Jim and Jean Foley have received the Cruising Club of America’s 2014 Far Horizons Award in recognition of more than 100,000 miles of offshore cruising during the past 12 years.
The award was presented by CCA Commodore Fredric T. Lhamon at the club’s annual awards dinner at the New York Yacht Club on March 6.
The award was established by the club’s Governing Board to recognize members for “a particularly meritorious cruise or series of cruises that exemplify the objectives of the club as stated in its constitution.”
The Foleys’ first circumnavigation in their Mason 44, Mara, was completed over a four-year period (1992 to 1996). They crossed the Atlantic from Maine to Ireland, proceeded down to Spain and Portugal and traveled west across the Atlantic to the Panama Canal.
Their passage across the Pacific took them to New Zealand and thereafter northwest through the Torres Straits, west across the Indian Ocean to South Africa and northwest to Brazil. They returned to Maine in 1996 by way of the Caribbean.
After cruising in the Canadian Maritimes for several years, the Foleys felt the urge to continue long-range cruising, this time into the high latitudes. For this purpose they worked with Chuck Paine in designing Omora, a 63-foot aluminum pilothouse cutter.
After sailing a large circle in the Coral and Tasman seas, which the Foleys considered a sea trial, in 2005 they sailed across the Pacific to Santiago, Chile, cruised the Beagle Channel, Straits of Magellan, crossed the Drake Passage to Deception Island and visited King Georges Island, the Falklands and South Georgia Island on the way to South Africa.
After spending the winter of 2005-06 in the southern high latitudes, they pushed quickly north by way of Trinidad, Cape Breton and Newfoundland to Disco Bay, cruising Greenland during the summer of 2006. After sailing from Greenland to Northern Ireland, they spent the next several years cruising in northern Europe.
During 2012-13, Omora sailed south from England via France, Portugal and the Canaries and continued across the Atlantic to Salvador, Brazil. Earlier this year the Foleys crossed the Atlantic to Cape Town, and after a brief stay they headed east across the Indian Ocean toward Australia.