The seventh annual Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award was presented to Sally Helme.
“Sally has been involved with the sailing industry since she graduated from Princeton University,” said Bonnier Corporation Associate Publisher Ted Ruegg. “Her tireless work has produced the annual Sailing Industry Study which she started at International Marine in order to provide data on the sailing industry that did not exist at the time.”
A strong supporter of US SAILING, past president of Sail America, and a leader for the National Sailing Hall of Fame, Sally’s “commitment to sailors and those who work in the industry is without question,” said Cruising World Editor Mark Pillsbury. “She has helped welcome countless newcomers to the sport and worked to ensure that sailing companies thrive.”
Created by the Annapolis Boat Shows in 2014, the Distinguished Service Award is an annual honor that is bestowed on a sailor who has distinguished him or herself through outstanding and unselfish service to the overall advancement of the sailing industry. Weems & Plath graciously donated the inscribed Anniversary 8-Day Ship Bell Clock that is awarded to the winner. With a beautiful mahogany base, this award is a limited-edition precision timepiece that exudes the same excellence the award winner embodies.