America and the Sea Award

Presented annually by Mystic Seaport since 2006, 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. Here are the Museum’s America and the Sea Award recipients.

Dawn Riley and Oakcliff Sailing: 2018

Mystic Seaport will present its 2018 America and the Sea Award to Dawn Riley and Oakcliff Sailing. The prestigious award recognizes those individuals and organizations whose extraordinary achievements in the world of maritime exploration, competition, scholarship, and design best exemplify the American character. Riley stands alone as the first woman to compete in both the America’s Cup and in the […]

Rod and Bob Johnstone

Rod and Bob Johnstone – J/Boats: 2016

Mystic Seaport honored Bob and Rod Johnstone – J/Boats with the 2016 America and the Sea Award presented at a gala in the newly opened Thompson Exhibition Building at the Museum October 22, 2016.

Nathaniel Philbrick: 2015

Mystic Seaport honored historian and author Nathaniel Philbrick with the 2015 America and the Sea Award on October 14, at a gala held in New York City.

(left to right) Mystic Seaport President Steve White, Charles A. Robertson, and Chairman of the Museum's Board of Trustees J. Barclay Collins, II

Charles A. Robertson: 2014

Robertson is founder, chairman and CEO of American Cruise Lines, Inc., Pearl Sea Cruises, Chesapeake Shipbuilding, and affiliated companies.

Gary Jobson: 2013

Jobson’s talent, enthusiasm, and dedication to the art of sailing have inspired expert and novice sailors around the world.

Jon Wilson

Jon Wilson and WoodenBoat: 2012

The 2012 America and the Sea Award was given to Jon Wilson and WoodenBoat for their commitment to the celebration and preservation of the skills, treasures, and traditions of the sea and shore.

J. F. Lehman

John F. Lehman: 2011

Former Secretary of the Navy, historian, and author John F. Lehman was the recipient of the America and the Sea Award for 2011 by Mystic Seaport.

Sylvia Earle

Sylvia A. Earle: 2010

Sylvia A. Earle, who has been at the forefront of deep ocean exploration for four decades, received the 2010 America and the Sea Award from Mystic Seaport.

William I. Koch

William I. Koch: 2009

William I. Koch, founder of the Oxbow Group, philanthropist, avid collector and world-renowned sailor, was named the recipient of the 2011 America and the Sea Award by Mystic Seaport.