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Answer to CYC History trivia in July 13th Telltale

27 Jul 2022 12:45 PM | Anonymous member

Staff Commodore John Ellis (Commodore in 1958) wins a free drink at the CYC Bar for the July 13, 2022 Quiz.  Answers:

Alan Holt is the junior holding two 1956 awards.  In his

right hand, the Sears Cup – emblematic of the Junior

North American Sailing Championship – which has been

awarded since 1921.  To participate, Alan and his crew

Fred Ray and Steve Banks, had to win the local title, the

PIYA Regional eliminations and the Pacific Coast

Championship.  The competition was held just outside of

Montreal, Canada on a wide spot of the St. Lawrence

River in a variety of conditions, with the last of 8 races the

decider. The crew won on a tie-breaker, based on more

second places!   Reflecting the times, the sailors and

family members traveled to Montreal by train.

In Alan’s left hand is the Virginia Platt Trophy awarded to the outstanding CYC Junior Sailor for the year.  This trophy was donated by the I-14 fleet in 1953 to be awarded to a CYC junior based on sailing record and participation in Junior Club activities.  Evidencing the Holt family’s sailing skills, Alan’s brother, Dennis Holt, won this award in 1958. Other winners of this trophy include Brian Wertheimer, Carl Buchan and Derek Campbell. The Virginia Platt Trophy, unfortunately, has disappeared and is no longer in CYC possession!

(See below for information about Virginia Platt, a brilliant young woman with an extraordinary, if far too brief, a career.)

And Alan Holt’s boat, a Star named Ariel, locally built and rigged, was the first Seattle boat to participate in the Olympic Games! Alan and his crew Dick Gates won the Olympic Trials held in San Francisco, besting former Star World Champions Bill Buchan and Lowell North, among others, for the right to participate in the 1972 Olympic Games held in Kiel-Schilksee, Germany.

Virginia Platt, Seattle born, graduated from high school in 1940, studied architecture at Vassar College for two years and contemporaneously taught physics for the US Navy.  In 1943, she studied mechanical engineering at the U. of Washington, subsequently receiving her undergraduate degree in science and a masters in physics, and taught physics at the U from 1943 to 1952 (including while she was an undergraduate!).  Platt was one of the first women in the country to become a member of the Sigma Xi science honorary.

Platt sailed, owning a 21’ sloop named Pete-Too.  She joined CYC in 1948, and by 1950 she was on the Board as Secretary, a position she held until 1952, and she contributed occasional articles to the annual Helmsman.  She also was a member of Seattle Yacht Club.

While visiting relatives in Carmel, California, Platt contracted polio myelitis and died there in October 1952 at the age of 29.  She is buried in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Seattle.

The Helmsman for 1952 carried two tributes to Virginia Platt.  First, a comment by Commodore Francis A LeSourd: “We will not forget Virginia Platt.  No one was more devoted to Corinthian.  We remember her efficiency as Secretary, but what shall really endeared her to us was her great human interest.  As a gatherer of humorous and spicy information on Corinthian goings-on, she had no equal.  Her tragic death was one of the greatest blows to fall on our club.”          

And this Memoriam:


              Whose service to her Club cannot be measured

              Whose infectious laughter and ready wit lightened many a dull moment

              Whose time was ours, when needed, with no reservations

              Whose dependability and efficiency eased the burdens of our officers

              Whose capacity to give or herself to any project was unlimited

              Whose interest in and friendliness toward people was boundless

              Whose lack of personal vanity in her achievements as noteworthy

              Whose strength of personality and genuine individuality was recognized instantly

              Whose friendship was a gift to be treasured

Who exemplified the truest tradition of sportsmanship, not only in sailing, but in her     daily living

TO VIRGINIA PLATT, this Memoriam is dedicated.

Thank you, Business Members!

Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle
7755 Seaview Ave NW 
Seattle WA 98117
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(206) 402-6870 (Juniors)



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