Blue Water Medal

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The Blue Water Medal is an honor awarded annually by the Cruising Club of America for a remarkable sailing feat.[1] The first award was issued in 1923.[2]


  • Thies Matzen and Kicki Ericson (2011) on Wanderer III "for 24 years and 135,000 miles of sailing the oceans of the world with a focus in the high latitudes of the Southern Ocean". This is the second Blue Water Medal earned by the Wanderer III, the first being with Eric and Susan Hiscock who made two circumnavigations with her and received the Blue Water Medal in 1955.[3]
  • Alex Whitworth (2010) "for a circumnavigation of the world via the Northwest Passage west to east."[4]
  • Annie Hill and Trevor Robertson (2009) [4]
  • Peter Passano (2007) [2]
  • Minoru Saito (2006) [4]
  • Anthony Gooch (2003) "For his very well planned and executed single-handed nonstop circumnavigation from Victoria to Victoria, British Columbia. His 177-day voyage began in late 2002 in his 42 foot cutter, Taonui and was completed in 2003. Prior to that, he and his wife, Coryn, had sailed about 115,000 miles over most of the world."[4]
  • Nikolay Litau (2001) "For his circumnavigation of Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia. He departed St. Petersburg, Nov. 1996, spent a winter laid up on the NE coast of Siberia, made it through the Bering Strait, where ice forced him to lay up again in Tiksy (Northern Siberia). In Aug. 1999, he made it through the Northeast Passage, a first in history. After 30,905 miles, he finally returned to St. Petersburg in November."[4]
  • Eric Forsyth (2000) "For a remarkable voyage in his 42-foot sloop to Antarctica from Patchogue, Long Island,via Panama Canal, Galapagos, Chile, Port Lockroy on the Antarctic Peninsula, SouthGeorgia Island, Cape Town, and home by way of St. Martin and Bermuda. 21,784 miles,10 months with crew of 1 or 2 young men. Wrote copious descriptions of his cruise,and produced special guide to the Patagonian passages." [4]
  • Jerome and Sally Poncet (1992) for 12 years of cruising in the Antarctic and their publication of a handbook on preservation of the region.[5]
  • Gerry Clark (1987) [4]
  • Thomas Watson, Jr. (1986) [4]
  • Marvin C. Creamer (1985) [4]
  • Rolph Bjelke (sic) and Deborah Shapiro (1984) "For a cruise of 33,000 miles including both Arctic ice and Antarctic ice in a forty foot ketch with essentially zero material casualties." [4]
  • Willi de Roos (1980) [4]
  • William Donald Aelian King (1975) [4]
  • Miles and Beryl Smeeton (1973) [4]
  • Bob, Nancy, and Reid Griffith (1972) "Since 1959 this family has cruised over 170,000 miles. Notable voyages include the first Antarctic circumnavigation,the first windward (east to west) circumnavigation south of all continents, and a circumnavigation via the canals." [4]
  • Hal Roth (1971) [4]
  • Richard S. Nye (1970) [4]
  • Frank Casper (1970) [4]
  • Éric Tabarly (1964) Winner of the second single race across the Atlantic.
  • Charles W. Atwater (1937) "A voyage from New York to Reykjavik, Iceland and return to Newport via Trepassey, Newfoundland, June 19-August 26, 1937. A 3712-foot oa. Mower cutter."[4]
  • Charles Foster Tillinghast (1935) "For his seamanship in the effort to save three members of the crew of the Hamrah who were overboard in the North Atlantic, and in bringing the disabled and short-handed ketch safely into Sydney, N.S."[6]
  • Roderick Stephens, Jr. (1933) for a "three-month, 8,000-mile trans-Atlantic crossing from New York to Norway and return, including victory in the Fastnet Race. The 52-foot 3-inch Stephens-designed yawl returned home from England by the northern route in the remarkable time of 26 days."[4]
  • Robert Somerset (1932)
  • William A. Robinson (1931) [1]
  • Frederick Lothrop Ames, Jr. (1927)
  • Harry Clifford Pidgeon on Islander (1926) [7] for having the "first circumnavigation-from Los Angeles to Los Angeles via Cape and Panama Canal, November 18, 1921–October 31, 1925. Home-built a 34-foot yawl of Sea Bird type. Single-handed."[4]
  • Evelyn George Martin (1925)
  • Axel Ingwersen (1924) for his trip where he "departed Shanghai February 20, 1923 and arrived Denmark via Cape of Good Hope in May, 1924. Double-ended ketch, 47 feet oa., built by native laborers. Crew of three."[4]
  • Alain J. Gerbault on Firecrest (1923) for leaving Gibraltar on June 7, 1923, and arriving at Fort Totten, New York, 100 days later, nonstop in his Dixon Kemp designed British cutter, 34 feet length overall, single-handed.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Blue Water Medal, Sailing Prize, Is Awarded To Robinson for World Cruise in Small Craft". New York Times. January 22, 1932. Retrieved 2010-11-04. The Blue Water Medal, awarded annually by the Cruising Club of America for a remarkable sailing feat, was presented last night to William A. Robinson, ... 
  2. ^ a b "CCA Announces Blue Water Medal Winner". Cruising World. January 25, 2008. Retrieved 2010-11-04. The Blue Water Medal which has been awarded annually since 1923 is open to any amateur sailor who displays commendable seamanship and a sense of adventure ... 
  3. ^ "2011 Blue Water Medal to Thies Matzen and Kicki Ericson". January 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "The Blue Water Medal Awards 1923–2004" (PDF). Cruising Club of America. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  5. ^ "Jerome and Sally Poncet". Bainbridge Island, Washington: The Cruising Club of America. 1992. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  6. ^ John Rendel (January 24, 1936). "Tillinghast Gets Yachting Award; Brought Disabled Ketch Into Port; Blue Water Medal of Cruising Club Presented to Acting Skipper of Hamrah, Who With Two Aides Survived Pounding Seas After Three Were Lost". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-04. When Charles F. Tillinghast Jr. of Providence brought the crippled ketch Hamrah safely into port with two young companions over 900 miles of storm-torn ocean last June after three of her company had drowned, he had performed the finest feat of seamanship accomplished by an amateur yachtsman during 1935. 
  7. ^ "Honor Circler Of Globe In Tiny Craft. Harry Pidgeon Is Awarded Coveted Blue Water Medal". Associated Press. March 20, 1926. Retrieved 2010-11-04. ... and yachtman, for his recently completed feat of circumnavigating the world in a 34-foot yawl, it was announced today. The medal, awarded every five years ...