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Maryland race official honored

US Sailing honored Ron Ward of Annapolis, Md., for his commitment to race administration by presenting him with the new Harman Hawkins Trophy.

US Sailing’s vice president presented the Harman Hawkins Trophy with the wife and son of the late Harman Hawkins, for whom the trophy is named. Ward has a record of service to sailing including a non-stop 42-year membership in US Sailing, 12 years of service on US Sailing’s judges committee, a record of 25 years of service as a US Sailing senior judge and chairman of the US Sailing umpires committee.

The Harman Hawkins Trophy is an annual award given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing in the field of race administration. The trophy’s namesake died in 2002 after a lifetime of involvement in sailing and numerous chairmanships of the appeals, judges, and legal committees. His work brought him many honors 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.

US Sailing, Harken announce partnership

US Sailing and Harken Yacht Equipment today announced a new five-year strategic partnership naming Harken as the “Official Hardware Supplier” and sponsor of the US Sailing Team. The U.S. Sailing Team is working with its family of sponsors to act on a newly developed 20-year strategic plan to make dramatic increases in the support available to American sailors who are training to represent the United States in future Olympic and Paralympic Games.

As part of the new partnership, Harken will supply the members of the U.S. Sailing Team with the highest quality hardware, ensuring that the team will be able to focus more on getting ready for the on-the-water challenges ahead.