Shipwrecked Mariners' Society - Crew Commendation
Published 20:07 on 2 Oct 2018
Since 1851, the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society has presented annual Skill and Gallantry Awards to recognise the UK's unsung sea rescue heroes, as well as those who have given outstanding service to the charity.
Today the crew of St Barbara V were awarded a Crew Commendation for their rescue of Tiger of London in December 2017. The 29 Cdo Regt crew of St Barbara V from Ex Mediterranean Ubique Leg 5 (Dec 17), were honoured to receive the first ever Crew Commendation from Admiral Zambellas, the President of the Shipwrecked Mariners Society during their 179th AGM at the Clothmakers Hall on Tuesday. It was a fabulous event in a very impressive setting with some very distinguished people from all walks of life in attendance, including Lt Gen Bashall (Admiral ASA), Maj Gen Swift (Cdre ASA, and Maj Bernie Fowler (Sec ASA). There were also some other highly impressive winners receiving their awards on the day and the whole crew felt very honoured to be considered amongst them, and to be treated as special guests for the occasion.
The crew on the Royal Artillery Yacht Club flagship, a Rustler 42 named St Barbara V, had an unexpected drill during a training expedition along the Canary Islands. A yacht lost its keel and flipped over, throwing its crew into the waters under challenging conditions. St Barbara V responded immediately and all crew were safely retrieved in heavy seas. Read the story in Scuttlebutt https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2017/12/08/keel... .
The skipper of the St Barbara V was Colonel Neil Wilson, Commodore of the Royal Artillery Yacht Club. The crew were on an Adventurous Training exercise called Exercise Mediterranean Ubique, which took place over a number of legs from September 2017 to July 2018. They will visited the Canaries, Gibraltar, Balearics, Italy, Malta and then home via Gibraltar. This follows on from Exercise Atlantic Ubique in 2015-16 which was a clockwise trip around the Atlantic.
The stricken yacht remained adrift until she was salvaged in Tenerife on the 14th of December.