Nellie Guernsey, in addition to a brilliant professional career in mining, was a sailor, a racer, and a volunteer administrator at Halloween Yacht Club, present in the HYC on nearly a 40-hour per week basis for many years. After her death in 2011, the HYC Fall Race was renamed in her honor.
The Nellie Guernsey Memorial Race is conducted by HYC each fall. 2017 race is scheduled for Saturday, September 16. It is open for all non-spinnaker boats, HYC members as well as others.