Harman Hawkins Trophy
Tim Winger – 2016 Winner
Tim Winger (Lancaster, PA) developed a passion for the J/24 the first time he saw one, and he has been sailing and working on J/24s ever since. He has exerted a major influence on the class for over 30 years.
Winger has held numerous positions related to J/24 sailing, including event measurer at seven of the 20 J/24 World Championships he has attended, district governor for the J/24 USA Class Association, and member of the executive committee of the International J/24 Class Association, where he currently serves as chair of the technical committee. Perhaps his most significant achievement was the effort he led to rewrite the class rules and the modifications required to gain World Sailing’s approval – a project that ultimately took over three years.
“The people behind the scenes make it possible for us to control the equipment and develop the tools and procedures for enforcement of the rules,” said Winger. “Thank you to US Sailing for supporting the sport we all love.”
An International Measurer (IM) since 2008, Winger has measured hundreds of boats at venues all over the world. His wife, Marie, often travels with him and shares in the measurement work.
“Between us we’ve seen the bottoms of more J/24s than anyone in the word,” added Winger.
Alex Finsterbusch, an IM from Argentina, said, “One of his many abilities is to recognize what your strengths are as an inspector. He always had the right guy in the right position. He is always calm, never loses his cool and is polite to sailors, coaches and everybody involved in the regatta
The Harman Hawkins Trophy for Outstanding Contributions to Race Administration
The Harman Hawkins Trophy is awarded annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions over a period of time to the sport of sailing in the field of Race Administration (Judging, Race Management, Umpires, Appeals, Racing Rules, Classification and Measurement and Equipment Inspection). Selection of the recipient will be made by the Race Administration Committee from nominees sought by the Judges, Race Management, Umpires, Appeals, Racing Rules, Classifiers and Measurers and Equipment Inspectors committees. Nominations are open from January 1 through November 15. The first award was presented at the 2005 Spring Meeting in Newport, RI. The trophy is currently presented at the Association Awards Dinner at the National Conference in February.
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.