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In January of 1986, SAYRA established an award to honor individuals who over the years make significant and outstanding contributions in service to the South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association. This award was named for and dedicated to Dr. H. Willard Davis, who for many years was Executive Secretary and Treasurer of SAYRA, representing SAYRA on the YRA Council of the United States Yacht Racing Union, was the Regional Administrative Judge for US SAILING, and is an International Judge Emeritus for US SAILING. He set a shining example of service for all who knew him and followed in his footsteps. Willard Davis brought honor to SAYRA through his judging major regattas throughout the United States; and he has earned the respect and admiration of his peers in the international judging community for his superior knowledge of the racing rules and his calm, compassionate demeanor as he performed his duty as he saw fit. 


This award is a fitting tribute to Willard Davis and serves as appropriate recognition and thanks from SAYRA to those individuals who over the years give of themselves in service to the South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association and their fellow yachtsman. 


The committee to select the award winner consists of the last five recipients of the award and the commodore and the immediate past two commodores. The chair of the selection committee is the next to the last recipient. The award does not have to be given every year. When the award is given, it will be presented at the Annual General Meeting of SAYRA. 



Recipients of the H. WILLARD DAVIS SERVICE AWARD are: 

1986 H. Willard Davis Columbia SC

1987 Staton J. Peele, Jr. Columbia SC

1988 John A. S. (Jack) Brown Lake Norman YC

1989 Dr. Hallam Walker  Lake Norman YC

1990 William J. F. Doscher CyCSC, ChYC, CORA

1991 Donald J. Sweet 

1992 Arthur E. Menke and Ruth Creighton LNYC

1993 Mason R. Chrisman CYCSC

1994 Ann Boyd Farmelo ChYC

1995 John W. "Bud" Sweet Lake Murray SC

1996 Joseph M. James Carolina SC NC

1997 John Baker 

1998 Harry Jones CYC SC

1999 John H. Lee, Jr.LNYC

2000 Robert K. Creighton, Jr. CYCNC 

2001 Russ Burleson Lake Murray SC

2002 William B. Ross LNYC

2003 Arland Whitesides CYCNC

2004 Carla Lewis Moore Columbia SC

2005 Sarah Ashton ChYC

2006 Bob Bowden CYCSC at award LNYC

2007 Dick McGillivray CYSC, SIYC

2008 Linda Bowden CYCSC at award LNYC

2009 John Slater 

2010 JC Moore - Columbia SC

2011 Carrie Rohde Savannah Sailing Center

2012 Hank Goodman Keowee SC

2013 Ryan Hamm ChYC, JIYC

2014 Burton and Judy Howell, Savannah SC

2015 Martine Zurinskas - LLSC

2016 Robert and Jane Key, Columbia SC

2017 Treez Decker - LNYC

2018 JD Rosser -HYC, CORA

2019 Ken Gorni - Lake Norman YC

2020 Dan Machowski - JIYC

2021 Bryce Dryden - Atlanta YC

2022 Jerry Thompson - Carolina Sailing Club

2023 Fran Boyd - Charleston Yacht Club






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