The Geoff Pack Memorial Award - 2007
As editor of Yachting World (monthly circulation ±27,000) for the past 15 years, Andrew has probably encouraged more home-waters yachtsmen to bite the bullet and set off across an ocean than any writer alive. Before taking the helm at Yachting World, Andrew spent 20 years on the staff of Yachting Monthly, joining in 1972 as Projects Editor. A few years later he became Assistant Editor, and was promoted to Editor in 1985 on the retirement of Des Sleightholme. Over the past 35 years Andrew has edited or contributed to more than 400 monthly issues or well over 10 million individual copies. Under his leadership Yachting World has consistently covered ocean cruising and exotic destinations, and Andrew’s own enthusiasm is evident. It’s hard to imagine a more positive way to ‘foster and encourage ocean cruising in small craft’. He was one of the team behind the Azores and Back Race, first sailed in 1975, and has also taken part in OSTAR, 2-STAR, the Round Britain and Ireland Race and the ARC.