The 2019 Classic Boat Awards winners, in association with Classic Marine, have been revealed in a glitzy ceremony in April at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, in Knightsbridge, London.
Celebrity guests included Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and renowned folk singer Jim Radford, who sang for the 170 guests, among them major figures from the global marine industry. Those present travelled from across Europe, the Caribbean, the USA and Canada.
Yachting historian and GL Watson scholar Martin Black was guest speaker and Chelsea Magazines group editor Rob Peake presented the evening. Royal Thames Yacht Club Vice Commodore George Ehlers was present, as well as Gstaad Yacht Club Commodore Manrico Iachia, who presented the Centenarian of the Year trophy.
The GYC Centenarian of the Year went to Carlotta, a protection cutter built in 1899, recently restored in Canada and the UK and assimilated into the thriving pilot cutter fleet.
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who is best known for becoming the first person to sail around the world non-stop and solo, south of the three great capes, from 1968 to 1969.
Now in its 13th year, the ClassicBoat Awards is a widely respected celebration of all that the magazine stands for, with the year’s best modern classic launches and restorations voted for by over 18,000 readers.
Simon Temlett, Classic Boat’s publisher, said: “The Classic Boat Awards has grown over the past decade to become one of the key events for the classic world and a real celebration of the industry. This year’s event was as successful as ever and we are excited to see how the event can grow in future years.” Marine group editor Rob Peake said: “The Classic Boat Awards celebrates outstanding craftsmanship and design, be that on a clinker rowing boat or a new J-Class yacht. This year we had a record 18,000 votes cast, which we see as a reflection of the growing interest in classic boats and testament to the quality of the work in the projects shortlisted.”
Gstaad Yacht Club