Two clubs to compete in Howard Lee Memorial race
Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) and the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club (RHADC) will do battle for the inaugural Howard Lee Memorial trophy race in July 13.
The race, which will see the two clubs compete in Bermuda fitted dinghies, is named after Howard Lee who was the Island’s first black Olympic sailor.
The event will be held in Hamilton Harbour, starting and finishing at the Flagpole.
Graeme Outerbridge, Mayor of Hamilton, presented the trophy to the RYBC.
“It is my hope that this perpetual annual award will help encourage diverse racing in the Bermuda Fitted Dinghy between the two Royal clubs,” said Outerbridge. “It is important to recognise the rich history of this traditional sailing vessel which Howard was involved with.
“His legacy will serve as a beacon for all current and future sailors, black and white. I see Howard Lee as the modern day Jackie Robinson. He is indeed a role model and must be recognised as one of Bermuda’s unsung heroes.”
Lee sailed in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada in the Finn Class.
The Bermuda Fitted Dinghy season runs from May 24 through to early September, with four teams competing.