|Runyon Colie - New Jersey Legend
Runyon ("Runnie") Colie Jr. has been aptly described by his friend and rival Buddy Melges as "America's foremost dinghy sailor." Runnie and Buddy faced off against each other for many years in the fiercely competitive E Scow class. Runnie's achievements racing in collegiate, frostbiting and other dinghy and one design classes are legendary. He has won innumerable championships over the course of some 7 decades in classes ranging from Penguins, Sunfish and Moths to E Scows and 5.5 meters. More important, Runnie has long been admired by his peers as the role model for character and sportsmanship, and equally so for mentoring any and all who would seek out his advice on any sailing subject.
Runnie was an inaugural member of both the ICYRA Hall of Fame (inducted 1969) and the Barnegat Bay Sailing Hall of Fame (inducted 2004). His home club, Mantoloking (NJ) Yacht Club, bestowed Honorary membership upon Runnie in 1996 and later "retired" Runnie's E Scow sail number "MA 4" in 2010, the latter being the first such honor ever bestowed upon any MYC member.
...Recipient in 1988 of the W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. Trophy, presented by US Sailing "to the American sailor who best exemplifies the ideals and traditions of good sportsmanship."
...Twice recipient (in 1960 and 1972) of the O.G Dale Memorial Trophy "in recognition of outstanding sportsmanship in the Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association."
...The National Class E Scow Association, in creating an award for meritorious service to the class in 1996, very appropriately named this new award "The Runyon Colie Jr. Trophy", in recognition of all that Runnie contributed over the years to his favorite racing class.
...Three time winning skipper for MIT in the first three Morss trophy competitions ever held (1937, 1938, 1939)
...Seven time winner of the International Penguin Class Dinghy Association championship (1947-1950, 1952, 1954, 1962)
...Seven time winner of the Eastern E Scow Class Association championship (1946, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1975)
...Winner (in 1966) of the National Class E Scow Association championship, the first easterner to win the Nationals. Second place finisher in the E Scow Nationals in 1981, at the age of 65.
...U.S. Olympic Team Alternate, 5.5 meter class, 1960
...Eighteen time Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association class champion, in four different classes (Sneakbox, Penguin, E Scow, Laser) spanning the years from 1938 to 1981. Second place finisher in E Scows in 1994 at the age of 78.
...Runnie sailed in several offshore events, Newport to Bermuda among them, but it was clearly dinghy and one design racing where he made his mark on our sport.
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