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Sailors for the Sea


Susan Rockefeller  and David Rockefeller, Jr.

Susan and David Rockefeller, Jr.


David Rockefeller, Jr.’s


Raises Nearly $780,000 for Ocean Conservation

Photos by: Joyce Brooks

Harlan Bratcher, Susan Rockefeller, Barbara Cohn and Bert Cohn

Harlan Bratcher, Susan Rockefeller, Barbara Cohn and Bert Cohn

Russell Coutts, David Rockefeller, Jr., Jane Lubchen, William Koch and Susan Rockefeller

Sir Russell Coutts, David Rockefeller, Jr., Dr. Jane Lubchenco,
William Koch and Susan Rockefeller

William Koch

William Koch

Dan Pingaro

Dan Pingaro

Fernanda Kellogg

Fernanda Kellogg

John Connolly and Ingrid Connolly

John and Ingrid Connolly

Katherine Farley, David Rockefeller, Jr. and Susan Rockefeller

Linda Goelz and John Graef

Linda Goelz and John Graef

Gail Clark, Edward Samek and Lynne Wheat

Gail Clark, Edward Samek and Lynne Wheat

Susan Rockefeller, David Rockefeller and  Countess Marion von Burchard

Susan Rockefeller, David Rockefeller and
Countess Marion von Burchard

Kurt Matthews

Kurt Matthews

Joyce Brooks

Joyce Brooks

Jean Burden and Edward Samek

Jean Burden and Edward Samek

Cocktails anyone?.....

Until we meet again....


WHAT: On Monday, December 3, CHRISTIE’S New York hosted an unbelievable evening of cocktails, dinner, entertainment and auction for an elite group of philanthropists, top clientele, and members of the sailing community, to raise funds for Sailors for the Sea and its programs to educate and engage the boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans.

The five, one-of-a-kind fantasy lots up for bid combined with generous paddle raises from the audience helped to raise an incredible $779,350 (and counting) for the organization, far surpassing the original goal of $550,000.

Additional highlights of the evening included the opening remarks by Sailors for the Sea Founder and Board Chairman, David Rockefeller, Jr., and a panel discussion led by renowned broadcaster Charlie Rose with two of the world’s most prominent ocean advocates, Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Administrator of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and Sir Russell Coutts, the most successful skipper in the history of the America’s Cup.

One-of-a-kind fantasy lots included:

§ One-week trans-Atlantic crossing on Cunard’s luxury cruise liner, the Queen Mary 2, with five-star accommodations at Duke’s St. James London Hotel, a gourmet meal at Wilton’s restaurant, and return flight on Virgin Atlantic

§ One-week cruise on the Sea Cloud I or II, complete with jewelry from Tiffany & Co. and a special dinner with David Rockefeller, Jr. and acclaimed actress Glenn Close, who has a special family connection to Marjorie Merriweather Post, the original owner of the storied yacht, s/v Sea Cloud.

§ a luxurious escape to the Maldives on award-winning service from Singapore Airlines

§ City of light and contrast: luxury travel and experiences throughout Paris and Venice

§ Auction will also include paddle-raise bidding to fund Sailors for the Sea’s programs to save the oceans

WHEN: Monday, December 3, 2012

WHERE: Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York

WHO: Event Chairs: David Rockefeller, Jr., Founder and Board Chairman, Sailors for the Sea; Fernanda Kellogg, Chair of the Board of Tiffany & Co. Foundation; Stephen Lash, Chairman Emeritus of Christie’s

Featured Guests: Renowned broadcaster Charlie Rose; Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Administrator of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration; Sir Russell Coutts, the most successful skipper in the history of the America’s Cup

Honorary Chair: Bill Koch; Platinum Sponsor: Christie’s; Chairs: Christopher Buck, Charles Butt; James H. Clark; David Rockefeller, Susan and David Rockefeller, Jr.; Gold Sponsors: The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, The Hinckley Company, the Tiffany & Co. Foundation; Vice Chairs: John Castle, Bertram J. and Barbara Cohn, George and Sophie Coumantaros, Paula and Jim Crown, Ed Dolman, Andrew and Sydney Davis, Wendy Ettinger, Barbara Ettinger and Sven Huseby, Regan and Billy Gammon, Diane and Guilford Glazer, Agnes Gund, Graham Gund, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Gerry Lenfest, Kevin Mahaney, Elaine and Anto Marden, Alexander J. Roepers, Andrew Sabin, Jerry Speyer and Katherine Farley; Silver Sponsors: Fujisankei Communications, The Harris Family Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Louis Vuitton North America, Rockefeller & Co.


Founded in 2004, with offices in Newport, R.I., and Yokohama, Japan, Sailors for the Sea is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers the boating community to protect and restore our oceans and local waters. The organization has reached over 200,000 people through a variety of educational programs and highly visible sailing events. Among its many programs, Sailors for the Sea develops free environmental lesson plans, called Rainy Day Kits, used by sailing instructors and teachers to explain ocean science and teach the principles of environmental sustainability to more than 20,000 young sailors and students. Sailors for the Sea reached more than 120,000 sailors worldwide, who have participated in Clean Regattas certified events, and is the Official Clean Regattas Partner for the 34th America’s Cup. Clean Regattas certification provides independent third-party verification that a yacht club, sailing program, or regatta is environmentally responsible, and is doing its utmost to protect the waters upon which people sail. The organization is also developing a sustainable practices program for the entire marine industry. In the future, Sailors for the Sea aims to unite the 12 million members of the boating community as Ocean Stewards to preserve the world’s seas for future generations.

joyce brooks, gerard mckeon.  photo by:  rose billings

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