Friday, July 29, 2011

MGH sailboat crew wins Commodore’s Cup

MGHers at sea: Standing, from left, Crosbie, Bangsberg and Moss. Sitting, from left, Zapol, Guy Johnson of Zoll Medical Corporation, and Huttemeier

A group of MGHers took to the high seas for five days this June during the Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race. Bringing home the Commodore’s Cup, an award given for the best performance by a Blue Water Sailing Club yacht, were MGHers Warren Zapol, MD, anesthetist-in-chief emeritus of the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine; David Bangsberg, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Global Health and Disaster Response; Susan Chapman Moss, MPH, former executive director of Anesthesia and current corporate director for Partners Business Planning; Peter Huttemeier, MD, a former fellow in Anesthesia; and David Crosbie, husband of Marielle Scherrer-Crosbie, MD, PhD, a physician in the Heart Center.

The 645-mile race started in 35-knot winds in Buzzards Bay off the coast of Marion, Mass., and finished at St. David’s Head, Bermuda. The MGH crew sailed aboard a 36-foot sloop named Mabuhay, a Philippine word meaning long life and good health, which was adorned with an MGH flag.

“It was very rewarding as we approached Bermuda,” says Zapol. “To be out on the open seas for five days with fellow MGHers was an amazing team experience.”

More than 200 sailors and guests joined in a final celebration of a fast and safe race on June 25 at the historic Commissioner’s House at the Royal Naval Dockyard, as Sir Richard Gozney, governor of Bermuda, and Robert Mason, commodore of the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club, presented several trophies and prizes for each of the four classes of yachts.

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