Two new Life Members, a change in the NEMA leadership, a truckload of racing prizes for Ping, and a review of multihull design by West Coast designer Kurt Hughes, marked the2019 NEMA annual dinner.The event was held for the second year at the Atlantic Resort Hotel in Newport, R.I.
Long time members Ira Heller and Bob Gleason, who have been mainstays of the organization, were presented with lifetime memberships in recognition of their many years of service and leadership. Under the NEMA By-Laws, “Life Members are those who have been determined by the Board to have made contributions to NEMA or its purposes above and beyond normal expectations.” Ira and Bob have both served on the Board of Directors for many years; Ira has been active in the organization for at least 25 years, and both have served as commodore and held multiple other offices. They have been instrumental in keeping the organization on a steady course.
Carsten Peterson collected the NEMA Season Trophy after thrashing the fleet in every race he entered on his newly canvassed F-27, Ping. He also collected the Moxie Trophy, awarded to the sailor showing the most moxie in offshore racing by sailing and finishing the New England Solo/Twin when all the rest of us dropped out because of weather. Skedaddle eked out a second place in the season standings, barely beating Alex Bocconcelli’s Suad3 in third place. Jeff Bugbee’s Final Gravity took the elapsed time trophy, in recognition of his speed around the race courses, and Glenn Reed on Intruder was awarded the mileage trophy.
Kurt Hughes, whose trimaran and catamaran designs are scattered all around the globe, presented a slide show of his creations— many boats built and sailing, others that remain on the drawing board — and concluded with scenes from a “lunar lander” dwelling structure he’s built using composite construction techniques.
And Peter Vakhutinsky, who has served as NEMA Commodore for the past four years, stepped down but is taking on the role of Vice Commodore. Your Newsletter Editor has now stepped into the role of Commodore.