BRITISH YACHTING AWARDS 201829/10/2018 16:12:54
BRITISH YACHTING AWARDS 2018
Vote to support our young World Champion!
Following Ben Hutton-Penman’s double 2018 World Championship wins in both the RS Aero 5 and RS Feva Classes he has been nominated for the British Yachting Awards 2018 in the category of Youth Sailor of the Year.
It is quite subjective to differentiate the achievement of winning one championship verses another, especially amongst the Youths. However, every bit as impressive as excelling on the race track was the story that won Ben the ‘Top Buddy’ accolade at the RS Aero World Championships by stopping to assist a fellow competitor in need on the long windy beat home after a long day out on Weymouth Bay.
Whilst only a few sailors might manage to win races, every competitor is able to be excellent to each other. Ben achieved both to the highest standard.
Penny Gillett recounts the story;
Sailing back in after our last race at the end of a long day on the water I was tired and struggling with my 7 rig in the breezy, wavy conditions.
Just outside the harbour entrance Ben caught up with me. He noticed how I was faring and asked whether I would prefer to sail his smaller 5 rig in, as it would be easier for me to handle. I initially declined but immediately capsized so reviewed my decision! In fact, the swap took place with me climbing into Ben's boat and him righting mine. He stayed fairly close all the way in and was very supportive.
Ben was my knight in shining armour; chivalrous, gentlemanly and above all humble. He thoroughly deserves to be successful and he has won my support and admiration in all his endeavours.”
Last year the RS Aeros lost out on an award here and we are up against stiff opposition again this year. We need everyone’s vote and it takes just 27 seconds to complete online. If you believe Ben to be a deserved winner, with two 2018 World titles and his wonderfully supportive act, please support him with your vote here;
Whilst there, do also show your support for this year's RS achievements in the other event, sailor & boat categories; the incredible RS Games (that included the mammoth 206 boat RS Aero Worlds), RS200 Champion Maria Stanley, the RS21, RS Zest and our clothing supporter, Rooster.