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16 October 2001, 02:55 pm
Lt. General Taber to Receive US Sailing President|s Award
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US Sailing Award

The United States Sailing Association announced today that Lt. General Robert C. Taber will be presented the US SAILING President’s Award at the organization’s Annual General Meeting, October 17-21.

The award acknowledges the significant contributions Taber has made in improving safety at sea for recreational offshore sailors.

In the wake of the infamous 1979 Fastnet Race storm, Taber helped organize and moderated the first US Naval Academy Safety at Sea Colloquium, a seminar that included presentations by Rod Stephens, John Rousmaniere, Duck McCurdy, and others. This was the start of a safety training seminar series that has spanned two decades and has presented vital safety information to audiences across the country and around the world.

Recognizing a hazard of a crew overboard incident, Taber ran an in-depth series of tests at the US Naval Academy where he evaluated the effectiveness of the reach-reach and figure-eight types of recoveries. He also devised a procedure that would become known as the Quickstop, which has been internationally endorsed and is currently US SAILING's favored means of recovery.

During his involvement as a volunteer Officer in Charge of various US Naval Academy sail training craft, he devised advancements to midshipmen's' seamanship curriculum and worked on training issues that would nationally benefit all sailors.

"Lt. General Taber's contributions to the sport of sailing have had a long-lasting beneficial significance," said Ralph Naranjo, Chairman of US SAILING's Safety at Sea Committee.

More information about the US SAILING Safety at Sea Committee, including Safety at Sea Seminars, can be found at http://www.ussailing.org/safety/.

The US SAILING Annual General Meeting will be held at the St. Petersburg Hilton, St. Petersburg, FL. For more information about this event, visit http://www.ussailing.org/events/meet01fall/.

The United States Sailing Association (US SAILING) is the national governing body for the sport of sailing. The mission of this volunteer organization is to encourage participation and promote excellence in sailing and racing in the United States. More information about US SAILING, which is headquartered in Portsmouth, RI, is available at www.ussailing.org.


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