MBSA - Distinguished Service to Sailing


Geoffrey Smith. Born in Australia, educated in radio engineering, he settled in Wayland Mass until he retired from Raytheon. He moved to Marblehead in 2013. I'll read a few lines from his 2016 obituary:

Geoffrey loved sailing. He fell in love with the sport in the early 1970s with the purchase of his first boat, Kanangra. This was the first of four boats to bear that name. Sailing quickly became an integral part of his life. He joined Hull Yacht Club in the mid-1970s and then joined the Boston Yacht Club in 1985. From 2002 to 2010, and again in 2012 he was the chairman of the Race Committee at BYC, as well as a Trustee and member of the Long Range Planning Committee, and he was the Marblehead to Halifax Race Director.

Bruce Baker wrote to me and said the following about Geoff. “It's not too widely known, but for moer than two decades Geoff was absolutely committed to the Marblehead to Halifax race. He was most interested in broadening the race to include more spectators. He was instrumental in getting GPS transmitters on the boats so interested people could follow the race on the Internet. He also changed the configuration of the starting line, so spectators could watch the start from shore.”

For all that he contributed over his long life, we are honored to present the Distinguished Service Award to Geoffrey Smith.

George Lail
Race committee chair from 1997 – 2001.
Avid Rhodes sailor, winning the President's Award in 1982, 83, and 85

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