1st District Newsletter page 3March, 2006
regattas such as the Arms-White (1937, 1938) and the Captain Island Race (1936, 1937).
The next summer, in July 1956, Diane met Marshall Brown who had Star #82 and couldn’t beat her in her new boat. Marshall had served in the Philippines with MacArthur and still used his combat helmet in the Star when he needed a bailer or bucket. Marshall was a great skier. Before marrying her, he took Diane to the top of Tremblau Mountain in Ontario and pushed her down a 26 degree hill. At their engagement party, in her apartment on West 21st Street in New York, Diane served only martinis. (Marshall fell asleep.) They were married until his death 45 years later. The summer after she met Marshall, Diane met Dick Hovey, who became a lifelong friend.
In the 1960s the Browns started going to the Bacardi Regatta. For many years Diane and her friends drove the boat down to Florida. Her usual companions included Marge Giunte, wife of Joe Giunte of the Milford Star Fleet, Ida May Andrews Smith, who Diane’s mother always called “Pussy Cat” because of her sweet attire and ability to attract wealthy boyfriends, and May Dymling, wife of an old barn storming pilot who owned a Pearson Resolute in Milford. “May could do anything”, said Diane.
Diane Brown remembers driving with her entourage of four ladies, towing Marshall Brown’s blue Star boat behind his blue LTD Ford station wagon, to Florida for the Bacardi regatta during the 70s and 80s “The boat cover would be flapping the whole way, but it was always so much fun”, says the unflappable Diane.
Along the way they would stop in Aberdeen, Maryland outside the Proving Grounds to visit Diane’s friend Evon Ford who had worked with Diane in decorating Macy’s first suburban store when it opened in New Haven. They would also stop in Jacksonville to see Ed Danciger, winner of many SORC events, at his home in the Ponte Vedra Club in Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville. He had a boat with a piano between decks. Ed recently flew up from Florida for Diane’s 80th birthday.
One year driving south through St Augustine the girls got off on a dead end road and got the mast on the wrong side of a telephone pole. Unable to extricate themselves, they waited until finally a Budweiser truck stopped. The drivers climbed out and lifted the mast off the boat, helped back the trailer up the road and then led the ladies back to the main highway.
Diane met Tito Bacardi the first year she went to the regatta. After that he was known to ask “Have Diane and her entourage arrived yet?” Diane remembers him as a good guy, but so shy.
Everyone who knows Diane remembers good times with her, carousing, having adventures. She is a delightful raconteur with a continuous vivacity and eagerness for life that makes her a natural member of the Star Class community.
Joseph Grant Burbeck, 1932-2006
Joseph Grant Burbeck, member of the Western Long Island Star Fleet, passed away on February 13, 2006 at the age of 74. Joe had a gold chevron for finishing 2nd in the first two races of the 1962 Worlds, finishing fifth overall. He won the Nutmegs regatta in 1957 and 1963. One of his frequent crews was Barbara Nichols. Steve Andrews comments that “Joe, Barbara Nichols, Anson Breard, Don Doud, Owen Torrey, Louise and I had many a good time.”
The New York Times carried the following in his obituary:
He is survived by his wife, Theresa Burbeck, Daughter Jennifer Burbeck Gardner of Fairfield, Connecticut, and grandchildren Colby and Libby Gardner. A graduate of Dartmouth College (1953) he served as Ensign/LTJG in the Navy from 1953-1955, Assistant Boat Group Commander, USS Andromeda. He worked at Saatchi & Saatchi Compton Advertising, New York, NY for 30 years. He was a member of American Yacht Club and the Storm Trysail Club. An accomplished sailor and race judge, he was active in the Star and J30 fleets and winner of Long Island Sound’s Ned Anderson Achievement Award. He also served as a past Chairman of American Yacht Club Race Committee.
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The 2006 ZAG Masters
by Harry Walker
The Zag, as it has been called for a couple of years honoring the memory of Miami Star sailor Frank Zagarino, was sailed out of the Coral Reef Yacht Club on the 11th and 12th of February. Forty-three boats registered and sailed with a great contingent from outside of the United States, thereby adding a true international flavor to what had started as a 7 boat regatta 22 years ago when first dreamed up and proposed by Frank Zagarino. This year not 7 boats but 7 nations were represented headed by last year’s Masters Champion Thomas Miller with Marc Pickel up front from Germany. Tomasz Holc of Poland made his first appearance in this regatta and was crewed by fellow countryman and Olympic medalist Dominik Kusznierewicz. Interestingly there were a number of family units. Fathers and sons included the Danes, Londrigans, Sperrys, Adams, and Richardsons.
The format was to be two races on Saturday and one Sunday. Reliable Rich Raymond, PRO, and the excellent Coral Reef Race committee got us out to the racing area on time in about 5 ‑ 6 miles of breeze and then had to postpone while the breeze went to the south before settling in. After 2 tries at starts that had to be postponed in the last seconds due to wind shifts Rich finally got us off under a black flag. The majority of the fleet went off on port with only a few hanging it out to the right. As the fleet got to the first mark it turned out that neither side had a big advantage. Walker, coming in on port, got hung up at the windward mark and was passed by a flock as he did his 360’s shortly thereafter. On the downwind leg in a slowly building breeze another boat was observed doing turns for an infraction but otherwise the