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And the osCA goes to... Nick Mines!

by Peta Stuart-Hunt 4 May 08:58 UTC

The first-ever winner to emerge from a bumper crop of 15 entries to the Cruising Association's (CA) inaugural Vlog (video log) competition - The osCA, sponsored by MS Amlin Boat Insurance - is Nick Mines on Hejira, a Southerly 135, with Ollie and friends.

A first for 2019, the osCA was introduced alongside the popular CA log competition in recognition of increasingly creative sailing vlogs appearing on sailors' social media platforms.

The Log and Vlog judge, Mark Jardine, who is Vice-Chair of the YJA and Managing Editor of the news and cruising news websites / /, commented that Nick's video kept on giving and is "just hilarious".

"As the voyage progresses, the camera keeps going back to the aft deck view, where more and more people are joining in a dance party. This required planning in advance and was cleverly done. I love the way they made all that effort."

Speaking on behalf of MS Amlin Boat Insurance, Paul Knox-Johnston added, "What a great way to highlight the fun side of sailing. Sailing is about enjoying the journey and these guys look like they have. A worthy winner and congratulations from all of us at MS Amlin Boat Insurance on a great concept and delivery."

Nick wins a stunning trophy and a Hero GoPro, both kindly donated by MS Amlin Boat Insurance.

Owing to the postponement of the CA's Hanson lecture and prize-giving event in late March due to the outbreak of Covid-19, the Hanson lecture, being delivered by Mike Golding OBE, and the prize-giving, will now be held on October 7 at CA House in London.

Meanwhile, Nick's winning video can be viewed here:

...and he also has a well populated and entertaining Hejira website:

The CA thanks all those who entered the competition, MS Amlin Boat Insurance for their support and Mark Jardine for the time he took over reviewing all the Log and Vlog entries from 2019.

The CA is Britain's leading organisation for cruising sailors with over 6,300 members around the world, providing services, information, and regulatory and technical advice to sailors worldwide.

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