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William
C
Ballard
Mate
Marion

Prior to attending the US Naval Academy, Bill had extensive one design and offshore racing experience (Two St. Petersburg to Havana races, one complete SORC) sailing out of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  At USNA he was a member of the offshore racing team, qualified as a Luders 44 skipper as a plebe, crewed in the 1957 Annapolis-Newport Race and served as midshipman sailing master in the 1958 Newport to Bermuda Race.  Following his commissioning, he served on BARTON (DD 722), attended submarine school, served on HARDER (SS 568), and qualified for command of submarines.  After five years of sea duty, he returned to Florida, and practiced law in St. Petersburg for 38 years.  He owned and raced a variety of MORC and PHRF boats, a J24, an MC Scow, and recently, a J70.  In 1999 Bill was navigator and a watch captain on a 45 foot sloop for a transatlantic cruise from St. Maarten to Puerto Sherry (Bay of Cadiz), Spain.  He served as Navigator on three SORC circuits in the 1980’s, and as Navigator on yachts participating in the St. Petersburg-Isla Mujeres Races of 2005, 2013 and 2014, and the 2017 St. Petersburg to Havana Race.  Since 2007 he has been active in race management and is presently (2018) a US Sailing certified Race Officer and Club Judge. 

 

Affiliations: St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Past Commodore

Military Service: US Navy 1960-1965

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