Pennants presented for Whitsunday race
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.