Keynote speaker Ken Read, considered one of the world’s most accomplished and celebrated sailors, spoke on the state of the industry and emphasized the growing enthusiasm for all levels of sailing that is being generated by increased attention on high performance racing in all age groups. The night culminated in the presentation of the first annual Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award, intended to honor a recipient who has distinguished him or herself through continued and unselfish service to the overall advancement of the sailing industry.
Alistair Murray was recognized for his many contributions to the sailing industry and his ability to blend the sport of sailing with business.Working for Ronstan since 1976, he has given back to the industry at every turn.From Melbourne, Australia, Alistair has served on the board of Sail America and founded the International Sailing Summit. Over the years he has received many honors including the Centenary Medal, Australian Export Hero, 1999 and 2002 Marine Industry Achiever, and the Governor of Victoria Export Award. For many years he has been a competitor and event sponsor of the Tasar Championships.
Alistair moved to America twice through out his 40-year career with Ronstan, once in 1980 and again in 1992. He likes to say, “I love America.
It’s the second best country in the world.” The award came with a stunning custom engraved Anniversary Barometer, provided by Weems & Plath.