Johnstones, J/Boats Honored

The Johnstone family and their company were presented with the 2016 America and the Sea Award.
The America and the Sea Award 2016
From left to right: Ken Read, president of North Sails; Bob Johnstone, award recipient; Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport; Rod Johnstone, award recipient; and Barclay Collins, chairman of the Board of Mystic Seaport.

Mystic Seaport presented its 2016 America and the Sea Award to Bob and Rod Johnstone – J/Boats. Given annually by the Museum, the prestigious award recognizes individuals or organizations whose contribution to the history, arts, business, or sciences of the sea best exemplify the American character.

The Johnstones received the award Saturday, October 22, at a gala dinner held in their honor at Mystic Seaport. The gala was held in the Collins Gallery in the new Thompson Exhibition Building. The America and the Sea Award Gala is the single largest fundraising event for the Museum. Proceeds from the event benefit the mission of the Museum to inspire an enduring connection to America’s maritime heritage.

“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.

The 2016 gala was co-chaired by J. Barclay Collins, II, Maarten de Jong and Kendra Matthew, Michael and Joanne Masin, and Cayre and Alexis Michas. S. Carter Gowrie is corporate co-chair.