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Nigel Milne, organising committee member, and Ron Pet, race officer, for the Minuteman Vasco Da Gama Ocean Race 2022, presented NSRI Shelly Beach with the prestigious Rubicon Memorial Trophy for their assistance to yacht Adios during an emergency at this year’s race from Durban to East London.

DLS Plumbing, who provided water pumps, were thanked for their involvement.

During the race yacht Adios suffered water intake from blocked scuppers off-shore of Umtentweni. At 10h45, Monday, 23 May, the NSRI Shelly Beach rescue craft Spirit of Dawn responded carrying diesel and water extrication pumps and the situation was corrected.

Although yacht Adios resigned from the race they made it safely to East London without incident.

On Sunday, 24 July, Nigel and Ron presented NSRI Shelly Beach deputy station commander Ruahn Beattie with the trophy and thanked DLS plumbing. The ceremony was attended by NSRI Shelly Beach crew.

"We are honoured to receive this award", said Gary Wolmerans, NSRI Shelly Beach station commander.

The Vasco Da Gama race committee are most appreciative of the work done by NSRI Shelly Beach for South African Sailing, said Ron Milne, Organising Committee member.

Pictured left to right: Ruahn Beattie, NSRI Shelly Beach deputy station commander, Nigel Milne, Minuteman Vasco Da Gama Ocean Race 2022 organising committee member, Morne Beattie, DLS Plumbing, Ron Pet, Minuteman Vasco Da Gama Ocean Race 2022 race officer, Jonathan Vogt, DLS Plumbing.


The Rubicon Memorial Trophy is the legacy to all who assisted in the extensive search for yacht Rubicon and her crew that floundered off the Wild Coast in 1984 during a Vasco Da Gama Race, Durban to East London, when hit by gale force winds the yacht and all her crew vanished without a trace and nothing was ever found.

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