US Sailing Association awards recognize contributions to the sport
San Francisco (March 24, 2022) – The annual US Sailing Association awards were celebrated Thursday evening at the St. Francis Yacht Club. Winners were honored for their contributions to the sport of sailing, from racing to race management.
Congratulations to the following US Sailing Award winners:
- Gary Bodie (Hampton, VA) received the Nathanael G. Herreshoff (2021) for extraordinary contributions to the sport of sailing.
- Martine Zurinskas (Alpharetta, GA) received the Chairman’s Award for his contribution to the US Sailing Board of Directors.
- Leo Boucher (Annapolis, MD) received the first Kevin Burnham Memorial Award for embodying Burnham’s Olympic spirit.
- Dora McGee (Cumming, GA) received the John D. Gardiner One Design Service Award for its commitment to the Catalina 22 class.
- Orcas Island Yacht Club (Eastsound, WA) received the One Design Club Award for supporting the local J/70 fleet.
- Bob Naylor, Arizona Yacht Club (Tempe, Arizona) received the One Design Leadership Award for its efforts to build the local Sunfish fleet.
- Clear Lake Yacht Club (Clear Lake, Iowa) received the One Design Regatta Award for the superb organization of the 50and anniversary of the MC Scow Nationals regatta.
- Jim Tichenor (Houston, TX) received the Harman Hawkins Trophy for his contribution to the administration of the race.
- Cleveland Yacht Club (Rocky River, OH) received the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy for excellent planning and execution of the 75and National Thistle Championships.
- chuck hawley (Santa Cruz, CA) has been recognized as the 2020 recipient of the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Award.
2021 Nathaniel G. Herreshoff Award
Gary Bodie (Hampton, Virginia)
Gary Bodie has been an inspiration in sailing, from his prolific racing career to his time as a successful coach and team manager. Brodie has had an impact on nearly every aspect of dinghy sailing, from college sailing to the Olympics to race management.
Brodie was an outstanding runner during his college years and after in the 505 class. After college he was recruited as a coach, serving several colleges during his career. During his eight-year tenure as a United States Naval Academy coach, his team won numerous championships and a number of his sailors were named to the All-American Sailing Team.
In 1996, after a tough Olympics in Savannah, Georgia, the United States Olympic Sailing Committee recruited Bodie to be the high performance director for Team USA. His sailors won eight medals, including a gold medal, at each of the three Olympic Games he coached in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
After retiring from the leadership of the US Sailing Team, he assumed the presidency of the Miami Sailing World Cup Regatta in tandem with the World Sailing Events Committee, then the board as volunteer. He has become the go-to person to make Miami one of the best elite sailing destinations in the country, if not the world. He became a highly respected leader and represented North America on the Council of World Sailing.
In 2012 Brodie was selected to serve on the World Sailing Council representing the United States along with Cory Sertl. He also served on the Events Committee and the Ranking Committee during his eight years at World Sailing.
US President of Sailing Award
Martine Zurinskas (Alpharetta, Georgia)
Martine Zurinskas is a long time volunteer with the sailing community at all levels – local, regional and national. Zurinskas has been the voice of local clubs and regional associations in the Southeast, keeping the US Sailing Council informed of their needs.
Zurinskas served US Sailing during one of the most tentative periods in the organization’s history. She oversaw the total revision of the statutes and regulations, the replacement of management staff over two years and an unprecedented number of requests for action from the board of directors as the entire organization was reinvented. According to Cory Sertl, chairman of the board during Zurinskas’ tenure, “Martine was the glue that held the board together for her 6 years. His commitment to being at the top of all United States sailing programs and committees is a special quality of Super Volunteers! »
The Kevin Burnham Memorial Award
Leo Boucher (Annapolis, MD)
Leo Boucher is a familiar face to many in the US singlehanded sailing scene. In 2021, Boucher was ILCA North American Champion and ICSA National Solo Champion and competed in many other regattas. But it wasn’t his sailing prowess that earned him the award – it was Boucher’s attitude as a competitor and his overall positive impact on the sport that impressed the committee.
The John D. Gardiner One Design Service Award
Dora McGee (Cumming, Georgia)
For nearly half of its 50-year history, the Catalina 22 National Association has remained in Dora McGee’s service. Affectionately referred to as the “mother hen” of the class by many of its 525 members, McGee has held many roles, most recently as secretary and treasurer. Beyond the Catalina 22 class, McGee is involved in organizing and working on many different events in the Southeast across a wide range of classes. McGee often sits on the race committee, where his calm demeanor belies his expectation of perfection in race management and sailor support.
One Design Club Award
Orcas Island Yacht Club (Eastsound, WA)
Orcas Island Yacht Club’s J/Pod was started by Ron Rosenberg. Launching the local J/70 fleet through this initiative, Rosenberg and his group introduced new people to one-design racing, encouraged others to compete internationally, and went far to promote one-design sailing in Puget Sound. Members of the J/Pod (named after the pods of killer whales that frequent the strait) are often seen leading other groups, including a female learn-to-sail group and the local laser fleet. Pod members are also instrumental in local fundraising efforts to help local sailors compete in international events, as well as raising funds for the local junior sailing program. Under Rosenberg’s leadership, the group often holds debriefs after a day’s sailing so everyone can learn and progress.
A design leadership award
Bob Naylor (Tempe, Ariz.)
Bob Naylor of the Arizona Yacht Club was the spark behind the construction of the Sunfish 749 fleet. space are not always necessary to navigate and have fun together. . To build his fleet, Naylor and his sidekick Jeff Bryant have been known to travel as far as Alabama to purchase used Sunfish for the 749 fleet.
“For me personally, I love the beauty of our sport, and I especially love introducing our sport to new people and teaching others how to sail,” Naylor said. “The creation of our Sunfish fleet has provided a wonderful on-ramp to the sport for many aspiring Arizona sailors, and created a new buzz within our yacht club.”
One Design Regatta Award
MC Scow Nationals hosted by Clear Lake Yacht Club (Clear Lake, IA)
The 50and The MC Scow Anniversary National Championships hosted by the Clear Lake Yacht Club drew 119 MC Scows to the event, surpassing a previous record of 109 boats. By all accounts, the hospitality and generosity of the club and its members was exceptional, with all the details of the event handled by club members. For the regatta auction, five different sailmakers donated MC sails which were auctioned off to raise funds for the club’s junior programme.
The Harman Hawkins Trophy
Jim Tichenor (Houston, TX)
Jim Tichenor’s exceptional service to sailing spans multiple disciplines for over 35 years. He was one of the first instructors of certified race judges and officers, remaining active as an instructor until his retirement. Since 1999, Tichenor has been the main race office or chief judge for over 180 sailing events, including many championships. He also has an illustrious track record as a volunteer for US Sailing and beyond. He has served on the United States Sailing Board of Directors and Audit, Championships, Nominations, Olympic Sailing, PHRF and Offshore Championships committees.
St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy
Cleveland Yacht Club (Rocky River, OH) for the 75and National Thistle Championships
Cleveland Yacht Club is the winner of this year’s St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy, awarded for outstanding race management at a regatta for their execution of the 75and National Thistle Championships. According to the Selection Committee Chairman, the Cleveland Yacht Club “put on a phenomenal event with challenging weather conditions, course layouts and logistics that garnered rave reviews from their attendees.” Many sailors have written to compliment the management of the event, saying it was “one of the best regattas [they’ve] never participated”, and say that they were impressed by the professionalism and punctuality of the staff and volunteers.