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THE CRUISING CLUB OF AMERICA AWARD Hiscock yacht wins cruising medal again


The Cruising Club of America and the Ocean Cruising Club have both honoured German Thies Matzen and Swede Kicki Ericson with their most prestigious awards in recognition of the couple’s 23 years and 135,000 nautical miles cruising aboard Wanderer III. The 1952 Laurent Giles sloop


carried Eric and Susan Hiscock twice around the world; they won the CCA’s Bluewater Medal after their fi rst circumnavigation in 1955. The medal was fi rst awarded


in 1923 for “the most meritorious example of seamanship… from among amateurs of all the nations”. The Ocean Cruising Club’s Award of Merit recognises members and non-members for “an outstanding voyage and achievement”. Thies and Kicki’s passages include a ten-year circumnavigation, arriving back in New Zealand in 2000, by which time Wanderer III had been sailing the world’s oceans for nearly half a century. They completed a major rebuild in 2002 which


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Wanderer III in South Georgia


included reinstalling the original interior. Since then, the couple have cruised the high southern latitudes including Tasmania, sub-Antarctic New Zealand, Chile and the Falklands. In 2007 they spent two months in Antarctica.


The boat is virtually unchanged since 1952. She still carries hank-on foresails and her original winches. Her only nod to modern


communication is a VHF radio and the 30ft (9m) yacht is Thies and Kicki’s only home. Beth Leonard


1,200 miles – in classic dinghies


‘Ultra marathon’ and ‘traditional open sailing boat’ are terms not often heard in the same sentence, writes Chris Museler


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But the 12th annual running of the Everglades Challenge in Florida in March showed the two married quite well. “We see a lot of heritage in the


boats that do well, because it works,” said event founder Steve Isaac, of the many home-built, plywood sail-and-oar boats in the race. Among this year’s competitors were the stand-out designs


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of the Core Sound line of schooners. Built in plywood, these are 17ft, 19ft or 22ft. Others included the Chesapeake Bay Lightcraft Dory, the Puddle Duck and a self-designed Sand Flea. All have hints of the traditional lifeboat and sharpie designs of the early 1900s. The race, from De Soto, is 67 miles


to Placeda, 300nM to Key Largo or 1,200nM to circumnavigate Florida. Competitors choose. Isaac calls it “the world’s hardest small-boat race”.


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