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EIGHT BELLS: Edgar T. Cato
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Jun 28, 2011, 8:36 AM

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Avid sailor and philanthropist Edgar T. Cato passed away at the age of 86 Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at his residence.

Edgar was a proud and fiercely loyal man who became a friend and benefactor of many sailing and equestrian organizations. He was truly an outdoorsman who was an expert hunter, polo player, pilot and sailor.

As sailors, we celebrate the lasting affect that Edgar had on the Newport and the Charleston sailing communities. He was a fierce advocate for the restoration work of the International Yacht Restoration School and for Sail Newport's public access sailing programs. His legacy lives on in Charleston at the College of Charleston "Hissar Sailing Center" and in Newport with the Edgar T. Cato Dinghy Park at Sail Newport. He was a member of the New York Yacht Club and the Carolina Yacht Club.

With his fleet of boats ranging from a Beetle Cat to the various "Hissar"s to the 12 Metre KZ 5, the Classic "Dorade" and "Whitehawk", Edgar had a large impact on the marine industry. Scores of people worked for Edgar over the years on his fleet. Each was part of his team, his family and his heart. Edgar saw each race as a journey. Although he was highly competitive, races were not to be necessarily won, but to be experienced and learned from. He loved sailing for the freedom of being on the water.

Edgar was a two-time 12 Metre World Champion, an IRC Champion. His legacy lives on at Sail Newport, IYRS and the C of C. I will miss Edgar for being a good personal friend and confidant. Sail on Edgar!

- Bradford S. Read, Executive Director, Sail Newport


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Jun 30, 2011, 6:30 AM

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From Greg Fisher, Director of Sailing, College of Charleston:
Thank you for posting the ‘Eight Bells’ for Edgar Cato in Scuttlebutt 3372. I met Edgar only once this winter at Carolina Yacht Club during a tribute to him hosted by his longtime sailing team mates. It was obvious that the friendships and relationships they all had developed over the many years of racing together meant much more to him than all the regatta wins they had accumulated (and that was quite an impressive list!).

Edgar was a gracious sportsman and he enjoyed all the right things that the sport had to offer, and supported it in areas that meant the most to him. The College of Charleston Hissar Sailing program (apply named for his many Hissar boats) is one program that Edgar supported and we are forever grateful for his enthusiasm. Because of his generosity, our program, like Edgar’s legacy, will remain strong and be able to offer many students the continued opportunity to enjoy the sport just as Edgar had.


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