OCC Seamanship Award - 2019
The OCC Seamanship Award is presented to Germany’s Susanne Huber-Curphey. prior winner of the Barton Cup, for her completion of The Longue Route in memory of the 50th anniversary of Bernard Moitessier's epic voyage aboard Joshua in the Golden Globe Race which he could have won but instead continued sailing another halfway around the world 'to save his soul'. Some 11 sailors took part in The Longue Route commemoration, each leaving from a different port on their own schedule. All but Susanne completed at most circumnavigations. Instead, Susanne kept sailing to replicate Moitessier's voyage of sailing 1.5 times around the earth. He sailed England to Tahiti, she completed Maine to Tasmania. Susanne had sailed a total of 33,043 in 251 days aboard Nehaj, during which she may have become the first woman to complete a circumnavigation of Antarctica solo nonstop en route.