sailor of the Year, Ellie Driver; (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth

Notable winners included young Round Britain double-handed racer Ellie Driver, who beat many experienced names to scoop the Sailor of the Year accolade, run in association with Pantaenius Sail and Motor Yacht Insurance. There were huge cheers as her name was read out, before Ellie thanked her family, including father Jim, with whom she raced double-handed around Britain this summer.

Richard Dove, left, of category sponsor BoatLife, presents the winners’ trophy to the Young Sailors of the Year, Squib demons Charlie, Harry and Tom White; (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth

The Young Sailor trophy, which was run in association with BoatLife Live, went to the three White brothers, Harry, Charlie and Tom, who have had a remarkable few years racing together in the Squib class, with podium results at Cowes Week.

Sacha Kemp of SailGP, right, accepting the trophy for Outstanding Achievement of the Year; she invited interested companies and organisations to link up with SailGP to help drive the series’ goals of inspiring youth sailors, creating equal opportunity on the water, running a sustainable regatta programme and bringing sailing to a mainstream sports audience. (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth

SailGP was a winner of the Outstanding Achievement of the Year trophy, with the Royal Ocean Racing Club second and Highly Commended.

The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Steve Cole, left, accepts the trophy for Event of the Year, from presenter Hannah Diamond and Lance Whitehead, of Dartmouth Gin. RORC’s Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race. (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth

Meanwhile the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race won the Event of the Year category. 

Winners went home with a unique trophy handmade by Davey & Co, plus a bottle of Dartmouth English Gin. (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth

Each winner received a unique trophy made for the ceremony by the historic chandler Davey & Co, which produces chandlery for modern boats as well as classic yachts.

Winners and those who were Highly Commended received a bottle of Dartmouth Gin.

Constance Bremer from Groupe Beneteau picked up several awards for the manufacturer, pictured here with presenter Hannah Diamond; (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth

When it came to yachts and kit, there were worthy winners all round; the Beneteau First 36 won the Performance Yacht of the Year.

Charlie Bird of category sponsor Hyde Sails, left, presents the winner’s Dartmouth Gin and Davey & Co trophy to Adam Sutton, of Inspiration Marine. The Hanse 460 won Cruising Yacht of the Year. (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth. (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth

The Cruising Yacht of the Year trophy, run in association with Hyde Sails, went to the Hanse 460. 

From left: presenter Hannah Diamond, Constance Bremer and colleague of Groupe Beneteau, and Graham Laver who leads Ancasta’s Lagoon team. (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth

There were also wins for the Lagoon 51 catamaran and Jeanneau 65. 

The Cruising Association’s Bob Garrett, Chair of Council, and Lucy Hyslop, General Manager, with the winner’s spoils for the Equipment Innovation of the Year, for the CA’s powerful CAptain’s Mate app. (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth

In the Equipment Innovation of the Year, The Cruising Association’s CAptain’s Mate app won the votes.

Hannah Diamond with Helly Hansen’s Piers Barnes, General Manager, UK and Ireland. (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth

And it was the Helly Hansen Skagen Jacket that won in the Clothing Innovation of the Year category.  

Tanya Ferguson and Becki Restall (left) of event sponsor Davey & Co presented the trophy to the Bucklers Hard team. (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth

Marina of the Year attracted thousands of votes this year and the winner was Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour, on the Beaulieu River in Hampshire. The marina team is led by harbourmaster Wendy Stowe, with the trophy.

From left: Presenter Hannah Diamond, with David Aisher and Alastair Floyd of the Tall Ships Youth Trust. (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth

The magazine announced a partnership for 2023 with the Tall Ships Youth Trust, who become Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting‘s Charity of the Year. The charity’s CEO Alastair Floyd, right, spoke about the positive, life-changing impact that charity’s work has on young people. He is pictured with the trust’s chairman David Aisher, centre.

Hannah Diamond with Jim Saltonstall, who was given a Lifetime Achievement Award. (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth

The awards finished with a Lifetime Achievement award for Jim Saltonstall, the legendary British sailing coach who took Ben Ainslie and his generation from young children to the Olympic podium.

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After receiving a lengthy standing ovation, Jim thanked some of the key people who have supported his career, which has included much work with the grassroots of sailing as well as the biggest names.

He paid tribute to wife Christine, who was in the audience, and he thanked “the ferrets for hoovering the medals”. His autobiography is about to be published by Fernhurst Books.  

The event was live streamed on the Facebook page of Yachts & Yachting magazine and remains available for viewing. 

For more information on all the categories, contenders, and of course the winners, visit the  British Yachting Awards website and see the February 2022 issue of the magazine, published in the New Year. 

Some of the magnificent, unique trophies made for the event by Davey & Co, using bronze chandlery from the famous Davey catalogue mounted on a varnished timber base, each trophy designed for a specific British Yachting Awards category. (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth
Highly Commened in the Sailor of the Year category. The JPK Jangada was the big winner in many RORC races over 2022, including in the Round Britain & Ireland Race. The boat is owned by Richard Palmer (centre) who raced around Britain with our regular writer Rupert Holmes, right. They’re pictured with Fiona McCracken of Pantaenius, which sponsored the category Sailor of the Year. (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth
The Royal Ocean Racing Club was Highly Commended in the category for Outstanding Achievement of the Year. RORC’s Race Officer Steve Cole accepts his team’s bottle of Dartmouth Gin from presenter Hannah Diamond. (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth
Musto’s new Flexlite Alumin range was Highly Commended in the Clothing Innovation of the Year category. Musto’s Nick Houchin accepted the bottle of Dartmouth Gin from Hannah Diamond, presenter. (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth
The Privilege Signature 580 was Highly Commended in the Multihull of the Year category. Adam Sutton of Inspiration Marine accepted the bottle of Dartmouth Gin. (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth
Rob Clark, RYA Director of Sport Development, receives the Highly Commended prize for the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show, from presenter Hannah Diamond and Lance Whitehead, of event sponsor Dartmouth Gin. (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth
Barneville-Carteret Marina in Normandy was Highly Commended in the Marina of the Year category. The marina’s director Olivier Lemaignen and harbourmaster Pierrick Ledard travelled from France and received their prize from of Tanya Ferguson and Becki Restall of event sponsor Davey & Co. (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth
The school crew of Embley, who were Highly Commended in the Young Sailor category, after their remarkable win in the ISC class in the Round the Island Race, beating hundreds of other boats. (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth
Suzanne Blaustone, Chief Executive Officer at Barton Marine Equipment, centre, with Tony Hanna, the Vice-Commodore of the Royal Thames Yacht Club, right, and Chris Jones of The Knot Agency, foreground right; (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth
Round the world sailor and Patron of The Green Blue Mike Golding; (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth
Pantaenius Sailor of the Year Ellie Driver with, from left, father Jim, with whom she raced around Britain, mother Lesley and sister Georgie; (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth
Guests enjoyed a warm welcome from the Chelsea Magazines team including Xanthe Cooper and Sarah Porter who helped organise the event; (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth
Mary Montagu-Scott of Beaulieau was at the event with the team from Bucklers Hard; (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth
Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting advertising manager Mark Harrington with wife Liz, both centre, with the team from Barneville-Carteret marina Pierrick Ledard and Olivier Lemaignen; (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth
It’s cheers from Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting editor Sam Jefferson, second from right, with the Cruising Association team; (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth
Hannah Le Prevost, Sales Director of Key Yachting, the exclusive agent for J/Boats in the UK and Ireland, with Bob Penfold, who was the overall organiser of the successful Darwin Escapes J/70 World Championships at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club in 2019; (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth
Charlene Homewood, Senior Account Manager of Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting, with British Yachting Awards sponsor Simon Hedley of Pantaenius UK, left, plus Nick Houchin of Musto, second from right, and James Hall of Spinlock on the right; (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth
The event takes place at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in the heart of Knightsbridge (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth
Glynn Chambers, board member and company director at Oyster Yachts, receiving the prize from presenter Hannah Diamond for the Oyster 495, which was Highly Commended in the Bluewater Cruiser of the Year category. (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth
Presenter Hannah Diamond with Wayne Palmer and Hayley Quinn, directors of Key Yachting, UK outlet for the Italian Grand Soleil brand. The Grand Soleil 40 Performance was Highly Commended in the Performance Yacht of the Year category. (c) Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting/ Marcus Holdsworth
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