Race Administration Awards
Emblematic of excellence in race management, the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy was awarded originally by St. Petersburg Yacht Club in the late 1960s to recognize the club which ran the best regatta. The trophy was retired for several years, then was donated to US Sailing in 1977. The winner is selected on the basis of race management superiority and evaluation by participating skippers.
Steps in order to be considered for the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy:
Administrative Information: The regatta may have any number of yachts entered; consist of at least three closed-course races, and have nonprofessional race management. The principal race officer and chief judge must be certified at any level in race management or judging from US Sailing, another MNA or ISAF. The 2013 award will be for events conducted between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013. Regattas held after August 31, 2012 will be entered in 2013. The host club must comply with the application requirements including postmarking the Club Entry Form, no later than September 7, 2013. Up to two entries a year per yacht club will be considered.
Skipper’s Ballot: The Skipper’s Ballot can be reproduced and given to each skipper with an envelope to be returned (sealed) to a club representative after the racing is completed. Ballots should not be returned directly to US Sailing by skippers. Although the completed ballots are to be unsigned, the club may use a checklist of skippers’ names to record ballots returned, to facilitate collecting as many completed ballots as possible. No financial inducements are permitted to encourage completion of the skipper’s ballots or other forms. A minimum of 60% or 40 completed ballots (whichever is fewer), must be returned. Comments on the enclosed form will be reviewed to help interpret skippers’ responses, but will not be counted in the final tally.
Report of the Protest Committee Chairman: The Protest Committee Chairman’s report of the event must be filled out and returned to US Sailing as part of the package.
Report of the Principal Race Officer: The Principal Race Officer’s report for the event must be filled out and the required documents returned to US Sailing.
Closing Date: Other than the required forms, application to US Sailing in advance of the regatta is not required. To be judged in the current year’s competition, the following must be returned to US Sailing postmarked no later than September 7, 2013:
1. Completed Skippers Ballots.
2. Completed report of the Protest Committee Chairman.
3. Completed report of the Principal Race Officer.
4. Complete copy of the Notice of Regatta.
5. Complete copy of the sailing instructions with amendments.
6. Complete list of regatta results.
7. Completed application for consideration.
Send the above enclosures with “St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy Competition” marked on the envelope to: US Sailing, St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy, 1 Roger Williams University Way, Bristol, RI 02809.
Entries will be judged by a review group of the US Sailing Race Management Committee and the trophy presented at the US Sailing Annual General Meeting.
Harman Hawkins Trophy
Harman Hawkins 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.
A US Sailing perpetual trophy – a bronze 12” Herreshoff signal canon mounted on a teak base – 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 and Racing Rules).