Florida woman given sailing leadership award

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Patricia Harvey Seidenspinner of St. Petersburg, Fla., was recently honored with the annual Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award at ceremonies capping the day-long Women’s Sailing Conference at Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass.

The award honors a male or female who has a record of achievement in giving something back to the sport of sailing as well as inspiring and educating women.

“Pat Seidenspinner has such an impressive list of ‘firsts’ in her sailing resume,” said BoatU.S. assistant vice president Susan Shingledecker in presenting the award with NWSA President Valli Cook.

“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. Beyond the local level, she’s also volunteered for national leadership positions to improve race management across the board,” Shingledecker added.

Seidenspinner grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and enjoyed a career as a flight attendant with TWA. She and her husband sailed in their free time, but upon retirement to St. Petersburg, Seidenspinner became active in race management and eventually managed many national and world sailing championships.

She is a member of U.S. Sailing’s Race Management Committee and is the editor of its Race Management Handbook. She served as chairman of the Race Administration Committee and as a member of both the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

Among some of her credits in sailing, she was:
• First female Principal Race Officer, 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 an Olympic Games
• First female Commodore of St. Petersburg Yacht Club

The conference gives women sailors, from novices to experts, an opportunity to network with other women, while learning new skills or brushing up on old ones.

Related

Registration for Outdoors Conference Opens

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable’s June 1-2 virtual conference will include speakers and presenters from government agencies and ORR member partners.

Yamaha Sees Double-Digit Growth in Q1

The marine segment was up 7.4 percent, driven by demand for outboards in North America and Europe but tempered by supply-chain logistics.

Orion Announces SafetyPro Training

The factory-authorized courses are designed “to educate retail associates on how to match a boater’s type of boating with the different signal kits that we offer.”

A Truce on Tariffs?

The E.U. will suspend the June 1 increase of its retaliatory tariffs and agreed to negotiate with the U.S. to end steel and aluminum tariffs.

Argos 3D Forward Looking Sonar

For 20 Years, FarSounder has been developing and manufacturing 3D forward-looking sonar for vessels of all sizes.

Dometic Marine Appoints Executives

The company promotes a 20-plus-year employee and adds a vice president of aftermarket sales and e-commerce.

IMEA Launches Scholarship Program

The International Marine Electronics Alliance aims to recruit students into the field of marine technology.

RBFF Campaign Reels in Awards

The fishing-and-boating advocacy group’s Get on Board campaign was recognized by two national public relations organizations.

Suzuki’s Clean Ocean Project

Testing of the engine manufacturer’s microplastics filtering device continues as it moves closer to production. The company also released its full-year financials.