America and the Sea Award

The America and the Sea Award recognizes an individual or organization whose contributions to the history, arts, business or sciences of the sea best exemplify the American spirit and character. Presented annually by Mystic Seaport Museum, the award honors and celebrates those who embrace the scholarship, exploration, adventure, aesthetics, competition, and freedom that the sea inspires.

Mystic Seaport Museum will present its 2018 America and the Sea Award to Dawn Riley and Oakcliff Sailing. Riley stands alone as the first woman to compete in both the America’s Cup and in the Whitbread Round the World Race, two of the pinnacles in the sport of sailing that prior to her had been all but closed to women sailors. At Oakcliff, Riley trains premier-level American sailors for future Olympic, America’s Cup, and other world-class level sailing competitions, and leads a movement to reinvigorate the sport in this country.

The America and the Sea Award Gala is the single largest fundraising event for Mystic Seaport Museum. Proceeds from the event benefit the mission of the Museum to inspire an enduring connection to America’s maritime heritage.