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Legendary Marine awards inaugural college scholarships to four regional winners

DESTIN, Fla. – Legendary Marine, the #1 Ranked Boat Dealer in North America for 2012 and  2013 and the Emerald Coast’s largest boat dealership with sales and service locations in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Panama City and Gulf Shores, AL, has announced the winners of its inaugural 2014 Legendary Marine College Scholarships.

From an impressive field of 48 submissions in the combined markets, 2014 Legendary Marine Scholarship Winners included Blythe Greene and Kerri Andre, both from Fort Walton Beach High School; Avalon Dudinsky from North Bay Charter High School in Panama City, FL; and Kaitlyn Hickman, Fairhope High School, Fairhope, AL. Each receives a $1000 scholarship.

Destin and Fort Walton Beach winners of the Legendary Marine Scholarship Awards included Blythe Greene, left and Kerri Andre, right, with Destin Sales Manager Bob Peavler, far left; Legendary Marine Managing Partner Fred Pace, center; and Fort Walton Beach Sales Manager Jeff Henley, far right.

Winners were judged by a Legendary Marine in-house independent panel who selected finalists based on equal weighting in the areas of academic achievement, high school leadership and community service. Other scoring components included a personal essay and three recommendations.

“First, Legendary Marine was very pleased to provide college scholarships and support our young people in the markets we serve,” said Legendary Marine Managing Partner Fred Pace. “We are very happy to invest in these outstanding students and future leaders.

“Second, I cannot begin to express how impressed our judging panel was with the caliber of extraordinary students in our market,” he added. “In three of the four markets, the judges had to break two-and-three way ties, as multiple students scored equally high. If our pool of candidates is indicative of tomorrow’s leaders, we have a bright future ahead.  Across the boards, our candidates were simply outstanding achievers.”

Besides its recognition as #1 Ranked Dealer in North America, Legendary Marine was named the #1 Dealer  Nationwide for Sales from Everglades Boats based in Edgewater, FL and #1 Dealer for Gamefish Sales for Sea Hunt Boats, Columbia, South Carolina.  On a regional basis, Legendary Marine was voted by readers of Emerald Coast Magazine as the “BEST of the Emerald Coast for Boat Sales and Service” for the eleventh year in this category. Legendary Marineis proud to represent Skeeter, Sea Hunt, Everglades, Cobalt, Marquis, Chris Craft, Hurricane, Carver, Scout Boats and Quadski, along with power partners Volvo  and Yamaha. Legendary Marine was previously named Boat and Motor Magazine “Dealer of the Year;” and is a Marine Industry Five Star Certified Dealership. For more information, visit

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Round the Island is Hancock’s latest adventure

Joanna Hancock, Lizzie Hollick, Kate Hudson and Nicolanne Cox are taking part in this year’s Round the Island Race.

Michael Edwards
Thursday, June 12, 2014

10:02 AM

Charity fundraiser Joanna Hancock will turn her attention to raising money for young people in recovery from cancer to go sailing with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust when she takes part in this year’s JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.

The Hatfield Olympic torchbearer, in recognition of her efforts in raising thousands of pounds for different charities, will be among some 16,000 sailors set to tackle the famous 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight, on Saturday, June 21.

Now in its 83rd year, the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, regularly attracts over 1,700 boats. It is the UK’s fourth largest participation sports event after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

Hancock and her friends will be embracing the spirit of the race, donning full fancy dress, after successfully bidding for the sail on the charter yacht, Jeopardy II, in an auction of promises raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support last autumn.

Sailing is just the latest activity she has turned her hand to fundraise – she has a London Marathon, numerous 10k races and half-marathons not to mention charity treks up Mount Kilimanjaro and Mont Blanc to her name.

Joanna is also dedicated in her work for the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation, which is working in partnership with the MCC Foundation to fund, construct and manage the first dedicated cricket ground – not for profit – in Rwanda, providing increasing opportunities for thousands of disadvantaged young people returning from exile following the 1994 genocide.

But it is the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, the charity set-up by the history-making round the world yachtswoman to inspire young people’s confidence in recovery from cancer through sailing, that has Hancock’s support on her Round the Island debut.

“All the girls I’m sailing with are like my sisters,” she said.

“We all have a great sense of adventure, and all of us have lost a parent or direct relation to cancer. Episodes like that give you a kick in the backside and you realise that life is short. Enjoy it and seize the moment.

“If you can help other people whilst working hard and having a great time then fab; that is something we can all give back.

“This is the second year we’ve ‘won’ Jeopardy in the auction. We didn’t do the race last year but were expecting a nice leisurely sail in the Solent with croissants and champagne. However we ended up in the middle of a gale! We were falling and clambering all over things, God bless Nick the skipper for telling us what to do. It was definitely an experience!”

The Round the Island’s ‘Race for All’ ethos is unique as enthusiastic amateurs race alongside big names from sailing, sport and entertainment, including America’s Cup hero and Britain’s most successful Olympic sailor, Sir Ben Ainslie, who will again take part in this year’s race.

The race starts at 6.30am on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes.

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is again the official race charity for 2014. For every #raceforall tweet, J.P. Morgan will donate £1 to the Trust with the goal to raise at least £3,000.

Hancock’s next big Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation fundraiser is a celebrity cricket match at Wormsley Cricket Ground, Stokenchurch, featuring legendary batsmen Brian Lara and Andrew Strauss plus England Ashes-winning skipper, Clare Connor, playing against a Warwickshire 1990s XI on Sunday, September 14.

J.P. Morgan Asset Management has been title sponsor of the Round the Island Race for 10 years and is committed until 2016. For more information about the Round the Island Race visit or follow @RoundTheIsland on Twitter.

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