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NAINOA THOMPSON, Pres, Polynesian Voyaging Society, Master Navigator, Hokule’a, 2014 YW Hero Nominee

Who is your Hero? In 2014, the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the 62’ double-hulled voyaging canoe, Hōkūle‘a, embarked on a voyage around the world. Led by Nainoa Thompson, Master Navigator, the 47,000 mile, 36 month voyage will visit 24 countries…

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ANDREW CILLA, Community Leader, 2014 YWH Nominee

Who is Your Hero Andrew Cilla, owner of Luke Brown Yachts, an International Yacht Brokerage and Charter Broker with headquarters in Fort Lauderdale Florida, is a community leader of the yachting industry, using his boating connections and resources to share…

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JIM MORIARTY, CEO, Surfriders Foundation, 2014 YW Hero Nominee

Who is Your Hero? The Surfrider Foundation, run by current CEO , is an international non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers…

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PETER NEILL, Director, World Ocean Observatory, 2014 YachtWorld Hero Nominee

Who is Your Hero? Throughout his career Peter Neill has contributed to organizations devoted to marine affairs, education, and culture. He has written numerous articles and books on maritime history and art. Peter is Founder and Director of the World…

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SHERI TONN, Co-Founder, Citizens for a Healthy Bay, 2014 YachtWorld Hero Nominee

Who is Your Hero Sheri Tonn was one of the founders of Citizens for a Healthy Bay (CHB) in 1990, now working for over 24 years to clean up, restore and protect the waters of Commencement Bay and South Puget…

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DAVID ROCKEFELLER Jr, Founder, Sailors for the Sea, 2013 YachtWorld Hero

Who is Your Hero? Sailors for the Sea, which “educates and engages the boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans,” was the outcome of David Rockefeller’s work on the Pew Oceans Commission, which identified profound and alarming… mattrutherford

Matt Rutherford, Ocean Research Project, 2013 YachtWorld Hero Nominee

Who is Your Hero? In 2012, Matt Rutherford became the first person to solo circumnavigate North and South America. He completed the non-stop 27,000 mile journey in 10 months in a tiny, old sailboat. Solotheamericas.org Matt has embarked on a… Jill Savery_Head Shot

JILL SAVERY, Head of Sustainability, America’s Cup Authority, 2013 YachtWorld Hero Nominee

Who is Your Hero? Jill Savery, Head of Sustainability, America’s Cup Event Authority, recently succeeded at making the 34th America’s Cup a sustainable event, setting the standard for all future America’s Cup events and other marine-related events worldwide. Jill is… DSC_7117

JOEL ABERBACH, USCG Aux, 2013 YW Hero Finalist

Who is Your Hero? Joel Aberbach has been a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for 40 years, and his official title is Coast Guard Auxiliary District Seven Assistant District Staff Officer, Sea Partners and America’s Waterway Watch. Participating… Nearly there! 7July2013

JEANNE SOCRATES, 2013 YachtWorld Hero Finalist

Who is Your Hero? This year Jeanne Socrates completed a singlehanded, nonstop circumnavigation at age 70. This was after another two previous circumnavigations met unfortunate ends. Her first ended in a beaching and loss of her boat and during the…