SDSA Awards

SDSA Founder's Award

2023 Recipient - Mindy Piuk, Lead Shoreside Coordinator, SDSA

Purpose:  To recognize the contribution of an individual or individuals that most embody the spirit of “Sailors Helping Sailors”. 

Description:  The Salty Dawg Sailing Association, as it is now known, was founded by Bill and Linda Knowles with the goal of helping Sailors build blue water sailing skills and to foster the spirit of “sailors helping sailors”.

This award, to be given out on an annual basis, when appropriate, will recognize an individual or crew that most exemplifies the spirit of this goal.  

Nominations will be made by members of the Salty Dawg Sailing Association and submitted to the Awards committee comprised of three members of the SDSA board of directors.   This committee will select the nomination that they judge to be the worthiest of this recognition. 

The award, a custom engraved crystal plaque, will be presented by the president of the organization, either at the Fall Annapolis rendezvous or during the Caribbean Rally departure events in Hampton.   

 The recipient will be noted in a subsequent newsletter and included on an awards page on the SDSA website. 

Nominations for the award will be accepted by the committee through conclusion of the summer rallies at the end of August. 

Nominations should be sent to [email protected]

SDSA Lifetime Achievement Award

2022 RecipientRick Palm


Presidential Leadership Award

2021 RecipientHank George