Eight Bells: Bob Conner
- Tue, 12 Sep 2017 06:33
Robert B. Conner, 83, of Newport, RI died on Friday, September 8, 2017 at Newport Hospital. Robert was born December 6, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of the late Mortimer and Genevieve Conner. He was the husband of Ann (Forsberg) Conner.
His love of the sea led him to sailing and volunteering his time to many sailing activities. Bob was a very actively involved member of Ida Lewis Yacht Club which he joined in 1967, serving as Commodore during the years 1977-1979. Among his many significant accomplishments, Bob was instrumental in ensuring that women received equal rights and stature as members of the club. He and his wife successfully raced their Ensign and Coaster for several years.
Bob was highly regarded as a certified International Sailing Judge and active in numerous national and local sailing organizations. Bob was instrumental in organizing the national 1-Ton, ½-Ton, and ¼-Ton races at Ida Lewis YC, served as President of the Narragansett Bay Yachting Association, Treasurer of US Sailing, Chairman of the RI Olympic Sailing Trials, a Director of the C. Thomas Clagett Regatta, a member of the New York Yacht Club Race Committee during the 1970’s America’s Cup years, and later served as Chairman of the New York Yacht Club Race Committee and Chairman of the NYYC Jury…