TUI Marine V.P. Sales & Marketing Raul Bermudez (left) and The Moorings Marketing Director Van Perry (right) present a $5,000 donation check to the U.S. Paralymic Sailing team to US SAILING Olympic Sailing Committee Chair Dean Brenner (center) June 12 at the GE Capital Solutions and Sail America Industry Conference. Photo by Billy Black.
Southam Award Winner The Moorings Donates Prize Award to U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team
US SAILING, national governing body for the sport, announced that the yacht charter company The Moorings has donated $5,000 to the U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team, which is the prize money The Moorings had received after winning the 2007 John Southam Award for Excellence in Media Communications. A donation check was presented to US SAILING's Olympic Sailing Committee Chair Dean Brenner by TUI Marine’s Raul Bermudez and Van Perry on June 12 at the GE Capital Solutions and Sail America Industry Conference in Newport, R.I.
“We are very grateful for The Moorings' donation of the prize-money," said Brenner. "Not only because it will support our country's best disabled sailors, but also because it's a nod towards a program that truly showcases the core mission of US SAILING.”
“Our business is all about promoting sailing and the pleasures the activity brings to so many people,” said Rohr, of The Moorings. “We are honored to have received the John Southam Award, and it brings us pleasure to re-invest this $5,000 cash prize back into sailing, to support some of our most talented sailors headed off to China this summer.”
The Southam Awards, named in honor of John Southam, former publisher of Cruising World and Sailing World magazines, are administered by Sail America, have been awarded annually for the past 15 years. “Little People, Big World,” (Learning Channel TV series episode #36), produced by Gay Rosenthal Productions in conjunction with The Moorings, was selected among the best in a broad mix of 228 submissions in several categories including print, broadcast, books and online/internet media publications.
The program featured a family enjoying a sailing vacation in the Bahamas aboard a Moorings catamaran. Southam Awards Chief Judge Sally Helme, said, “The excitement and enjoyment at learning to sail is infectious and provided a powerful visual testimony that people of all shapes and sizes, of all ages and abilities, can enjoy the beauty of sailing and time on the water.”