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Cruising World Publisher Emeritus Sally Helme receives Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award.

One of our own is recognized with one of the sailing industry’s highest honors.

October 20, 2021
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Sally Helme
Sally Helme, pictured here in Newport, Rhode Island, received one of the sailing industry’s highest honors at the Annapolis Sailboat Show last week. She was recognized for her leadership, vision and long-time commitment to sailors and the sailing industry. Courtesy Sally Helme

Cruising World’s own Sally Helme was awarded one of the highest honors in the sailing industry on the opening day of the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD. Sally, Cruising World’s Publisher Emeritus, was awarded the Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award. The Cruising World Team and the Bonnier Corporation are thrilled to see Sally honored by the industry for the leadership, vision, selflessness, and integrity that those of us fortunate to work with her see every day. The award was announced Friday morning, October 15, at the annual Sailing Industry breakfast

“Sally has been involved with the sailing industry since she graduated from Princeton University,” said Bonnier Corporation Associate Publisher Ted Ruegg. “Her tireless work has produced the annual Sailing Industry Study which she started at International Marine in order to provide data on the sailing industry that did not exist at the time.”

A strong supporter of US SAILING, past president of Sail America, and a leader for the National Sailing Hall of Fame, Sally’s “commitment to sailors and those who work in the industry is without question,” said Cruising World Editor Mark Pillsbury. “She has helped welcome countless newcomers to the sport, and worked to ensure that sailing companies thrive.”

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Created by the Annapolis Boat Shows in 2014, the Distinguished Service Award is an annual honor that is bestowed on a sailor who has distinguished him or herself through outstanding and unselfish service to the overall advancement of the sailing industry. Weems & Plath graciously donated the inscribed Anniversary 8-Day Ship Bell Clock that was awarded to Sally. With a beautiful mahogany base, the award is a limited-edition precision timepiece that exudes the same excellence the award winner embodies.

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