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Award Presented at National Sailing Programs Symposium

Community Sailing recognizes organizations and individuals who have done an exemplary job of promoting public access sailing. These awards are presented at the Community Sailing Committee Awards dinner, held in conjunction with the National Sailing Programs Symposium.

See more at: Community Sailing Awards

Martin A. Luray Award: John O'Flaherty, Providence, RI

‘The Marty’ is Community Sailing’s highest honor The Marty is presented annually to a deserving recipient who has made an outstanding and unselfish contribution to further public access sailing. See the story: 2015 Community Sailing Awards

During his tenure as the Executive Director of the Community Boating Center (CBC) in Providence, John O’Flaherty has managed to build one of the most diverse community sailing programs in the country.

He’s created programs that allow children from various socio-economic backgrounds to go sailing for little to no cost. Last year alone over 1,700 children were involved with CBC’s outreach programs, and many of those were recruited through liaisons with structured organizations in the Greater Providence area

Additionally, by developing a vibrant adult program CBC has been able to provide affordable access to the city of Providence and the surrounding communities. John’s vision for Community Boating has helped the organization experience unprecedented growth. A strategic thinker, he always identifies the right move three steps before it’s required.

He had the forethought to approach US Sailing about developing a STEM program and has been intimately involved with the development of US Sailing’s Reach Program. In any room where STEM is being discussed, there’s a good chance that he’s at the center of the group.

Additionally, John is consistently gracious with his time. He’s always willing to answer questions from originations that are looking to dive into STEM or have questions about connecting with like-minded organizations. His demeanor makes him eminently approachable and his expertise makes him an unquestioned leader in his field.

John’s role at CBC suits him perfectly. Prior to joining CBC in 1994, John held various marketing roles as V.P. of Corporate Development for an advertising and graphic design firm, Advertising and Communication Manager for a medical equipment manufacturer, and Marketing Communications Manager for Schaefer Marine. His experience gives him a unique perspective when it comes to promoting CBC to potential donors or sponsors. In short, he speaks their language and that ability to communicate successfully has translated into marked growth for CBC.

John O’Flaherty, Executive Director of CBC commented,
“I am humbled and honored to join the ranks of the many distinguished champions of community sailing that embody the Martin A. Luray award.”

Community Boating Center (CBC) is a non-profit, 501c3 recreational organization offering all members of the community an opportunity to sail. Located in India Point Park, CBC provides outreach, sailing lessons and affordable access to the Providence waterfront. Gifts of cash or property to CBC may be treated as charitable donations for Federal Tax purposes.

For additional information contact:

John O'Flaherty
Executive Director
Community Boating Center
tel: 401.454.SAIL (7245)