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Dawn Ri­ley, the first woman to com­pete in both the Amer­ica’s Cup and the Whit­bread Round the World Race, is this year’s re­cip­i­ent of Mys­tic Sea­port’s Amer­ica and the Sea Award. In 1989-90, Ri­ley was the watch cap­tain/en­gi­neer on Maiden, the first all-women team in the Whit­bread Round the World Race (now the Volvo Ocean Race). In 1993-94 she re­turned to the Whit­bread as the skipper of Heineken, lead­ing the only all-women team in that race.

A four-time Amer­ica’s Cup vet­eran, Ri­ley first cam­paigned with Bill Koch’s vic­to­ri­ous de­fend­ing syn­di­cate Amer­ica3, as the only fe­male sailor, in 1992. In 1995, she was team cap­tain of Amer­ica3-backed Mighty Mary, with the first all-fe­male crew. In 2000, she was CEO and cap­tain of the Amer­ica True syn­di­cate, and she was gen­eral man­ager of K-Chal­lenge in the 2007 Cup.

Ri­ley is the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Oak­cliff Sail­ing Cen­ter in Oys­ter Bay, New York, which trains sailors for the Olympics, Amer­ica’s Cup and other high­level com­pe­ti­tions.

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