Remembering Blackaller – A Most Colorful Sailing Legend

Published on March 16th, 2022

Tom Blackaller died in 1989, but he packed a lot of life in his 49 years. His accomplishments earned him induction to the National Sailing Hall of Fame, and memories of his legendary character live on in the wide net that he cast.

His home base, St Francis Yacht Club, organized a cross country conference call in which notable members of Tom’s sphere share stories and tall tales about one of sailing’s most colorful skippers. From Admiral’s Cup to America’s Cup, they reminisce and roast the wicked-fast wisecracker who could sail the paint off boats and ended a lifetime of carousing when he fell head-over-heels in love at 46—and died just three years later.

Speakers: John Bertrand, Lisa Blackaller, Christine Blackaller Bickley, Vince Casalaina, Paul Cayard, Zan Drejes, Tom Ducharme, Dennis Durgan, Hank Easom, Scott Easom, Ted Eden, StFYC Commodore Pete Gilmore, Bob Hanelt, Ron Holland, S/C Doug Holm, Dave Hulse, Gary Jobson, Kenny Keefe, Russell Long, Jeff Madrigali, Dave Pedrick, Rick Rundle, Russ Silvestri, Skip Steveley, Bruce Stone, Hank Stuart, Commodore Tompkins, Mike Toppa, Don Trask, Tom Whidden, and Ron Young

Watch and listen to the 1:05 video:

This was Part 2 of a tribute to Tom Blackaller. To view Part 1, click here.

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