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.