REDDAWAY was selected for the National Sportsmanship award based on an incident that occurred in the final race of the Orange Bowl regatta, where he was competing in the 85 boat Optimist Red fleet. During the starting sequence, a younger sailor capsized shortly after the raising of the class flag. REDDAWAY was aware that the sailor was not readily righting his boat and sailed over to communicate with him. Recognizing the boy was distraught and potentially injured, REDDAWAY promptly stood up in his boat and signalled for assistance. Since the race was in a starting sequence, there was no one immediately available to assist this sailor. REDDAWAY made a quick and unselfish decision to abandon his boat and swam to the sailor in need. The fellow competitor was tangled in his mainsheet so REDDAWAY helped clear the entanglement and stayed with the young sailor to comfort him while waiting for assistance.
The US SAILING W. Van Alan Clark Jr. Trophy was presented to REDDAWAY by Skip DIEBALL, Chair of US SAILING's One-Design Class Council on Saturday. Moments after the presentation, REDDAWAY received a surprise congratulatory telephone call from US SAILING President Jim CAPRON, Executive Director Charlie LEIGHTON, Vice-President Tom HUBBELL, as well as past Presidents Janet BAXTER, Dave ROSEKRANS, and Jim MULDOON who were meeting in Newport, Rhode Island.
REDDAWAY now joins a long list of highly respected sailors who have received US SAILING's W. Van Alan Clark Jr. Sportsmanship Trophy since the award was first presented 20 years ago. The list includes such well-known sailors as Olin J STEPHENS, Dave PERRY, Harry CARPENTER, and Buddy MELGES.
Sportsmanship is difficult to define but easily recognizable. The high standards exemplified by the true sportsperson are vital to the health of sailing, which is why each year US SAILING presents its prestigious W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. Trophy. This award honours those people who are outstanding examples of dedication and graciousness in the sport of sailing, and for sharing these talents with others. Nominees include sailors who have performed a single exemplary act or who have consistently exemplified the finest tradition of the sport both on and off the water, through instruction and encouragement of others.
More information about the W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. National Sportsmanship Trophy can be found on US SAILING's website - www.ussailing.org/sportsmanship.