Two St. George’s alumni were among those sailors celebrated for standout division victories in the 50th edition of the biennial Newport-Bermuda Race this year. Nick Dana ’05 (right) was a crew member aboard the 100-foot high-tech race boat Comanche, which shattered the standing 2012 race record by almost five hours, finishing first in class and first in division with an elapsed time of 34h:42m:53s. And Collin Alexander ’16 was aboard the Tripp 41 High Noon, which followed Comanche second in fleet across the line (54 hours later!), finishing first in class and third in the St. David’s Lighthouse Division with an elapsed time of 88h:27m:05s. Of note, Collin was one of seven young sailors between the ages of 15 and 18 in High Noon’s 10-person crew, aptly branded the Young American Junior Big Boat Sailing Team.
Other Dragon race finishers included: Gray Benson ’18 (Aura); Morgan Buffum ’13 (Andiamo), Thomas Kylander ’15 (Dream Catcher); Neil McLaughlin ’99 (Carina); and Victoria Willauer ’91, Peter Willauer ’11 and Cory Cramer ’00 (Breezing Up). (If you know of others, please send the news our way!)
Hats off to Coach Roy Williams’ sailors here at school: The Baker Trophy-winning team was named High School Sailing Team Of The Year yesterday by Sail1Design.
Middlebury College Professor of Economics and former St. George’s trustee Jon Isham ’78 (right) will be spending 10 months in Ghana after being named a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship grant for teaching and research. Currently director of the Middlebury College Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Isham will teach a course at Ashesi University College in microeconomics and in social entrepreneurship — and also research the African case for social entrepreneurship in the liberal arts. Ashesi is the first residential liberal arts college in Sub-Saharan Africa and its curriculum features service learning, social innovation and design thinking. Best of luck to Jon, and congratulations!
Speaking of Fulbrights … S.J. Tilden ’09 returns home to Cody, Wyo., next month after a year teaching English to students in Senegal. S.J., a 2013 graduate of The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, was awarded a Fulbright student grant for an English Teaching Assistantship last year. Follow his last weeks on Instagram: @sjtilden.
How’s this for a happy — albeit unlikely — Dragon reunion? Late last month, four SG alumni were at New York Presbyterian Hospital maternity ward at the same time celebrating the births of their first children! On May 21, Andrew McLaughlin ’99 and his wife, Anna Vietor ’00 welcomed a son, Alexander "Sandy" McLaughlin. Meanwhile, down the hall Emmy (O'Connell) Lambert '99 and her husband, Dana Lambert, welcomed a son: Schuylar Edson Lambert. Then, the next day, Fred McFerran '99 and his wife Averell welcomed a son, Bradford McFerran. Somehow an SG banner was retrieved and this photo snapped. “Ironically it was a full moon too,” Emmy reported.
If you plan to be on Nantucket this August, please mark your calendar for an alumni and parent reception on Thursday, Aug. 11, hosted by Emmy and Charlie Kilvert ’72, parents of Peggy Kilvert ’14 and Chad Kilvert ’16. Contact email@example.com to RSVP or for further details. We hope you can join us!
A number of event photos have been added to our Flickr page:
• SG reception in Washington, D.C., on June 16
• Photos from Alumni Weekend 2016
Finally, congratulations to Louise Roy ’06, whose answer, "Janet Culver, 1989" was the first of many correct answers to arrive in our in-box. (The other correct answer was "Suchy Ryszard, 2004.") Thanks to all who participated. Try again!
This week’s trivia question is: Besides Coach Roy Williams, one other member of the St. George’s faculty has been a leader in the local sailing community for decades — managing sailing events, regattas and world championships, and helping to develop several yacht clubs and sailing organizations. Who is that faculty member? … The first respondent with the correct answer wins this awesome Frisbee with our new Dragon athletic logo. Good luck!
Save the dates for:
• Our Greenvale Vineyards reception in Portsmouth, R.I.: Thursday, Sept. 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
• Our annual NYC reception for alumni and parents at the New York Yacht Club: Tuesday, Nov. 1.
• Middlesex Weekend and Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 11-12
• Alumni Weekend 2017: May 19-21, 2017