Photo L-R, Mike Rauworth, Chairman Tall Ships America, Alan Olson and Kris Von-Wald, Exec. Dir.
At its 46th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships, in San Pedro, CA, on February 23-27, 2019, Tall Ships America awarded to CCA-SAF member, Alan Olson, its prestigious Leadership Award for 2018.
The mission of Tall Ships America is to encourage character building through sail training, promote sail training to the North American public, and support education under sail. A number of awards are given annually to individuals and organizations that strive to follow this mission. The Leadership Award is awarded to a member of Tall Ships America who has made a significant contribution to sail training through the demonstration of leadership at executive or senior levels, and whose impact has been felt by the sail training community at large, beyond that of their own organization. Alan, of course, is the visionary who conceived of building the brigantine Matthew Turner in Sausalito and let the efforts to fund and build the ship.
Members of the San Francisco Station have supported Alan in the Matthew Turner project and are proud to see that his peers in Tall Ship America have rewarded him. Matthew Turner has figured prominently in SAF meetings, from the time that Alan first announced his vision at an SAF meeting until the completion of the ship until this June when we will have a chance to actually board the completed vessel for the first time at our June 5,2019, lunch meeting.