Distinguished Service Award

Nominations accepted for 2017 award

The Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award is an annual honor bestowed on a sailor who has distinguished him or herself through outstanding and unselfish service to the overall advancement of the sailing industry.

The award comes with an inscribed limited edition precision time piece donated by Weems & Plath.

Created by the Annapolis Boat Shows in 2014, the objective is to inspire members of the sailing industry to strive for high standards of excellence, service, and commitment. 

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 each fall, on the evening of the first day of the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, and a trophy will be presented to the awardee at the annual Premier Launch Party.

Nominations accepted through September, 2017

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2016 – Margaret Podlich Wins Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award 

absfall2016thursday15_cMargaret  is a lifelong sailor who began her career at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and then moved to the Ocean Conservancy. The Clean Water Trust (later absorbed by the BoatU.S. Foundation) recruited her in 1994 to launch a clean boating program. In 2005, she was promoted to the position of vice president of government affairs, and in 2011, Podlich became president of BoatU.S. After a long and storied career she left BoatU.S. in late 2016. Read More

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2015 – Annapolis Boat Shows Honors Inspirational Sailor, John Arndt

John Arndt is the associate publisher of Latitude 38 and the founder of the global sailing celebration Summer Sailstice. Read More

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2014 – Alistair Murray Recognized with First Annual United States Sailboat Show Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award

Alistair Murray was recognized for his many contributions to the sailing industry and his ability to blend the sport of sailing with business. Read More

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United States Sailboat Show
City Dock, Annapolis, Maryland

Thursday, October 5, 2017 (VIP Day)
10:00am - 6:00pm

Friday, October 6, 2017
10:00am - 6:30pm

Saturday, October 7, 2017
10:00am - 6:30pm

Sunday, October 8, 2017
10:00am - 6:30pm

Monday, October 9, 2017
10:00am - 5:00pm

VIP Preview Day - $35
VIP Preview Day + Additional Day - $48
Adult One Day - $18
Adult Two Day Combo - $31
Children - $5 (6 & under FREE)