The International SeaKeepers Society hosted its annual Founders’ Dinner 2016, and kicked off the 57th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, at the private waterfront residence of Host Chairs, Andrew M. Heller and Tanya Lynn Sabel. The DISCOVERY Yacht Chairs were Claudia Potamkin and Sandra Yawn.
Guests were invited to board DISCOVERY Yacht Mystique from Fleet Miami that was docked at the property. A moving feast with cocktails and entertainment on the waterfront provided the backdrop for recognition of the DISCOVERY Yacht Fleet that works with SeaKeepers to design and execute programming around conservation, education and research.
The event recognized the work of DISCOVERY Yacht Members and showcased a selection of research projects that SeaKeepers has undertaken this year. SeaKeepers honored the following vessels from DISCOVERY Yacht Fleet and their respective representatives: Defiance – Capt. Sandra Yawn, Final Final – Skip & Paula Zimbalist, Fugitive and Vigilante – Angela Rosenberg, Insetta 45 – INSETTA Boatworks, Julia and Shredder – Fleet Miami, Morning Glory – Capt. Zac Bailey, Niyama – Rodney Moll, Penny Mae – Lee &Penny Anderson, Silver Cloud – Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Timely Sale – Martin Arostegui and Valkyrie – Thomas Petersen for their generous contribution to the DISCOVERY Yachts Program.
The International SeaKeepers Society was established in 1998 to promote oceanographic research, conservation and education. Now in its 18th year, the society has evolved thanks to the support it has received from individuals and organizations across the world and currently activates a fleet of discovery yachts which it uses to carry out its key programming.