Last Saturday evening I appeared at the East Greenwich Yacht Club (Rhode Island) to donate my oil painting “Wednesday Night Races” to the club.  It shows the Paine twins, at age 15, setting their spinnaker in their bright red bluejay, Scratch.  In 1958 as a teenager from the “wrong side of the tracks” who was fascinated by the idea of sailing but with no possible access to the sport owing to my parents’ abject poverty, a caring neighbor sponsored me and my twin in their youth sailing program. A lifetime of sailing fun, and sailing industry success, which engendered salaries for boat carpenters totaling over $175,000,000, resulted. Support community sailing!

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