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4 April 2005, 01:22 pm
US SAILING Recognizes Ron WARD
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Newport, R.I., USA

US SAILING has recognized Ron WARD for his dedicated commitment to race administration by presenting him with the organization's new Harman Hawkins Trophy. WARD received the Trophy at an awards dinner at US SAILING's Spring Meeting in Newport on Saturday 2 April.
The Harman Hawkins Trophy was presented by Jim CAPRON, US SAILING Vice President, as well as by the wife and son of the late Harman HAWKINS, whom the Trophy is named after. A former ISAF International Judge, WARD has a record of service to the sport of sailing that is truly extraordinary, his long list of accomplishments includes a non-stop 42-year membership of US SAILING, 12 years of service on US SAILING's Judges Committee (including three years as Chair), a record of 25 years of service as a US SAILING Senior Judge, Chairman of the US SAILING Umpires Committee, and much more.

The Harman Hawkins Trophy is a new prestigious award from US SAILING presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing in the field of race administration (judging, race management, appeals, and racing rules). 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 honours 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.

The United States Sailing Association (US SAILING) is the national governing body for sailing and sailboat racing. Headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, the organization's mission is to encourage participation and promote excellence in sailing in the USA. US SAILING offers training and education programmes, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including the US Sailing Teams and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Teams.

Marlieke Eaton (As Amended By ISAF). Image, From left to right: Jim CAPRON, US SAILING President Janet BAXTER, Ron WARD, Janet HAWKINS, and Jonathan HAWKINS: © US SAILING
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