For Immediate Release

Paul Jacobs | 410.268.8828 |

Heather Ford | 410.598.8256 |

Gary Jobson Recipient of
Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award
at United States Sailboat Show

Annapolis, Maryland (October 5, 2018) ------- The 49th United States Sailboat Show opened yesterday under summer conditions and rousing crowds. This morning at Sail America’s Industry Breakfast the Annapolis Boat Shows announced Gary Jobson as winner of the 5th annual Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award.

“For more than forty years Gary Jobson has been a tireless promoter of sailing across the United States and around the world,” said Paul Jacobs, president of the Annapolis Boat Shows. “He promotes sailing and the sailing lifestyle through lectures, tours, personal appearances, books, articles, television, and film. He has written 19 books and narrated or produced thousands of films on sailing. He has been the voice and face of sailing for decades on ESPN and NBC."

“We are proud to add this award to the impressive list of awards Gary has received over the years. It is well deserved,” Jacobs added.

The Distinguished Service Award is an annual honor bestowed on a sailor who has distinguished him or herself through outstanding and unselfish service to the overall advancement of the sailing industry. The awardee receives an inscribed Anniversary 8-Day Ship Bell Clock on a mahogany base that is a limited edition precision timepiece donated by Weems & Plath. Created by the Annapolis Boat Shows in 2014, the objective is to inspire members of the sailing industry to strive for high standards of excellence, service, and commitment.

Last years' Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award went to not one person but two. Olaf and Peter Harken, founders of Harken, Inc. an international manufacturer specializing in performance sailing hardware, joined a small but important group of recipients: Alastair Murray, John Arndt, and Margaret Podlich, all of whom continue to make huge contributions to sailing both on and off the water. The award recognizes distinguished, continued, and unselfish service to the overall advancement of the sailing industry.

About the United States Sailboat Show: The United States Sailboat Show, dubbed the 'world's best' by consumers and exhibitors alike, is the granddaddy of all sailboat shows. This prestigious show is the only boat show in which virtually every major sailboat manufacturer is represented. The 49th United States Sailboat Show will run October 4-8, 2018.
About the United States Powerboat Show: The 47th United States Powerboat Show opens the following weekend, October 11-14, 2018, with nearly 700 boats including everything from luxurious blue water cruising boats and power catamarans to high-performance jet boats, center consoles, pontoons, dozens of trawlers, down east boats, and every other type of boat imaginable.