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BCYC -- Weld Award 1989 -- Albert Smith Bigelow

The Second Annual

Sailboat

In 1596 Shakespeare opined: "Ships are but boards, sailors but men."

It is just such a man we salute today with the second annual Rudolph Weld Memorial Award.

He is known far and wide as the sailor's sailor. He represents all of those intrinsic qualities that the award espouses.

He was one of the silent founders of the Bourne Cove Yacht Club, yet never was its commodore. In the earliest years he often could be found at the starting line, ready to race.

The surprising health of the sailing program today, however, stems from the many hours - over many years - in which he taught sailing, racing rules, and safety on the water to a whole generation of today's young sailors. No other person has given so unselfishly of his time and knowledge to start a second generation of BCYC sailors, some of them of championship caliber. But, more importantly, he imparted to those youngsters a love of boating, of Buzzards Bay, and above all of fair play. Among his many interests, we take note of his love of the three S's:

Shakespeare
Sailing
Schooling
(of young-sailors-to be.)

We salute him today and thank him from the bottom of our sentimental and overflowing hearts.

Albert Smith Bigelow

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