To the Organizers, Volunteers and Sailing Teams who participated in the 2020 NE100:
It was a wild and windy Saturday and a very wet Sunday but nothing could dampen the spirits of all who were there to honor the memory of our daughter Sandra.
It was an amazing weekend for us to spend time with you, hear your stories and learn even more about how many of you knew Sandra for many years. Your willingness to come out, in the most challenging public health crisis in modern history, and willingly comply with all the restrictions and safety recommendations in place, not to mention less than optimal weather conditions, in order to make this event happen this year is inspirational.
We regret not being able to provide you with a nice hot bowl of R.I. clam chowder and a few spicy “stuffies” after racing Saturday. Also, we wish we’d had more time to visit with each team and thank you personally for making the trip. We know some of you travelled long distances, and for some of you, we learned, it had been a long time since you had raced.
We want you all to know how much your presence, especially during this week, (the anniversary of the accident), lifts our hearts. Our family is extremely grateful and honored. We know Sandra would never have imagined how much she meant to so many.
We wish you safe travels, good health and fair winds!
The Tartaglino Family
More photos as published in today’s Providence Journal: https://www.providencejournal.com/photogallery/PJ/20200816/PHOTOGALLERY/816009998/PH/1