Harbor Springs resident and sailor David Irish was awarded the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy by U.S. Sailing at is Oct. 18 Annual Meeting Awards Dinner, presented by Rolex, at the South Seas Island Resort in Captiva, Florida.
According U.S. Sailing, 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
Irish (Harbor Springs) received the award for his outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing.
Irish has recently completed his eighth year as an ISAF Vice President. He was significantly involved with integrating governance structure and support of big boat sailing within ISAF. Irish was also involved in competitor classification. He was elected to three, one-year terms as US Sailing President from 1995 to 1997. He also served 16 years on US Sailing's Offshore Racing Council. In 1961, he founded the Irish Boat Shop in Harbor Springs.
"I learned a lot along the way about people, racing, and governing the sport," commented Irish.
Also awarded that evening were:
Magnus Liljedahl (Miami, Fla.) received the Gay S. Lynn Memorial Trophy for his outstanding contributions to disabled sailors and the sport of disabled sailing.
Peter Reggio (Essex, Conn.) received the Harman Hawkins Award for the major role he has played in the advancement of race administration.
The Sandusky Sailing Club (Ohio) received the St. Petersburg Trophy for excellence in race management.
John Rousmaniere (New York, N.Y.) received the Timothea Larr Award for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of sailor education in the U.S.
Cory Sertl (Rochester, N.Y.) and Gary Bodie (Hampton, Va.) received President's Awards for their service as U.S. delegates to the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).