Southsea yachtsman Malcolm Hill has been honoured with the prestigious International Conrad award.
Decided by a jury of sailors from the Baltic Brotherhood of Seafarers in Gdansk, Poland, the Conrad accolade is an acknowledgement of outstanding prominent maritime individuals.
They are also awarded for the propagation of friendship and fraternity on the world’s seas and continents, for discovering their beauty for others, for popularisation of the maritime culture and for prominent achievements in the maritime economy.
The awards are named after Joseph Conrad, the famous Polish-born English author and sea-goer.
Hill’s award was based on a number of qualities.
His sailing expertise is considerable.
He is a yachtmaster with widespread sailing experience, notably on his ketch ‘Sylvina’, and currently on his 55-foot ketch ‘Swandancer’, much of which was derived from single-handed sailing in the Atlantic and with plenty of activity in the Channel, European western shores and the western Mediterranean.
Hill has been a major influence in cleaning up the waters of Langstone Harbour and keeping Southsea Marina as a marina rather than turning into a housing development.
He organised charity events for the Jubilee Sailing Trust, in particular, cross-Channel races.
Hill also organised the International Zafarrancho of the Frères de la Côte, held in Portsmouth – at the same time as he received an unfavourable cancer diagnosis, which proved another battle he fought and won.