The 2017 Seamanship Award Sponsored by MS Amlin

Senior Underwriter Keith Lovett and Mark Wynter, Commodore of the Island Sailing club presenting the 2017 Seamanship Award to Mudeford RNLI.

The MS Amlin Seamanship Award has been associated with The Round The Island Race for many years, recognising and paying tribute to acts of outstanding seamanship on the day of the race. The Award is given to anyone associated with the race, onshore or afloat, for an exceptional action.

MS Amlin continues their sponsorship highlighting their role in caring for all types of boat owner – all around the world.

Keith Lovett, speaking on behalf of sponsors MS Amlin said “We’re proud to sponsor and present this important award in recognition of RNLI Mudeford’s inshore lifeboat assistance to ‘Blink’, a Link 30, who struck the Irex rock during this year’s race. The Mudeford crew was onboard Blink within 3 minutes to deliver first aid to skipper Simon Dalton who, along with a casualty from another boat, was taken to Lymington Hospital for further treatment of a head injury. Both casualties were safely delivered to the hospital in just 20 minutes. Their prompt response and expert actions make them a worthy winner of this year’s MS Amlin Seamanship Award”

Simon Dalton, owner of the Link 30 summarises his experience “As with all accidents there are always a number of variables which contribute towards a misfortune. In this case my crew and I were fortunate not to have either sent another seaworthy yacht to the bottom or seriously injured anyone. ‘Blink’ will soon be up and sailing again, we hope to be back on the water in September.”

Watch the presentation of the Seamanship Award on the MS Amlin stand at Southampton Boat Show 2017 below: