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BT British Nautical Awards; Ben Ainslie Yachtsman of the Year
The results of the ten categories in the BT British Nautical Awards were announced at the gala Millennium Boat Show Ball, held at the Hilton Hotel on London's Park Lane last night.
Ben Ainslie won the coveted BT YJA Yachtsman of the Year award and was also made WS Atkins Inshore Yachtsman of the Year for his formidable achievements in the Laser class. Ainslie from Lymington has already won an Olympic silver medal in this class and is currently World, European, National, Asia-Pacific and Pre-Olympic Champion and ranked top in the ISAF Laser World Rankings. Previous he has won the 1998 YJA Inshore Racing Yachtsman of the Year and the BT YJA Young Sailor of the Year in 1995. Aged just 22 he is the youngest ever winner of the BT YJA Yachtsman of the Year award.
Runners up for the main award were Adrian Stead and power boat champions Peter Little and David Arthur. Iain Percy, Shirley Robertson and Tim Robinson were the other nominees for the Inshore Yachtsman of the Year.
The MDL YJA Young Sailor of the Year was taken by Optimist sailor Nick Thompson. Aged just 13 Thompson won the Europeans in Athens, the Irish Nationals, the Flanders Youth Regatta in Belgium and the RYA Eric Twiname Trophy in this class. Runners up were Bonnie Holt, 17, Robby Swift, 15 and Andrew Walsh, 17.
Adrian Stead was voted Challenge Business Offshore Yachtsman of the Year. In 1999 Stead, 32, was tactician on board the Mumm 36 Barlo Plastics top scoring boat in the Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cup and won the Group 4 North Sea Regatta and came second in the Mumm 36 Worlds. He sailed the last Whitbread Round the World Race with Lawrie Smith on board Silk Cut.
Runners up with Mike Garside who raced the Open 50 Magellan Alpha in the Around Alone race and Alex Thomson, the 25 year old winner of the Clipper Round the World Race.
Winners of the ABP Power Yachtsman of the Year award were Peter Little and David Arthur who have dominated Offshore Powerboat Racing's class III and this year came second in the 2 litre World Championships.
The RYA's Commander Bill Anderson won the Sunseeker Endeavour Award. Anderson has been with the RYA since 1972 and has been the driving force behind the RYA's extensive training program and has strived for many years to ensure that the pleasure boater's interests are best represented to the official bodies who govern the sport such as the Department of Transport.
Yachting World's Technical Editor Matt Sheahan was runner up for the Sealine Marine Media award, won by former YW Navigation Correspondent Basil d'Oliveira for his work editing the Macmillan Nautical Almanac. Runners up were Cowes Week Radio and Pete Goss for his book Close to the Wind.
Yachting World's Sailboat of the Year award was won by the Oyster Marine for their Rob Humphreys designed 53. Runners up were the Laser Stratos and Rustler 42. Sister title Motor Boat & Yachting's award for Motorboat of the Year went to Sunseeker International for their magnificent Predator 75 powerboat.
Fresh from winning the DAME Awards at the Marine Equipment Trade Show in Amsterdam, Spinlock picked up the IBI award for Marine Product of the Year with their PX Powercleat. Runners up with the ICS Electronics/Navico VHF3/DSC3, the Simrad Navico RT 1400/DSC1400, McMurdo SOS Rescue 406Mhz EPIRB and TackTick for their Race Master performance instruments.
Yachting World , 8 January 2000