Hanson Rescue Awards
US Sailing’s Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal
Few sailors ever get the chance to be involved in a rescue at sea.
The question becomes – What if this happens to me?
Through 22 years, and 178 medals awarded, sailors can learn from these rescue stories… What would you do if you had to make a rescue?
As no two rescues are alike, each story has a set of special circumstance you can learn from. All stories have a take away, something to put in the back of your mind should you suddenly hear, “Man Overboard!”
Take your time and see what other sailors have gone through in making rescues – Rescue Reports
If you are aware of a rescue and would like to nominate someone for this prestigious award, complete this online form.
Learn more about Arthur B. “Tim” Hanson.
About the Award
This award is given to skippers of boats or race support vessels who effect rescues of victims from the water. The award is made for rescues in U.S. waters, or those which occur in races originating or terminating in a U.S. port. The purposes of the award are to recognize the significant accomplishment in seamanship which has saved a life, and to collect further case studies in rescues for analysis for the US Sailing Safety at Sea Committee which will eventually be incorporated into the extensive educational programs of US Sailing.
Current US Sailing Rescue Medal
Circa 1992 –
Prior USYRU Rescue Medal
Circa 1989 – 1992