The David Wallis Trophy - 2007
(Aurora of Polruan ) – for her article "Aurora Homeward Bound" in FF 2007/1 p.166. It tells the story of her and husband Dennis’s passage from Oman through the Red Sea and the Suez Canal to Port Said, near the end of their circumnavigation aboard their Moody 425, Aurora of Polruan. Neither had written for Flying Fish previously.
Although longer than most Flying Fish submissions, AURORA HOMEWARD BOUND holds the reader’s attention throughout. Most unusually, Jo chose to write entirely in the present tense. Few writers can bring this off successfully, but Jo has the knack of carrying us with her, and enables us to share the passage through her eyes. Her comments are perceptive and entertaining, whether about the places they visit, local officialdom, other cruisers or their own experiences, and remind us what we all enjoy – or miss – about long-distance passagemaking.