Presented annually by Mystic Seaport since 2006, the "America & The Sea Award" recognizes an individual or organization whose contributions to the history, arts, business or sciences of the sea best exemplify the American spirit and character.
Mystic Seaport presented its prestigious award to the brother’s Johnstone on Saturday, October 22 at a gala black-tie dinner held in their honor at the Museum. The gala was the first and only dinner held in the Collins Gallery in the new Thompson Exhibition Building, prior to its on-going use to display upcoming marine exhibits.
“Over the past 39 years, the Johnstone family and their company have influenced American yachting and sport of sailing in incomparable ways. They have established a record of accomplishment that few will ever challenge, and they have instilled in countless Americans a passion for enjoying time on the water with family and good friends aboard good boats,” said Steve White, President of Mystic Seaport. “For these reasons and many more, Mystic Seaport is proud to bestow its America & The Sea Award to Bob and Rod Johnstone – co-founders of J/Boats.” Learn more about J/Boats here. Learn more about Mystic Seaport Museum "America and the Sea Award" here.