Arms Race Earns Award.

 Sunshine Coast Daily by Megan Mackander – Friday, October 26, 2012 | Page 11

Mooloolaba sailor’s distance feat leads to state recognition.

Bruce Arms conquered the ocean when he circumnavigated Australia alone, but now he is the king of the Queensland seas.

The Mooloolaba Yacht Club yachtsman has been named the joint winner of the Queensland Male Sailor of the Year 2011-2012.

Yachting Queensland crowned Bruce the winner, alongside Brisbane’s Kerry Karaker.

Bruce was nominated by has club for his lifelong love of sailing and outstanding accomplishments in the past 18 months.

The two-time solo Trans-Tasman race winner pulled up to the Commodore’s berth at the Mooloolaba Marina in August last year after almost 39 days at sea.

He set two records: fastest solo unassisted journey around Australia and the first to do the journey Solo in a catamaran.

The Mooloolaba Yacht Club nominated Bruce for the prestigious Yachting Queensland award for his extraordinary and dangerous voyage.

“It’s really good knowing the club is behind me,” said Bruce.

“They actually gave me an award themselves this year for Mooloolaba Yacht Club Sailor of the Year.”

Bruce, a multi-hull boatbuilder, is looking forward to coming back to the Coast tonight after being in Tasmania for a few weeks working on his latest project.

He is mentoring a young sailor, Tobias Fahey, who is embarking on his own record attempt to sail solo around the world.

“Sailing is my life,” Bruce said.

“I’m looking forward to getting back.

“It’s been snowing in Tasmania. It definitely doesn’t compare to living on the boat at Mooloolaba.

“It’s certainly been a big year for me.”

Mooloolaba Yacht Club commodore Tracey Johnston said the club had been proud and delighted to nominate Bruce.

“We cheered him on through-out his voyage, so it an honour to have him as a financial member of our club,” she said.

“It’s extremely well deserved.

“Mooloolaba tends to breed outstanding people when you look at the short-hand sailing yachtsmen.

“I don’t know if there something in the water here.”

BRUCES ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Competed in three Solo Trans Tasman Races and Two Three Peaks Races.
  • Won the last two Solo Trans Tasman Races back to back, a feat which hasn’t been done by anyone else in the race’s 40-year history.
  • Skippered Big Wave Rider to a Three Peaks Race win.
  • Project/Voyage Manager for the refit on Jessica Watson's Pink Lady for her global circumnavigation.