Archive for February, 2009

Celebrate George

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

There will be a celebration of George’s life at the Portland Yacht club following the service on Friday.

Please come and share a toast to and many memories of fleet member George Tonini!

Annual Meeting and Awards Recap

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Hey Everyone,

First of all I would like to thank everyone who made it out to the Fleet 43 Annual Meeting and Awards last month. We had a great turn out and plenty of delicious food thanks to all of our guests!

If you were unable to make it to the festivities here is a quick recap of the meeting and awards.

The Districts will be held in Portsmouth, NH this May 16th and 17th. We will postpone our launch date until after the Districts in hopes that as many boats as possible from our fleet will attend. The NH fleet has sent more than 7 boats to our Down East Regatta and it would be wonderful to show them the same support.

The 2009 Northeast Regionals will be held in Marblehead following the Down East Regatta. Again, it would be nice to send as many fleet 43 boats down, since we can’t make it to their “Round the Rocks” regatta in June.

Howard led the nomination and election of new officers for the fleet. A big “Thank You” to Howard for all of his work for the fleet these past two years as Captain. The 2009 Officers are as follows:

Fleet Captain: Molly White
Race Officer: Stephanie Helms
Treasurer: Shelly Paules
Travel Coordinator and Rear Captain: Nick Dambrie
Fleet Historian: Tony Jessen
Fleet Photographer: Mark Klein

Mr. Hankey: Tonini Series 1st place, Weekend Series 2nd place, Wednesday Series I and II 2nd place

AL: Weekend Series 1st place, Wednesday Series I 1st place

Second Chance: Weekend Series 3rd place, Wednesday Series II 1st place

Flying Circus: Wednesday Series I 3rd place

Denali: Wednesday Series II 3rd place

Congratulations again to Flying Chicken for winning the State of Maine Trophy at the 2008 Down East Regatta!

All results can be viewed here:

In order to continue our strong fleet community-we need to stay in touch! If you haven’t yet, please sign up for the fleet blog and encourage you crew to do the same.

Also, I will be updating the fleet email list. To ensure I have your current email please take the time to email Molly White at and I will make sure that your info is updated.

It would also be helpful to add my email address to your address book, so that fleet emails don’t hit your SPAM folder by mistake.

Thanks for taking the time to do this!

We will be holding another fleet meeting in March to discuss dues, the schedule, food, and the Down East Regatta. If you would like to be more involved in the Down East Regatta please fire me an email and we will begin to form a committee.

I look forward to another successful season!


Fleet 43 Loses Long Time J 24 Sailor George Tonini

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of long time fleet member George Tonini.  George was the avid J 24 sailor for whom our fleet award is named.  Although he has not been seen on the water in some years, many will remember George sailing the bright yellow USA 1031 Trick or Treat.  We are happy to have had him as a friend and member of fleet 43.  His memory will live through the Tonini trophy and our members.

Please see below George’s obituary and the memorial details.

George Tonini
1922 – 2009

George Tonini, born in Trieste, Itlay, December 20, 1922, and passed away February 19, 2009.

George was a Merchant Marine and trained on the Italian navy ship Amerigo Vespucci. During WWII he was an Ensign and while cooperating with the U.S., he served in The Royal Italian Navy as navigator on the Italian submarine Goffredo Mameli. He was stationed in many different places, but the most interesting was Great Diamond Island in Casco Bay. He also worked as a dispatcher and translator at the American Motor Pool for the Allied Military Government in Trieste Italy.

He settled in Maine, married and worked the rest of his life as a Chef and Caterer in several different capacities. (If you were one of the lucky ones you would have tasted his food). He was a member of the Portland yacht Club since 1964, he taught many people how to sail, and was an avid J/24 racer until the ripe age of eighty. There was so much more to his life then we can put into words. He loved life, the ocean, sailing, dancing, cooking, playing poker, fishing, the Caribbean, and most of all, his wife Dorothy of 50 years. He was loving, vibrant, flirty, energetic, and cute. We will miss him dearly.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy Tonini of Cumberland, daughter Juliana Tonini of Windham, son Daniel Tonini of Portland, along with his granddaughter Aria Tonini of Alfred. Daughters Adele Harnois of Portland & Linda Beck of Gorham. Sons Eric Tonini of Ft. Myers Florida & Giorgio Tonini of Trieste Italy. He has five grand children.

A memorial service will be held at 11am on Friday, February 27, 2009 at the Memorial
Chapel of Independent Death Care, 471 Deering Ave. Portland.

Donations to:

American Stroke Association
51 Us Route 1
Scarborough, ME 04074


Animal Refuge League
449 Stroudwater St
Westbrook, ME 04092