Swiss Sailing Awards recognition for Clipper Race circumnavigator

16 December 2016

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More than four months since LMAX Exchange was crowned the overall winner of the Clipper 2015-16 Race, the team continues to celebrate its success and hard work with skipper, Olivier Cardin, recently receiving an award at the French Sailing Federation’s flagship award ceremony, the Soiree des Champions.

Such recognition and awards are not limited to the skippers however, with crew member, Dominique Hausser receiving an award at the Swiss Sailing Awards on 19 November 2016. Presented with the Special Award, Dominique has been recognised for his commitment to sailing, with his most recent achievement involving a circumnavigation on board the LMAX Exchange entry for the 2015-16 race edition.

Sailing around the world has always been a dream of Dominique’s and, acting as navigator, team doctor and coxswain on board during the Clipper Race, he played a vital role in the team throughout the epic 40,000 nautical mile journey.

On receiving the award, Dominique said: “It was an incredible surprise. The nominees for the Swiss Sailing Award 2016 are all really great sailors and to be one of the winners is such an honour. It gives me plenty of energy for my future projects as director of the regatta department of the Swiss Sailing Federation and of course as a sailor for the expeditions I am setting for next summer in Spitzberg and dreaming to sail to the Kerguelen and New Zealand in 2018-19.”

The award also highlights Dominique’s work in the sailing world across club, regional and national level, alongside his commitment to developing sailing in Switzerland, with the sailor set to start work as head of the regatta department for the Swiss Sailing Central Committee in 2017.

Congratulating Dominique at the event, Diana Fäh Mosimann from the Swiss Sailing Foundation said: “Dominique has many years of experience in all aspects of sailing. This makes him not only a worthy winner of the Special Award at the SUI Sailing Awards 2016, but also a competent successor for the resigning chief of the regatta department.”

To find out more about Dominique’s Clipper Race adventure, you can read his blog here.

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