The Rose Medal - 2013
s/v Wild Song - In recognition of a two-year 18,000 mile voyage from Falmouth to Cape Horn and back
Paul Heiney completed a two-year 18,000 mile voyage from Falmouth to Cape Horn and back. Particularly notable were the legs from Lanzarote to Salvador, Brazil and the tough 3000 miles from Piriapolis, Uruguay home to Dartmouth (with a mainsail ripped off the Azores) which he completed singlehanded. The leg from Piriapolis to the Beagle and Ushuaia was with only one, inexperienced, crewman. In other legs he had only two aboard. This short-handed effort demonstrates his skills and determination in surmounting the challenges of ocean voyaging.
Paul Heiney has been a radio broadcaster or television reporter in the United Kingdom for over thirty years. He has been sailing with his wife and Radio 4 presenter Libby Purves, a journalist with Yachting Monthly, for 30 years.