Friday, March 14, 2008
George Neill Sailing Experience Summary
He has raced sailboats aggressively about 3 weekends a month since 1970 on the East Coast, Great Lakes, and West Coast; mostly as skipper on an Albacore 15, Cal 29, and Express 37 (BLITZ). In 7 years racing BLITZ, his Express 37, on the ocean in Northern California, never finished worse than second place for the season. Season Champion in 1988 and 1990.
• As a distance race skipper:
First in class several times, San Francisco to Catalina Island or Santa Barbara, 1988-96,
First in class in the Newport to Ensenada International Race, Mexico (1983),
First to finish, first in class, and first overall in Channel Islands to King Harbor Race (1981, Class F),
Second in class in the 14th Annual Marina del Rey to San Diego Race (1981),
Season champion several times in Scripps Ocean Series in the Channel Islands (1976-1984),
Several trophies in the San Francisco to Santa Cruz Windjammer Races (1985-1996).
• As distance race helmsman (sometimes as watch captain):
San Francisco to Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, Pacific Cup Race (1998 3rd, 2000, 2004, 2006 1st, 2008 1st)
Long Beach to Honolulu, Hawaii, TransPac Race (1997 3rd, 1999)
Long Beach to Cabo San Lucas International Race, Mexico (1991).
Port Huron to Mackinac Race, Michigan (1972-1976).
• Has won hundreds of sailing trophies in one design, handicap, lake, bay, ocean, and coastal races.
• Spends many non-race weekend days in his Reinell 2200 RXL stern drive on the Delta.
• Commodore of Anacapa Yacht Club in the Channel Islands Harbor in 1980.
• Commodore of the Association of Santa Barbara Channel Yachts Clubs in 1981.
• Served on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Yachting Association from 1981 to 1983. Secretary in 1983.
• Served on the Board of Directors of Recreational Boaters of California as a Southern delegate from 1981 to 1983 when moved to Northern California.
• Commodore of Richmond Yacht Club on the San Francisco Bay in 1989.
• Commodore of Pacific Handicap Racing on the Ocean in 1992 and 1993.
• Vice President of the Ocean Yacht Racing Association in 1993.
• Served on San Francisco Sailing Foundation Board of Directors, 1995 to 1997.
• Served on Pacific Inter-Club Yachting Association Board of Directors, 1992 to 1997, 2001-2002.
Commodore in 1996 (the centennial year), & 2001, unprecedented non-contiguous second term.
• Pacific Inter-Club Yachting Association “Yachtsman of the Year” in 1996, previously unprecedented for a sitting Commodore.
• Served as Advisor on the California Coastal Commission Boating Clean & Green Campaign, 1997
• Served on the Recreational Boaters Of California Board of Directors as a Northern delegate, 1992 to 1998, and is the only person to have represented both the South and North on RBOC.
Vice President North in 1995 and 1996, President in 1997.
• National Boating Advisory Council in 1997.