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Awards and Accolades for MV Olympus

The MV Olympus can always be seen the first Saturday of May in the Montlake Cut in Seattle as part of the Opening Day of Yachting Festivities. Her honors and accolades have included the coveted Golden Potlatch Trophy for Best Classic Yacht in Seattle Yacht Club's Opening Day.

For many years, the yacht has been shown at the Classic Boat Festival in Victoria, British Columbia, over Labor Day Weekend where thousands come aboard for tours. Here she has won "Best of Show", "Best Engine Room" and frequently the"Boater's Choice" Award. As well, the MV Olympus was awarded "Best of Show" at the LaConner Classic Boat Show and the "People's Choice" at Tacoma Yacht Club's Daffodil Festival. MV Olympus is shown yearly at the Classic Yacht Association Bell Street Pier Boatshow over Father's Day Weekend in June where she has repeatedly been voted as the "People's Choice". Her newly restored original tender Junaluska also received the prestigious Restoration of the Year award from the Antique and Classic Boat Society, and Best Open Powerboat at the Classic Boat Festival in Victoria.

The yacht was called upon to represent the United States of America, the Seattle Yacht Club and the New York Yacht Club at the 100th anniversary celebration of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club in Vancouver BC. Guests at this event included Prince Andrew and famed yacht designer Olin Stephens, who came aboard MV Olympus and explained his role in her design as an intern in New York during 1928.

After over 50 years, the yacht was again pleased to serve unofficially as "governor's yacht" (although not at public expense) when her owner donated her to transport five state Governors and their spouses, the President of Weyerhaeuser and famous glass artist Dale Chihuly to a dinner at Bill Gates' home during the National Governor's Conference meetings which were being held in Seattle. Each December the yacht transports disabled children and adults for the "Special People's Cruise" so that they can enjoy the sights of the lighted boats for the holiday season.

Always an ardent supporter of environmental causes, the yacht's owner organized the "Great Bear Rainforest Expedition" involving the MV Olympus leading a group of like minded boaters who traveled to the northern reaches of British Columbia to raise funds for the Canadian environmental group "Raincoast" to help build a research center and to support their efforts preserving the coastal temperate rainforest in the remote and scenic Great Bear Rainforest.

In 2008, the MV Olympus was featured on the festival poster and advertising material for the Victoria Classic Boat Show, in addition to serving as Commodore's flagship. In 2010 Olympus again won the coveted Golden Potlatch Trophy in Opening Day of Boating. In 2011, the owner of the MV Olympus, Diane VanDerbeek, served as Commodore of the Classic Yacht Association and organized a fleet of classic boats to compete in and win the Wilson Seamanship Trophy.

Read more about the MV Olympus in an article in Classic Yachting, click here to download.

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