Helen K. Ingerson, a recipient of US Sailing's most prestigious award, the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, died on Aug 25. She was 89.
Ingerson was introduced to sailing by her husband, Joseph P. Ingerson, according to an obituary in the (Rochester, N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle.
Ingerson was an active member and officer of the Rochester Yacht Club. She and her husband started the Platinum Point Yacht Club in Punta Gorda, Fla., where she served as commodore.
Ingerson was known worldwide for her commitment and dedication to sailing. She was a competitor, a senior race officer and judge for US Sailing, an International Sailing Federation judge and a leader of other sailing organizations, including the Great Lakes Yacht Racing Association.
Ingerson was recognized as a pioneer for women in sailing, running racing clinics for women and being at the forefront at the inception of women's events such as the International Women's Keelboat Championship, the Women's Open and the Adams Cup at the national level. In 1996 she was awarded the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy for her contribution to the sport of sailing.