US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport of sailing, has awarded the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy for excellence in race management to Southwestern Yacht Club of San Diego, Calif.
Southwestern Yacht Club (SWYC) was selected from a list of 9 nominated sailing organizations for outstanding organization and execution of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Sailing in the 49er, held in October 2007. The regatta was held over a 14-day time period. All 24 scheduled races were completed in difficult weather conditions. The Olympic Sailing Committee Regatta Representative, Jerelyn Biehl, summed it up: ‘The club’s practice and training made the Olympic Trials a perfect event.’
The Trophy was presented to SWYC’s Vice Commodore and event chair Margo King Hemond by US SAILING President Jim Capron and Race Management Committee Secretary John Strassman earlier this evening during an awards dinner at US SAILING’s Annual Meeting in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Emblematic of excellence in race management, the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy was awarded originally by St. Petersburg Yacht Club in the late 1960s to recognize the club that ran the best regatta. The trophy was retired for several years until it was donated to US SAILING in 1977. The winner is selected on the basis of race management superiority and evaluation by participating skippers.