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14 Feb 2015

Our very own Liz Simons is a finalist in the Maritime Heroes Awards

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Liz Simons, who most of you know as the principal of the sailing school here at Staunton Harold Sailing Club, is one of only three finalists selected from a host of deserving nationwide nominations for the prestigious Maritime Heroes Awards.

 

The annual awards reward the outstanding passion, commitment and achievements demonstrated within Britain’s maritime communities.

 

In 2009, she signed up for the Clipper Round the World Race and stepped up from crew to second in command when their professional skipper could no longer complete his duties. In the same race, Liz helped rescue another boat and crew after a hurricane-force storm.

 

Liz has taken part in the Fastnet Race four times, once as skipper and won a Clipper Round Britain and Ireland race.  In 2013 she sailed the Sydney-Hobart race helming and navigating with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.  Overall she has completed 27,000 sea-miles..

 

In addition to sailing all over the world and volunteering at Staunton Harold Sailing Club, Liz lectures at Trent Sea Training in Yacht Master Offshore and Ocean Master theory courses and is now an SRC VHF radio tutor and assessor. 

 

Thanks to Liz’s finalist status in the outstanding achievements category, Staunton Harold Sailing Club, who nominated Liz, is to be awarded a prize which will go towards training equipment, a big thank you to Old Pulteney, sponsors of the Maritime Heroes Award.

 

Congratulations Liz!