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Valda Award

Please do submit photographs for this year's Valda Award by the end of the month!!

We've had some lovely pictures of your cruising on your HRs gracing both the rally pages on this website and our members' only Facebook page 'HROA Chat' this season!

So send in your finest for the Valda Award for the best cruising photo, either of your boat, or a rally, or an HROA member, to

It's easy to do, just add a Jpeg attachment to your email to our editors, preferably bigger than 1MB, and the best entries will feature in this year's issue of our magazine 'The Blue Line'. Why not send a few if you struggle picking the best? After all, your pictures this year have intrigued us, amused us, and delighted us all, so why not go one step further to enter them for our competition?

The overall winner will be serenaded by the Massed Bands of the Royal Marines at our AGM at the Royal Thames YC in London on Friday, January 5th 2018. (OK, I might have invented the bit about the bands, but the rest is true!)

My pic shows our boys Alex and Peter lining up their shots as we crossed Biscay in Minke II in benign conditions 36 hours out of Falmouth. Things livened up a bit on day 3!!