On December 1st at Christie’s in New York City 250 of our friends, supporters and sponsors (sorry we could not fit more!) gathered for a dive into the ocean. The art filled hallways of Christie’s were transformed into a journey on the water celebrating, the beauty of the ocean and the amazing sea creatures that convince us we should dive in to protect the ocean!
The evening was kicked off by our hosts David Rockefeller, Jr., Sailors for the Sea co-founder and Chairman and Stephen Lash, Chairman Emeritus, Christie’s. Next Steve Curwood, host and executive producer of NPR’s Living on Earth took the stage with Julie Packard, executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Jerry Kirby, a three-time Volvo Ocean Race sailor and six-time America's Cup competitor. Steve, Julie and Jerry all shared their different passions for the ocean and their incredible and vast knowledge they each have from a lifetime dedicated to being on, near or talking about this important resource. Each of their stories arrived at the conclusion that we have one planet, one ocean and it takes passionate people, like those in the boating community to protect the waters we love!
After this passionate discussion guests were treated to videos from our friends at Waterlust – celebrating the many wind-powered ocean sports we all love. The evening culminated in a toast to the ocean by our president, R. Mark Davis and board member Max Williamson and the auction of a lifetime for the wanderlust. Thanks to the amazing auctioneer, John Hays, each of the six donated auction packages, from a Hinckley ride in Newport to an Atlantic crossing on the Queen Mary 2 to a sailing adventure in Turkey on a private super-yacht were sold in record time all while supporting our ocean conservation programs!
At the end of the night our gala chair Regan Gammon announced the event raised significant support for Sailors for the Sea. This would not have been possible with the generous support of our many incredible sponsors, donors and foundations listed here and everyone who attended the event and bid during the auction!