Nathan Haycraft collecting his award
Photo Credit: Royal BVI Yacht Club
Top boaters who participated in various regattas throughout 2016, were praised and awarded for their various skills and victories during this year’s BVI Yacht Club Awards on December 17.
The highest awards went to Nathan and Chris Haycraft, who captured the Best Club Helm award in both the junior and senior categories.
Both have made major contributions to the yachting experience of the BVI, both locally and regionally.
During the latter part of the year, Nathan held his own, following his performances at the Optimist North American Regatta in Antigua, improving on his 2015 result by nearly 100 places.
Closer to home, he has achieved overall podium success at five regattas, in addition to age group category wins.
Most recently, he dominated in the St. Croix International Regatta and a clean sweep at the Caribbean Dinghy Championships.
As it relates to Chris’ performance, he received the award for Best Club Helm with his major success coming with the Pipe Dream team.
Wins in 2016 included the Manhattan Trophy and the Anegada Pursuit Race, with second place finishes in the Governor's Cup, Peg Legs Round Tortola Race and BVI Spring Regatta.
Chris also represented the BVI with Pipe Dream at the STIR and St Croix International, taking a long awaited win at the latter in October. In addition to racing Pipe Dream, he has also two second place finishes aboard IC24 Latitude 18 and raced with son Nici at the Caribbean Dinghy Championships, helping the team to third overall.
Other persons awarded were in the junior category, Most Improved Dinghy – Amanda Plaxton, Best International Youth – Rayne Duff and INTAC Sportsmanship Award – Jerome Parkins.
In the adult category, Best International Boat – Spike, Sam Talbot, Most Improved Yacht – Adagio, Bill Hirst and Outstanding Service – Penny Haycraft.