Smooth Sailing for Bob Scott ’65

The Falcon is on the right in this image from the Sparkman & Stephens website. Photo by Billy Black.

Congratulations to Bob Scott, a 1965 graduate of Washington and Lee, who won three prizes last month in the Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race at the helm of his 75-year-old New York 32 Class yacht, the Falcon.

Bob, who lives in Castine, Maine, and his crew took the Over the Hill Gang trophy, first in fleet in the ORR (Offshore Racing Rule) Division and first in PHR-5 (Performance Handicap Racing Fleet).

Keeping track of his progress were his proud fellow alum Ted Van Leer ’51 and Ted’s wife, Sue, who reported the good news to W&L. Their son Tad Van Leer ’77 once crewed for Scott.

According to the blog of yacht designers Sparkman & Stephens, the race was the fastest ever in the Marblehead-to-Halifax competition, which began on July 10 and covered 432 miles over the next 46 hours.  The biennial race, which has been thrilling spectators and participants since 1905, starts in Marblehead, Mass., and ends in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Sponsors are the Boston Yacht Club and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. This year, the race had 89 yachts competing in nine categories.

You can learn more about the race and view lots of good photos, including ones of the Falcon, at the race’s website.



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