Nelson Weiderman played an important part of the growth of the J/105 Class, serving as Class Administrator, webmaster and Fleet 14 Captain.
Nelson won the US SAILING One-Design SERVICE Award for the John H. Gardiner, Jr. Trophy in 2005: The John H. Gardiner Jr. Trophy recognizes distinguished service and leadership in the promotion of one-design sailing and Class organization. This year’s recipient has been the Class Secretary and Treasurer for the J/105 Class Association for quite some time. That in itself should not qualify him for a one-design award; however his never ending enthusiasm and willingness to do any job left undone should. An example of the results of his efforts is the participation of the J/105 Class at Key West Race Week. Over the last three years, the number of boats has increased from the upper twenties to forty. This individual begins working in August and continues to keep those interested informed of who is going, what they need to prepare and how to get logistics organized up until the day before the event. If that was not enough, he then changes hats and becomes the Class’s daily reporter, keeping the website up to date with what happened, how it happened, and what resulted. These are just a few examples. He continues to promote the Class, maintain its website and really steer the Class throughout the year.