Long time Ocean Navigator contributing editor Eric Forsyth was awarded the Seven Seas Award by the Seven Seas Cruising Association at their annual meeting in Melbourne, Fla. The citation reads, “Signifying the highest international recognition of a cruising sailor whose experience on the sea demonstrates a deep commitment to good seamanship, and an understanding of his ship and the environment.”
Forsyth and his late-wife Edith made their first trans-Atlantic passage as crew in 1964. In 1965 they purchased a 35-foot sloop, Iona, and cruised the Caribbean. They completed a new boat, Fiona, in 1983 and cruised extensively. Following Edith’s death in 1991, Forsyth continued to voyage, making trips around Cape Horn and cruises to Newfoundland and Labrador. Forsyth has sailed around the world twice and made two trips to Antarctica. In 2001 he was awarded the Blue Water Medal of the Cruising Club of America.