FSC Cruiser of the Year Award nominees 2017


Jill and Paul Carter:  Elevation

They began sailing in the early 2000’s with the construction of Elevation, a Buizen 48.  Elevation was launched in February 2007 and sailed from Pittwater to Fremantle via Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean.

On April 29, 2010 they headed off on their new life of adventure, sailing to Darwin via the Kimberley, and then in early October for Kupang.

After cruising Indonesia over the next two years they joined the Sail Malaysia Passage to the East Rally.

In 2013 they made a passage of 14 days from Cocos Keeling, Rounding the Cape of Good Hope. Their longest passage – 24 days – was from Jamestown, St Helena to Suriname, then to Trinidad. After two seasons in the Eastern Caribbean they have continued their cruising.

While voyaging they shared information with local cruiser nets where possible and gave to communities. www.wix.com/nococonuts/sv-elevation


Nicki and Mike Reynolds:  Zen Again

Mike first joined FSC in 1992 and they have sailed together for 23 years and approximately 40,000 NM. In 2010 they bought Zen Again. Over 2015 they cruised from Fremantle to South Africa and are currently living in the UK.

It had long been their ambition to go blue water cruising. After years of sailing around Australia 1.5 times, and cruised SE Asia, they finally felt they were ready. In June 2015 they departed FSC for the 1367nm passage from Carnarvon to Cocos-Keeling which presented the worst conditions of their entire Indian Ocean passage. Then they set sail for Mauritius and onto Reunion to complete the final leg of their Indian Ocean crossing. They then cruised to the UK via Saint Helena, the Caribbean and the Azores.

Nicki and Mike have served in several sailing-related volunteer roles at FSC as speakers and contributors to the FSC Cruising Section Google Group, and frequently provide tailored advice and training for international cruisers

Visit Nicki and Mike’s blog HERE


Warren Batt, Trish Meyer &Morgan: Mustang Sally

Mustang Sally is a Farr 46 centre cockpit, performance cruiser launched in Melbourne as Morning Mist II in 1988 and purchased in 1995. Warren has sailed with three generations of his family, including his father and son, and dreamed of cruising since he was 17.

Since then – during the years 1999 to 2005 – Mustang Sally has completed circumnavigations of Australia, New Zealand, and the world, between the latitudes of South West Cape of Stewart Island and Cork in Ireland, and via the Solomons, Indonesia, the Red Sea, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Pacific Ocean. After completing the global circumnavigation Auckland to Auckland, cruising has been limited to New Zealand waters with forays to Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Australia in 2007. Mustang Sally proudly flies her FSC burgee wherever she goes.

Since 2004 Warren’s sailing partner has been Trish Meyer. They set off from Gulf Harbour, New Zealand at the end of October 2014 (with their son Morgan, who had just turned five) to sail to Vancouver across the North Pacific and onto the Mediterranean via the Chilean channels, before returning to the homeport.

Six months and 4700 miles after leaving New Zealand Morgan had completed his first major voyage in the final leg of Mustang Sally’s circumnavigation from Fremantle to Fremantle after nearly 16 years and 65,000 NM.


Robert Morales: Pachuca

In 1985 he got serious about learning to sail.

After a brief stint on an ocean racer he taught himself to sail aboard a wooden gaff rigged sloop of 23 Ft built in about 1935. During the years of preparation for circumnavigation he joined the Fremantle Sailing club and learned much about boating materials and building techniques to prepare ‘Pachuca’, a neglected S&S 39.

The circumnavigation took five years almost to the day. With his partner Brenda and twin Brother Arnold he set sail from Fremantle in early May 2008 and made entry back to his home port in late April 2013.

Excluding a month with Brenda cruising the San Juan and Gulf Islands, as well as cruises in the Sea of Cortez, the circumnavigation covered a distance of 30,000 nautical miles over 386 days under sail and averaged a speed of 3.2 knots. Only 21% of those 5 years was spent on the actual circumnavigation.

From La Paz Mexico round the Horn to Australia he was on his own to sail to Cape Town and he rounded the Horn on 13 Jan 2012 with a torn headsail, jury-rigged lower port shroud, and no inner forestay. The sail from La Paz to Mar del Plata Argentina covered 7870 nautical miles over 113 days at sea, his longest passage. He knew that much of what lay ahead would be the lap of the gods – but was willing to accept the possibility of death because otherwise he would have to turn the boat around. He accepted that what will be will be!

After 5 years at sea it was difficult to return to life ashore so he involved himself with renovating his 55-year-old cottage in the hills and becoming active at the Club. Robert says: ‘Even though I am older, I could do it again because now I know how to do it.’

Before becoming a blue water voyager Robert’s career was in IT. We selected Robert because he took the leap of adventure from Academia to the wide blue sea in mid- life, and undertook and completed the ultimate challenge – a circumnavigation that included the rounding of Cape Horn. His blog is used by hundreds of cruisers for the wealth of information he has shared. Since returning to land he continues to participate and to encourage and facilitate others to enjoy the pleasures and survive the dangers of the cruising life.

Visit Robert’s blog HERE

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