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Ocean Cruising Club Award for Solo One-Armed Sailor Gary Crothers of Derry

24th January 2021
Solo sailor Gary Crothers (second from right) is congratulated on returning home to Derry this summer in his yacht a Kind of Blue Solo sailor Gary Crothers (second from right) is congratulated on returning home to Derry this summer in his yacht a Kind of Blue

The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) has awarded Northern Ireland one-armed solo sailor Garry Crothers its 2020 Seamanship Award. 

Despite a pandemic raging throughout the year, the OCC found numerous achievements to recognise in the cruising world including the Derry sailor's summertime transatlantic voyage where his progress was regularly reported in Afloat.

Crothers found himself in St Martin when Covid-19 struck. He needed to get back to Northern Ireland for his daughter's wedding in September. With no flights and no possible crew, he sailed solo non-stop directly to Derry in Northern Ireland taking 37 days.

Crothers lost an arm in a motorcycle accident but has not let this limit his solo sailing.

Crothers is also involved in sailing for people with disabilities (Sailability) and the OCC citation says he is 'a true role model and inspiration'. 

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