SeamanShip and SportsmanShip Awards

1) Michael Baran Memorial Seamanship Award (1987)

The Seamanship Award was renamed in 1987 in memory of Michael Baran, who devoted himself to improving the education and seamanship program of the Sea Shells.  It is awarded annually to the winner of a special event called the Seamanship Contest, designed as a continuing education and training program of the Association.  This contest includes rigging, knot tying, actual sailing skills and a written test on sailing rules and parts of the boat.  The skipper, regardless of class, with the highest total points is the winner.  This year trophies are being awarded to the top winner in each class.


2) Crawford Jr. Sportsmanship Trophy

This trophy was presented to the Santa Barbara Yacht Club by Tom and Betty Crawford.  Several years prior they had presented a Sportsmanship Trophy to the Yacht Club and believed that a similar trophy should be provided for junior sailors.  The Yacht Club immediately earmarked the trophy to be awarded to Sea Shell skippers, acknowledging an act of genuine sportsmanship.  This trophy can be awarded any time, not necessarily annually.

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Most Improved and Most Promising

3) Warner Downs Trophy (1998)

This trophy was presented to the Association in 1998 by the Warner Downs family.  It is to be awarded annually to the Class “C” Sea Shell or Sabot girl skipper who, although not winning another series or regatta perpetual trophy has been an active and enthusiastic participant, demonstrated good sportsmanship and persevered through on or off the water challenges.


4) Mayor's Proclamation Trophy (1998)

This proclamation was presented by the Mayor of Santa Barbara in 1998 in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Santa Barbara Sea Shell Association.  The trophy is to be awarded annually to the Class “C” Sea Shell or Sabot boy skipper who, although not winning another series or regatta perpetual trophy has been an active and enthusiastic participant, demonstrated good sportsmanship and persevered through on or off the water challenges.


5) The Howe-Davies Trophy (1974/2010)

In October, 1974 the Howe Trophy was presented to the Association by Don and Reta Howe.  The Howe trophy is to be awarded annually to the most improved first year “C” class girl skipper who has not won another series or regatta perpetual trophy.

Unfortunately the original trophy, a painting of Sea Shell beach, was misplaced.  In 2010 the Davies family re-commissioned a new portrait from Karyn Walsh and donated it to the club. The new portrait is watercolor rendering of Sabots racing at Sea Shell Beach.


This trophy was donated to Association in 1980 by the Bill and Beth Jones family.  It is to be awarded annual to the most improved “C” class Boy Skipper who has not won another series or regatta perpetual trophy.  He must have sailed in the minimum of 30 races, excluding the Warm-up Series and the Champions Cup Series. 

6) The Jones Trophy (1980)


This trophy was presented to the Association in 1954 by Mrs. Boutell. During her lifetime she had been interested in yachting and the young people who participated in the sport.  Mrs. Boutell was greatly pleased when it was decided by the Association that the trophy would be awarded annually to a girl skipper who would be determined to be the Most Improved Girl Skipper, who has not received another series or regatta perpetual trophy.

7) Mrs. Henry Sherman Boutell Trophy (1954)


This trophy was presented to the Association in 1970 by Mr. J. R. Kieding.  It is awarded annually to a boy skipper who would be determined to be the Most Improved Boy Skipper, regardless of class, who has not won another series or regatta perpetual trophy.  This trophy can only be won once.

8) Founder's Trophy (1970)


This award was donated to the Association in 1985 by Vince, Judy, Andy and Mike Mrstik just after they left Santa Barbara to live in the South Pacific.  This trophy is to be awarded to the promising skipper, regardless of class, who, although not winning another series or regatta perpetual trophy, had distinguished himself or herself by consistently demonstrating enthusiasm, good sportsmanship and superior sailing skills in the true Sea Shell tradition.

9) Skipper Award (1985)


Racing Achievement Awards

This trophy was presented by the Catalina Yacht Company to the Association in 1991, the first year U.S. Sabots were included in SBSSA.  It is awarded annually to the season overall winner in the Sabot fleet in any class who has not won another series or regatta perpetual trophy.  The award is based on the least number of points using the reverse scoring system regardless of class in certain designated series races.  The series of races so designated are:  Memorial Day, 1st Summer, 2nd Summer and Labor Day.  The series consist of thirty races, of which scoring allows for the worst eight throw-outs.

10) Catalina Sabot Trophy (1991)


This trophy was presented to the Association in 1971 by Mel and Betty Gilmour to encourage more girls to race with the Sea Shell Fleet and also to recognize the 20th year of Sea Shells in Santa Barbara.  It is awarded annually to the Top Girl Skipper regardless of class not winning another series or regatta perpetual trophy.

11) Commodore's Trophy (1971)


12) Simon Family Trophy (2000)

The Simon Family Trophy was presented to the Santa Barbara Sea Shell Association in 2000 by Colleen, Bob, Jeff and Katie Simon.  This trophy recognizes the top boy skipper for his perseverance and achievements in the fine art of sailing.  The trophy is awarded annually to the top boy skipper, regardless of class, attaining the least number of points using the reverse scoring system in certain designated series races.  The series races so designated are:  Memorial Day, 1st Summer Series, 2nd Summer Series, and Labor Day.  The series designated consist of thirty races, of which scoring allows for the worst seven throw-outs.