2015-02-05 / Around Town

John H. Chafee Boater of the Year


Governor Gina Raimondo looks on as Bart Dunbar receives the RIMTA Boater of the Year Award from DEM Director Janet Coit on the opening morning of the Providence Boat Show. (Photo by Kate Mouligne) Governor Gina Raimondo looks on as Bart Dunbar receives the RIMTA Boater of the Year Award from DEM Director Janet Coit on the opening morning of the Providence Boat Show. (Photo by Kate Mouligne) Bart Dunbar, chair of the nonprofit organization Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI) and president of Bowen’s Wharf Company, has been named the 2015 John H. Chafee Boater of the Year by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA). The award recognizes and honors an individual who has contributed to the success of the recreational boating industry in Rhode Island or championed the cause of bringing recreational boating to the public. Past honorees include Ted Hood Sr., Halsey Herreshoff, Ken Read and Rome Kirby.

Dunbar was lauded for his key roles in the development of Bowen’s Wharf and the incorporation of the American Sail Training Association (now Tall Ships America) in the early 1970s; the co-founding of Sail Newport after the loss of the America’s Cup in 1983; and bringing the 200-foot SSV Oliver Hazard Perry to life.

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