As a co-founder of a successful women’s sailing program, a varsity sailing coach at an all-girls’ school and a regatta chair, Carolyn Russell of Greenwich, CT is an accomplished sailor who relishes creating opportunities for women of all ages and abilities to enjoy the sport.
“I grew up in Rye, NY and started sailing as a kid by cruising with my parents, Lynn Leech and Miller Longbotham,” says Carolyn. “My great uncle, George Gibbons, was a typical salty old sailor who taught me that
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sailing is about working hard and having a good time, no matter your age or ability. He lives on with me when I’m on the water. My first boat was an Optimist and I went through JAYC [Junior American Yacht Club], the junior program at American Yacht Club. It’s a great program with great instructors. I loved sailing as a kid and sailed recreationally on an Etchells in high school, but did not sail in college. It didn’t click until my 20s, and I was lucky to have the JAYC foundation.”Read more
As the Executive Director of The WaterFront Center in Oyster Bay, NY, Dave Waldo has the helm of a unique community sailing and marine education facility where he shares his passion for the sport with people of all ages while providing opportunities for learning about and enjoying the marine environment.Read more
As the Communications Director at Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, NY, Samantha Pilz is enthusiastically spreading the word about the innovative and successful programs at one of the world’s finest sailing centers.Read more
Although he’s only been painting professionally for about six years, Thomas N. Graves’ work has become well received in the area. A resident of Stamford, CT, Tom is a longtime sailor who specializes in yacht portraits, seascapes and marine subjects of all kinds.Read more
By Amy Villalba
Caution – Don’t try this at home! Don Dexter, Thistle Fleet Captain at Nyack Boat Club (NBC) in Nyack, NY, recalls sailing alone as a youth in a Sunfish enjoying that there was no one to worry about hitting on serene Lake George, even sailing with his eyes closed for long stretches! According to Don, “Nothing is more peaceful.” Some might say he threw caution to the wind.Read more
Joe Sullivan ‘58 was one of the early members of the Fordham University Sailing Team, and as the school’s Director of Sailing, his love for the team continues to this day.Read more
Editor’s note: Twin brothers Waldek and Chris Zaleski are active racers in the Northeast, talented sailmakers, and very friendly, helpful guys. We asked what brought them from Poland to Connecticut.
We were born in Poland and grew up behind the Iron Curtain. We learned to sail in our hometown, Olsztyn, in the lake district. The sailing club and the boats were state property. Membership was free, and we spent long hours on Cadet and 420 dinghies during the season and DN iceboats during the cold winters. In those days, racing became our passion. Next came our love for the sea and our desire to study at the Maritime Academy in Gdynia. There we trained as cadets on the three-masted square rigger Dar Pomorza and raced keelboats in the Baltic Sea, immersing in the most popular class, IOR Quarter Tonners. Winning Polish Nationals twice was a nice achievement, but we wanted to compete against the West.Read more
As the Chair of US Sailing’s Community Sailing Committee, Kate Neubauer of Newport, RI is making our sport more accessible to more people, and as Program Manager at 11th Hour Racing she’s striving to keep the waters on which we sail clean for future generations.Read more
As the founder of Sea-Legs, a non-profit organization in New London, CT, Dick Lathrop has used sailing to provide wider horizons for more than 1,000 underprivileged young people in southeastern Connecticut.
Hilary and Anthony Kotoun may be the “sailing-est” couple in Newport, Rhode Island. Hilary is the Communications and Programs Manager at Sailors for the Sea, an international organization that educates and engages the boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans. Anthony is a professional captain and sailor whose CV includes victories in the J/24 World Championship, Melges 32 World Championship, and Moth National and North American Championships. He’s also an Ambassador for 11th Hour Racing, whose mission is to improve the energy profile and performance of racing boats and increase the personal investment of sailors in the health of our waters.Read more