From July 5, 2017:
The SPYC sailing season is underway and I’m glad to hear the number of boats in the water is starting to grow. Whether or not you are sailing today please think of the Edwards family. We will be honoring Wade with 22 (his former sail #) blasts of the horn before the first race today. Please see below for a brief description of Wade’s sailing history and a great picture!
Wade, a life long sailor, spent many of his happiest days at the helm. He enjoyed refurbishing Red Nose which he renamed Ragamuffin, and racing her when in Small Point. He especially loved the SPYC community, the opportunity to sail with others and share knowledge and experience. It both surprised and delighted him that people bid on a “Sail with Wade” at the SPSS Auction and he looked forward to the outings.
Wade grew up racing on the lakes of Michigan first on his step father’s Ensign, then as crew on large racing yachts. He refurbished a Fireball after college, owned several Snipes which he raced with his wife, Liza as crew., and later partnered in several Express 27’s followed by Etchells. In 2000 Wade,, Liza and their three children moved to the Boston area. Soon after arriving, Wade found excellent competitive racing at the Boston Sailing Center. He bought the Center in 2007 As the managing director he tirelessly sought to improve operational efficiency and, above all, the quality of the member experience. With more than 250 members, 75 sailboats, and countless sailing students, Wade’s summers were busy, but he always found time to participate in a few races in Small Point. Wade will always be remembered as a true gentleman, on and off the water. with positive spirit, warm smile, and keen sense of humor.