12 MYC Director of Communications / International 12mR Class Secretary
Windlass Creative Director and Owner, SallyAnne Santos arrived in Newport from Manhattan in 2002, after a successful 17-year career in the entertainment industry. Formally trained as a theatrical lighting designer, stage manager and production director, she collaborated with hundreds of the top names in music, dance, drama and performance art– ranging from Bob Dylan to Mikhail Baryshnikov and from Madonna to Meryl Streep– to produce some of their most memorable performances and installations throughout the U.S. and Europe. While in New York, she held long-term residencies at City Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and finally as Production Director for the World Financial Center’s renown Arts & Events program where she produced hundreds of performances and events.
SallyAnne’s sailing experience includes racing with numerous teams, most often with an all-women’s J-24 crew who regularly competed on the Hudson River, Long Island Sound and at Newport as well as aboard larger yachts in many Caribbean big-boat regattas from 1992-2004. During this time, while still based in NYC, she earned a 100-Ton Captains license, was certified as a sailing instructor, taught week-long liveaboard coastal cruising courses to vacationing groups in the BVIs and served as mate on a 72′ classic charter sloop. Being a sailor from ground-zero who’s club, workplace and office were all destroyed on 9/11, she was embraced by Sail Newport’s community while volunteering on the first Sail for Pride in 2001. She continues to volunteer for numerous events, among them have been key media support roles for the America’s Cup World Series and Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopovers.
In 2003, while employed as Creative Director for the Museum of Yachting, she studied website design at the Rhode Island School of Design in order to provide the Museum with a much-needed online presence. She first connected with the 12mR fleet when organizing the 2002 Classic Yacht Regatta and was asked to manage their upcoming North American Championship. In 2008, the International Twelve Metre Association’s former President, Paul Buttrose recruited her as Class Secretary, a position to which she was subsequently elected and has held ever since.
SallyAnne has continued to work with the Americas 12mR fleet organizing and photographing many 12mR events, most notably all North American Championships, Newport METREFEST and three 12mR World Championships– Barcelona 2014, Newport 2019 and is currently collaborating on communications with the N. Europe 12mR fleet for the Helsinki 2021 Worlds. In 2013, Commodore James Gubelmann asked SallyAnne to work with him on communications to promote the 12 Metre Yacht Club and 2019 Worlds. This resulted in the creation of the 12MYC E-Newsletter, for which she serves as Editor and website designs for 12MYC.org, MetreFest.com, 12mRWorlds.com and most recently ITMA’s new website and online yacht database at 12mRClass.com. In 2014, she was awarded the 12MYC’s Ted Turner Trophy for noteworthy contributions to the 12mR Class, the dedication reads simply– “A picture of perseverance.”
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