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R.I. trade group honors local marine advocates

Sally Helme (second from right) received the 2014 RIMTA Anchor Award at the Annual Industry Breakfast on Sept. 13 in Newport, R.I. She is shown with U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Brad Read. PHOTO CREDIT: Billy Black

Sally Helme (second from right) received the 2014 RIMTA Anchor Award at the Annual Industry Breakfast on Sept. 13 in Newport, R.I. She is shown with U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Brad Read.PHOTO CREDIT: Billy Black

Sally Helme, of The Sailing Co. in Middletown, R.I., and Eric Goetz of Goetz Composites in Bristol, R.I., were named the 2014 recipients of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association Anchor Awards.

The accolades — awarded annually to people who have had a significant impact on the promotion and advancement of Rhode Island’s marine trades — were presented at RIMTA’s annual Industry Breakfast on Sept. 13.

Eric Goetz (second from right) also received the 2014 RIMTA Anchor Award at the organization’s Annual Industry Breakfast. He is shown with RIMTA CEO Wendy Mackie (left), U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Rep. David Cicilline and Peter Van Lancker. PHOTO CREDIT: Billy Black

Eric Goetz (second from right) also received the 2014 RIMTA Anchor Award at the organization’s Annual Industry Breakfast. He is shown with RIMTA CEO Wendy Mackie (left), U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Rep. David Cicilline and Peter Van Lancker.PHOTO CREDIT: Billy Black

About 145 industry members attended the presentation. U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a past Anchor Award recipient, and U.S. Rep. David Cicilline also addressed the audience.

Brad Read, of Sail Newport, presented Helme with her award. Read lauded Helme as a longtime advocate of the industry and the sport and a leader in the media who continues to shine a spotlight on recreational boating on a global scale.

Peter Van Lancke, of Hunt Yachts, presented Goetz with his award. Van Lancker praised Goetz as an innovator who has built elegant composite structures with precision, accuracy and engineering skill and as someone who has shaped the industry as a teacher and mentor to many in the field.

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