As members of the sailing community, it is our responsibility to acknowledge and reward the people and programs who provide superior education and training. These accolades raise the quality of sailing education and access throughout the country. Your nominations ensure that these prestigious awards will continue to have the credibility and legitimacy that they deserve.
When submitting your nomination, please consider the award description carefully, and address each point of the criteria fully and specifically.
Timothea Larr Trophy
The purpose of this award is to recognize a person whose vision and guidance have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of sailor education in the United States. The award may be made to any individual who, in the opinion of the US Sailing Training Committee Selection Team, fully meets this criterion.
The trophy is Training’s highest honor, and is awarded each fall at the National Conference. Any US Sailing member may nominate a person for the Timothea Larr Award. Nominees for the award should be members of US Sailing and also embody the highest principles of honor, integrity and a selfless dedication to the sport.
Captain Joe Prosser Award for Excellence in Sailing Instruction
The Captain Joe Prosser Award was created to recognize the life achievement of the Merchant Marine Academy’s first sailing master, Captain C.A. “Joe” Prosser, USMS. Nominees for the award should be members of US Sailing, and may be professionals in the field of sailing instruction. Organizations may be either “for-profit” or “not-for-profit”; and may be engaged in sailing instruction on a part-time or full-time basis. Nominees shall embody all characteristics of sportsmen: namely honor, integrity and a selfless dedication to the sport.
The award may be to an organization which has, in the opinion of the US Sailing Training Committee, made an exemplary contribution toward improving the quality and safety in the training or instruction of sailors. In addition to the trophy, a $500 credit funded by US Sailing’s Training Committee will be awarded annually to the selected school or program for Instructor Training
Virginia Long Sail Training Service & Support Award
The Sail Training Service and Support Award in honor of Virginia Long would honor individuals who, through their efforts, unselfishly assist and enable a sailing program or sailing instruction in a supportive role. This US Sailing perpetual award and recipient keeper plaque is donated by Starkweather & Shepley Insurance.
Recipients of this award are those whose outstanding efforts enable and support excellence and safety in sailing instruction and/or programs, but do not necessarily teach themselves. This would include, but is not limited to: administrators of sailing programs, program managers, US Sailing Regional Training Coordinators, key non-instructor volunteers, or other individuals who provide the background support to help establish, sustain, or improve sailing education programs and instruction in the United States.
A joint committee of four representatives, two appointed by the Chairman of the Community Sailing Committee and two appointed by the Chairman of the Training Committee, will review nominations for this award and choose a worthy recipient.
Presentation of the Award will be at either the Sailing Leadership Forum or the National Sailing Programs Symposium by the President of US Sailing and joined by the Chair of the Training Committee and the Chair of the Community Sailing Committee.