Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky and US Sailing, along with consumers nationwide, have chosen the recipients of the 2014 Maritime Heroes Award.
This year's winners, Richard Ramos and Aleef Mahmud of Medford, Massachusetts, will be honored at a gala event on January 22, 2015 at
the US Sailing National Sailing Programs Symposium in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Richard Ramos never thought he would sail again following a diving accident that left him with a disabling spinal cord injury. After meeting Aleef, an engineer from RIT through Community Boating, INC., the two created an apparatus that would allow Richard and others with similar injuries to pursue their marine passions.
"The technology that Aleef and I constructed gave me the opportunity to sail once again after years without being able. I hope that it has inspired those who suffer from similar disabilities that anything is possible. I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation to Old Pulteney and US Sailing for sponsoring this prestigious award." said Richard.
Aleef shared the same enthusiasm as his partner: "I am overjoyed to hear that Richard and I have been named the 2014 Maritime Heroes. This new adaptive sailing system will allow paralyzed and injured members of our community to sail once again. The system, which works via a secured seat mounted on a circular track to allow rotation, will allow the user to control the tiller of the boat through a bi-directional crank and series of lines that is controlled by the sailor."
"What Richard and Aleef have accomplished embodies our definition of the 2014 Maritime Hero. They have restored hope in the lives of many sailing enthusiasts and we are honored to present them with the award for their outstanding contributions," said Pat Graney, President of International Beverage.
Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky and US Sailing introduce the Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Award. This award recognizes the men and women who are making significant contributions to educate, volunteer, advocate or simply encourage participation in sailing within their community-or beyond.
Our Maritime Heritage
Old Pulteney was founded in 1826 and is crafted at the Pulteney Distillery in Wick, Scotland. The distillery is located in the very far north of Scotland, by Wick's historic harbor, which was known for the barrels of silver (herring) and gold (whisky) which left the port in vast numbers during the 1800's, at a time when road links to the town were not established. To this day, Old Pulteney matures its fine whisky in hand-selected oak casks, slowly capturing the unique character of this stunning landscape with its long seafaring history. The brand has a long standing association with the sea and is known as the Genuine Maritime Malt. Through its partnership with US Sailing, Old Pulteney has the opportunity to share its rich heritage and fine expressions with the adult sailing community in the United States.
About US Sailing
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and advancement for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.