The CCA has selected Joe Harris (Hamilton, Mass.) to receive the Club’s 2016 Royal Cruising Club Trophy for his circumnavigation in his Open Class 40 Gryphon Solo 2. The award will be presented at the CCA’s annual Awards Dinner at the New York Yacht Club in New York on March 3, 2017. The perpetual trophy, generously given to CCA by the Royal Cruising Club on the occasion of the CCA’s 75th Anniversary in 1997, is given to a "CCA member and skipper who has undertaken the most interesting cruise of singular merit and moderate duration."
Harris was attempting to set a new record for a circumnavigation in a 40’ boat, and although he missed the record, it was indeed a voyage of singular merit. He was twice halted by serious damage to his boat. He diverted to Cape Town, South Africa to replace his electricity generator and then to Piriapolis, Uruguay because of hull damage. After making necessary repairs there, he pressed on, returning to Newport, R.I., after 154 sailing days.