Awarded to P. Leslie Crane for the seamanlike rescue of his crew from his rapidly sinking Farr 55 Monterey during the 2017 Antigua to Bermuda Race. Les had prepared the boat well, and as the water rose rapidly, he calmly organized the crew to deal with seacocks, pumps, radio, flares, EPIRB and liferaft. After getting all crew safely into the raft, they were picked up by a nearby competitor in the race. It is worth noting that it was their flares, and not the radio, that got the attention of the other boat.
Above: 2005 award winner Sea Education Association's Corwith Cramer
The Rod Stephens Seamanship Trophy was presented to the Cruising Club of America by 21 of Rod’s shipmates and other friends. It is a perpetual trophy to be awarded by the Club for an act of seamanship which significantly contributes to the safety of a yacht, or one or more individuals at sea.