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Small Stuff- October 2006

Four solo sailors enter museum’s hall of fame

A standing-room only crowd witnessed the induction of four new members — Ellen MacArthur, Bertie Reed, Minoru Saito and Jean-Luc van den Heede — to the Museum of Yachting’s Single-Handed Sailors’ Hall of Fame.

Single-handed sailor Tony Lush presided over the ceremony, relating personal accounts of his experiences with each of the inductees.

Van den Heede was unable to attend but was represented by friend and accomplished solo sailor Jack Boye. Singlehander Bruce Schwab accepted on behalf of MacArthur, who was competing in the Cowes-St. Malo Race.

Reed, who traveled from South Africa, donated the foul weather gear he wore onboard Voortrekker in the 1982-83 BOC Challenge to the museum’s permanent collection. Saito, who made the trip from Japan, donated his logbooks from the 1995 and 1998 Around Alone Races. These items, along with a collection of photos of each of the new inductees, now are on display in the museum’s Single-Handed Sailors’ Hall of Fame.

Reed and Saito were also awarded Medals of Honor from the City of Newport, R.I.

Grant Baldwin, voice of Transpac, is dead

Grant Baldwin, 79, the radio voice of Transpac for the last 14 races over 26 years, has died at his home in Balboa, Calif., after a long fight with cancer.

In the harbor at Waikiki at the end of last summer’s Centennial Transpacific Yacht Race, Baldwin had announced on board the communications vessel Alaska Eagle that it was his last race as chief communications officer.

“This is my swan song,” he said. “I’ve been doing this since ’79, mostly on this boat. It’s time for somebody whose voice isn’t as scratchy and who doesn’t talk back [to the racers].”

Every skipper and crew who sailed Transpac since 1979 was familiar with Baldwin’s deep, clear, crisp voice and his dry sense of humor. They heard it once or twice a day asking for position reports or just as host of an evening chat session. But he always made it clear he was not sailing on a “rescue” or even an “escort” vessel.

“We’re not there to save anybody,” he said. “That’s why the requirements for emergency equipment and safety at sea training are so strict.”

Baldwin, a native of Ann Arbor, Mich., was a member of Newport Harbor Yacht Club. He sailed his first Transpac as a crewmember on Grace and Richard Steele’s Odyssey in 1961. He also was a certified international racing judge.

Surviving are his wife, Jody, seven children and 10 grandchildren.

College sailing group adds to Hall of Fame

The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association has inducted four college sailing greats into the ICSA Hall of Fame.

Karl Kleinschrodt of Mobile, Ala., received the Student Leadership Award; Lawrence A. White of Niantic, Conn., was presented the Lifetime Service Award; and Brad Churchill of Boston and Ken Legler of Redding, Mass., were recognized for their contributions as coaches. Churchill and Legler are recipients of the Graham Hall Coaching Award, which was rededicated to honor the recently deceased Hall, whose coaching career spanned four decades.

In recognition of their service to the organization, the names of these inductees will be added to the permanent ICSA Hall of Fame display located in the Robert Crown Sailing Center at the U.S. Naval Academy.