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Southbound II Award

This award was created to recognize individuals and/or organizations whose volunteer efforts have rendered a valuable service to the well-being of the blue water sailing community.  It is presented on a periodic basis when appropriate (not necessarily annually).

A member of SSCA donated monies to be used to recognize those who have significantly helped sailors living the full-time cruising lifestyle. The conditions of the donation were that the donor remain anonymous; that the award be named to honor Herb Hilgenberg, whose boat as well as his famous high frequency radio station named Southbound II; and that Herb Hilgenberg be the first recipient. The award consists of a crystal sailboat trophy and may include a monetary remuneration. Herb was, indeed, the first recipient of the award in 1999.

Award Nomination Form

2017 Recipient of the Southbound II Award

Dave Skolnick's many contributions to SSCA certainly meet the criterion for the Southbound II Award.  Dave has served on the SSCA Board of Directors and as its president. For years, Dave has served as an active volunteer and has shared his considerable knowledge and expertise in dozens of webinars on numerous cruising subjects. He has been a valued speaker at over 15 gams and a popular presenter on Seven Seas U. One topic that is always in demand is his discussion on passagemaking and preparation - including crew selection and the all-important care and feeding of the crew.

Dave has been the speaker coordinator at the Annapolis Gam and has been an active and engaged cruising station host in Annapolis, helping cruisers acquire parts and services, along with providing transportation and an address to receive packages. He started the cruiser lunch gatherings in Eastport, Maryland. A frequent Commodores' Bulletin and Cruisers' Workshop contributor, Dave has been a valued and constant volunteer helping with whatever needs to be done. For these and numerous examples that exemplify SSCA's Clean Wake tradition, we recognize Dave with the Southbound II award.

Past Recipients of the Southbound II Award

Dave Skolnick

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Summerville, SC 29485
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