Two HLB Friends Honored
Dawn Santamaria and Roger C Taylor get well-deserved salutes
Back in April of last year, Susan Peterson Gateley wrote about
Sisters Under Sail, the tall ship sail-training program founded by Dawn Santamaria for young women. She serves as executive director. Now the Boat Owners Association of The United States writes to say that Santamaria was presented the 2011 Leadership in Women's Sailing Award at the 10th Women's Sailing Conference last month in Marblehead, Mass. BoatUS and the National Women's Sailing Association (NWSA) sponsor the award. Here's a photo of the ceremony.
Left to right, NWSA Founder Doris Colgate, NWSA President Joan Thayer, 2011 Award Recipient Dawn Santamaria, and BoatUS Membership Programs Manager Dina Murray Photo courtesy Sisters Under Sail
The news release said, "Leadership In Women's Sailing Award honors an individual with a record of achievement in inspiring, educating and enriching the lives of women through sailing. Sisters Under Sail has the only all-female crewed tall ship in the world, the 110-foot, square topsail, gaff-rigged schooner STV Unicorn, which sails New England and Great Lakes waters."
I couldn't have summed it up better myself. Hats off to Dawn Santamaria!
Another news release from HeartLand Boating friend Ann Pryor, of McGraw-Hill Professional Books , followed shortly. She wanted to let us know that McGraw-Hill's subsidiary, International Marine , is now celebrating its 40th year of publishing "Good Books About Boats," many of which appear in the semi-regular column, Books Aboard.
In 1969, truly a year of highs and lows, Roger C. Taylor, the former editor-in-chief of Naval Institute Press, traveled to Camden, Maine, to launch a new venture, a book publishing company devoted to books about boats. What a radical idea.
Here's how Pryor describes Taylor's method: "Roger wrote and published books about boats, teasing stories and concepts from boat designers and their builders, creating authors out of men without high school diplomas but who had earned their degrees in hundreds of boat launchings. Through books that piqued interest in the sea and the boats on it, Taylor also made sailors out of landlubbers. He often wandered down to Camden harbor at lunchtime, anxious to set sail on his small vessel, feel the pull of the wind on the mainsail. He was a teacher, a sailor, a bookman. He mentored a loyal team of bookmakers and sailors."
Sounds about right to me. Pryor said Taylor stressed "grace, clarity, and simplicity" both in type and in boats, even to rowing dinghies. Forty years on, International Marine represents the "world's deepest backlist of nautical knowledge." Click here to access it.
But wait a few months until the weather turns cool to start reading, OK? Those cool breezes on the water feel really good right now.
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