Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner to Malta kindly stepped onto the podium for Ludde Ingvall and the CQS team at the prize giving for the Rolex Middle Sea Race, in Malta at the weekend.
Suzy McKellar, who works at the High Commission, which is situated right behind the Royal Malta Yacht Club, collected the trophy that Ludde and the team won for finishing second in Class 1 of the ORC rating.
Unfortunately, with CQS due to start the RORC Trans-Atlantic race later this month, the team had to leave Malta before the prize giving, in order to get to Palma, Mallorca, for repairs after the severe conditions experienced during the Middle Sea Race.
Australian High Commissioner Julienne Hince commented, “we were delighted to be able to help out the CQS team and collect their trophy, it was great to have an Australian boat here and see then do so well.”
On Tuesday crew member Brian Clarke was back in Malta on business, and was able to collect the trophy from the High Commission, with both Julienne Hince and Suzy McKellar greeting him.
After repairs and maintenance in Palma, CQS will head for Lanzarote, Canary Islands, for the start of the race 25thNovember, which finishes in Grenada.