Community Sailing Awards

Community Sailing recognizes organizations and individuals who have done an exemplary job of promoting public access sailing. These awards are presented at the Community Sailing Committee Awards dinner, held in conjunction with either the Sailing Leadership Forum or National Sailing Programs Symposium.


Marty Trophy_fullshotMartin A. Luray Award
Martin A. Luray was perhaps best known as a SAIL magazine editor. He was, to be sure, better known as a journalist than as a sailor. Yet in his role as a journalist he was a staunch advocate and courageous promoter of public access sailing. Marty distinguished himself as an Oracle of a new age in the ancient pastime of yachting. Time and again he used the power of the press to herald the ‘arrival’ of community sailing. Time and again he shared his expertise in the early years of Community Sailing Conferences.

Since his untimely demise in 1993 we’ve missed his wisdom, his insight, his way with words and particularly his courage. To honor him, and others who walk in his footsteps, the Community Sailing Committee, with US Sailing’s blessing, created the Martin A. Luray Award – which we know today simply as The Marty. The striking perpetual trophy, bearing his name, as well as the ‘keepers’, were designed, created and donated by Harken. ‘The Marty’ is Community Sailing’s highest honor.

The Marty is presented annually to a deserving recipient who has made an outstanding and unselfish contribution to further public access sailing.

Outstanding Program Director
This award recognizes a Program Director who has had a significant impact on their organization by:

  • Optimizing the quality of education in his/her program
  • Providing training and development opportunities for other instructors and educators
  • Empowering individuals to reach their greatest potential
  • Providing a safe and well maintained working environment
  • Introducing creative programming that introduces new demographics to sailing
  • Showing sustained growth in the overall size, or financial footprint, of their organization
  • Provided strong leadership and mentorship.

The Outstanding Program Director Award is given annually to an individual that has made notable contributions to promote public access sailing in the development and organization of a sailing program.

2015 Excellence in Instruction Winner:  Rachel Bryer, Nate Coolidge, Haley Barber, Lee Dumaliang and Katie Dobbin of Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation

This award recognizes an individual that has consistently demonstrated excellence in instructing, training, or making presentations at local, regional, or national seminars, conferences, or workshops. Delivery of instruction modules, systems, or services and internal on-the-job training may also be considered.

Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp is a sailing and marine science program that runs in one week sessions in Jamestown, RI. The five main staff members named above have worked together for the past three year, and two of the have been part of the program since the first year of camp in 2012. Of the five, three are certified teachers. They are an outstanding group who work together seamlessly and their work ethic is tireless. All five are passionate about teaching kids how to sail and about the ocean environment. They tailor each week’s curriculum to the interests of the kids attending that session. As a group, they have instilled a love of sailing to hundreds of kids over the years. “As the Program Manager, I hear constant feedback about our staff and how wonderful they are. They are respectful of each and every student. They are attentive, engaging, and able to create a safe and fun learning environment each and every week, regardless of age group and/or number of students. “I have been blessed to have such an amazing staff for multiple years. Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp is a success because of their efforts,” Meg Myles, CISF.

2015 Outstanding Organizational Leader: Alan Jenkinson of US Sailing Center Martin County

Community Sailing annually recognizes an exceptional individual who has made notable contributions to an organization which has resulted in membership growth, positive financial development, and or increased community awareness or integration.

Alan Jenkinson  from US Sailing Center Marin County is a true champion for community sailing, Alan has developed a community ethos that is contagious, attracting a cohort of active volunteers who think outside the box to bring sailors and non-sailors alike to the “table”. Social events that bring the community to the sailing center may or may not focus on sailing the first time someone attends, but information is available about programs and opportunities, and over time, volunteers develop from those who attend. Adult sailing buddies are formed and interest grows, turning the “consumer” into a donor as well as an active volunteer.

Alan Jenkinson joined the USSCMC in March, 2009 with a professional background that includes a degree in Physical Education from Springfield College (MA), experience as a coach, athletic director, and business owner. Alan’s love for sailing was born in his youth while sailing in Narragansett Bay in his hometown of Barrington, RI. Alan has both his US SAILING Level 1 Instructor and Keelboat Certificates. Alan and his wife Debbie have resided in Martin County for 34 years, where they raised two sons, Garrett and Gavin. 

Volunteer of the Year
The importance of volunteers to our industry cannot be overestimated. Whether the individual acts as a volunteer administrator for an event or program, serves as an instructor or coach, serve manages the upkeep of facilities, or contributes his or her time in another way that positively impacts their organization, it’s important that we put forth our heartiest congratulations and recognition. It is for that reason that the Volunteer of the Year Award was created to recognize those outstanding volunteers whose unselfish and dedicated service to community sailing has made a significant difference in their community and mirrors the commitment to success in our professional ranks.

The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has gone ‘above and beyond’ through their contributions without receiving any financial compensation.



2015 More than Ten years of Hallmark Performance Winner: Sail Sand Point, Seattle, WA

The More than 10 Years of Hallmark Performance Award is given annually to a program that has a track record of providing sailing education, training and public access to their community. Organizations that win this award have likely already been recognized by US Sailing for one particular facet of their programming and/or staff excellence. Organizations that win this award are recognized not only for their consistency but also their desire to consistently improve, all while staying true the mission of the US Sailing Community Sailing Committee of increasing opportunity and diversity.

Since September of 1998, Sail Sand Point has been committed to providing community boating access to all. Through youth summer camps, year-round racing programs and clinics, classes for novices, experts and sailors who just need a refresher, open-boating programs, boat storage, and an integrated adaptive sailing program where a person with a disability can come sail or paddle any day of the week, Sail Sand Point is able to provide accessible and affordable options for anyone who wants to get out on the water. Though traditionally focused on youth programming, Sail Sand Point has expanded its adult participation by 40 percent over the past year and plans to continue that growth in 2016. In 2015, Sail Sand Point also began to incorporate STEM curriculum into its youth programming, modifying the STEM modules to fit the Northwest marine environment. Sail Sand Point has experienced great success and positive feedback about the program, from both instructors and students, during the flagship year. Over this past year, SSP has also been able to grow the Outreach Program by 12 percent and was able to increase the total dollar amount of scholarships awarded by nearly 30 percent. By ramping up fundraising in 2016, we at Sail Sand Point plan to increase outreach and scholarship participation by even more in the coming year.

Outstanding Community Sailing Program
The Outstanding Community Sailing Program Award is given annually to a program that has made notable contributions to promote public access sailing. Both seasonal and year round programs are eligible, and staff may consist of either volunteers or paid employees. Additionally, programs of all sizes and programmatic focus will be considered. A nomination for this award should focus on how an organization has, during the previous twelve months, demonstrated noticeable grown in their membership, programming offerings (including any newly developed, or expanded partnerships) or community involvement/awareness. Details regarding the most outstanding courses/programs that an organization offers should also be included.

Outstanding  Adaptive Community Sailing Program
The Outstanding Program for Disabled Sailors Award is given annually to a program that has made notable contributions to promote public access sailing for people with disabilities.

Congratulations to the Galveston Community Sailing Center for earning the Outstanding Adaptive Community Sailing Program Award. Their success in fundraising was instrumental in accessing needed adaptive equipment for their seven Sonars. They created a weekly Basic Keelboat Adaptive sailing program, organized weekly fleet racing events for adaptive sailors and hosted the first US Sailing Adaptive Instructor Course. In 2014, they co-hosted the U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship, ran three adaptive sailing boot camps for veterans in 2015. They also hosted the Texas Special Olympics, which featured sailing.



Outstanding Outreach & Inclusion
The Outstanding Outreach and Inclusion Award is given annually to a Program Director or Program that has made notable contributions to promote public access sailing by finding and including people in their program that would normally have no access to sailing.

Creative Innovations in Programming
The Creative Innovations in Programming award recognizes those programs, or individuals, who have successfully found new, and different, methods for teaching sailing. Past winners have included programs who combine sailing with non-traditional offerings (Cooking, Rock climbing, etc.) to create joint programming and organizations that have found new ways to utilize their existing resources to get new sailors on the water. This purpose of this award is to highlight those that think “outside the box” and through their ingenuity have further connected their organization to the community.