The first perpetual award presented by the festival, this award was designed and built by Alan Lester, F.R.I.C., President of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia in 1979. This trophy is awarded within the schooner fleet.
Ned Ashe Memorial Award
Named after Ned Ashe, past Commodore of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club and past Honorary Commodore of the festival. Ned sailed in the first Swiftsure race and every subsequent one until 1975.
Peter London Memorial Award
For the best work boat. Named after the late master shipwright and long time judge, Peter London. The award incorporates Peter's calking mallet, a tool which has seen much use on many working vessels on this coast. First awarded in 1995.
Master Disaster Award
Built from the worm shield of the Faranda which hit Fiddle Reef on her way to the festival in 1993, this award celebrates the most embarrassing event of the year within the classic boat fleet.
First Place Classic Open Boat
Presented by the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Foundation. This award symbolizes the strong historical connections between Victoria and Port Townsend. We are appreciative of the support that Port Townsend gave this festival in the early years, and continue to do to this day.
Irv Cormack Memorial Award for Best Liveaboard
One of the early supporters and committee members of the Festival, Irv lived aboard his beloved Hulakai from the early 1970’s until his death in 1998. The award utilizes the microphone from his VHF radio which he spent a great deal of time on, talking to his many friends.
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