Pen­nants pre­sented for Whit­sun­day race

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

WIN­NING crews in the Henri Lloyd Hobart to Whit­sun­days Race were pub­licly ac­knowl­edged at a spe­cial prize giv­ing on Fri­day night, held at the new Abell Point Yacht Club HQ, Lure.

On ac­cept­ing the win­ner’s pen­nant from Whit­sun­day Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney,

LMAX Ex­change skip­per Olivier Cardin, who has now won four of the six races to date, told the crowd, “It is al­ways a great feel­ing to be here cel­e­brat­ing with my team on the top of the podium”.

Cardin paid par­tic­u­lar trib­ute to the staff and of­fi­cials at Abell Point Ma­rina “and to ev­ery­one who has shown such in­ter­est and sup­port ev­ery­where we go in Air­lie Beach”.

“We have all felt in­cred­i­bly wel­come here and will leave with very fond mem­o­ries of a happy stopover,” he said.

Mean­while the Stormhoek So­cial Spirit Award for this race was no sur­prise.

Fol­low­ing its di­ver­sion to a dis­tressed ves­sel, which meant sac­ri­fic­ing the race, the award was pre­sented to Mis

sion Per­for­mance, by Abell Point Ma­rina owner Paul Dar­rouzet.

Con­grat­u­lat­ing the team, Stormhoek Wines’ Sue Fon­tan­naz said the idea of the award was to recog­nise this race was not al­ways about be- ing the fastest to the fin­ish.

“We wanted to recog­nise those teams that stick to­gether in the face of ad­ver­sity, the ones that value team spirit and en­cour­age oth­ers to achieve more,” she said.

“Mis­sion Per­for­mance gave up its po­si­tion to help some­one in dis­tress, and that is what we at Stormhoek be­lieve is true spirit. The power to change your world, or some­one else’s.”

As Skip­per Greg Miller and his team ac­cepted the award, Race Di­rec­tor Justin Tay­lor read out a mes­sage from Mis­sion Per­for­mance founder and for­mer Royal Marine Com­mando Rob Lewis who told his team they were “war­riors”.

“We are proud of your self­less act of sea­man­ship and hu­man­ity. When you have clear val­ues and a strong cul­ture de­ci­sions like th­ese are easy to make ,” the state­ment said.

“You have demon­strated that win­ning de­fined by po­si­tion alone is only one mea­sure of per­for­mance.” Paul and Martin Strz­elecki, joint CEOs of Henri Lloyd also sent con­grat­u­la­tions to the crews who com­peted in the Henri Lloyd Hobart to Whit­sun­days Race and wished them a safe pas­sage for the rest of the Clipper Round the World 2015-16 event.

WAR­RIORS: Ma­rina owner Paul Dar­rouzet pre­sent­ing the Stormhoek So­cial Spirit Award.

APYC com­modore Colin Bell pre­sent­ing a pen­nant to third place win­ners Garmin.

Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney pre­sented the pen­nant to race win­ners LMAX Ex­change.

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