Helen K. Ingerson, a recipient of US Sailing's most prestigious award, the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, died on Aug 25. She was 89.
Ingerson was introduced to sailing by her husband, Joseph P. Ingerson, according to an obituary in the (Rochester, N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle.
Ingerson was recognized as a pioneer for women in sailing, running racing clinics for women and being at the forefront at the inception of women's events such as the International Women's Keelboat Championship, the Women's Open and the Adams Cup at the national level.
In 1996 she was awarded the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy for her contribution to the sport of sailing.