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The John Percival Leadership Award - Winner Announced

“Commitment to Training, Commitment to Crew” 


On the final day of the busiest Monaco Yacht Show in many years, we were delighted to announce the winner of the 2016 John Percival Leadership Award.

Cy Wastell was nominated by his Captain, who had the following to say:

"During the last 2 years, I have watched Cy set the highest example to his crew mates and make every effort possible to guide, assist and lead his team in furthering their own knowledge and skills.

Cy has written quizzes, training documents and designed information training for crew members in his own time. He has voluntarily worked alongside lookouts and helped less experienced crew members learn to become sound watch keepers. He is regularly to be found teaching someone how to mix paint, apply varnish, and correct charts or tie knots after the work day is over.

Cy is also learning and has an insatiable appetite for anything I can teach him, and this in turn sets the example that everyone can learn, no matter how experienced they are.

I believe he is one of a relatively small number of modern, young crew members who respect and value the basic true concept of seamanship."

On hearing the news that he had won the award, Cy said:

"Thank you very, very much! John was a good man who I had the chance to meet a handful of times, and I am truly humbled, first of all, to have even been nominated, and then to have been selected to receive the award in memory of John’s ambitions and values. It's a real honour."

This year, we received some very strong entries for this prestigious award and would like to thank all of those people who invested time in making a nomination, and recognising the hard work of their fellow crew.


Rosalind Whiteley

Tel: +44 (0) 151 632 4000

Email: reception@hss.ac.uk

Website: www.sailorsworld.co.uk

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