Eight Bells: James Gillinder Carson

James G. Carson, a true Lightning Class legend, passed away on March 21, 2021, at 94 years of age. James, Jim or Gilly as he was known, was a sailor through and through. He was a key member of the Metedeconk River Yacht Club (Brick, NJ), starting at a time before it actually had a physical clubhouse and the starting line was marked by a rowboat captained by his sister Margaret. He was instrumental in moving the club to its present location in a beautiful clubhouse on the south side of the river. Jim was Commodore of the Club eleven times and taught sailing to youngsters for forty years. However, Jim’s leadership and service reached well beyond the MRYC. He was a long-time volunteer and board member for the International Lightning Class Association and the Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association. Jim joined the International Lightning Class in 1949 and served in a number of leadership positions. He served as Chief Measurer in 1960, 1961, and 1970 and as President in 1971. He was the Lightning Central Atlantic District Commodore as well as the District Secretary for many years. For his efforts, Jim was awarded a Life Membership in the Class…

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