12mR Fleet Manager, Newport / Executive Director 12 Metre Yacht Club
Linda claimed a spot for women in sailing history when in 1993 she was recruited to the first and only all- women’s team ever to compete for the America’s Cup. As a member of the America 3 team she pulled double-duty as both Race Crew and Co-Director of Development– the driving force behind the campaign’s successful sponsorship program.
Although she started sailing lessons at 10, it was a 14-year old Linda that became “hooked” on sailing after she borrowed a friend’s single-handed boat. From that day on she could be found on the lake anytime there was good wind. She attended the University of Illinois, where she was a member of the sailing team and subsequently worked and raced in Chicago where she made the big jump from J-24s to a Santa Cruz 70 ultralight– Pied Piper. During her tenure on that team, the boat shattered every record on the Great Lakes including an 80+ year Chicago- Mac Race record.
Linda’s business career started with Interlux while she continued to race on J-44s, the Frers 50 Toscana and competed in several Women’s World Keelboat Championships. After the 1995 America’s Cup, she left San Diego for Manhattan to become publisher of Yachting Magazine, where she was the first woman publisher at the Times Mirror Magazine Group and subsequently recognized by both Glamour magazine and Lifetime television as 1995’s Woman of the Year and one of the Top 100 Women of the Century respectively.
Meanwhile, she continued racing O.D. 48s, O.D. 50s and competed in the 1995 Tour de France. Revisiting her Midwestern roots she joined the Farr 40 Flash Gordon team in 2000, and later crewed with Terry Hutchinson on Barking Mad, for a decade winning several Farr 40 Nationals and 2 World Championships.
Linda has served as a board member for a number of not-for-profit organizations, including Sail America where she helped to create the first Sail Expo. In 1995, together with A3 teammate Katie Pettibone, who shared her passion for empowering girls through the sport of sailing, she founded the Rising Tide Leadership Institute to inspire and equip women with leadership skills and increase global awareness. In 1999, she formed Courageous Thinking, Inc where she continues to provides facilitation for companies and individuals in times of transition specializing in strategic planning and leadership development.
Today, Linda still thinks that the best sailing job she has ever had, was her first—as Sailing Master at the Lealand Yacht Club in Leland, Michigan where she first learned to sail and has fond memories of racing with her family. She and her husband, Air Force Major General (ret) Brian T. Bishop live in Newport, RI with their golden retriever Sky.
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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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