OCC Seamanship Award - 2020
The OCC Seamanship Award goes to OCC member Garry Crothers of Northern Ireland. Garry lost an arm in a motorcycle accident. He found himself as a solo one-armed sailor in St Martin when Covid-19 struck. He needed to get back to Northern Ireland for his daughter's wedding in September. With no flights and no possible crew, he sailed solo non-stop directly to Derry, N.I., taking 37 days…the ultimate single-handed sailor. He is involved in sailing for people with disabilities (Sailability) and is a true role model and inspiration. Garry was one of the sailors assisted by the group receiving the OCC Award, who were checking in with him daily.