A Tribute to a Race Course Legend

Mostly Dr. Robin Wallace is known around the northeast for his work on the race course from the  PRO (Principal Race Officer) position and not one of a decorated racer. But if PRO’s and Race Committees had awards, Dr. Wallace might be one of the most celebrated. He is certainly a well known fixture at starting lines for all classes of boats, from Optimists to the weekly Shields racing off Newport to Super Yacht Regattas and Youth Championship races. He gets around and his services and expertise is in great demand and this video is a wonderful glimpse into what makes Dr. Wallace such an asset to racing sailors on Narragansett Bay and all over the world.

When the America’s Cup left Newport, RI in 1986 bound for down under, Dr  Wallace was amongst a group of visionaries who didn’t see the defeat in the Cup loss – they saw an opportunity to plant sailing and specifically community based sailing in the Ocean State. Sail Newport was created with the help of Dr. Wallace who thought the water made all sailors equal, regardless of background and opportunity. This was to be equal opportunity sailing at it’s finest.

With the recent success of Sail Newport who so adeptly played host to the Volvo Ocean Race’s Newport Stopover in May 2105, it is a great time to watch this video and admire the talent we have at our local starting lines. And thank you, Dr. Robin Wallace, for your tireless commitment to sailing in the Ocean State. You are a model for so many and a great asset to the sport all across the world.  We thank you.

Thanks to Onne van der Wal for the video.

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The Renaissance Regatta: Community Boating Center, Providence

Are you sick of seeing beautiful shots of harbors, boats and beaches jammed up with thawing ice floes and piles of snow? Us too! Time for a sail!

Follow us up Narragansett Bay to the Community Boating Center, Providence. It’s their annual fundraiser, the Renaissance Regatta, and it’s a ton of fun for local kids for whom this community sailing center has been life changing.

CBC is focused on getting the community to the waterfront, and providing access and opportunity to the joys of sailing to those who may not ever see a boat close up otherwise. Part of the revitalization of the waterfront along Providence, CBC has done so much to improve the city as well as the State of Rhode Island where waterfront access and access to boats is arguably the best way to spend a summer.

Jamestown Distributors was proud to work with CBC for the regatta, for the creation of this video, and also in bragging rights for the top sailing team at the regatta. Congratulations sailors! And thank you to Community Boating Center, Providence for giving these kids a chance to feel the joy of getting out on the water.

http://www.communityboating.com/

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