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Harman Hawkins (USA)

Yachtsman and ISAF committee member Harman Hawkins sadly passed away on Tuesday 17 December 2002.

Hawkins was known as the consummate yachtsman - a fact reflected in his life-long involvement in the yachting community and the numerous honours his colleagues have bestowed upon him, his contributions to the yachting community cover a wide scope.

Most notable is his all-inclusive participation in the associations that foster the yachting community. He has presided over the Yacht Racing Union of Long Island and the United States Yacht Racing Union and served as commodore of the Manhasset Bay and Storm Trysail Clubs. His involvement with the USYRU also includes serving as Chairman of the Appeals, Judges, Racing Rules and Legal Committees.

During his years with the International Yacht Racing Union (now ISAF) Hawkins held the offices of Vice Chairman of the Review Board, and member of the Permanent (now Council), Racing Rules, and Constitution Committees. He also participated in the drafting of Racing Rules Appendix 14 and the Eligibility code. Indeed, until passing away, Harman was still a member of the ISAF Review Board. ISAF, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing, honoured him with the presentation of an ISAF Silver Medal.

In addition to his work with ISAF and US Sailing, Hawkins was both an International and National Judge, and served on a number of international juries including the Olympic Games in both 1988 - Seoul and 1992 - Barcelona, the America's Cup, Admiral's Cup (England), Clipper Cup (Hawaii), China Seas Race (SW Pacific), Bermuda Race (Middle Atlantic), and Kieler Woche.

He was also the first chairman of the USYRU's judges committee; a pioneer and model for all yachting judging programs throughout the world, including the then IYRU's programme.

A Memorial Service will take place at St. Mary's, Shelter Island, NY on Saturday 21 December 21 at 1:00 PM.

Tom Leweck/ISAF News Editor
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