Paul W Risseeuw Sportsmanship Award

Paul W Risseeuw Sportsmanship Award is an ECSA award given annually if a deserving recipient is nominated and selected. It is to be awarded to a junior sailor that best exemplifies the spirit of sportsmanship in the ECSA. The winning sailor will demonstrate sportsmanship, fair—play, and concern for fellow sailors.

Paul W Risseeuw was the ECSA Junior Chairman from 1992 until 2015.  During and previous to that time Paul was continuously involved at the club, local, regional and national levels working to improve junior sailing programs.  As an accomplished racer he wanted junior sailors to learn to “sail fast.” But more than that he wanted them to learn to sail fair and develop into good people while having fun. Paul worked tirelessly toward these goals and his efforts were felt and appreciated by all.

The award is open to any ECSA junior sailor who reaches his 13th but not 19th birthday in the calendar year.  The sailor shall be nominated by their club, fellow sailors or sailing organization. Nominations shall be submitted in writing by mail or email to the ECSA Junior Chairman at any time. Nominations shall be submitted with a paragraph providing details as to how the individual exhibited sportsmanship, either from a single significant event and/or sustained exemplary performance.

Submissions will be reviewed by the ECSA board of officers for a final recipient and the award will be announced and presented at the end of season ECSA Junior Award Event.  There will be a perpetual trophy and a “keeper award.” The perpetual trophy is to be held by the recipient’s club for the ensuing year. The keeper shall be presented to the recipient and is to be an “item of use”.

2017 Paul Risseew Sportsmanship Winner
Peter Cronin
Peter Cronin is continuously a role model for all the youth sailors in the ECSA. He deserves this award because he always looks to be a friendly face toward his fellow sailors. Peter is hard-working, supportive of others, and always trying to make others smile and enjoy the sport of sailing. He believes that sailing is not only about getting around the course before everyone else, it’s about creating ever-lasting friendships with the kids around you. His enthusiasm towards the sport of sailing is like no other and he shares his passion by being a part-time Sailing Instructor at Ram Island Yacht Club during the summer. Although many of the events he attends are outside of the ECSA (including BEG, 420 Nationals and Buzzards Bay), he has never failed to come back and continue participating in ECSA regattas with his goal to bring as many people into the sport as possible. Peter is a companionable young man who always puts a smile on my face and many others throughout the ECSA. This is why I believe Peter Cronin is the well-deserved candidate of this award. Thank you.
2016 Paul Risseew Sportsmanship Winner
Ian Hurley
Pettipaug YC
This year when we found ourselves short of help with Junior Instructors mid-summer, Ian noticed we could use some help and he immediately stepped up and offered to fill a vacant role. He has been our hardest working JI since he joined in. Ian is always thinking of what we need done next to help our sailors get ready for the day, and he takes action to do the behind the scenes work that allows our instructors to deliver their lessons seemlessly. Even before Ian officially joined our JI staff, he was helpful in many ways. We had a timid sailor early in the season afraid to go out, and Ian just graciously jumped in the boat with her and took her sailing, instead of doing his own lesson that day. He has such a kind and giving temperament that he is a natural fit for sharing his love of sailing with others. Ian models pride in his sailing by not only challenging himself to become better through the instruction offered, but he also takes pride in maintaining a shipshape boat at all times. He enjoys racing with his partner and the two clearly respect the talents each one is able to bring to their team. It is a pleasure to watch them sail. We are proud to have Ian represent Pettipaug Sailing Academy when he travels to other regattas as we believe he represents the best of junior sailing.