The America and the Sea Award, established by Mystic Seaport Museum in 2006, honors and celebrates those who embrace the scholarship, exploration, adventure, aesthetics, competition, and freedom that the sea inspires.
The America and the Sea Award Gala is the single largest fundraising event for Mystic Seaport Museum. Proceeds provide vital funding for the exhibitions, educational programs, and activities at the Museum that tell the story of our nation’s maritime heritage. Programs like school visits, educator workshops, and community sailing benefit from the resources raised throughout the evening. Delivery of public history at this level can only be achieved with strong charitable support.
For more information about the gala or to donate to the paddle raise initiative, please visit MSMGALA23.givesmart.com.
The America and the Sea Award Recipients
Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret): 2023
Mystic Seaport Museum will present its 2023 America and the Sea Award to
Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret), a decorated sailor, author, consultant, and
businessman contributing to the American maritime culture through his nearly four
decades of service and numerous books and articles on related subjects.
Let’s Keep Brilliant – brilliant!
2023 Paddle Raise Video
Terry Hutchinson, one of the most admired and respected sailors in the yacht racing circuit and most recently the skipper, executive director, and tactician for the New York Yacht Club American Magic campaign for the 36th America’s Cup, is the 2021 recipient of the America and the Sea Award.
David Rockefeller Jr. and Sailors for the Sea: 2017