Distinguished Service Award

Nominations accepted for 2018 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 awardee receives an inscribed Anniversary 8-Day Ship Bell Clock on a mahogany base that is a limited edition precision timepiece 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 at the Sailing Industry breakfast at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD on October 5, 2018.

Nominations accepted through September 10, 2018

Download Distinguished Service Nomination Form 2018

2017 – Olaf and Peter Harken

Margaret Podlich presenting award to Peter Harken

The fourth annual Annapolis Boat Shows’ Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award went to not one person but two. Olaf and Peter Harken, founders of Harken, Inc. an international manufacturer specializing in performance sailing hardware. Harken designs, engineers, manufactures, and distributes cutting-edge, innovative and practical solutions for the global sailing community.  Read more


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 10, 2019
10:00am - 6:00pm

Friday, October 11, 2019
10:00am - 6:30pm

Saturday, October 12, 2019
10:00am - 6:30pm

Sunday, October 13, 2019
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Monday, October 14, 2019
10:00am - 5:00pm

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