The Miles River YC Foundation will honor Adam Werblow, Head Varsity Sailing Coach of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, at its third annual Awards Dinner to be held on Saturday, September 21, from 6-9 p.m. at the Miles River YC in St. Michaels. The Awards Dinner raises funds for the MRYC Foundation to support youth-oriented competitive sailing, swimming and rowing, and maritime-focused educational activities in the Chesapeake Bay region.
Arguably America’s most successful sailing coach, Werblow has won 15 national titles in 25 seasons at St. Mary’s, including the 2010 ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship, and the 2009 ICSA/GILL Co-ed National Dingy Sailing Championship, the Super Bowl of intercollegiate sailing. He has coached over 100 collegiate All American sailors, and served eight times as Head Coach of the U.S. Youth Worlds Team, winning several Gold and Silver medals. A graduate of Connecticut College where he captained the sailing team, Werblow was a member of the U.S. Sailing Team in the Flying Dutchman class from 1988-1992. In 1999, Werblow was named the Developmental Coach of the Year by U.S. Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee. He now heads one of the premier sailing programs in the country, whose sailors include an Olympic silver medalist and two Rolex Yachtswomen of the Year.
Werblow follows previous award recipients Gary Jobson, President of U.S. Sailing, the governing body of competitive American sailing, winner of the America’s Cup, and award-winning television sailing commentator/producer and author; Marc Castelli, world-famous maritime artist and advocate for the Chesapeake Bay watermen; and Matt Rutherford, the first yachtsman to ever sail solo non-stop around North and South America.
The Awards Dinner is a perennial sold-out elegant occasion, featuring a reception with sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and drink, a gourmet dinner, a Silent and Live Auction, the presentation of the colors by the Easton High School Navy JROTC, nautical and patriotic music by the Wye Choral Scholars, and the award presentation and response from Coach Werblow.
The MRYC Foundation, formed in 2010 as an independent 501c3 charitable foundation, has to date granted more than $80,000 to 17 non-profit organizations for scholarships, equipment, boats and operating expenses. These have included Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, Critchlow Atkins Children’s Centers, Del-Mar-Va Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Easton High School Navy JROTC, Freedom Rowers and Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay. Also, Gunston School crew team, Horn Point Laboratory, Miles River Sail and Power Squadron, MRYC Junior Sail Camp, MRYC Marlins Swim Team, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, Pickering Creek Audubon Center, St. Michaels Community Center, Sultana Projects and YMCA of the Chesapeake.
Reservations may now be made for the Awards Dinner at $100 per person, or $800 for a table of eight, by e-mailing the Foundation, telephoning 410-921-6792, or by writing MRYC Foundation, 606A North Talbot Street, Suite 115, St. Michaels, MD 21663. Seating is limited.