Awards & Trophies

Chandler Hovey Jr Trophy

First established in 1986, what was then called the U.S. Independence Cup became US Sailing’s national championship for disabled sailors in 1989.

For many years it was organized by the Disabled Sailing Committee and was run in conjunction with the North American Challenge Cup, which is hosted by Chicago Yacht Club.In 2007, the regatta moved under the Championships division of US Sailing and was renamed the U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship.

The Chandler Hovey Jr. Trophy was donated at the 1994 Independence Cup by A.G.A. Correa and Co. to US Sailing. “Buzz” Hovey, for whom it is named, was active in 12 Metre racing in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s with the family-owned Twelve, Easterner. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1947, he continued, nonetheless, to sail and race actively, especially in his Shields Class boat, until 1981 when he retired from the racing circuit.

On December 18, 2017, the U.S. Sailing Board of Directors approved a name change from The U.S. Disabled Championship to the U.S. Para Sailing Championship to keep in line with the World Sailing and the International Olympic Committee format.

To maintain the integrity of the trophy, it will remain on display at the National Governing Body of the sport – U.S. Sailing Association


Previous Award Recipients

  • 2019 – Matt Koblenzer: 2.4mR – Judd Goldman Trophy and the U.S. Para Sailing National Champion. Allen Fiske and Joe Cook: Freedom Independence 20 – Chandler Hovey Trophy and the U.S. Para Sailing Doublehanded National Champions. Rick Doerr, Charles McClure, Roger Cleworth: Sonar – Gene Hinkel Trophy and the U.S. Para Sailing Triplehanded National Champions
  • 2018 –  Dee Smith: 2.4mR- Judd Goldman Trophy and the U.S. Para Sailing Singlehanded National Champion. John McRoberts and Scott Lutes. RS Venture Connect- Chandler Hovey Trophy.  U.S. Para Sailing Doublehanded National Champions: Christina Rubke and Kris Scheppe. Rick Doerr, Dawn Hart, Charles McClure: Sonar – Gene Hinkel Trophy
  • 2016 – Singlehanded: Dee Smith
  • 2015 – Doublehanded: Ryan Porteous, Steven Muse
  • 2014 – Triplehanded: Steven Hammer,Kathy Champion, Brad Kendall
    Singlehanded: Daniel Evans
  • 2013 – Doublehanded: Sarah Everhart-Skeels, Gerry Tiernan
    Singlehanded: John Ruf
  • 2012 – Triplehanded- Andrew Fisher, Mike Hersey, Ryan Levinson
    Doublehanded- Michael Strahle, Donna DeMarest
    Singlehanded- Charles Rosenfield
  • 2011 – Triplehanded- Rick Doerr, Brad Kendell, Hugh Freund – Clifton, NJ
    Doublehanded- Scott Whitman, Julia Dorsett – Brick, NJ
    Singlehanded- Charles Rosenfield – Woodstock, CT
  • 2010 – Triplehanded-John Robertson, Hannah Stodel, Steve Thomas – Portland, Dorset GBR .
    Doublehanded- Scott Whitman, Julia Dorsett – Brick, NJ
    Singlehanded- Bruce Millar – Richmond BC, CAN
  • 2009 – Doublehanded- Jennifer French, Roger Cleworth St. Petersburg, FL
    Singlehanded- Charles Rosenfield- Woodstock, CT
  • 2008 – Triplehanded- Rick Doerr, Tim Angle, Bill Donohue- Clifton, NJ
    Doublehanded- John McRoberts & Stacey Louttit- Victoria, BC, CAN
    Singlehanded- Bruce Millar- Richmond, BC, CAN

U.S. Independence & North American Challenge Cups

  • 2007 – Triplehanded -Albert Foster, David Burdette, Jim Thweatt-Wayzata, MN/ Lutherville, MD /W. Sacramento, CA
    Doublehanded – Karen Mitchell & JP Creignou – Deerfield Beach, FL/ St. Petersburg, FL
    Singlehanded – Mark LeBlanc – New Orleans, LA
  • 2006 – Doublehanded – Karen Mitchell & Michael Grimm – Deerfield Beach, FL/ Miami Beach, FL
    Singlehanded – Roger Cleworth – Lithia, FL
  • 2005 – Doublehanded – Karen Mitchell & Kerry Gruson -Deerfield Beach, FL
    Singlehanded Nick Scandone -Fountain Valley, CA
  • 2004 – Doublehanded – Karen Mitchell & Kerry Gruson -Deerfield Beach, FL
    Singlehanded Nick Scandone -Fountain Valley, CA
  • 2003 – Doublehanded – Karen Mitchell & Kerry Gruson -Deerfield Beach, FL
    Singlehanded – Paul Tingley of Vancouver, BC
  • 2002 – Doublehanded – John Kostanecki and Jim Leatherman
    Singlehanded- Roger Cleworth
  • 2001 – Peter Benson – Middletown, RI, Matt Sullivan -Coventry, RI
  • 2000 – Peter Benson – Middletown, RI, Matt Sullivan -Coventry, RI
  • 1999 – John Kostanecki – Naperville, IL, Gerry Dahl – Chicago, IL
  • 1998 – John Kostanecki – Naperville, IL, Gerry Dahl – Chicago, IL
  • 1997 – John Ross-Duggan, David Schroeder – Orlando, FL
  • 1996 – John Ross-Duggan, Waldo Esparza – Orlando, FL
  • 1995 – Robie Pierce, Newport, RI
  • 1994 – John Yount, Hortensia Soler – Miami, FL
  • 1993 – Robie Pierce, Richard Fucci – Newport, RI
  • 1992 – Carl Olsson, John Carter – New York, NY
  • 1991 – Robie Pierce, Nick Bryant-Brown – Newport, RI
  • 1990 – Carl Olsson, Richard Fucci, Gregg Templeton – Larchmont, NY