The Annapolis Boat Shows put out a call today for nominations for the 2016 Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award.
Created by the Annapolis Boat Shows in 2014, the purpose of the award is to inspire members of the sailing industry to strive for high standards of excellence, service, and commitment.
It is intended to honor a recipient who has distinguished him or herself through continued and unselfish service to the overall advancement of the sailing industry.
“We continue to look for improvement in our show and to encourage creativity and professionalism in the sailing industry,” said Paul Jacobs, president of the Annapolis Boat Shows.
“To that end, we sponsor the Best in Show exhibitor display awards and the Sailing Industry Distinguished Service award. We hope that these will become increasingly sought after and our show participants will look forward to them as we kick off our show each year,” Jacobs said.
The Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award comes with an inscribed clock that is a limited edition precision time piece donated by Weems & Plath.
Nominated by their peers in the sailing industry, the final selection for the Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award will be made by a panel of judges who represent the industry and its high standards of excellence.
The annual award will be announced on the evening of the first day of the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, October 6, 2016, and a trophy will be presented to the awardee at the annual Premier Launch Party.
Nominations accepted through September 9, 2016.
The 2015 award was given to John Arndt, the associate publisher of Latitude 38 and the founder of the global sailing celebration Summer Sailstice.
Alistair Murray was named the first awardee in 2014. He was recognized for his many contributions to the sailing industry and his ability to blend the sport of sailing with business.