Although he did not hail from the Chesapeake region, Arthur J. “Tuna” Wullschleger’s contributions to the sport of sailing touched many Bay sailors lives.
Arthur J. “Tuna” Wullschleger (94 years), who died November 25, was a longtime member of the New York YC, the Lauderdale YC, and the Cruising Club of America. He was past commodore of both the Larchmont YC and the Storm Trysail Club and was part of the group that founded STC’s biennial Block Island Race Week.
Raised in Larchmont, NY, he was a champion speed boat driver in college at Cornell University and began frostbiting at Larchmont after his serving in the Navy in the Pacific during WW II. In addition to frostbiting, in the 1960s and 1970s, he raced his beloved mahogany-hulled yawl Elske with his late wife Diana (“Stork”), as well as Golliwog and Fire One in ocean and buoy races on both sides of the Atlantic.
In the late 1970s, he began his career as a sailing judge, an avocation to which he devoted himself until his death… For his service to the sport, Tuna was awarded the ISAF Silver Medal, US Sailing’s Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy in 1998 and the Harman Hawkins Trophy in 2010.
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