The annual Magic Machine prize is awarded by the Dutch North Sea Club for the best short-handed achievement 2011.
North Sea Club President, Henk Sol on awarding Wouter the prize:
"It is with great pleasure that I award this trophy to Wouter Verbraak. This year he has culminated his 10 years of professional sailing with yet another incredible achievement in the Barcelona World Race. There is no end to the list of his wins and podium places in international regatta's like the Admiral's Cup, Tour de France, Audi Med Cup, Fastnet, Sydney to Hobart, Trans-Atlantic race, America's Cup etc. and this year he has all impressed us with his performance, determination and persistence in the Barcelona World Race. I am very happy to hand him the trophy here tonight and I am looking forward to following him in his next races."
On receiving the award, Wouter stated:
"It is a great honour to receive this trophy. I am quite sure there must be easier ways to get a trophy than sailing duo-handed non-stop around the world. The Barcelona World Race demanded the utmost of both Andy Meicklejohn and myself, we had quite a few challenges along the way, but there is great satisfaction in overcoming them with persistence and good team work. The race is a great display of what ocean racing is all about, with top international teams fighting a close battle at the same time as fighting the elements and testing themselves to the limit.
The shorthanded racing in the Class has been thrilling but also highly motivating, and as such we are working hard to set up an Open 60 campaign and participate in the exciting, thrilling and challenging races that this class provide.
Today the Volvo Ocean Race departed from Alicante without for the first time since the first race in 1975, a Dutchman on board. We are determined to reverse this trend and bring Holland to the forefront of ocean racing again.
As a first step we are working hard to get the Round Europe Race 2011 to Holland next year in May with a Dutch entry. In the past the North Sea Club has been very supportive to such bids, I am sure that with he North Sea Club's support we can again bring these exciting racing machines and their compelling stories to Holland."
Wouter is awarded the Magic Machine prize for best shorthanded achievement 2011