Sail magazine announces winners of 2019 Pittman Innovation Awards

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Sail magazine, a sister publication to Soundings Trade Only, has named the winners of its 2019 Pittman Innovation Awards. They are named after Freeman K. Pittman, Sail’s long-time technical editor who passed away from Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1996.

The awards recognized products developed by the sailing industry. This year had 15 winners. “Once again, the industry offered plenty of surprises, including a new system that frees sailboats of the need for a generator, a new 3D printed block, and even a digital variant on the age-old yarn telltale,” Adam Cort, executive editor of Sail magazine and one of the judges, said in a statement.

The team of judges also included Sail’s cruising editor Charles J. Doane, technical editor Jay Paris and electronics editor Ben Ellison. Full coverage of the awards appears on page 52 of the February issue of Sail and at

This year’s Overall Winner was Triskel Marine for its Integrel Advanced Generator Replacement system. It was selected by judges Matt Wise, senior manager of services for West Marine, and Gerry Douglas, chief designer and vice president of Catalina Yachts. The win was the second big accolade for Triskel, which also won the 2018 DAME Award at the Metstrade show in Amsterdam late last year.

The Pittman Innovation Award winners:

In the Cruising & Safety category: EuroDesign’s Composite Teak Decking, the Khimera life-vest from Mustang, Shakespeare Marine's Galaxy INFL8 antenna, and the SiOnyx Aurora day/night camera.

In the Systems category: Balmar's next-generation battery monitor, the SG200, Triskel Marine's Integrel advanced generator replace­ment system, and Blue Guard Innovation's BG-One smart bilge switch;

In the Electronics category: Autonnic's Starlight LED helming guide, Raymarine's ClearCruise AR (Augmented Reality) system, Sail-Sense from Spinlock, and the Fusion Apollo Series stereo.

In the Racing category: the Trim­Control electronic telltale, Colligo's Marine Revo Block, Spider Shoes total grip and Antal's QR quick release clutches.


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