The famous actress Celia Imrie awarded the prizes at yesterday's event to end the Hammond Innes Centenary Race. The actress, who has appeared in classics like Nanny McPhee and St Trinians, was a good friend of Ralph Hammond Innes and appears in one of his books. On Friday afternoon, she came to visit the race fleet, meet the young crews and take a look around the boats. She was impressed by the challenges the trainees had faced and said several times that Hammond Innes would have been thrilled to see this Sail Training event in his name.
Each boat was given four of the newly republished Hammond Innes novels for their ships library. Then the class winners and overall winners were announced. A full list of the results and prize winners is available.
The overall race winner, after applying the Time Correction Factor, was Jolie Brise sailed by pupils from Dauntsey's School. They were awarded the prestigious Aurora Trophy. The Richard Langhorn Trophy, which is voted for by all the crews and goes to the vessel that most represents the Spirit of the Race, went to Moosk. Even though they were a long way behind and there was hardly any wind, the crew refused to give up and kept sailing until they crossed the line. A special mention went to Pegasus for sailing with a visually impaired crew.
ASTO judged the event a huge success and would like to thank all the skippers and crews, and in particular Celia Imrie for making the prize giving really special. Pictures of the prize giving will be available in the next few days.