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By Lucy Chabot Reed

Between jobs last year, Capt. Marvin Wilson spent six months volunteering as skipper on the 178-foot (54m) R/V Pacific Hope, a medical ship that spent the past three years around Vanuatu providing medical care to thousands of people in the South Pacific, including 60 who had cataract surgery.

For those actions and others, the International Superyacht Society honored Capt. Wilson with its Distinguished Crew Award at its gala Wednesday night.

“It was very humbling,” Capt. Wilson said after the event. “You know when you help someone, help them change a tire or something, you don’t think you’re going to be honored for that. But I’m really glad that more people are going to know about Pacific Hope now, all the engineers and managers who were there [at the gala]. People in the marine industry do good things, too.”

He continues to work with the vessel as its land-based manager to help with its paperwork and class compliance. The faith-based Pacific Hope is headed to the Caribbean and has volunteer opportunities for most crew positions.

Capt. Marvin Wilson walked the boat show on Wednesday with his parents, who came down from Georgia to watch their son accept his award. Photo by Dorie Cox

Capt. Wilson and his crew also secured the charter guests aboard the 100-foot Hargrave M/Y Limitless within minutes of a fire consuming the vessel in the British Virgin Islands last spring. All 11 souls aboard were unharmed.

Capt. Wilson was headed back to Georgia on Thursday to his current vessel, the 45m Broward M/Y Lady Nora (ex-Cocoa Bean), which is completing a shipyard period in Savannah before heading to the Bahamas for an owner’s trip.

“It’s got all new linens and towels, new bedding, new uniforms, everything is new,” he said. “We are all so excited for the boss to see it.”

During its Design and Leadership Awards Gala, ISS also honored Derek Munro of the Superyacht Charities Foundation as Business Person of the Year, Andrew Winch of Winch Designs with its Leadership Award, Kymeta and e3 Systems for Excellence in Innovation, and Suntex Marinas’ Loggerhead Marinelife Center with its Fabien Cousteau Blue Award.

The naval architects, builders and designers of yachts in these categories were also honored:

For best power over 65m, the 316-foot (96.5m) Feadship M/Y Faith.

For best power yacht 40-65m, the 160-foot (49m) Christensen M/Y Chasseur.

For best power yacht 24-40m, the 127-foot (38.6m) M/Y Jetsetter.

For best refit, the 280-foot (85.5m) M/Y Aquila.

For best sailing yacht over 40m, the 230-foot (70m) Perini Navi S/Y Sybaris, which also won for best interior design.

For best sailing yacht 24-40m, the 130-foot (40m) S/Y My Song.

Lucy Chabot Reed is publisher of Triton Today. Comments are welcome below.

About Lucy Chabot Reed

Lucy Chabot Reed is publisher and founding editor of The Triton.

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