Deceased , Modern

Charles

Vail

Dink

19152000

Charles “Dink” Vail awarded the Admiral Richard E. Byrd trophy three times for his domination of the Eastern Seaboard Championships and won national titles in the FD and Jollyboat classes.

Honors:

  • First sailing inductee voted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
  • He was awarded the Admiral Richard E. Byrd trophy three times for his domination of the Eastern Seaboard Championships

Sailing:

  • From 1943 to 1967, Vail posted more than 100 first place wins in the Hampton, Jollyboat and Flying Dutchman classes.
  • Won the Hampton Championship of the Maury Regatta five years in a row.
  • Vail won national titles in the Flying Dutchman and Jollyboat classes, including three in the latter category in four years.
  • Vail was instrumental in putting together a sailing team at Old Dominion University for the Laser class, a 14-foot boat, to compete in national sailing events with other universities and colleges.

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