2011 Trophy Winner
2011 Harman Hawkins Trophy
The US Sailing Race Administration Committee has selected Ken Legler, as the 2011 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.
Ken Legler is known widely for his commitment to good race management, for his many valuable contributions to the quality of racing events for more than 30 years, and for his racing rules knowledge and teaching ability. He is the long-time Sailing Coach at Tufts University and has been involved with college racing since he helped win the 1977 College Dinghy and Team Racing National Championships for the University of Rhode Island. Ken began running races in 1974 at the US Sailing Center at Association Island, under the tutelage of Bill Bentsen, 2008 Harman Hawkins winner, culminating with the 1976 US Olympic Yachting Trials. In 1975 he ran the 470 World Championship. Since then, as Principal Race Officer he has run more than 40 world, North American, and national championships for such high-profile classes as the Optimist, Laser, 420, J-105, Melges 24 and Farr 40. He is greatly respected for his outstanding race management at Key West Race Week since 1994. Ken has also run more than 240 college regattas, and some 30,000 practice races.
Also active as a judge and umpire, Ken Legler hears most of the protests for the Boston Sailing Center's frostbite racing, and chaired the protest committee for the 2005 US Youth Championships and the 1974 Windsurfing Worlds. With this rich experience as background, Ken lectures, writes, videotapes, and has taught 150 clinics or seminars on racing, racing rules, and race management. He is often a commentator for major team-racing events and has written numerous articles for Sailing World and SAIL. Ken has also helped to develop new race management techniques. His 'leg count' for course selection is regularly used in New England intercollegiate events. In addition to his technical skills, Ken is known particularly for his competitor-friendly approach, appreciated by sailors and officials alike. After a diagnosis of throat cancer in late 2005, Ken had a tough 2006. However, he did manage to sail in his second Blind World Championship in Newport and resume full coaching duties at Tufts during the fall season.
- Member of USYRU Mobile Race Management team in 1977.
- Head Sailing Coach at US Merchant Marine Academy 1978-80.
- Head Sailing Coach at Tufts since 1980.
- Former Program Director at Wianno, Manchester, and Edgartown Yacht Clubs.
- Commentator at four Team Racing worlds and six British Opens (Wilson Trophy).
- PRO at Key West Race Week since 1994.
- 2011 events as PRO included US Youth Champs, J-105 NAs, Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta, and several
major college regattas.