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Maritime Heroes

Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky and US Sailing are proud to introduce the Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Award. This award recognizes the men and women who are making significant contributions to educate, volunteer, advocate or simply encourage participation in sailing within their community or beyond.

We've gone through the submissions and selected our top six finalists. The public have cast their votes and we are now delighed to announce that our 2015 winner is Nathan Indergaard.


The Grand Prize

  • The winner will receive a $5,000 grant to continue their efforts within the sailing community.
  • The winner will also be honored at US Sailing's Leadership Forum in San Diego, California.
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November 5–20, 2015

Nomination Period

November 24, 2015

Finalists selected

December 7–22, 2015

Public Voting Period

December 29, 2015

Winner is selected

February 4–6, 2016

Award Ceremony

Previous Winners

2015 - Nathan Indergaard

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Over the past two years, Nathan has become an activist for US Sailing’s REACH Initiative, which utilizes sailing as an educational platform. REACH challenges youth to embrace education, establishing a love of learning while exploring science, technology, engineering and math.

2014 - Richard Ramos and Aleef Mahmud

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Richard Ramos, a former sailor who suffers from a disabling spinal cord injury following a diving incident, thought he would never be able to sail again. After meeting Aleef Mahmud, an engineer from RIT through Community Boating, INC., the two created an apparatus that would allow Richard and others with similar injuries to pursue their marine passions.

2013 - Rorke Miller

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Rorke Miller was nominated by a member of his sailing community for his involvement in the SAIL Champion Program, which aims to help at-risk youth through the therapeutic activity of sailing. As director of the program and co-founder of the RED8 Boatworks, Miller created a positive environment where young adults could seek guidance and training for a better future.

2012 - Donald Backe

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Donald Backe of Annapolis, Maryland was nominated by a member of his sailing community for creating the Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (C.R.A.B) organization, whose mission is to inspire and teach the disabled to sail. Don founded C.R.A.B. in 1991 so that sailing could be experienced by physically and mentally challenged individuals, as well as those who aren’t able to participate in the sport for financial reasons. Because of Don’s tenacity and will, C.R.A.B. has evolved into a four-sailboat fleet.