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Caldwell awarded sailing’s gold medal

Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Jack Caldwell

Jack Caldwell

Fayetteville’s Jack Caldwell was recently awarded the International Sailing Federation’s (ISAF) gold medal for “outstanding service to the sport of sailing.”

During the 18 years at ISAF, Caldwell chaired the Constitution Committee, a legal arm of the association, and the Review Board, a court of appeals for competitors whose eligibility was suspended.

“Your contribution to the development of the International Sailing Federation has been significant spending many years looking after our legal interests, including some delicate and difficult Review Board cases,” said Carlo Croce, ISAF president, in making the presentation. “You have always acted in the best interest of the International Sailing Federation. Please accept this award as a token of our gratitude.”

Prior to his appointment to ISAF, he was appointed to the Dixie Inland Yacht Racing Association Commodores, an organization representing four Southern states, to serve as DIYRA appeals chair, and later he was elected to serve as the DIYRA Commodore, or president.

Through his involvement with DIYRA, Caldwell was introduced to the U.S. Yacht Racing Union (now U.S. Sailing). With USSA, he was a senior judge, chair of the U.S. Junior Sailing Championships (Sear, Bemis, and Smythe), chair of the Legal Committee, and appointed to represent U.S. Sailing at ISAF, initially as a member of the Constitution Committee. He continues to serve USSA as a trustee on the U.S. Sailing Foundation.

This experience has afforded Jack and his wife, Ann, the opportunity to travel throughout the world and meet many wonderful people, including the kings of Norway, Greece and Spain, and learn of many diverse cultures, all sharing  the common interest and love of sailing. It was a great adventure, he said.

He actively raced his Thistle, Finn, Cal 40, and Soverel 33, and crewed on many other boats. Some races in which he participated include the Newport to Bermuda, Daytona Beach to Bermuda, Regatta al Sol, Ft. Lauderdale to Key West, Chicago and Port Huron Macs.

Caldwell is a member of St. Francis YC, New York YC and the Royal Ocean Racing Club.

He and Ann have three children:  Kim, Heather, and Rob, all of whom grew up sailing on various sailboats, and now their grandchildren are also sailing.

While still active with Caldwell Chemical Coatings Corp. in Fayetteville, Caldwell graduated from Cumberland School of Law in 1991 and studied for a master’s in environmental law at Vermont Law School. As an attorney, he often represents the needs of the indigent. He is also a trustee at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming, a world renowned western museum.