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#1 dacapo

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Posted 20 October 2016 - 09:23 PM

you may not have known know Sal. but I'm sure you knew someone like him.  Sal was a real competitor....the twinkle in his eye as he herded you to the wrong side of the course, to get stuck in a wind hole that only he knew was developing as he tacked back into pressure.  The loud crazy Italian who's arms flailed as he prodded his crew to work harder, faster as they win the start,  and never look back at the rest of the fleet.  The Fountain of knowledge who would pull me aside and call me foolish for tacking too soon...as he sailed to the layline and made the perfect tack to the mark....Sal won in whatever boat he owned....
 
Sal won in whatever boat he owned at the time.In the 1960-70's he raced a lightning with his family.  Then for a short time in the 70's he regularly won in the  Ensign Fleet As Sal got older, he bought a Catalina 25....and encouraged 6 other to do the same.  They raced in a O/D fleet until they all decided to go bigger...and they all traded up to Catalina 30's....Mother Goose has won more races on the Hudson than any other club owned boat that I know.....correcting over the big boys with race boats was his favorite challenge....his boat sailed above it's handicap...he could nudge out that extra 1/10 of a knot , when everyone else couldn;t seem to find it....
 
Sal was the first person to call you a chooch if you fucked up, but he was also the first guy to lend you a hand if you needed anything.(except for extra crew  ;-)  Sal treated his crew like family. Making dinner for them every Wednesday evening before racing and bringing wine and cheese after every weekend race. 
 
Her knew the race results before the scorekeeper did.  He knew the standings and what it took to win a series or regatta...his mind was always sharp.
 
Sal won his final race of the 2016 season 3 weeks ago, making him our 2016 overall club champion by percentage points  and today he passed away from cancer. 
 
I will miss Sal very much on and off the water 

8 Bells my dear friend

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Posted 20 October 2016 - 09:41 PM

Sounds like our kind of people.   Fair winds to the friend I never knew.



#3 Snaggletooth

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Posted 20 October 2016 - 10:58 PM

We alle wille miss Sal.  Respectes.

 

 

decapo, thackes foure remindeng us whats importante.   :)



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Posted 20 October 2016 - 11:37 PM

Nice job D

 

well done



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Posted 21 October 2016 - 02:09 AM

Vale, Sal.

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Posted 21 October 2016 - 02:41 AM

A winner right to the end. Didn't know the man but respect is due. RIP Sal.



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Posted 22 October 2016 - 02:11 PM

Sorry for your loss, fair winds Sal.

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Posted 23 October 2016 - 11:26 AM

Some people are just good from scratch...we gonna need lots of Sals in coming years...



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Posted 23 October 2016 - 01:27 PM

What a lovely eulogy, may his sailing spirit live on through those who knew him.

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Posted 23 October 2016 - 11:05 PM

Reads though he was one of the best

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Posted 24 October 2016 - 10:57 AM

going to his wake this evening.  Bring our Club's Overall Championship trophy to him personally.

 

I was looking at a list of all his accomplishments....there are too many at our Yacht Club.   Thanks I'm sure he's smiling from above






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