October 29, 2019
Tuesday evening during the World Sailing Awards ceremony in Bermuda, the American boat Wizard was named Hempel’s Team of the Year.
World Sailing award and team descriptions:
The award celebrates teams of two or more sailors who personify the sporting values of integrity, ambition, resilience and ingenuity.
David and Peter Askew’s team on Wizards had a very successful 2019, dominating the offshore circuit. Skippered by Charlie Enright, the team included offshore veterans such as Will Oxley, Richard Clarke and Mark Towill and won the 2019 RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy, scoring the fastest corrected time under IRC. Their near-flawless performance allowed them to complete the 600-mile non-stop race in 43 hours, 38 minutes and 44 seconds.
With success in the Caribbean under their belt, they headed to Europe in search of Rolex Fastnet Race honours. Sailing in the West to East Transat race, the team battled SHK Scallyway for line honours, a boat about 30 feet longer than Wizard. Although they only missed seven hours during the ten days of sailing, Wizard’s speed was enough to claim a comprehensive victory in IRC 1.
Enright, Towill, Oxley and the team continued to sail impeccably and at the Rolex Fastnet Race they again battled larger boats to top their weight. The power of the Rambler 88 finally showed, but Wizard was once again crowned the overall IRC winner, marking a period of unprecedented offshore success.
The star-studded list of nominees for the 2019 Hempel Team of the Year award included entries from Australia, Switzerland and the United States. Switzerland’s Alinghi, Australia’s SailGP team, Australia’s Wild Oats XI and US yacht Wizard were all on the shortlist following their success over the past 12 months of international high performance competition.
The winner of our Hempel Team of the Year award…
— World Sailing 🌎⛵️ (@worldsailing) October 30, 2019