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Race volunteer receives leadership award

The annual Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award was presented to Patricia Harvey Seidenspinner of St. Petersburg, Fla. The presentation capped the Women’s Sailing Conference held in June at Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass. The award honors a person who has a record of achievement in giving something back to the sport of sailing, and inspiring and educating women.

“Pat Seidenspinner has such an impressive list of ‘firsts’ in her sailing resume. She has given an extraordinary amount of her time and expertise to grow the sport and inspire more women and girls to get involved in racing,” says BoatU.S. assistant vice president Susan Shingledecker, who presented the award. “Beyond the local level, she’s also volunteered for national leadership positions to improve race management across the board.”

Seidenspinner is a native of New York City who grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and had a career as a flight attendant with TWA. Upon retiring to St. Petersburg, Seidenspinner became active in race management and managed many national and world sailing championships. She is a member of US Sailing’s Race Management Committee and is the editor of its Race Management Handbook. She was chairman of the Race Administration Committee and a member of both the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

Among some of her credits in sailing, Seidenspinner was first female principal race officer of the Southern Ocean Racing Conference and many other championships at St. Petersburg Yacht Club; first female appointed as international race officer by the International Sailing Federation; first female principal race officer at the Olympics; and first female commodore of St. Petersburg Yacht Club.