Eight Bells: Shellbacks Mourn the Loss of Skipper Jim Taylor, a Good ManHe crossed the bar on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 after a brief illness. Jim was a good man – low key, quiet, kind, observant, genuine, a family man, an exceptional finder of speakers for Shellbacks, an arranger of delightful trips that always included the water, intelligent, a fine sailor, a lover of jazz, a mentor. He was generous with his time, almost to a fault. His dedication and work with the Mission to Seafarers supported what it has become today. We will all remember Jim with love, admiration and affection. His warm and caring presence is missed. Fair Winds, Skipper Taylor.
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On Wednesday, February 18th, 2015, Dianne Leggatt, was invested as the first female Skipper since Shellbacks was founded in 1934. She has been Skipper Pro-tem for the past six months, while Jim, in the background, continued to arrange for our speakers – all entertaining and informative. Prairie-born, she came to sailing by marrying a keen sailor in the seventies; she has continued to make sailing part of her life since then. She has enjoyed cruising in the Thousand Islands, Lakes Ontario and Erie and the British Virgin Islands. Currently, she is a member of the Wednesday Night Race Committee at Mimico Cruising Club. Dianne strongly believes that sailing should be open to all. To that end, she is a member of the Board of Broad Reach Foundation for Youth, a charitable organization whose mission is ‘to foster the development of marginalized youth through the sport and science of sailing’. Working with youth and children comes naturally to her, as she is a retired educator – thirty plus years in the classroom, a career that ended in administration. Dianne is so looking forward to her role as Skipper, with the hope that she can, in an inspiring way, emulate the Skippers who have come before her, leading an enthusiastic and rewarding Shellback membership from Toronto and surrounding areas.Join Us on Wednesdays We invite you to join us at the RCYC downtown (St. George & Prince Arthur) on Wednesdays just before noon until approximately 1345 for good company, good food and an excellent speaker. We hope to see you there! By Dianne Leggatt, Skipper of Shellbacks firstname.lastname@example.org