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Mystic Seaport honors Gary Jobson with annual award

Mystic Seaport named Gary Jobson the 2013 recipient of the museum’s America and the Sea Award.

Presented annually by the maritime museum, the award recognizes an individual or organization whose contribution to the history, arts, business or sciences of the sea best exemplify the American character.

Jobson was to receive the award at a benefit gala held in his honor in New York City Tuesday evening.

The America and the Sea Award honors and celebrates those who embrace the scholarship, exploration, adventure, aesthetics, competition and freedom the sea inspires.

Distinguished past recipients include the founder of WoodenBoat publications, Jon Wilson; former Navy Secretary John Lehman; oceanographer and deep sea explorer Sylvia Earle; maritime collector and yachtsman William I. Koch; Thomas B. Crowley Jr., president and CEO of Crowley Maritime Corp.; Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David McCullough; and famed yacht designer Olin Stephens.

“Few people have had such an extraordinary impact on the sport of sailing as has Gary Jobson,” Mystic Seaport president Steve White said in a statement. “His contribution goes far beyond the awards and accolades on the racecourse: Gary is a gifted teacher and storyteller whose generosity and commitment has been an inspiration for many people inside and outside of the sailing community.”

Jobson has spent much of his life sailing the world’s oceans. He is a decorated sailor, television sailing commentator, Emmy winner, sailing lecturer, sailing coach and author.

As a supporter of Mystic Seaport, he has collaborated on producing documentaries on sailing and sailors with the museum’s film and video archives, including “Unfurling the World: The Voyages of Irving and Electa Johnson.”

The documentary shares the adventures of the famous sailing couple, who completed seven round-the-world voyages between 1933 and 1958 and later in life traveled throughout the inland waterways of Europe. Jobson, in partnership with Mystic Seaport, hosted the Mystic, Conn., premiere of the film in April 2012.

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