Mystic Seaport to give America and the Sea award to acclaimed yachtsman Terry Hutchinson
Mystic -- Mystic Seaport Museum has announced it will present its 2021 America and the Sea Award to Terry Hutchinson, who most recently was the skipper, executive director, and tactician for the New York Yacht Club's American Magic campaign for the 36th America’s Cup.
The annual award recognizes individuals and organizations "whose extraordinary achievements in the world of maritime exploration, competition, scholarship, and design best exemplify the American character."
The museum will present Hutchinson with the award on Sept. 14 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. The event is a major fundraiser for the museum.
Hutchinson has 16 World Championship wins, been involved in five America's Cup campaigns and was twice named the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year.
“What truly sets Hutchinson apart is his leadership. He held his team together to compete in the America’s Cup, battling COVID-19 restrictions and numerous changes in fortune, including a severely damaged boat. Hutchinson led his team with the humble charisma that has defined his entire sailing career, indicative of the American spirit that the America and the Sea Award seeks to honor,” said museum President Peter Armstrong in announcing the award.
Among the past winners are America's Cup Hall of Fame member Tom Whidden, best-selling author and historian Nathaniel Philbrick, oceanographer and explorer Sylvia Earle and boat designers Rod and Bob Johnstone of Stonington and their company J/Boats.
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