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Harman Hawkins Trophy

The Harman Hawkins Trophy is awarded yearly (the first award was presented at the 2005 Spring Meeting in Newport, RI) to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing in the field of Race Administration (Judging, Race Management, Appeals and Racing Rules). Selection of the recipient will be made by the Race Administration Committee from nominees sought by the Judges, Race Management, Appeals and Racing Rules committees. Nominations are open from January 1 through September 15. Submit a nominee.

About Harman Hawkins (1919-2002)

2012 Harman Hawkins Trophy
Pat Seidenspinner

The US Sailing Race Administration Committee has selected Pat Seidenspinner, as the 2012 recipient of the Harman Hawkins Trophy. The Harman Hawkins Trophy is awarded yearly (the first award was presented at the 2005 Spring Meeting in Newport, RI) to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing in the field of Race Administration.

Pat Seidenspinner has been contributing to excellence in race administration for many years. As a member of US Sailing’s Race Management Committee, she was editor of its Race Management Handbook for close to 15 years. She has also been the Secretary of the Appeals Committee since 2000, and Editor of the Appeals Book during this time.

Seidenspinner served as Chairman of the Race Administration Committee, and as a member of both the US Sailing Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She was one of the first women to hold many of these positions; such as the Principal Race Officer for the Southern Ocean Racing Conference and many other championships hosted by St. Petersburg Yacht Club (Fla.); International Race Officer for the International Sailing Federation (ISAF); Principal Race Officer at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta; and Commodore of St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

In 2008, Pat received the Leadership in Women's Sailing Award from BoatUS and the National Women's Sailing Association. In presenting the award, BoatUS Assistant Vice President Susan Shingledecker said, “Pat Seidenspinner has such an impressive list of ‘firsts’ in her sailing resume. She has given an extraordinary amount of her time and expertise to grow the sport and inspire more women and girls to get involved in racing. Beyond the local level, she’s also volunteered for national leadership positions to improve race management across the board.”

 

 

 


The Trophy is named after Harman Hawkins (1919-2002), whose extraordinary involvement in sailing and numerous chairmanships of the Appeals, Judges, and Legal Committees brought him many honors and awards, including US Sailing's prestigious Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy. In his lifetime, Hawkins served as a President of US Sailing, Commodore of Manhasset Bay Yacht Club and Storm Trysail Club and President of the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound.

 

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Harman Hawkins (1919-2002) was a past president of the United States Yacht Racing Union (now United States Sailing Association), a commodore of Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, a president of the YRA of Long Island Sound, and a commodore of the Storm Trysail Club. His extraordinary involvement in sailing and his numerous chairmanships of the Appeals, Judges and Legal Committees brought him many honors and awards including the Nathanael H. Herreshoff Trophy, US SAILING's highest award. It is most fitting that this award be named after Harman, a man that gave back so much to the sport he loved.

First USYRU Committee on Judges
Harman Hawkins, Chairman
Mark H. Baxter
Jack H. Feller, Jr.
Evans M. Harrell
George I. Rockwood, Jr.
Richard M. Rose
Glenn V. Russell
Frank R. Shumway, Jr.
Ronald L. Ward

The following comments were made by the Race Administration Chair, Jim Capron, for the initial presentation of the Harman Hawkins Trophy to Ron Ward, of Annapolis Maryland, at the Spring Meeting in Newport, RI, April 2, 2005.

The Mystic Seaport Museum remembers Harman Hawkins as the "consummate yachtsman". Many of you may remember Harman as a past president of the United States Yacht Racing Union in the early 1980's (from 1980 to 1982) before the USYRU changed its name to US SAILING. I remember Harman from the first time I met him. Mary Savage invited me to judge at Shelter Island with the "venerable" one. Venerable indeed.

Harman Hawkins was an active sailor, cruising with his family all over the world, and competing in one designs and offshore events, including 8 Bermuda races and 3 Halifax races. Harman lent his professional skills as a legal advisor to several Americas Cup syndicates and to various yacht clubs running the Cup around the world.

But it was Harman's extraordinary contributions to the sport in the area of race administration that is our focus tonight.

  • Member of the IYRU Board of Review, Racing Rules, and Constitution Committees
  • Chairman of the USYRU Racing Rules and Appeals Committees
  • Chairman of the first USYRU Judges Committee
  • International Judge, at the Olympic Regatta in Korea, Admirals Cup,Congressional Cup, numerous other International events around the world
  • Harman was the recipient of our own Herreshoff Award and received ISAF's Silver Medal for service to the sport

Last year, Harman's family, his wife Janet and sons Christopher and Jonathan, donated a beautiful trophy in Harman's name, in honor of his huge contribution to the sport. The Harman Hawkins Trophy is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing in the field of Race Administration - Judging, Race Management, Appeals and the Racing Rules.

Harman Hawkins Trophy - Deed of Gift - amended 9/3/12