June 8, 2021

Inviting sailors to share their pledge to protect our oceans and waterways!

Join your fellow sailors in creating a stewardship anthem that will be featured in The Sailing Museum.

June 8, 2021 World Oceans Day

The Sailing Museum (TSM) announced today a unique opportunity for the sailing community to create a film exhibit for The Sailing Museum. Scheduled to open in May of 2022, The Sailing Museum will offer an innovative multi-media experience dedicated to celebrating sailing’s heritage, showcasing its heroes and inspiring new generations of sailors and innovators.

The Sailing Museum will feature themed areas, beginning with Wind & Water where visitors will be introduced to some of the basic principles of sailing. One particular exhibit will be focused on the importance of caring for the places we sail.

“As sailors, we have a unique bond with our oceans and waterways”, said Heather Ruhsam, Executive Director, The Sailing Museum. “We’ve seen firsthand that our lakes, rivers, oceans and seas are being threatened by pollution and declining habitat, which is damaging marine biodiversity and hurting coastal communities. We’ve also seen that the actions we take on land and sea can, and do, make a difference. Through The Sailing Museum, we can share our collective efforts from coast to coast with sailors and non-sailors alike, inspiring all to take action.”

The Sailing Museum is inviting the sailing community to share what they are doing in their communities to protect and preserve the waters they sail on. They have issued a request for video submissions to help create a stewardship anthem that will be featured in the museum and on their web and social channels.

We are excited to include both our supporters and the greater sailing community in the creation of this exhibit,” said Ruhsam. “The Sailing Museum is designed not only to pay tribute to the history of sailing, but to educate those new to our sport, including the importance of protecting our home waters to ensure this and future generations can enjoy the pastime we love. This video campaign is a unique opportunity to share your passion and be a part of the museum experience.”

To contribute to the stewardship video, sailors are asked to record a short video (up to two minutes) with a camera or mobile device. In an effort to simplify the submission process, TSM has developed simple step-by-step instructions for recording as well as a Mad Libs™-style script to use as a guide. The museum is encouraging the sailors to bring their personality, and location, to their videos. An example of video content includes the following:

I am a sailor.

I am proud to be a steward/protector/defender/champion/word of your choosing of the name of the ocean/sea/river/lake/waterway you sail on.

Wherever we sail, our home waters are in danger.

So, here’s what I’m doing to protect them: list 1-3 actions you are taking in the name of stewardship.

Together, we can do this/make a difference/another phrase of your choosing.”

Click below for more information on video submissions and a complete instructional PDF.

About The Sailing Museum: The Sailing Museum, opening in May 2022, will feature exhibits celebrating the National Sailing Hall of Fame and America’s Cup Hall of Fame. Located in the historic Armory Building on Thames Street in Newport, R.I. the museum will bring incredible people and inspiring stories from across the country together into one place that is accessible to all. Interactive educational exhibits will provide real-world applications of STEAM concepts that come alive through sailing; and visitors of all ages, non-sailors and sailors alike, will experience the magic that happens when wind and water meet. www.thesailingmusseum.org.  

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