Another Shellback of note is Herb Hilgenberg, who for over 25 years operated as a Guardian Angel to crews of thousands of ocean-going yachts and commercial vessels, guiding up to 75 vessels per day, 7 days a week, as they transited the Atlantic Ocean. Herb kept many sailors away from dangerous storms and severe weather systems, thereby avoiding loss of life, property damage and mental anguish.
Herb provided ship routing and weather forecasting for vessels on the high seas from his fixed HF marine land station VAX498 (the NET) from 1987 until 2013 and while the NET, which operated daily for over 25 years until June 2013, is now closed, Herb may be available to assist vessels in difficulties while en-route, by contacting him via email/phone.
He is known all over the world among seafarers and was a reliable source of information and assistance in rescue situations coordinated by the United States, Canadian, and United Kingdom Coast Guard/Rescue Coordination Centers.
RECOGNITIONS AND AWARDS
1993 SSCA Seven Seas Service Award
1994 Community Service Award for Service to Sailors, Government of Bermuda
1997 Cruising Club of America Plaque for Service to Newport Bermuda Yacht Races,
1998 U.K Ocean Cruising Club Award of Merit Medal,
1999 SSCA South Bound II Blue Water Sailing Service Award
2000 Canadian Coast Guard RCC Halifax, Plaque, Contribution to Search&Rescue
2002 Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal
2004 The Royal Cruising Club "Medal for Service to Cruisers", United Kingdom
2012 SSCA Seven Seas Award
2013 U.S. Coast Guard 5th District RCC Norfolk Oar-plaque for faithful and dedicated Service
2013 2nd U.K Ocean Cruising Club Award of Merit
2013 United States Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award
More details on Herb's service are at: http://www3.sympatico.ca/hehilgen/vax498.htm
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