Sailing across the Atlantic is an achievement in itself and most people do it with the prevailing conditions. However those who have finished the Two Handed Transatlantic Race (Twostar) 2012, have done it against the prevailing conditions and join a very small group of people who have successfully sailed from Plymouth to Newport. The number who have successfully raced it is even smaller.
To recognise their achievements, every competitor has had their own awards ceremony in the Newport Yacht Club. The Commodore of the Newport Yacht Club, Jack Ellis has presented each competitor with a Newport Yacht Club Burgee and they have been proudly flown on board the boats.
Also presented by Commodore Jack Ellis, were the City of Newport Sailing Medals. These were originally struck and given to the Challengers and Defenders of the 1963 Americas Cup and every four years afterwards until Australia II beat Liberty in the dramatic deciding race of 1983. Since then the Medals have been awarded by the City of Newport to those who achieved a significant sailing feat. Predominately this has been for the successful completion of a short handed race from Plymouth to Newport. And it is now the end of an era there are almost no City of Newport Sailing Medals left.