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16 June 2005, 11:43 am
All Women Commodore Faith Paulsen Trophy Unveiled
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Marion To Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race 2005
Marion, Massachusetts, USA

Beverly Yacht Club Past Commodore Faith PAULSEN (USA) was caught off guard last night as members of the Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race Executive Committee unveiled the new Commodore Faith Paulsen Trophy for the first all-women crew to finish in the 645 mile ocean race.
The 15th Marion to Bermuda Race, starting on 17 June, and the 18 June for multihulls, is recognizing all women crews with their own prize. The trophy, an elegant glass bowl, will be presented at the prizegiving in Bermuda at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess on 25 June.

PAULSEN was called up to the porch to receive her volunteer 2005 plate and the surprise of the new trophy named in her honour left her almost speechless. Graham QUINN (USA), Executive Director for the race, presented the award to a surprised PAULSEN saying it was presented, 'by the Marion Bermuda trustees for all the years of love and care for all the sailors in the race.' The presentation was the highlight of the 'volunteers' party ironically hosted by Past Commodore PAULSEN at her home overlooking the yachts in Sippican Harbour preparing for the upcoming race. All of the trustees from the USA and Bermuda were with QUINN for the ceremonial presentation.

After the ceremony she appeared to tear up a little as she stood of to the side of the porch, looking down at the trophy and listening to the rest of the award presentations for Marion To Bermuda Race volunteers.

PAULSEN, the eleventh generation offspring of famous naval architect John ALDEN and wife Pricilla, has been sailing all of her life. She is a native of Braintree, Massachusetts, USA and summered in Mattapoisett, just one harbour west of Marion. She grew up sailing a Cape Cod Knockabout, a Herreshoff 12 and has sailed a Bullseye since 1966. She has done the Marion to Bermuda numerous times most recently aboard the classic ketch Kathleen in 2003. She and husband Charlie will join Jim FEENEY (USA) on Kathleen again this year.

As the first woman Commodore of the Beverly Yacht Club, PAULSEN broke new ground for the club. 'You learn as you go,' she said. 'I served two years as Rear Commodore, two as Vice Commodore and then two as Commodore. The six years passed like an instant.

PAULSEN watched the first Marion to Bermuda Race start as a spectator in 1977 and has been on the Marion to Bermuda committee since 1979. First she coordinated land events in Marion and from 1989 on she has been on the administrative team. The first year in administration she organized a record fleet of 177 entries, all required to sail the course only using celestial navigation.

The 15th biennial Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht race gets underway on Buzzard's Bay, Massachusetts, USA on 17 June 2005. The race is open to amateur cruising yachts, families and friends. Participants will have the opportunity to compete in an open ocean passage with a group of friendly competitors.

The race is open to single hulled sailing vessels with a minimum hull length, exclusive of sprits, of 32 feet, and a maximum of 80 feet. This year, for the first time, the race will be open to two new categories, multihull yachts and double-handed yachts. Also for the first time, a trophy will be awarded for the best finish of a yacht with an all female crew.

Talbot Wilson (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Marion To Bermuda unveiled the Comodore Faith Paulsen Trophy to be presented to the first place all women crew in the Marion to Bermuda Race:© Spectrum Photo
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