Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Florida woman given sailing leadership award

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

Suntex Adds Superyacht Facility

The investment group adds Seahaven Marina, which can accommodate vessels up to 250 feet.

Newsweek Honors Brunswick Corp.

It’s the second consecutive year that the magazine named the corporation to its list of America’s Most Responsible Companies.

Southern Marinas Adds to its Portfolio

The company announced its acquisition of Tims Ford Marina and Resort in Winchester, Tenn., its seventh transaction this year.

Groupe Beneteau Acquires Portugal Facility

The builder adds the Rodman Lusitania shipyard to support demand for powerboats under 40 feet.

Digital Dealership Dashboard for Marine Dealers

The Parker Business Planning digital platform for marine dealers will be introduced next week at MRAA Dealer Week in Austin, Texas.

Back and Forth and Back Again

As the world waits for the pandemic and its economic effects to subside, a new virus variant emerges.

Suzuki Crew Cleans Florida Shoreline

Executives, staff and families removed more than 40 bags of trash from Florida’s Courtney Campbell Causeway as part of the company’s Clean Ocean Project.

Seattle Boat Show: Full Speed Ahead

The largest show in the Pacific Northwest is set for its 9-day run with a new location and robust seminar format for 2022.