A single-handed passage in a small double-ended ketch from England in the fall of 1933 to Nassau in January, 1934. His vessel was the May, a Loch Fyne ketch which he had bought in Scotland in 1932.
Group Captain Lionel Wilmot Brabazon Rees, VC, OBE, MC, AFC (1884–1955) received this medal for his 1934 voyage. The medal was presented by Group Cpatain Rees to his home club, the ROYAL WELSH YACHT CLUB, and is displayed in their clubhouse at Porth-yr-Aur, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Wales, UK.
Rees' biography, Rees, VC – the first of the original ‘Few’ by W. Alister Williams, will be published by Bridge Books in October 2017. It contains a chapter on Rees’ voyage from England to the Bahamas and then Miami, and another chapter on a cruise which he made from the Bahamas to Trinidad.