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Commodore Kevin Keogh Wins the US Sailing President's Award

Kevin Keogh Wins the US Sailing President's Award

Kevin Keogh (Hilton Head, S.C.) was honored with the President’s Award for his special contributions to the sport and partnership with US Sailing. Keogh has been a long-standing supporter of the sport of sailing and a valued partner and volunteer for US Sailing.

A now retired lawyer who practiced law in New York City for 42 years, Keogh was the chairman of the US Sailing Legal Committee from 2011 to 2017. In this important role, he led a number of key sponsorship negotiations. He also played a significant role in negotiations for a rating rule development agreement.

Keogh made revisions to the Code of Conduct and Championship Regulations for US Sailing National Championships. He also made revisions to trophy deeds of gift when the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Championships combined to create the U.S. Adult Championships.
Over the years, Keogh’s extensive legal consultation and advice regarding governance and risk have been an invaluable resource for US Sailing.

His contributions to race committees at major events, including Charleston Race Week, have been well documented through the years.

In quite possibly his most significant and impactful contribution to the sport, as Commodore of the American Yacht Club, Keogh spearheaded a bylaw change that allowed women to have equal member rights with men, and continue both as members in the case of a divorce.

Source: US Sailing
Photos: Mathew Cohen