CCA has selected Nathaniel Benjamin (Vineyard Haven, Mass.) to receive the Club’s 2016 Vilas Award for his article “A Christmas Passage to Haiti.” The award was presented at the CCA’s annual Awards Dinner at the New York Yacht Club in New York on March 3, 2017. It is given “to a member for an outstanding contribution to the CCA Voyages annual magazine.”
Nat is a masterful storyteller who captures many of the thoughts and feelings about passage making that many of us feel and think but are less skillful at articulating. Benjamin’s photos of his gorgeous wooden schooner, Charlotte, shown amid the rugged beauty of the island of Haiti are compelling, as are his photos of the people of Haiti and their very primitive lifestyle.
Benjamin lives in Vineyard Haven where he is a partner in Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway.