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Honors and Accomplishments as a coach/race officer:
2011 recipient of the Harmon Hawkins Trophy – awarded by US Sailing to the individual who has made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing in the field of race administration

Head Coach at Tufts, 1980-present
19 Nationals Championships (8 women’s, 5 team racing, 3 dinghy, 3 singlehanded)
92 All-American (46 skippers, 25 Women skippers, 21 Crews)

Head Coach at US Merchant Marine Academy, 1978-1980
2 Nationals Championships
4 All-Americans

US Sailing Team, part-time, 1981-1985
470 Worlds, Finn Gold Cup, Pan-Am Games, Pre-Olympics, Kiel Week
British University Tours

Principal Race Officer:
US Olympic Trials, 470 Class Worlds, Internationals Canoe Worlds, Miami Race Week, TP 52s and Farr 40s, Nordic Farr 40 Champs, 420 Nationals, Key West Race Week since 1994, Laser Nationals & Midwinters, Club 420 North American’s 3 times, Optimist New Englands 3 times, Nationals V-15, Jet 14, A Scow, Fireball, Comet and Windsurfing

4 Team Racing Worlds
6 British Team Racing Nationals
Numerous Match Racing Regattas

Clinic Director:
Numerous junior and adult advanced racing clinics, rules, tactics and race management seminars, and instructor training clinics


The following excerpt is from

Ken Legler is the current preeminent sailing coach with the Tufts University Sailing Team. Past accomplishments include All-American sailor, US Sailing Team Coach, and national champion in college dinghies, team racing, one-design, offshore, and blind sailing as a sighted guide. Ken has participated in sixteen world championships as a competitor, principal race officer, head judge, commentator, and US Sailing Team coach.

Since Ken began coaching at Tufts University in 1980, Tufts has won 19 college nationals in dinghies, women’s dinghies, team racing and single-handed sailing for both men and women. 53 of Ken’s Tufts students have earned a collective 93 All-American honors and 16 have gone on to win a combined 28 World championship titles.

Prior to Tufts, Ken coached at the US Merchant Marine Academy and the US Naval Academy, collecting wins in dinghy, team racing and single handed nationals. As a US Sailing Team coach, Ken mentored future Olympians at the Pan Am games, Kiel Week, Pre-Olympics, and several World championships in a variety of classes.

Race Management is one of Ken’s greatest areas of expertise. Since 1994 Ken has been a Pricipal race Officer at Acura Key West Race Week, the biggest and best regatta in the United States. This followed Ken’s experience as PRO dating back to 1975 for the 470 Worlds at the US Sailing Center on Lake Ontario. It was also at the US Sailing Center where Ken began international judging at the 1974 Windsurfing Worlds.

Team Racing is a particular passion of Ken’s, which he shares as commentator at the British Open for the Wilson Trophy in West Kirby, England and the Team Racing World championships at various venues.

Sailing remains Ken’s favorite pastime, whether it is day sailing a Soling on Boston Harbor with his kids, bombing around in a 420 at team practice, or competing in a blind sailing event as a sighted guide. Ken lives by the motto, “Sailing is supposed to be fun.”

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