History: This award was established in March 2001 in honor of LT Robert H. Purrington. LT Purrington was Commodore of the Princeton University Yacht Club during his Senior year and led the team to a victorious season in 1965-1966. After graduation, he was commissioned and received his wings as a Navy Pilot. He flew 121 combat missions. LT Purrington died of leukemia in 1971.
This trophy is awarded annually to the graduating senior from MAISA who has made outstanding contributions to college sailing through his/her efforts, not only by competing, but in the promotion of the sport, by fostering sportsmanship among teams, maintaining quality of competition, and contributing to the overall performance of our district. The recipient is not necessarily the best sailor in MAISA but embodies the selfless spirit of true competition and commitment to excellence in support of college sailing in the MAISA district.