Australian sailor honored at Annapolis show

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Ronstan veteran Alistair Murray was recognized for his contributions to the sailing industry during a launch party at the 45th United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md.

Murray received the first Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award, which is intended to honor a recipient who has distinguished himself or herself through “continued and unselfish service to the overall advancement of the sailing industry,”show organizers said. The award is intended to be given annually.

Working for Ronstan since 1976, Melbourne, Australia, native Murray 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 the United States twice during 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,” according to a statement from Annapolis Boat Shows.

The award came with a custom-engraved anniversary barometer provided by Weems & Plath.

Keynote speaker Ken Read, considered one of the world’s most accomplished and celebrated sailors, spoke about the state of the industry during the launch party 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.

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