A celebration of Roger H. Shope's Life (4/5/98) as recalled by Sue Miller and LTH:
Besides Roger's family and personal friends, it was notable that so many sailing organizations were represented: MBYC, of course, Knickerbocker YC, New York YC, Sea Cliff YC, YRA of LIS, Seawanhaka Corinthian YC, Stamford YC, Setauket YC, US Merchant Marine Academy, American YC and others.
The tributes and reminiscences brought smiles, some laughter and a lump in the throat. Wonderful music by Margaret Patterson, Roger's step-daughter, and the Emerald Society Pipe Band included the Navy Hymn and Amazing Grace, The postlude, performed by Margaret Patterson was Solace by Scott Joplin. Reverend Christopher McMahon, formerly sailing master at USMMA, presided over the service. In all, there were nine people who delivered "tributes and reminiscences" in groups of three, separated by hymns. They were: Edie King (Roger's other stepdaughter), Adrian Barbey, Kevin Dailey, Ed du Moulin, Howard McMichael (Larchmont), Douglas MacLeod (a professional friend of Roger's), Clint Perry, Eric Wallischeck (USMMA) and William Foster (YRA of LIS).
This column, incidentally, was put together on a religious weekend, including a sunny afternoon. All of which makes us realize how lucky we are with our lives in this part of the world.
Readers of On the Bay, will have noted that yachts in the Whitbread Race have been finishing Leg 6, the destination of which was Fort Lauderdale. The next leg will be Baltimore/Annapolis.
Along with the early April issue of The New York Times came a beautifully-printed folder describing the waterfront festival that will greet the fleet (and others) in Baltimore. "Even if you don't like sailing, there will be plenty of fun things to see and do." Boating magazines have described attractions in Annapolis.
Somewhat along the same lines, Sailing World (April 1998), heads an article "Largest carbon yacht ever built cruises faster than the wind." The name of the boat is Mari-Cha III. She is a 116 foot Phillipe Briand ketch. She added to the Whitbread and America's cup activity in Auckland, during the Leg 4 stop there.