2015 Bob McVey Memorial Race

This last (usually) race of the season is called the McVey memorial.  Come join us to remember Bob McVey and fly a burgee for a friend or a loved one that you lost.  Socialize afterward with a great meal organized by our very own Candy and see out the last of the fall series.

The Bob McVey memorial is held this year on Friday the 11th at 6:00 pm. Meal tickets are

Bob McVey Sailing a Snipe with his sister in the Susquehanna

Bob McVey Sailing a Snipe with his sister in the Susquehanna

$10.00 payable to Candy and family and friends are welcome. See you there.

John Vanderhoff tells us a bit about the person the race is honoring; Robert Leslie McVey.

Many who knew Bob would start by asking about his clothing attire.  For many years, Bob’s Thursday sailing night outfit was khaki pants and a long sleeve white shirt with the sleeves rolled up to the elbow.

Bob McVey introduced me to Star boat sailing about 30 years ago. He was a very good friend. There used to be pictures of Bob and his sailing posted at the Maritime Museum.

Bob McVey was born March 22, 1918 and passed away July 22, 1994. He was a life-long resident of Havre de Grace. Bob loved racing sailboats and in his youth could be seen sailing a small log canoe on the Susquehanna River.  He often accused a boyhood friend (Basil Coakly)of putting holes in his sails with a 22 rifle.  Later he developed into a champion sailor in the Hampton One-Design.

Bob entered into Star boat sailing in the early 1950’s and sailed out of the Baltimore yacht club under the North Chesapeake Star Fleet charter. This charter became inactive and in 1983 Bob re-established the charter in Havre de Grace. Robert McVey was a charter member of Havre de Grace Yacht Club and the Maritime Museum. He was a past commodore and one of his favorite sayings was “racing without winning is what it is all about; the satisfaction derived from finding your measure of ability is the motivating force that makes the sport of sailing what it is”

Bob McVey was cremated in 1994 and in the spring of 1995 his ashes were scattered.  The skipjack Martha Lewis motored out on the Susquehanna River with the congregation. Rabbi Block and others spoke at the River ceremony. During this time a Star boat sailed on the race course distributing Bob’s ashes.

We honored Bob’s request that none of his ashes were to go on the Cecil County side of the river.

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  1. A wonderful write up about my father!
    I would just like to add that in the late forties and early fifties, he raced Hampton One Design and I believe was Chesapeake Bay champ at least once. As a 10 year old delivering the H de G Record, I took great ride in reading such local news headlines as “Bob McVey puts Havre de Grace on the map again” and another saying “Bob McVey brings fame to Havre de Grace again”.
    He instilled the love of sailing in my older brother and me. I have been racing ever since, from Penquins as a kid to Flying Scots and J22s for the past 29 years, mostly here in hot San Antonio. Unbelievably while racing the Scot yesterday 10/9/16, I had the thought that maybe it’s time for me to start wearing what my father wore…khakis and long sleeve white shirt!
    I hope the Star fleet is still going strong, my best wishes to John and Jan Van der Hoff.
    Bill McVey

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