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2005 Trophy Winner

2005 Harman Hawkins Trophy

Ron Ward (Annapolis, Md.)


Ron Ward (Annapolis, Md.) in recognition of his dedicated commitment to race administration received US SAILING's first Harman Hawkins Trophy at an awards dinner at US SAILING's Spring Meeting in Newport, R.I. on Saturday, April 2, 2005.

The Harman Hawkins Trophy was presented by Jim Capron, US SAILING Vice President, as well as by the wife and son of the late Harman Hawkins, whom the Trophy is named after. Ward has a record of service to the sport of sailing that is truly extraordinary, his long list of accomplishments includes a non-stop 42-year membership of US SAILING, 12 years of service on US SAILING's Judges Committee (including three years as Chair), a record of 25 years of service as a US SAILING Senior Judge, Chairman of the US SAILING Umpires Committee, and much more.

Jim Capron made the following comments at the presentation:
Like Harman, Ron Ward, of Annapolis Maryland, has a record of service to the sport of sailing that is truly extraordinary.

  • First of all, Ron is a non-stop 42-year member of US SAILING, beginning when we were the North American Yacht Racing Union.
  • Like Harman, Ron actively raced one designs (Lightnings) and offshore boats.
  • Ron served 12 years on the USYRU Judges Committee; during which Harman, Ron and Janet's dad Mark Baxter, created a judging program that was to be the model for the ISAF judges program.
  • In his last 3 years on the Judges Committee, Ron served as chairman.
  • He has been a US SAILING Senior Judge for 25 years; no one has been a certified Judge longer.
  • 8 years on the USYRU Offshore Council and Offshore Committee
  • 18 years as chairman of the AYC race committee
  • 4 Americas Cups on the New York YC race committee.
  • Chairman of the US SAILING Umpires Committee
  • International Judge or International Umpire for Congressional Cup, (2) J/22 Worlds, (3) J/24 Worlds, Star Worlds, Pan Am Games, ISAF World Match Race Championship and many other events.

Like Harman, one of Ron's most important contributions to race administration is much closer to home. Ron continues to give to those current and future race officials who will succeed him. Almost every current judge on the Chesapeake has attended one of Ron's training sessions, including me and several others in this room.

So it is with great pleasure that on behalf of the US SAILING Race Administration Committee, and the Harman Hawkins family, that tonight we present the inaugural 2005 Harman Hawkins Trophy to Ronald L. Ward; a perfect candidate for the inaugural award.
- J
im Capron, Newport, RI, April 2, 2005