The Volana Casket is awarded annually for 'the most enterprising cruise of any one season'.

Originally presented by Robin Harbud, a past Commodore of the Club, the award does not rely on a log of a cruise or an extensive photographic album, but on an interesting account of an enterprising trip.

Recent awards have been for a Shrimper trip from Emsworth to Poole, a row from Australia to Tasmania, a family cruise from Scotland to Italy and a motorboat trip through northern French canals.

The judges are the Rear Commodore Sailing and the Cruiser Captain - contact them for an informal chat about your trip.

The winner will need to be willing to present an account of the trip at the Cruiser Fitting Out Supper. If this is not convenient, an alternative event can be arranged.

The Volana Casket was named after Robin Harbud's 45' twin screw diesel yacht which was kept at the bottom of his garden at Wharf House in King Street, Emsworth. The boat was so big that he could only get it out of the creek at spring tides!

He loved a good yarn at the bar, especially hearing about people's cruises, and thought it would be nice to have a trophy for the best adventure of the year, and so the trophy was named after his own motor cruiser, Volana.

He often joined the ESC cruiser rallies, acting as start boat and then as host boat for the cocktail parties afterwards.

Robin was a member of ESC for 30 years and was Commodore from 1980-1981.


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