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.