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A Man for All Seas: David Rockefeller, Jr. is the YachtWorld Hero for 2013 In the decade since it was founded, Rockefeller’s ocean-stewardship organization, Sailors for the Sea, has taught, cajoled, certified, voyaged, borne witness – and become a powerful ally of the briny. Read more in this YachtWorld.com article by Senior Editor Doug Logan.

YachtWorld.com Hero Awards video highlighting this year’s nominees and finalists along with the hero of the year for 2013, David Rockefeller, Jr., was part of the Miami Boat Show Press Breakfast.

David Rockefeller Jr. Wins YachtWorld Hero Award As Senior Editor Doug Logan put it, “It’s hard to imagine how the oceans of the world could have a better friend” than David Rockefeller Jr., who today was recognized as the 2013 YachtWorld Hero. Read more in the boats.com blog:

David Rockefeller, Jr. receives award for 2013 YachtWorld Hero from Ian Atkins, Sr. Vice President and General Manager of Dominion Marine Media

DOMINION MARINE MEDIA NAMES DAVID ROCKEFELLER, JR. ITS 2013 YACHTWORLD HERO

Norfolk, VA – (February 13, 2014) –Dominion Marine Media, the division of Dominion Enterprises that operates YachtWorld, Boat Trader and boats.com, today announced its selection of David Rockefeller, Jr. as 2013 YachtWorld Hero.

Now in its third year, the YachtWorld Heroes initiative from Dominion Marine Media recognizes individuals and their organizations that have leveraged their love and respect for our oceans, rivers, lakes and streams into a higher consciousness among boaters and the general public.

David Rockefeller, Jr. was voted 2013 YachtWorld Hero from among five finalists by an independent group of boating journalists and marine industry members. He received his award at the opening of the Miami International Boat Show in Miami Beach.

Rockefeller was cited particularly for his founding and leadership of the ocean conservation non-profit, Sailors for the Sea. As a passionate sailor and lifelong friend of the environment, he set out in 2004 to create an organization that could speak with one voice for sailors’ interests in protecting the ocean. Since then, Rockefeller has helped Sailors for the Sea find meaningful ways to take on the challenges that increasingly put marine life and coastal environments at risk.

“Ten years ago, Sailors for the Sea was founded with a dream and a deep love for the ocean. It is quite an honor to be named the 2013 YachtWorld Hero, and speaks to the excitement that the boating community feels for this organization, and for protecting the oceans upon which we sail,” said David Rockefeller, Jr., Chairman, Sailors for the Sea.

Under Rockefeller’s leadership, Sailors for the Sea has thrived, steadily raising its profile and growing its programs, including:

• Clean Regattas, a certification program that helps sailing events implement sustainability practices and achieve higher environmental standards. Its adoption by the America’s Cup in San Francisco led to an 81-point plan to minimize any negative environmental impacts of the event.

• Ocean Watch Essays provide monthly articles that discuss current ocean health issues, engage sailors and provide opportunities to take action.

• Clean Boating resources are freely available and provide tips for all boaters to reduce their environmental impacts at sailorsforthesea.org, and Rainy Day Kits are informal lesson plans for young sailors to learn about marine science.

• The “Around the Americas” voyage rounded both Cape Horn and the Northwest Passage, circumnavigating North and South America, delivering the message of ocean conservation to dozens of ports along east and west coasts.

“We encourage boaters and everyone who loves our marine environment to support our Heroes and their organizations, or to set up their own community programs of ocean advocacy and friendship with the sea,” said Jessica Muffett, founder of YachtWorld and YachtWorld Heroes. “Our collective efforts will set an important example of good marine stewardship for others.”

For more information on all of the nominees and their endeavors, please visit 2013 YachtWorld Nominees and Finalists. The five distinguished judges were: Wendy Mitman Clarke, Dieter Loibner, Jessica Muffett, Stanton Murray and John Page Williams. For more information about the judges, go to Our Judges.

The Envelope, Please: 5 YachtWorld Heroes Finalists Announced – The winner will be announced at the Miami Boat Show on February 13, 2014.

It took some effort, but the judges finally narrowed down an impressive list of nominations to five finalists. And in a few weeks, the list will be furthered narrowed down, to just one name, who will become the 2013 YachtWorld Hero. Read more: http://www.yachtworld.com/boat-content/2014/01/the-envelope-please-yachtworld-heroes-finalists-announced/#ixzz2rB2MFsei

DOMINION MARINE MEDIA ANNOUNCES 2013 YACHTWORLD HEROES FINALISTS – Winner to be announced at Miami Boat Show in February

Norfolk, VA – (January 1, 2014) –Dominion Marine Media, the division of Dominion Enterprises that operates YachtWorld, Boat Trader and boats.com, has announced the five finalists for the 2013 YachtWorld Heroes award.

Now in its third year, the YachtWorld Heroes initiative from Dominion Marine Media recognizes individuals and their organizations who have leveraged their love and respect for boating in our oceans, rivers, lakes and streams into a higher consciousness.

The five 2013 YachtWorld Heroes finalists are:

Joel Aberbach, Volunteer, US Coast Guard Auxiliary District Seven Assistant Staff Officer, Sea Partners and America’s Waterway Watch, http://cgaux.org, of Miami, Florida, has volunteered 25,000 hours over 40 years to educate the public about protecting and preserving our marine environment.

Betsy Alison, Paralympic Coach for the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, http://adaptive.ussailing.org, a 2011 US Sailing Hall of Fame Inductee among other honors, of Newport, RI, has dedicated her life to disabled sailing to build more understanding, inspiration and tolerance of the disabled. Her current focus is the development of national team athletes in 3 Paralympic sailing events in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Dieter Paulmann, Founder of Okeanos Foundation of the Sea, and Pacific Voyagers, http://pacificvoyagers.com, of Germany, and his Crew with their fleet of seven vaka moanas, or ocean going sailing canoes, sailed across the Pacific 20,000 miles to raise awareness about contemporary threats to the sea.

David Rockefeller, Jr., Founder, http://sailorsforthesea.org, of Newport, RI, educates and engages the boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans. With offices in Newport, RI, San Francisco, CA, Japan and Portugal, their programs directly engage boaters to fulfill their vision, and list steps boaters can take to reduce their environmental impact.

Jeanne Socrates, Sailor, http://svnereida.com, of the UK, completed a singlehanded, nonstop, circumnavigation mid 2013 at the age of 70, following two other near solo circumnavigations that involved beaching, loss of a boat, knock down off of Cape Horn, and major repairs interrupting her first two attempts.

The winner will be announced at the Miami Boat Show on February 13, 2014.

“It is an honor to recognize these remarkable people for their endeavors and provide exposure of their organizations to boaters everywhere,” said Jessica Muffett, founder of YachtWorld and YachtWorld Heroes. “They are addressing important issues for our blue planet, proving one person can make a difference.”

For more information on all the nominees and their endeavors please visit YachtWorldHeroes.com and click on 2013 Nominees and Finalists

The five judges were:

Wendy Mitman Clarke is an award winning writer and columnist. She has been a columnist for Cruising World, the executive editor of Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Mid-Atlantic bureau chief Soundings, a staff writer for the Associated Press, and a freelance writer for Smithsonian, Preservation and National Parks among others. After cruising with her family on their sailboat for five years, she is now land based in Chestertown, Md.

Dieter Loibner is an award winning bilingual writer (English, German) and columnist. He is the sailing editor for Soundings magazine, a consulting editor for Boats.com and the US correspondent for Yacht, Europe’s largest sailing publication. His work also appeared in numerous other magazines, including Cruising World, Sailing World, Sail, Sailing, Sea Kayaker, Trade Only, Wooden Boat, Classic Boat (UK), Yacht Revue (Austria), and Yacht Classic (Germany). A sailboat racer and multi-book author, he holds a Ph. D. in Journalism from the University of Vienna, Austria, and lives in Portland, Ore.

Jessica Muffett, Princeville (Kauai), HI and Seattle, WA, is the founder and publisher emeritus of YachtWorld, and founder of YachtWorld Heroes. The former owner of a yacht brokerage, dealership and leasing company in Seattle, and current board member of Benaroya Research Institute, she paddles surf ski’s and 6man canoes on Hanalei Bay.

Stanton Murray, a CPYB certified yacht broker, owns Murray Yacht Sales, a yacht brokerage and dealership in New Orleans, La and Florida. He is currently on the board of the Yacht Brokers Association of America where he is a past president, and on the board of Sail America, and is a community leader in New Orleans, where he sails and races.

John Page Williams, of Virginia and Annapolis MD, has worked for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation since 1973, currently supporting the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint as a senior naturalist. He also partners with the Chesapeake Conservancy and the National Park Service to develop the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic (Water) Trail. As a free-lancer, he reviews powerboats and writes on fishing and environmental issues for BOATING and Chesapeake Bay Magazines, & for the online magazine NewEnglandBoating.com. He is an author of several books.

For more information about the judges, go to YachtWorldHeroes.com and click on Judges.

DOMINION MARINE MEDIA ANNOUNCES 2013 YACHTWORLD HEROES NOMINEES PRESS RELEASE

Norfolk, VA – (November 27, 2013) –Dominion Marine Media, the division of Dominion Enterprises that operates YachtWorld, Boat Trader and boats.com, announced the nominees for the 2013 YachtWorld Heroes award.

YachtWorld Heroes are those who inspire with their work in making the oceans, rivers, lakes and streams, healthier or raise our consciousness about the need. They are also individuals and teams who have made a significant contribution to the education and enjoyment of our marine environment by others or are marine industry professionals changing the world.

“It is an honor to recognize these 16 remarkable people and provide visibility to their endeavors,” says Jessica Muffett, founder, YachtWorld and YachtWorld Heroes. “They are addressing important issues for our blue planet, proving one person can make a difference.”

Five judges will convene shortly to select the top five YachtWorld Hero finalists who will be announced January 1, 2014. They will then be featured at the Miami Boat Show Press Conference on February 13, 2014 where the ultimate winner will be announced and presented.

About 2013 YachtWorld Heroes Nominees

Matt Rutherford, Founder, Ocean Research Project,http://oceanresearchproject.org, of Annapolis, MD, supports making ocean research more affordable. In 2013 he became the first person to solo circumnavigate North and South America, http://solotheamericas.org. http://yachtworldheroes.com/?p=1458

Jill Savery, Head of Sustainability, America’s Cup Authority, http://americascup.com, of San Francisco, CA, made the 2013 America’s Cup a zero waste, carbon neutral and environmentally sustainable event, setting the standard for all future America’s Cup events and other marine-related events worldwide. She is a Gold Medal Olympian. http://yachtworldheroes.com/?p=1358

Joel Aberbach, Volunteer, US Coast Guard Auxiliary District Seven Assistant Staff Officer, Sea Partners and America’s Waterway Watch, http://cgaux.org, of Miami, Florida, has volunteered 25,000 hours over 40 years to educate the public about protecting and preserving our marine environment. http://yachtworldheroes.com/?p=1335

Jeanne Socrates, Sailor, SV Nereida, http://svnereida.com, of the UK, completed a singlehanded, nonstop, circumnavigation mid 2013 at the age of 70, following two other near solo circumnavigations that involved beaching, loss of a boat, knock down off of Cape Horn, and major repairs interrupted her first two attempts. http://yachtworldheroes.com/?p=1322

Stan Honey, Director of Technology, America’s Cup Authority, http://americascup.com, of San Francisco, CA, revolutionized TV technology and the way sailboat racing can be understood by non-sailors, by conveying complex marine information simply and graphically. http://yachtworldheroes.com/?p=1308

Betsy Davis, Executive Director, Center for Wooden Boats, http://cwb.org, of Seattle, WA, helps foster much needed community awareness for improved health of our waters by engaging people to participate responsibly on and around the waters of the Pacific Northwest. http://yachtworldheroes.com/?p=1294

Bill Bahen, Executive Director, Sail Nauticus, http://sailnauticus.org, of Norfolk, VA, oversees the development of a summer sailing academy and after school programs to improve academic performance of underserved youth, through sailing and maritime sciences at the Nauticus campus on the Norfolk waterfront. http://yachtworldheroes.com/?p=1252

Cynthia Carvajal, Founder, Ocean Lifeline, http://oceanlifeline.org, of Brooklyn, NY, funded by the New York Women in Film and Television, raises awareness of the urgent need for protection of our oceans by the use of stunning visual photography and events. http://yachtworldheroes.com/?p=1213

Bajan and Jamie Gifford, Family Cruisers, http://sv-totem.blogspot.com/p/crew.html, of Bainbridge Island, WA, have been sailing with their with their three children on Totem, a Stevens 47, since 2008. They are cruising ambassadors, chronicling their adventures and inspiring would-be cruisers to take the leap, buy a boat and see the world. http://yachtworldheroes.com/?p=1190

David Rockefeller, Jr., Founder, Sailors for the Sea, http://sailorsforthesea.org, of Newport, RI, educates and engages the boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans. With offices in Newport, RI, San Francisco, CA, Japan and Portugal, their programs directly engage boaters to fulfill their vision, and list steps boaters can take to reduce their environmental impact. http://yachtworldheroes.com/?p=1174

Captain Winston Joyce-Clark, Founder, Project Big Fish,http://projectbigfish.org, of South Africa, and working with http://yachtaidglobal.org, to orchestrate the delivery of humanitarian, development and conservation aid to coastal communities worldwide. http://yachtworldheroes.com/?p=1149

Betsy Alison, Paralympic Coach for the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, http://adaptive.ussailing.org, a 2011 US Sailing Hall of Fame Inductee among other honors, of Newport, RI, has dedicated her life to disabled sailing to build more understanding, inspiration and tolerance of the disabled. Her current focus is the development of national team athletes in 3 Paralympic sailing events in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games. http://yachtworldheroes.com/?p=1115

Dieter Paulmann, Founder of Pacific Voyagers, http://pacificvoyagers.com, of Germany, and his Crew with their fleet of seven vaka moanas, or ocean going sailing canoes, sailed across the Pacific 20,000 miles to raise awareness about contemporary threats to the sea. The story of this spectacular voyage can best be seen by viewing the trailer of their soon-to-be-released movie, http://ourbluecanoethefilm.com. http://yachtworldheroes.com/?p=983

Patrick Rynne, Founder of Waterlust, http://waterlust.org, of Miami, FL, is bringing scientists, explorers, athletes, watersport lovers, and art together in the pursuit of raising awareness how one person can positively impact our ocean environmental crisis by inspiring and educating others with films and photos. They teach people to be filmmakers and have created an online community of water lovers/protectors by providing an online venue to share films and images. http://yachtworldheroes.com/?p=956

Chris Jordan, Internationally acclaimed artist, cultural activist and filmmaker, http://midwayfilm.com, of Seattle, WA, brings light to an area of severe abuse to the Laysan albatross, seabirds and marine life who ingest plastics discarded by humans and die by the millions. He asks us to consider our roles in becoming more conscious stewards of the world. http://yachtworldheroes.com/?p=926

Michael T. Moore, Chair, The International SeaKeepers Society http://seakeepers.org, of Coral Gables, FL, dramatically expanded the reach of SeaKeepers, whose mission is to raise awareness of global ocean issues, during his tenure as chair. SeaKeepers’ innovative Discovery Yachts Program unites science and the yachting community by providing scientists with the necessary platform on which to conduct cutting-edge research by placing them on member vessels. http://yachtworldheroes.com/?p=893

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YACHTWORLD NAMES 2012 HEROES – Article The non-profit YachtWorld Heroes (formerly the YachtWorld Foundation) has recognized several individuals who use their boating and professional connections to protect our marine environments and share their joy of boating. No matter what kind of boating we enjoy, we all share an essential habitat: the world’s oceans, rivers, lakes and streams. And a few select Heroes do more than share that habitat: they use their skills and connections to preserve and protect it. READ MORE……

YACHTWORLD ANNOUNCES 2012 YACHTWORLD HEROES – At the opening of the Miami Boat Show, YachtWorld presented the 2012 YachtWorld Heroes awards. PRESS RELEASE

Seattle, WA – February 14, 2013 –YachtWorld, the world’s largest Internet yacht brokerage portal and part of Dominion Marine Media, today announced the 2012 YachtWorld Heroes Awards, an international program honoring individuals who inspire with their work in ocean advocacy. Nominated by marine industry colleagues, personal friends or acquaintances whose lives have been impacted by their work, the 2012 YachtWorld Heroes honorees are: READ MORE……

Dusty McCoy Interview: Talking YachtWorld Heroes – YachtWorld Editorial Director John Burnham interviewed Dusty McCoy at the opening of the Miami Boat Show.

Early in the morning, our video team met Dusty McCoy at the Miami Convention Center aboard the new Sea Ray 370 Venture. In this interview, I asked him about how he started out in boats, about his safety training, and about the safety values of the partnership he has promoted between the U.S. Power Squadron and Brunswick Corp. boat dealers. I also wrote a blog for YachtWorld’s sister site, later that day (“Dusty McCoy of Brunswick is Recognized as a YachtWorld Hero“). - John Burnham READ MORE AND WATCH VIDEO ON YACHTWORLD.COM

DUSTY MCCOY OF BRUNSWICK IS RECOGNIZED AS A YACHTWORLD HERO – Boats.com BlogAs Brunswick CEO, McCoy has encouraged a strong relationship between the Brunswick dealer network and the U.S. Power Squadron. This morning, a few hours before the opening of the Miami International Boat Show, I interviewed Dusty McCoy in advance of his acceptance of a YachtWorld Heroes award given by boats.com sister site yachtworld.com. The CEO of Brunswick …. READ MORE ….

YACHTWORLD HEROES HONORED The 2011 awards go those who protect the oceans and foster mutual understanding from local to international levels. A circumnavigator. A yacht broker who formed a trust focused on tolerance. A branch of the U.S. military. And a couple who use boating as therapy. All five have been named YachtWorld Heroes for 2011 by the YachtWorld Foundation. Read more ….. http://www.yachtworld.com/boat-content/2012/02/yachtworld-foundation-honors-heroes/#ixzz1pY2pcXxH

YACHTWORLD FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2011 YACHTWORLD HEROES AND 2012 BENEFICIARY SEATTLE, WA – Feb, 16, 2012 – The YachtWorld Foundation, whose mission is to further the knowledge and protection of the world’s oceans, today announced the 2011 YachtWorld Heroes and its 2012 organizational beneficiary. YachtWorld Foundation beneficiaries are non-profit organizations that promote awareness and protection of the world’s oceans. The 2012 beneficiary is the International SeaKeepers Society, chaired by Michael Moore. Their mission is to gather and distribute the most useful oceanographic and atmospheric data concerning the health of the world’s oceans and climate. YachtWorld Heroes are individuals and organizations that have made a significant difference in the promotion and protection of the marine habitat, have made a significant contribution to the education and enjoyment of it by others or a marine industry professional who is changing the world. Nominated by marine industry colleagues, personal friends or acquaintances whose lives have been impacted by their work, the 2011 YachtWorld Heroes are….. READ MORE……

YACHTWORLD FOUNDER HONORS MARINE ADVOCATES THROUGH NEW FOUNDATION SEATTLE – Seattle, WA – Feb 16, 2012 – Launched in 1995, YachtWorld.com has become an online hub for brokered boat sales, and today YachtWorld.com Founder Jessica Muffett is leveraging that popularity by creating recognition for organizations devoted to preserving marine environments. Established in 2011 as the nonprofit arm of Dominion Enterprises’ YachtWorld.com, the YachtWorld Foundation will annually select one beneficiary nonprofit organization as well as individual YachtWorld Heroes who promote awareness and protection of marine environments. READ MORE ……

FREEDOM WATERS FOUNDATION RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FROM YACHTWORLD FOUNDATION FWF Co-Founders, YachtWorld Foundation 2011 YachtWorld Heroes John Weller (5 time cancer survivor and 30+ year Yacht Broker) and Debra Frenkel …READ MORE …..

Press Release – YACHTWORLD EXCLUSIVE – FOR HIS SERVICES TO CHARITY, Alexander K. Braden, co-founder, former Chairman and CEO of world leading yacht management and brokerage house, Yachting Partners International (YPI), is named ‘YACHTWORLD HERO’ by the YachtWorld Foundation. . ST. TROPEZ, FRANCE, February 20, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ — Awarded in recognition of Alex’s outstanding work through his charity, ENCOMPASS, in helping bring together young people from varied and conflicting cultures and faiths through demanding physical programmes and facilitated, sometimes confrontational, discussions. READ MORE…..

YBAA Honors USCG as YachtWorld Foundation Hero at Miami Boat Show MIAMI, FL – Feb.16, 2012 – At this morning’s Annual State of the Recreational Boating Industry Breakfast held at the Miami International Boat Show, the U.S. Coast Guard was honored as one of the 2011 YachtWorld Foundation Heroes. The USCG was nominated by YBAA for this honor. READ MORE…..

YACHTWORLD CREATES FOUNDATION 12.08.2010– SEATTLE – YachtWorld.com, the world’s largest Internet yacht brokerage portal and a division of Dominion Enterprises, is setting up a foundation to further the knowledge and protection of the world’s oceans. READ MORE …..

FOUNDATION SELECTS 2011 BENEFICIARY:A favorite chore cruising our sailboat down the Baja coast in 1978 was tying our seven pairs of blue jeans to a line and dragging them behind our boat. Laundry day was as easy-breezy as … READ MORE …..

YACHTWORLD FOUNDATION SPONSORS “A SCIENTIFIC JOURNEY” TO BENEFIT SEAKEEPER’S ENVIRONMENTAL MISSION: The aptly named International SeaKeepers Society is arming the global scientific community with much-needed data about the ocean, the weather, and … READ MORE …..

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