Photography by Paul Ayala
24 February 2022
The International SeaKeepers Society (SeaKeepers) hosted its SeaKeepers Award Event, an exclusive gathering to honour CDR Victor Vescovo USN (Ret.) as the 2021 SeaKeeper of the Year Award Recipient, the NextGen Awardee the Blue Latitudes Foundation, and the 2020–21 DISCOVERY Yacht Fleet.
Over 160 guests attended the full capacity event during the Miami Boat Show. The gathering was held at The Deck, Island Gardens, where guests enjoyed cocktails and dinner in a stunning setting with mega yachts against a Miami skyline backdrop.
Dr Sylvia A Earle, 1998 SeaKeeper of the Year and member of the SeaKeepers Scientific Advisory Council, presented the awards to the 2021 SeaKeeper of the Year, Victor Vescovo and the NextGen Award to Amber Sparks from the Blue Latitudes Foundation.
In attendance as Dr Sylvia A. Earle’s guest was SeaKeepers recipient of the 2013 SeaKeeper of the Year, David E. Shaw, Co-Chair of Sargasso Sea Alliance. SeaKeepers leadership was in attendance, including Chairman Emeritus Michael T. Moore, Chairman and President, Jay Wade, and Board Members Glen Allen and Mark Luther.
The 2020–21 DISCOVERY Yacht Fleet program video was shared with guests and included highlights from Scientist-led Expeditions, Citizen Science, Educational Outreach, and Community Engagement.
SeaKeepers presented thank-you gifts to the vessel representatives present at the event: Archimedes – Chris Walsh; Cabrillo – Steve Marcin; Isabel – Till Koerber; Julia – Carey Drake; M’Powered – Aaron Goldstein; Miss Sophia – Jeff Pankey; Mystique – James Rakoczy; Surface Interval – Rick Thomas; Three Graces – Mark Luther; Walton Smith – Clay Dundas and Jon Raymond; YSI Greenline 48’ – Brewster Knott.
SeaKeepers would like to thank the Artist of the Year Kelly Quinn, who curated custom pieces for our awardees.
We would also like to thank the following sponsors for their support: IGY Marinas as the Marina Sponsor, Global Marine Travel as an Education Sponsor, Derecktor Shipyards as the Entertainment Sponsor, Florida Atlantic University as an Education Sponsor, and Georgia Aquarium as a Science Sponsor.
Lastly, thank you to our media partners for their promotion during the life of the event: CharterWorld, Compass Magazine, Coral Gables Magazine, Excellence Luxury Magazine, Luxury Guide, MegaYacht News, Ocean Media, Yachts International, YATCO, and Venü Magazine.
The International SeaKeepers Society ® is a not-for-profit organisation focusing on the health of the world’s oceans and climate.
SeaKeepers works with the boating and yachting community to take advantage of their unique potential to further marine research and to raise awareness about the issues our oceans face. SeaKeepers acts as a global catalyst working with governments, scientists, institutions, and other marine organisations to further its mission and support sensible, achievable marine protection and restoration.