Thursday, January 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Tom Leweck

When Scuttlebutt founder Tom Leweck launched this publication in 1997, he was a spry man in his mid-sixties, hell bent on turning the distribution of sailing news on its ear.

On Friday, January 14th, he will be a little less spry, and while the duties at Scuttlebutt World Headquarters have been handed off to the next generation, he remains healthy and as active as ever.

He will also be turning 80 years old. Happy Birthday Tom!

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At 6:44 PM, Anonymous Robert Kits van Heyningen said...

Happy Birthday! I thoroughly enjoy Scutlebutt. 80 is a good age. My dad did his first Newport - Bermuda race as co-navigator at 80.

Best regards,
Robert Kits van Heyningen

 
At 7:13 PM, Anonymous Glenn Uhler said...

Happy Birthday, Tom!
As you once were, I am a spry old man in my early 60's. Hope I can enjoy sailing at 80 as much as you do. A subscriber to Scuttlebutt for several years, the only time I'm not pleased to see it in my mailbox is when I don't have time to sit down and read it.

 
At 8:07 PM, Anonymous Diane Swintal said...

Tom - wishing you a wonderful birthday! Thanks for everything you've done over the years. Fair winds and following seas!

 
At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Gail HIne said...

Tom...All the best! You've been a true promoter of sailing here in Southern California as well as a fierce competitor. It's strange to realize that I am only 10 years younger than you...an yet your sage wisdom over the years made that difference seem like more. So glad you could pass off this great newsletter to your son! Have a great BIRTHDAY. Regards, Gail Hine

 
At 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats and Happy Birthday from the crew of Blackbird. We had some good times collecting all that hardware for Allen P and CYC. I thought you were old fart than, but looks like age has been good to you.
Many more,
Douglas J Hura
Bowman

 
At 8:52 PM, Anonymous gene sofen said...

Remembering the good old days racing cal 28's in MDR. I raced with Oscar Machado on 'Naturaly'. Hope the next 80 years are as much fun as the last. Gene Sofen Santa Cruz,Ca Geneo1212@cruzio.com

 
At 8:56 PM, Blogger Jeffry said...

Happy Birthday Tom! You have always been an important sailing inspiration to me! From the Tuesday Night Muddy Feeet races at WYC, to all the Mexican races and much more. Thank you for bringing Scuttelbutt to us! Happy Birthday and so many more- Cheers, Jeffry Matzdorff

 
At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom,
Wow...what an important part of the sailing scene you are! I just turned a meager 67 and tip my hat (if I had one) to your dedication to the sport. I use the word "curmudgeon" to describe myself all the time.

Best
Ted Ritter
Fort Lauderdale

 
At 10:45 PM, Blogger Jack Griffin said...

Hello Tom,
Thanks for creating my favorite way to start the day and keep up on my favorite way to spend my time! All the best, and many happy returns!

Jack Griffin
Prangins, Switzerland

 
At 12:29 AM, Blogger A Campanha said...

Happy Birthday!

 
At 1:30 AM, Anonymous Sandra Mudronja said...

Happy Birthday Tom ! Thank you for providing an enjoyable and informative reading every day for years. All the best.

 
At 3:32 AM, Blogger Jay said...

Tom, Here is wishing you 80 more years of sailing! Thanks for all you have done for the sport!

 
At 4:57 AM, Anonymous Bruce Knecht said...

A day without Scuttlebutt is impossible to imagine. You have created a real global community. Congratulations! Thank you!! And Happy Birthday!!!

 
At 5:16 AM, Anonymous Chris Caswell said...

Good Grief!!

Can it be 45 years since we first bobbed around the race course in Lido 14s? I thought you were old as dirt back then (but not as active), and have taken pleasure in writing your name in race results (and reading 'Butt" since then, as well as your warped sense of humor. Keep goin', kiddo!

FYI, sitting in my top drawer is my TransPac Anonymous card, ever-ready for use!

Cheers! Chris Caswell

 
At 5:59 AM, Blogger Roger said...

Hi Tom-- way to make 80. Congratulations. Thanks for clearing the path.
Roger Vaughan

 
At 6:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday and thank you for starting Scuttlebutt. You have given a forum to new regattas and a chance to get much needed recognition. May your next 80 years be as much fun as your first 80. Judy Clagett McLennan,The Clagett Regatta

 
At 6:11 AM, Blogger paddy said...

Hey Tom

Happy Birthday

Its been a great ride
Paddy Boyd

 
At 6:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Tom.

From the Boston Harbor Star Fleet

 
At 6:58 AM, Anonymous Carol Newman Cronin said...

Happy Birthday young man! And keep that son of yours in line, if you can.

Best wishes
Carol

 
At 7:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Tom! Loved working with you many years ago with DC/Stars & Stripes down in New Zealand. Here's to 80 more years!! Enjoy your day, Veronica Brown

 
At 7:23 AM, Blogger Pam said...

Happy Birthday, Tom! I hope it's a good sailing day.
Pam Moes Gregory

 
At 7:44 AM, Anonymous Eric Gonzalez (PUR) said...

Happy BDay, Tom...
It was a pleasure sailing with and against you during my 15 years in LA.
Best wishes!
Eric Gonzalez
(M242 and others)

 
At 7:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for bringing the joy of sailing back to my world, sir...

John Bergan

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger Michael & Marilyn said...

Happy Birthday Tom from San Diego. Hard to believe 80. I would have deducted 10 years. Best wishes to you and Barbara, Mike & Marilyn Foster

 
At 10:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you remember the 1980 Manzanillo Race? You kept the spinnaker full but we were sailing 180° from the correct course to the finish!

Happy Birthday!
Hank

 
At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Visiting with you at the Pro-Am makes the trip extra special. Was I really over at the start? George H.

 
At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Barry D said...

Really? You're only becoming an octogenarian today?

Happy birthday!

:-)

 
At 11:56 AM, Blogger predler said...

One of the greatest benefits of sailors growing older is the accumulation of memories of wonderful times spent aboard boats. Enjoy!

Peggy & Tom Redler

 
At 1:01 PM, Blogger timothy said...

Congrats from the 60 somethings. Have enjoyed scuttlebutt since '99.
Tim, soon back to Newport

 
At 6:18 PM, Anonymous John Harwood-Bee said...

Tom.. Heartiest congratulations on being 80 years young. Thank you for all your support through the last 13 years. You have been an inspiration and a mouthpiece for common sense.
Keep that burgee flying.

John Harwood-Bee and all at Project 100 Ltd.

 
At 4:37 AM, Anonymous Dr. Bruce Wallerstein said...

Tom: Happy Birthday from the Dominican Republic. I thought you were 80 when I first met you more than 25 years ago, but I guess you weren't. You look great and next time you are in the DR, give a call. Have many more years of sailing and enjoying. Bruce Wallerstein, Cabarete.

 
At 8:40 AM, Anonymous Tom Leweck said...

This has such a wonderful birthday, and this blog has been the frosting on a very special birthday cake. Thanks to Craig for creating it, and to all of you who were nice enough to send your thoughts to me. I treasure them.

 
At 4:50 AM, Anonymous Tim Patterson said...

This publication is a great thing to have conceived and given life. I am very grateful to have it show up in my 'puter so regularly. Sailors always seem to have the best fun just sailing. Perhaps what I love the best is how varied the content is and how complete. Happy birthday and many more. Best to you and yours, Tim

 
At 8:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Tom

Many congratulations on your birthday. It is certainly a long time since we first met in Antigua Sailing week when you were first publishing Scuttlebutt. I have not missed reading a copy since. A really great accomplishment.

Graeme Hayward

 

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