May 7, 2012, 12:33 PM
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(May 7, 2012) - Gene T. McCarthy was honored with the Freshwater Award by the Island Goats Sailing Society at its Spring Gala at Chicago Yacht Club on Saturday, May 5, 2012. A member of Chicago Yacht Club, Jackson Park Yacht Club and Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club today, McCarthy started sailing in 1938 at Columbia Yacht Club in Chicago, owned his first boat by age 15, and by 1955 was Great Lakes Star Championship winning crew.
Gene McCarthy Receives Freshwater Award
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Among many highlights, he Chaired the Pan American Sailing Games in Chicago in 1959, crewed on Gypsy in 1963 when she won Boat of the Year, Chaired the 1964 Star North American Championship in Chicago, won the 1968 SORC aboard Red Jacket, was 1971 Jackson Park Yacht Club Rear Commodore, skippered the Great Lakes Star Championship in 1974, was lead promoter of the Chicago In-Water Boat Show in 1976-1980, in 1979 was Commodore of Lake Michigan Yachting Association and brought the Milwaukee Clipper cruise ship to Navy Pier in Chicago, was founder and Commodore of the Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation in 1981, Created the US Sailing Regatta Liability Insurance Program and was credited with raising membership from 350 clubs to over 900 clubs, was appointed to the US SAILING Safety-At-Sea Committee in 1981, served as President of the Yacht Racing Union of the Great Lakes in 1982, has served US Sailing on the National Offshore Council, the Legal Committee, the Development Committee; and served on Board of Directors of US SAILING from 1996-2002.
Additionally, he has served as Jackson Park Yacht Club Protest Chairman for 20 years, as a US SAILING Senior Judge for over 31 years, currently serves on US SAILING's Legal and Safety At Sea Committee, as Secretary to the Paw Paw Lake Star Fleet, and a Director to Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation. Over this time, he has raced in 57 Chicago to Mackinac races, 29 Bayview to Mackinac races, won 10 section prizes in the Chicago-Mackinac on owned boats, and has a total of 27 section prizes in 57 Chicago-Mackinac races.
He currently is racing the Great Lakes 70, Pororoca, and Star 6962, Cuba Bat, averaging about 45 races a year. He is busy preparing both boats and setting up crew rosters for an active season. http://islandgoats.org/awards.htm