presentations to the skipper and crew upon their return to home port are a
nautical tradition. BCA hosts an annual awards ceremony so that achievements of
its members may be recognized first-hand and celebrated by the membership at
large. This is also an occasion to inspire the "Dreamers" and encourage
the "Doers" to continue their membership while cruising and then share
the benefits of their offshore experience upon their return.
To register for an award, please complete the shown here.
Membership Status While Qualifying
BCA members: BCA members who
maintained their membership during the qualifying voyage and are currently BCA
members will receive the Award at no cost. They will also receive a "Doner"
pin at no cost and be recognized with a "Bluewater" membership
BCA members: Previous BCA
Members who did not maintain their BCA membership during the qualifying voyage
(i.e. lapsed membership) may still receive the Award provided they 1) re-join
BCA and 2) pay the cost of the Award production. Upon re-joining, they will
also receive a "Doner" pin at no cost and be recognized with a
"Bluewater" membership status.
members: New BCA members who
were not BCA members prior toor during the qualifying voyage may not receive
the Award. Upon joining BCA, they will however receive a "Doner" pin
at no cost and be recognized with a "Bluewater" membership status.
The Past Commodore coordinates the
Awards process and chairs the Awards Committee consisting of the Past
Commodore, Commodore, chapter Vice Commodore, Secretary and Treasurer. BCA
members can apply or nominate other members for Awards. The Past Commodore will
first seek confirmation of the qualifying voyage from the member. The Past
Commodore will then circulate pending Award requests to members of the Awards
Committee on an ongoing basis, typically by email, to solicit approval of the
Award preparation and issuance.
Any award may be presented prior to
termination of a complete voyage and, in special circumstances, awards may be
presented in absentia. In the case Offshore Awards and joint skippers (e.g.
husband and wife team), the members should specify whether they prefer to
receive a single Offshore Award naming both members or if they wish to recognize one as the
Skipper (and thus the recipient of the Offshore Award), and the other as crew
(and thus the recipient of the Offshore Crew
Award), or. For both names appear on the plaque, each partner must have
qualified for the Offshore Award. If one
partner has sailed part of the voyage but not qualified for an Offshore Award, that member may be eligible for a 999 Coastal
Awards - Definitions
Coastal 999 Award
For members who complete a coastal
(harbour-hopping) voyage outside Canadian territorial waters, as crew or
skipper, on a non-commercial vessel, whether their own or someone else's, where
the shortest straight-line charted distance between the starting and ending
port is a minimum of 999 nautical miles. A member who receives the Coastal 999 Award
may later qualify for and receive the Offshore Crew Award., the Offshore
Skipper’s Award or the (Owner’s) Offshore
For members who complete an offshore
passage outside Canadian territorial waters as crew aboard a non-commercial
vessel, where the shortest straight-line charted distance between the starting
and ending port is a minimum of 999 nautical miles without putting into port
prior to completion of the 999 miles. A member who receives the Offshore Crew Award
may later qualify for and receive the Offshore Skipper's Award or the (Owner’s)
For members who skipper or co-skipper
someone else's non-commercial vessel on an offshore passage outside Canadian
territorial waters, where the shortest straight-line charted distance between
the starting and ending port is a minimum of 999 nautical miles without putting
into port prior to completion of the 999 miles. A member who receives the Offshore
Skipper's Award may later qualify for and receive the (owner’s) Offshore Award.
For members who complete an offshore
passage outside Canadian territorial waters on their own non-commercial vessel,
where the shortest straight-line charted distance between the starting and
ending port is a minimum of 999 nautical miles without putting into port prior
to completion of the 999 miles. The recipient of an Offshore Award will not be
further recognized by a Coastal 999 Award, Offshore Crew Award or Offshore Skipper's
Award, but may qualify for a supplemental Cape Horn Award or Circumnavigator's
For members who have qualified for an
Offshore Award and have rounded Cape Horn on their own boat.
For members who have qualified for an
Offshore Award and have successfully circumnavigated on their own boat.
are encouraged to contact the Past Commodore any time after their return home
to receive an award.
'Bent Mast" or "Boo-Boo of the Year". Named after Patrick Hill
and Peter Padwick, whose competitive urges once brought them together in a very
close encounter that resulted in considerable damage to both pride and rigging.
(See Currents). Awarded by popular vote during Awards Night, as determined by
the most raucous applause from the raconteur's nomination.
Pacific High Finders' Award awarded
annually to the members who log the longest time Hawaii-Victoria passage (in
either direction). The glass Japanese net float atop the award was donated by Past
Commodore Blake Williams from the
collection he accumulated during his twenty-five-day passage in 1981.
Long Award for
outstanding personal contributions to BCA. First presented in 1992 to Ted Long
himself. A founding member and teacher by profession, Ted was active on the
Watch for years as Education Watchkeeper extraordinaire. He was made an
Honorary Member in 1997 and passed away in April 2001. In accordance with a
revision to our bylaws in 2007, former recipients of this award were retroactively
granted Lifetime Membership in BCA. Recipients since 2007 are automatically
granted Lifetime Membership, when recommended by the Past Commodore and
approved by the Board of Directors. Members may nominate another member for the
Ted Long Award , by submitting a written nomination to the Past Commodore.
Mitchell Memorial Single Handler's Award is presented to members who have made a significant
single-handed voyage. Named after the late Doug Mitchell, whose seamanship
during a fierce storm off Vancouver Island in 1991 was an inspiration to
intrepid BCA sailors.
Rusi Seamanship Award recognises
outstanding acts of seamanship by individuals or groups, for single, multiple,
or extended feats demonstrating a level of courage, determination, citizenship,
and discipline to which all Bluewater cruisers should aspire. The award was
designed, constructed, and donated to BCA by artist Ben Rusi, well known for
his sketches on Currents covers from 1982 to 1994. Any member may nominate another
member or group of members for this award, by submitting a written nomination
to the Past Commodore.
Award recognises Watchkeepers who have served three or more years on the Watch or Board of Directors since inception in
to honour former Commodore Lex Peterson, once a worthy competitor, awarded to
the winner of BCA's annual Peterson Cup Rally.
Doherty Goodwill Ambassador Award- awarded from time to time to the person or couple
who exemplify while cruising outstanding commitment to further the cruising
lifestyle of camaraderie and providing assistance.