Trophies and Prizes

Once again we are awarding all the trophies and prizes to sailors in Fécamp on the Saturday after the race whilst all the boats are still in France. We want everybody to play a part in the Royal Escape celebrations and this move to France from the previous black tie do at SYC proved a big hit so will be repeated in 2014.

From 16.00 in the main reception room of the Hotel Normandy we will be welcoming guests including the Mayor and other Fécamp VIP’s to partake in Champagne and Benedictine cocktails and canapés as we announce the winners. There will be a pay-bar if you prefer a beer but the cocktails and nibbles are all courtesy of John Davis and BD Foods.

RER Retention Prize 2014Retention Prizes

Most of the Royal Escape Trophies are large, silver and worry our insurance company, which is why they live at the Sussex Yacht Club. We give them an annual outing to Fécamp where the winners can cuddle them and take a photo, but they do have to go home with the Club. If you are a winner you get to keep a retention prize in the form of a cut glass trophy.

Special Prizes

The Royal Escape Race receives support each year from the marine industry in the form of prizes. These are distributed amongst the winning boats and to those who we judge to be specially deserving of recognition. We also take with us quite a few bottles of English Sparking Wine which we take great pleasure in awarding to our competitors, especially those sporting FRA! 

The Trophies

The Royal Escape Race is a very special event and over the years we have become custodians of some truly magnificent trophies which are lovingly polished and displayed at the prize giving. There is an astonishing amount of history behind these trophies and to have your name engaved upon one is a real achievment. There is no other race in Sussex that has such a wonderful collection of cups, trophies and shields, and as you can see below they are awarded to all kinds of sailors. Every boat that takes part in the Royal Escape Race has a chance of picking up a prize.

Trophies for yachts racing under SCCH (Sussex Combined Clubs Handicap)


neville russellNeville Russell Jubilee Trophy

Awarded for line honours to the first SCCH fleet boat across the finish.

  • 2007: Tim Jermyn, Artemis
  • 2008: Alain Ferec, Caolica
  • 2009: Mark Jephcott, Selene
  • 2010: Nigel McMillan, Brighton Belle
  • 2011: Simon Mitchell, Roxanne
  • 2012: Margaret Hickmott-Stapley, Manic
  • 2013: Not raced
  • 2014:

originators cupOriginator’s Cup

Awarded to the overall winner on corrected time from any of the three SCCH fleets. In practice this generally goes to a yacht from the SCCH 1 fleet (the winner is also engraved on the plaque in the Sussex Yacht Club lobby).

Retention trophies awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the same fleet.

  • 2007: Tim Jermyn, Artemis
  • 2008: Alain Ferec, Caolica
  • 2009: Mark Jephcott, Selene
  • 2010: Tim Jermyn, Artemis
  • 2011: Simon Mitchell, Roxanne
  • 2012: Margaret Hickmott-Stapley, Manic
  • 2013: Not raced
  • 2014:

py other squadronPortsmouth Yardstick Other Squadron

Awarded to the fastest yacht on corrected time from one of the other SCCH Fleets and generally goes to a yacht from the SCCH 2 fleet.

Retention trophies awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the same fleet.

  • 2007: Peter Whittle, Kereru
  • 2008: Peter Vaughan, Pean
  • 2009: Peter Vaughan, Pean
  • 2010: Giles Mayley, Mano Amico
  • 2011: Jeremy Norman, Entropy
  • 2012: Laurence Woodhams, Ocean Dream
  • 2013: Not raced
  • 2014:

ramus handicapThe Ramus Handicap

Awarded to the fastest yacht on corrected time from one of the other SCCH Fleets and generally goes to a yacht from the SCCH 3 fleet.

Retention trophies awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the same fleet.

  • 2007: Peter Vaughan, Pean
  • 2008: Tim Jermyn, Artemis
  • 2009: Tim Jermyn, Artemis
  • 2010: Not awarded
  • 2011: Paul Upton, Gazelle
  • 2012: Alain Teniere, Captain Cap 2
  • 2013: Not raced
  • 2014:

clearway corporate challengeClearway Corporate Challenge Cup

Awarded to the fastest yacht overall on corrected time from the SCCH class entered by a corporate body.

  • 2007: Not awarded
  • 2008: Not awarded
  • 2009: Colin Hinchliffe, Asterix, Medics on the Move.
  • 2010: Not awarded
  • 2011: Richard Mason, Asterix, Medics on the Move
  • 2012: Not awarded
  • 2013: Not raced
  • 2014:

maiden trophyMaiden Trophy

Awarded to the fastest yacht overall on corrected time from the SCCH class where either the skipper or the yacht have undertaken their maiden channel crossing in the race.

  • 2007: David Jump, Angers Away
  • 2008: David Nunn, Escape
  • 2009: Chris Beazer, Crazee-B
  • 2010: Giles Mayley, Mano Amico
  • 2011: Margaret Hickmott-Stapley, Manic
  • 2012: Not awarded
  • 2013: Not raced
  • 2014:

team trophy b scchOld Ship Hotel Silver Jubilee Trophy

This is the Team Trophy awarded to the Club who has the highest placed third team member on corrected time in the overall SCCH class.

  • 2007: 
  • 2008: 
  • 2009: 
  • 2010: 
  • 2011: 
  • 2012: Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club
  • 2013: Not raced
  • 2014:

marabu ladies challengeMarabu Ladies Challenge Cup

Awarded to the first yacht on corrected time from the overall SCCH class when the skipper is a lady.

  • 2007: 
  • 2008: 
  • 2009: 
  • 2010: 
  • 2011: 
  • 2012: Margaret Hickmott-Stapely, Manic
  • 2013: Not raced
  • 2014:

frank kay short handedThe Short Handed Trophy

Donated by long standing member and ex President of SYC Frank Kay, this is a bronze cast taken from Frank's own hand and is awarded to the yacht with the fastest corrected time under SCCH when it is crewed by either one or two people.

Retention trophies awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

  • 2010: Not awarded
  • 2011: Simon Mitchell, Roxanne
  • 2012: Chris Redman, Flying Fish
  • 2013: Not raced
  • 2014:

editors scrollThe Editors' Scroll

Awarded to the fastest yacht on corrected time from the overall SCCH class crewed by at least three family members spanning two or more generations.

  • 2007: Tony Cross, WOW
  • 2008: Roy Martin, Kratos
  • 2009: Steve Vyse, Barda
  • 2010: Chris Beazer, Thundachild
  • 2011: Not awarded
  • 2012: Michael Hatchwell, Stina
  • 2013: Not raced
  • 2014:

 


Trophies for yachts racing under IRC

fecamp chamber of commerce cupFécamp Chamber of Commerce Cup

Awarded for line honours to the first IRC fleet boat across the finish.

  • 2007: Lucy McCarthy, John Merricks
  • 2008: Jonty Layfield, Sleeper
  • 2009: Duncan McDonald, Joe 90
  • 2010: Duncan McDonald, Joe 90
  • 2011: Phillip Gower, Headstart
  • 2012: Rob Craigie, Jbellino
  • 2013: Not raced
  • 2014:

centenary cupCentenary Cup

Awarded to the overall winner on corrected time from either of the two IRC fleets. In practice this generally goes to a yacht from the IRC 1 fleet (the winner is also engraved on the plaque in the Sussex Yacht Club lobby).

Retention trophies awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the same fleet.

  • 2007: Paul March, Clarionet
  • 2008: Jonty Layfield, Sleeper
  • 2009: Duncan McDonald, Joe 90
  • 2010: Duncan McDonald, Joe 90
  • 2011: Stephen Bromley, A Neat Djinn
  • 2012: Rob Craigie, Jbellino
  • 2013: Not raced
  • 2014:

mott ewbank preeceMott-Ewbank Preece Trophy

Awarded to the fastest yacht on corrected time from the other IRC Fleet which is generally IRC 2.

Retention trophies awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the same fleet.

  • 2007: Tony Cross, WOW
  • 2008: Roy Martin, Kratos
  • 2009: Steve Vyse, Barda
  • 2010: Anthony Murphy, Overlord
  • 2011: Jan Thirkettle, Olivia Anne VI
  • 2012: Tim Cork, Shark Bite
  • 2013: Not raced
  • 2014:

irc team trophyTeam Trophy

This is the Team Trophy awarded to the Club who has the highest placed third team member on corrected time in the overall IRC class.

  • 2007: Sussex Yacht Club
  • 2008: Brighton Marina Yacht Club
  • 2009: Brighton Marina Yacht Club
  • 2010: Brighton Marina Yacht Club
  • 2011: Sussex Yacht Club
  • 2012: Brighton Marina Yacht Club
  • 2013: Not raced
  • 2014:

starboard lightStarboard Light

Awarded to the fastest yacht on corrected time from the overall IRC class crewed by at least three family members spanning two or more generations.

  • 2008: Jonty Layfield, Sleeper
  • 2009: John Ramus, Devils Advocate
  • 2010: Not awarded
  • 2011: John Ramus, Devils Advocate
  • 2012: Will, Camp, Highland Daughter
  • 2013: Not raced
  • 2014:

port lightPort Light

Awarded to the fastest yacht overall on corrected time from the IRC class where either the skipper or the yacht have undertaken their maiden channel crossing in the race.

  • 2008: Tony Scott, Arpege
  • 2009: Not awarded
  • 2010: Graham Alan, Jeneral Lee
  • 2011: Phillip Gower, Headstart
  • 2012: Tim Cork, Sharkbite
  • 2013: Not raced
  • 2014:

irc corporate challengeIRC Corporate Challenge Cup

Awarded to the fastest yacht overall on corrected time from the IRC class entered by a corporate body.

  • 2007: Derek Copeman, BoJangles
  • 2008: Roy Martin, Kratos
  • 2009: Derek Copeman, BoJangles
  • 2010: Roy Martin, Kratos
  • 2011: Will Camp, Highland Daughter
  • 2012: Tim Cork, Sharbite
  • 2013: Not raced
  • 2014:

single handed ircThe Single Handed Award

Framed classic picture awarded to the yacht with the fastest corrected time overall under IRC when it is sailed single handed.

Retention trophies awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

  • 2007: 
  • 2008: 
  • 2009: 
  • 2010: 
  • 2011: 
  • 2012: 
  • 2013: Not raced
  • 2014:

Trophies for yachts racing in any fleet


tettersell cupTettersell Cup

Awarded to a monohull yacht from any fleet in the race that breaks the record for the fastest crossing in the race.

The current record is 7 hours 34 minutes and 22 seconds, set in 1977 by John Davis with 'Barracuda of Tarrant'.


bacon family trophyBacon Family Trophy

The Chair of the Royal Escape Committee may recommend this special award to a competitor for outstanding seamanship or fellowship connected to the race.

  • 2007: Not awarded
  • 2008: Not awarded
  • 2009: Peter Vaughan, Pean
  • 2010: Laurence Woodhams, Ocean Dream
  • 2011: Peter Lewis, Tabard
  • 2012: John Gregg, Slipper
  • 2013: Not raced
  • 2014:

adele boysons memorialAdele Boyson Memorial Trophy

Retained for one year by either the Société des Régates de Fécamp or Sussex Yacht Club team.

The total corrected time for the yachts is then divided by the team size, giving two joint corrected times.

Fastest team wins.

Trophy lives at SYC.

  • 2012: Sussex Yacht Club
  • 2013: Not raced
  • 2014: 

HN French Fleet

French competitors who submit HN rating certificates compete for bottles of the finest English sparkling wine. 

Three bottles for first place, two for second place and one for third place.


Opted Motor Sailer

Yachts competing under SCCH may opt to motor sail after the start, with corrected times calculated using a special Royal Escape Formula. Yachts are awarded bottles of rum accompanied by a suitable quantity of ginger beer along the following lines.

Three bottles for first place, two for second place and one for third place.