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Sail magazine names Pittman Innovation Award winners

Sail magazine, a sister publication of Soundings Trade Only, has named the winners of its annual Pittman Innovation Awards for 2018.

This year’s overall winner was TeamO Marine’s Autolock tether, which one judge lauded for “its ability to lock in at any length, potentially preventing sailors from going overboard in the first place.”

“One of the really fun things about this year’s Pittman class is the fact that it covers the entire spectrum of marine products, from satellite communications to trickle-down technology in the area of sails to something as fundamental as the lowly snap,” Adam Cort, Sail’s executive editor, said in a statement.

The 15 Pittman Innovation Award winners for 2018 are:

  • Cruising category — North Sails 3Di NORDAC sails; Gill’s Hydrophobe down jacket and vest; and the Ewincher;
  • Systems category — Dometic’s CFX 95DZW portable refrigerator/freezer; JEFA’s Modular Steering “Cassette” concept; Surefas’ Caf-Compo snap studs; and a special mention for the Scanstrut Para Sailing System;
  • Safety category — Exposure Lights’ Olas Float-On multipurpose flashlight; and TeamO Marine’s Autlolock tether;
  • Electronics category — Vesper Marine’s Smart AIS app; Garmin’s ActiveCaptain app; and Skymate’s Mazu and MSeries all-in-one satellite communications system;
  • Racing category — Zhik’s Isotak foul-weather smock; Racegeek’s d10; and the E-Furler from Kohlhoff/Loop.

The awards are named after Freeman K. Pittman, Sail’s longtime technical editor, who died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 1996.

The team of judges included Cort; Sail’s cruising editor, Charles J. Doane; technical editor Jay Paris; and electronics editor Ben Ellison.

They were assisted by Tom Burden, author of West Marine’s advisor series of articles, and Gerry Douglas, chief designer and vice president of Catalina Yachts.

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