Captain’s Log: Stardate 10614.2
It is with deep regret that I have to report the passing yesterday of Captain Carmine Quaglio of the Sonshine after a long battle with throat cancer.

Carmine was not only a great yachtsman and a talented sailor. For a couple of years, Carmine was the representative from City Island Yacht Club to the EBYRA Board. Unlike others that have held that and similar positions, Carmine never had a bad word to say and always made every point with a smile. To say that nobody hated Carmine would be a gross understatement. In fact, everyone that came into contact with him liked him and was immediately taken by his warm attitude and winning personality.

If you sailed with him, you benefited from his knowledge and easy-going style. If you sailed against him, well, you probably lost. He was one of the best.

Though I can’t say I knew him well, I can say that it was an honor working with him and spending time with him. The last time I spent some real time with him was during 2004’s Fall Series, in which we manned the Race Committee chase boat. The other chase boat broke down and we found ourselves servicing the entire race course dealing with high winds, drifting marks and a yelling race committee. Carmine’s influence and guidance turned what would have been a frustrating day into a successful, and ultimately fun, event. I doubt I’ll ever forget it.

Today, on behalf of the crew of the Enterprise, I am making a donation, in Carmine’s memory, to the American Cancer Society. I hope that one day we’ll see the end of this disease that continually takes good people from us. In addition, now, more than ever, all crew are requested to secure donations for, and race in, this August’s Leukemia Cup Regatta. Details coming soon.

Here’s to you Carmine. Your presence will be greatly missed.