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Dick Rose was recently honored by the Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle. Below is a paraphrased excerpt from their introduction of Mr. Rose. 

For decades Dick Rose has been heavily involved in developing the sailing rules, volunteering to explain the rules to sailors around the country, and his contributing through The Sailing Foundation to the development of high school sailing around Puget Sound.  He is Chairman of the Working Party of the World Sailing Racing Rules Committee, Secretary of the US Sailing Racing Rules Committee, Chairman of the World Sailing Case Book Working Party and a member of both the PIYA and US Sailing Appeals Committees and is a certified national sailing judge.  In these various roles, Dick is a key (if not the key) person in drafting and interpretation of the Racing Rules of Sailing and is busily involved in settling in on the revisions to the racing rules that will take effect after the 2020 Olympics (the 2021-2024 version).

Awards and Honors

  • 2020 US Sailing Harman Hawkins Trophy for Contributions to the Sport of Sailing in the field of Race Administration; recipient selected by US Sailing Race Administration Committee from nominations made by members of the Racing Rules, Appeals, Judges, Umpires, Race Management, Measurement and Classification Committees
  • 2012 US Sailing Nathaneal G. Herreshoff Trophy for Outstanding Contributions to the Sport of Sailing; recipient selected by US Sailing Board of Directors from nominations made by Board Members, Committee Chairs, Past Presidents, and Counselors of Honor.
  • 2019 Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle Hans Otto Giese Trophy to an individual who has constantly provided leadership and inspiration to the Corinthian Yacht Club and has contributed to the promotion, advancement, and encouragement of amateur Sailing.
  • 1969 Induction, inaugural class, Inter-Collegiate Yacht Racing Association Hall of Fame

Contributions to Sailing: Committee Appointments in the US and Abroad

  • Member, World Sailing Racing Rules Committee: 1991 – present (appointed through 2024)
  • Member, World Sailing Racing Rules Committee Working Party: 1991 – 2020; Chair, 2009 – 2020
  • Chair, World Sailing Case Book Working Party: 1997 – present (appointed through 2024)
  • Member, World Sailing Race Management Sub-Committee: 1991 – 1994
  • Member, World Sailing Equipment Control Sub-Committee: 2009 – 2016
  • Member, World Sailing Equipment Rules of Sailing Working Party: 2009 – 2016
  • Member, US Sailing Racing Rules Committee: more than 20 years; Chair, 12 years; Secretary, present
  • Member, US Sailing Appeals Committee: 2008 – present
  • US Sailing National Judge (since the start of the Judges Program): 1977 – present
  • Past Member and Chairman: US Sailing Race Administration Committee
  • Past Member: US Sailing Board of Directors
  • Rules Advisor, US Olympic Sailing Teams: Los Angeles (1984), Pusan (1988), Barcelona (1992)
  • Member, Pacific International Yachting Association Appeals Committee (for races held in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia): past 20 years
  • Member, Board of Directors (since the late 1970s), The Sailing Foundation of Seattle, a 501(c)3 organization that promotes youth sailing and safety-at-sea research in the Pacific Northwest; Executive Committee and Vice President for Youth Sailing Programs (for the past 10 years); Former Chair (for more than two decades) of the Grants Committee that awarded financial support to regional youth sailing teams that qualified for national or international championships
  • Developer and Organizer, Annual Northwest Clinic for Youth Sailing Coaches: 2008 – 2016
  • Lecturer, Racing Rules, for yacht clubs and sailing groups in the US and Canada: more than 40 years
  • Past President, North American Laser Class
  • Past President, Middle Atlantic Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association: 1959 – 1960

Racing Highlights

  • 1971 and 1973: International 14 World Team Racing Championship
  • 1963: Frostbite Championship of Long Island Sound (Interclub Dinghy fleet composed of the top skipper
  • from each of the YRA of Long Island Sound frostbite fleets)
  • 1990: Yachting Whidbey Island Race, Overall Winner (Laser 28)
  • 1960: National Inter-Collegiate Sailing Championship, Runner-up, Oxford University YC Trophy
  • Competitive sailor for more than 50 years in Penguins, Lightnings, Snipes, International 14s, Lasers, and most recently in a Laser 28 (PHRF, Puget Sound)



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  • Yachting: columns and features on tactics, strategy, equipment development, rules: 1967 – 1980

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