2007 Trophy Winner
Mary Savage (Larchmont, NY)
US SAILING has presented its Harman Hawkins Trophy for excellence in race management to Mary Savage (Larchmont, N.Y.). Presented annually, US SAILING's Harman Hawkins Trophy is awarded to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing in the field of Race Administration (Judging, Umpiring, Race Management, Appeals, Racing Rules, and Competitor Classification).
Mary Savage has a record of service in race management that is truly extraordinary. She became a US SAILING Certified Judge during the second year of the program and she continues to serve as a US SAILING Senior Judge and as an International Judge, judging local youth events and prestigious events such as Key West Race Week and US SAILING Paralympic Trials. Savage served for many years as a US SAILING Certified Umpire and is now Umpire Emeritus. She has served on many US SAILING committees. She was Chair of the US SAILING Race Administration Committee and served tirelessly as Chair of the US SAILING Competitor Classification Committee, the committee that developed the competitor classification system, which ultimately was adopted by the International Sailing Federation as the only such system in the world. While on the Judges Committee, she was the Area B Regional Administrative Judge. Currently, she is a member of the US SAILING Racing Rules Committee and the Judges Training and Testing Subcommittee, as well as a member of the Appeals Committee of the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound. She has been a member and chair of the Larchmont Yacht Club Yachting Committee. She rose through various committees within the YRA of Long Island Sound to become its President from 1988 to 1990.
Savage was presented with the Harman Hawkins Trophy by Dick Rose, Chair of US SAILING's Race Administration Committee in October at the U.S. Paralympic Trials Awards Dinner in Newport RI.
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.
Comments made by Dick Rose prior to the award of the Harman Hawkins Trophy to Mary Savage:
In the field of Race Administration, Mary Savage has done it all, has done it well, and has benefited all of us in the sport in the process.
Going back to the 1970s when she was not sailing herself, Mary was, and she continues to be, a member of the Larchmont Yacht Club Protest Committee serving in recent years as its Chair. In 1979, Mary was one of the first women in the program to become a Certified Judge less than a year after the program was created. She continued to be a Certified Judge to date being upgraded to US SAILING Senior Judge shortly after becoming certified initially. In 1990, Mary was certified as an International Judge by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), a certification she has also maintained to the present time. As a Judge, Mary is one of the most active people we have in the United States. She officiates regularly at all kinds of events from youth to collegiate to regional to national, international, and world championships. She is also a key figure in the organization of Key West, SORC, and Block Island Race Weeks making sure that the regatta documents are bullet proof and perfect for the sailors and by serving on the juries for those events.
In the 70s and 80s, Mary was a member of the Larchmont Yacht Club Yachting Committee organizing and running regattas at the Club and on Long Island Sound. In addition, Mary organized and served as an instructor of Racing Rules Seminars before there were any formal programs like we have today. When the formal programs of recent years were developed by US SAILING, Mary was an integral part of the group that developed the programs by providing input on format and quality control of the programs. She has been a regular and approved instructor at US SAILING Judges Workshops and is currently serving on the Judges Committee Testing and Training Committee reviewing and editing the test questions for the certification test.
In 1987, Mary was the Vice President of the YRA of Long Island Sound. From 1988 to 1990, she was the President of that same organization.
When the Umpire Program began in 1990, Mary became one of the first two women to become a US SAILING Certified Umpire. Mary maintained her certification as an Umpire until November, 2006, when she retired and was appointed Umpire Emeritus by US SAILING on recommendation of the Umpire Committee "in recognition of her long and dedicated service to the US SAILING Umpire Program as one of its pioneers, teachers, and mentors". With this appointment, Mary became the first woman in the US SAILING Umpire Program to become Umpire Emeritus.
During the 1990s, Mary became a member of the US SAILING Judges Committee as the Administrative Judge for Area B. She was also a member of the US SAILING Racing Rules Committee. She continues to belong to the Racing Rules Committee developing the sport through the rulebook. Her skills with words and her experience as a competitor and judge have made her a valued member of that committee.
Mary was also Chair of the US SAILING Race Administration Committee and of the US SAILING Competitor Classification Committee, the committee that developed the competitor classification system, which ultimately was adopted by ISAF as the only such system in the world. Dominating all her other contributions to our sport, her work on competitor classification practically took over her life as she spearheaded the work to make a myriad difficult and controversial decisions required to classify hundreds of sailors, frequently under time pressure just prior to the entry deadlines for major events.
At home during the 1990s, Mary was the YRA of Long Island Sound Championship Coordinator, the Area B Coordinator for the Adams & Mallory Championships, and a member of the YRA of Long Island Sound Appeals Committee, a position that she continues to hold to the present time.
Through all this time, Mary has worked quietly and effectively in the background with little publicity. This is a common trait of our best officials: they know that the game is not "about them" but about the competition.
She has also been a mentor for many of today’s judges, and many of the women in our sport today, either encouraging them as athletes, being an informal rules advisor, and providing the occasional a gentle "nudge" to "do the right thing".
As suggested and pointed out above, Mary is still pursuing her passion for Race Administration in its different and varied aspects as this award is considered. Those who knew Harman know that he would be delighted to see his good friend Mary Savage receive his award.