2011 ARC: Bubble Gum And Rubber Band Award

ARC leader Andrew Bishop

Though I’ve participated in the ARC before, this was the first time I was able to attend the prizegiving. What a bash! The wind-up to the 2011 ARC this past Saturday was a celebration of epic proportions. After plying the assembled multitude of sailors with rum (clever tactic that), master of ceremonies Andrew Bishop (see photo up top) proceeded to hand out a multitude of awards for all manner of achievements.

My personal favorite was the Award for Having Your Entry Number Coincidentally Match Your Order of Finish Number. Amazingly, it was shared this year by the crews of three different boats: Sophistikate (an Oyster 575 from Britain with the entry number 56, which finished 56th over the line); Guma (an Amel Super Maramu from France with the entry number 98, which finished 98th over the line); and Brizo (a Beneteau 50 from the U.S. with the entry number 115, which finished 115th over the line).

2011 ARC prizegiving
Crews of Sophistikate, Guma, and Brizo receive their awards

One award that was not presented was for the best improvised repair made while underway. A serious omission wethinks. Hence we here at WaveTrain have created one ourselves–we call it the Bubble Gum And Rubber Band Award–which we do now hereby bestow upon James “Hubs” Hubbard, crew aboard the above-mentioned Brizo.

Crew of Brizo
Hubs and his mate, Diana Carida, aboard Brizo

Admittedly, we did not survey the entire ARC fleet. But still this is very impressive. Confronted with a fractured bracket for a high-outout alternator installed on a diesel engine, Hubs made a very sailorly repair and lashed the broken bit up with Spectra twine, as you can see here:

Lashed up alternator bracket

Even better, it worked!

The repair was of critical importance, as Brizo ran out of cooking gas 12 days into her 18-day passage, and thereafter all heating of food was done by microwave.

In spite of the fact that Hubs is an ex-Navy aviator and presumably knows a thing or two about modern technology, he has a decidedly simplistic approach to jury-rigging. For example, when a drum bracket on Brizo‘s in-mast mainsail furling system failed, Hubs’ default response, again, was to simply lash it up:

Lashed up in-mast roller-furling bracket

For a complete rundown on who won what officially in the ARC this year, you can check this link here.

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