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Skip No­vak nom­i­nates Jou­bert’s Damien II, the first yacht to win­ter in Antarc­tica. “For me it is without doubt this 15m steel hulled, lift­ing keel schooner that has been the ma­jor in­flu­ence for open­ing up high lat­i­tude sail­ing for gen­er­a­tions that fol­lowed.

“Damien II cre­ated a de­sign type for re­mote cruising in cold, some­times ice­bound con­di­tions. This means a ro­bust steel hull, a lift­ing bal­last keel to beach or ac­cess shal­low water to avoid ice. There is un­mis­tak­able French cam­ber on the other­wise flush deck, and a Plex­i­glass bub­ble for in­side pi­lot­ing. The in­te­rior was also cosy enough to raise three chil­dren aboard.”

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