Created: 05 Dec 2013 01:23
Updated: 06 Dec 2013 10:32
Launch of the Norman Hummerstone Trophy


It's that time of year again when the weather in the UK inspires some to head off across the oceans to warmer shores! If you or anyone you know is embarking on a voyage of this kind please let us know - you may well be eligible for the Norman Hummerstone Trophy.

This is a new trophy, only established in 2012, to be awarded each year to a skipper or watchkeeper who has completed a passage of not less than 2,000 miles. The award will be determined by a most meritorious journey or exceptional log, the size of the yacht and the weather conditions. Special consideration will be given if astronavigation has been used in all or part of the journey. 

The Little Ship Club has a long record of providing training in seamanship and navigation and the Club was delighted to name this trophy after Norman, now 93 years old and a member for around 50 years, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the teaching of seamanship and navigation.

Norman, awarded an MBE in 2001, is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and holder of an RYA Lifetime Achievement Award for services to navigation and sailed his boat, Barbary Heron, for many years from her home berth in Burnham on Crouch.


The trophy is a 1940s Hughes sextant which it is planned will also be used by the Club to teach astro-navigation. The recipient of the award will receive a commemorative memento to mark their achievement.

Please contact Jill Moffatt, Vice Commodore Sail & Power if you would like to nominate any suitable candidates.