Above: SYH Chairman Jonathan Dyke presented the winner of the Restoration of the Year Below 40ft award to yacht Lady Min, restored by Tiernan Roe, designed and built Maurice O’Keeffe
The team from Suffolk Yacht Harbour (SYH) and Classic Marine attended this year’s Classic Boat magazine awards at the prestigious Royal Thames Yacht Club in London. As one of the leading chandleries in the classic boat world, Classic Marine has sponsored the annual event since 2018. This year’s winners all received a handcrafted trophy made by the the skilled boatbuilders in the SYH workshops.
SYH Chairman Jonathan Dyke commented, “A heartfelt thank you to Classic Boat for yet another successful celebration of the best new yachts, restorations, and people in the classic yacht world. The awards bring together the industry’s most talented and passionate yacht, owners, and builders, and it is one of the highlights of the year.”
The ceremony attracted around 150 guests from across the classic yacht world, who travelled from the UK, Europe, and the USA. This year’s winners included Classic Boat Lifetime Achievement Award for Jeremy Rogers (who sadly passed away last year). The Gstaad Yacht Club Centenarian of the Year was awarded to Dainty, the very first Sunbeam yacht designed by Alfred Westmacott 100 years ago.
SYH Managing Director Joshua Major said, “Classic sail and motor yachts feature prominently throughout Suffolk Yacht Harbour’s history and we continue to be passionate about the restoration and maintenance of these beautiful boats. It was a pleasure to spend the evening with the industry’s leading personalities who all share our enthusiasm for and commitment to the classic yacht world.”
All photos: Classic Boat / Marcus Holdsworth