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Established in 2022, the award is named for one of the first three women to join the Cruising Club of America. The award recognizes a CCA member for innovation in sailing design, methodology, education, training, safety, and the adventurous use and enjoyment of the sea. Diana Russell fit that description: As a math major out of Bryn Mawr, she was hired by Sparkman & Stephens to optimize their designs to the IOR handicap rule. She later became president of WingSystems, a small sea-going think tank designing a number of boats including the “Wing Dinghy.” She raced worldwide and was one of the early sailors to explore Svalbard, Norway in a small boat. Her watchwords were “Make haste slowly, function in disaster, finish in style."