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The YC I learned to sail at had an annual "Marlinspike Seamanship" trophy for Yacht Club sailing class students.
It included written exams covering navigation, where you were given a chart, an Eldridge, and a set of conditions. You then had to plot your course on the paper chart using the given instructions/conditions. In addition there was a "Rules of the road" exam as well.
Next was a written exam covering the proper identification of all parts of the hull, deck, cockpit, standing/running rigging, sails and all parts of the sail.
Next was a timed practical exam of knots and general line handing, including figure eights, bowline, sheep shank, rolling hitch, clove hitch, cleating, and heaving. This also included proper anchoring technique along with scope calculation and ground tackle selection.
And finally a practical exam, which was the singlehanded launching, rigging, and sailing of one of the program's S&S designed Blue Jay one designs, with a windward-leward course. Proper docking techniques, approaching and leaving, and tying to docks. Then the proper care and folding of the boat's sails.
It was one of the most highly respected of the annual awards and given out last at the annual awards banquet. I remember it so well because I won it in 1972.
I would feel that would be a good start for a "Seamanship" competition.