July 31st 2013. By Jessica Muffett.

Nominations Open for 2013 YachtWorld Heroes

Do you know a person, foundation, or cause who should be recognized as a YachtWorld Hero? If so, here is how to send in your nomination.


Nominations are now open for the 2013 YachtWorld Hero Award.

For the past two years, YachtWorld has been seeking nominations of individuals and their foundations who are doing amazing and inspiring work in ocean advocacy, or who generously share their boating and marine knowledge and opportunities with others. As a result of your nominations, we have named fourteen YachtWorld Heroes and provided well-deserved international exposure to their foundations and causes. Now it’s time to add a few new names to that list.

Nominate a Hero

Do you know someone, or admire someone, who encourages or spreads the joy of boating in a significant way? Someone who shares their love of our oceans, rivers, lakes and other marine environments by protecting it or teaching us how to be better stewards of Planet Blue? If so, send us your nomination by October 31, 2013. Here are the categories:

Defending our Oceans
Innovative ways to preserve and protect the worlds’ oceans, rivers, lakes or other marine environments:

Example: 2012 YachtWorld Hero, Capt. Alexia Barrier, founded the ocean research program “4myplanet” which saw her commission and sail a 60 foot sailing yacht around the world single-handedly, while gathering ocean status data and educating school children worldwide via satellite podcasts and in person along the way.

Joy of Boating Crusader
Utilizing boats, boating skills, boating education or boating services to benefit others. Spreading the joy of boating.

Example: 2011 YachtWorld Heroes Debra Frenkel and John Weller co-founded Freedom Waters Foundation with the compelling mission to enhancing lives by providing therapeutic boating and marine related activities for people with disabilities, life threatening illnesses, youth at risk and others with special needs.

Marine Industry Professionals Changing The World

Example: 2012 YachtWorld Hero, 
Captain Mark Drewelow, of YachtAid Global, matches megayachts with communities who need medical and school supplies in far away communities. 

View all the YachtWorld Heroes

Vote for a Hero

This year we not only invite our YachtWorld friends to make nominations, but also to vote for the top #1 YachtWorld Hero. After nominations close on October 31, a panel of judges will choose and announce five finalists on Nov 7. Then everyone is invited to cast their vote to choose the #1 YachtWorld Hero of 2013 in November and December. All five finalists and their organizations will be featured at the Miami Boat Show Press Breakfast on February 13, 2014, where the winner will be announced.

The five finalists and their organizations receive recognition on YachtWorld.com, YachtWorldHeroes.com, Boats.com and BoatTrader.com, and they will also receive an engraved crystal globe award. The #1 YachtWorld Hero Winner will also receive additional exposure for their organization on YachtWorld.com valued at $10,000.

Remember, nominate your YachtWorld hero by October 31, 2013.

Jessica Muffett
Jessica Muffett is the founder of YachtWorld. Today she splits her time between Seattle and Kauai, where she contributes to YachtWorld as the Hawaii Correspondent. A former yacht and charter broker and offshore cruiser, she paddles recreationally on Hanalei Bay with her surf ski kayak and six man canoe clubs, and promotes ocean advocacy through her non-profit oceanheroes.org.