US Sailing provides recognition to individuals and organizations for excellence in variety of areas. Those areas include:
- Championships (performance related-results listed under each individual championship page)
- Community Sailing
- Disabled Sailing
- One Design Sailing
- Organizational (includes ROLEX Awards & National Sportsmanship)
- Regatta Administration & Management
- Training & Education
US Sailing's ROLEX Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year Awards
Established in 1961 by US Sailing and sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. since 1980, the Yachtsman of the Year award recognizes one male sailor for his individual outstanding on-the-water achievement within the calendar year; the Yachtswoman of the Year award recognizes one female sailor for her individual outstanding on-the-water achievement within the calendar year.
These prestigious awards are viewed by the sail-racing industry as among the nation's top sailing distinctions. A slate of nominees, determined by the membership of US Sailing, is presented to a panel of accomplished sailing journalists, who together discuss the merits of each nominee and then vote to determine the ultimate winners.
Learn more about the award.
Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy
The Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy is US Sailing’s most prestigious award. It was donated in 1957 by the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association, and is awarded annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing in this country in any associated activity.
Mr. Herreshoff was one of the preeminent marine designers and builders of his time. Born in Bristol, R.I. in 1848, “Captain Nat” was a mechanical genius with a love for boats. He learned building techniques from the old craftsmen of Bristol, studied mechanical engineering at M.I.T., and began an unprecedented career which included many innovations in the design and construction of military, commercial and pleasure craft, both steam powered and sail. Perhaps his greatest feat was designing and building yachts that successfully defended the America’s Cup in six consecutive matches from 1893 to 1920, a span of 27 years. His success in the varied aspects in the industry earned him the nickname “The Wizard of Bristol.”
The recipient is selected by the Board of Directors from nominations made by members of the Board, Division and Committee Chairs, past Presidents and Counselors of Honor. The selection process is administered by the Secretary, who solicits written nominations during the month of August.
Make a nomination
W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. National Sportsmanship Trophy
Sportsmanship is a word that we hear nearly every day, but what does it mean? Everyone who competes in any form of athletic endeavor is expected to display it and although it can be difficult to define or describe, we all recognize it when we see it.
Demonstrating good sportsmanship is very noticeable and necessary in competitive sailing. Whether it is the conduct of the skippers and their crew, or even the event organizers or race officials, cooperation, courtesy and fair play are essential to the continuation and growth of competitive sailing and to keep our sport fun. How you race is as important as how you finish, and fortunately, our sport still recognizes that fact.
The W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. National Sportsmanship Award, presented annually, recognizes an individual who best exemplifies the spirit of sportsmanship in sailing. The respect of your peers and fellow sailors is an essential component of any successful sailing career and it is for this reason, that US Sailing is looking to you, the sailors who are out on the race course, to assist in nominating a person for this prestigious award. Your nomination could be for an individual who demonstrated a single extraordinary example of sportsmanship during the year or it can be based on years of continuous sportsman like conduct.
Make a nomination (nominations close September 1)
The C.R.E.W. Award recognizes an individual -- a US Sailing staff member or volunteer -- who consistently demonstrates the values expressed in the C.R.E.W. agreement. Because US Sailing has an extraordinary set of responsibilities as a world leader in the sport, its volunteers and staff must function as efficiently as a skilled sailing crew. Those responsibilities encompass the following:
Commit to exceptional service to our constituents
- We will be positive about US Sailing and fellow C.R.E.W. members at all times.
- We will be easy to reach, friendly, and on time in responding to constituents and fellow C.R.E.W members.
- We will give C.R.E.W. members and constituents who seek us out our undivided attention and establish deadlines for unfinished business or the next agreed-upon actions.
Respect the integrity and work of fellow C.R.E.W. members
- We will interact using candor, honesty, and constructive criticism as benchmarks.
- We will value each other’s work and our need/right to have a life away from work.
- We will be aware of the similarities and differences in the roles and responsibilities of volunteers and staff.
Expect excellence as a group and personal standard of accomplishment.
- We will establish goals and give those responsible the tools and freedom they need.
- We will remember that asking each other for help is a powerful tool.
- We will compliment each other for work well done, and acknowledge when we haven’t kept our promises.
Work together in a responsible, consistent fashion.
- We will listen carefully to understand each other’s positions before making judgments.
- We will negotiate first, then compromise to find win-win solutions.
- We will acknowledge what we have heard and agreed to do, as a measure of good communication.
- We will address serious disagreements or concerns in person or by phone, before involving others
Make a nomination (Nominations must be recieved 30 days before the Annual General Meeting)