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Thomas Fleming Day (1861-1927)

Promoting Offshore Sailing. Thomas Fleming Day (1861-1927) came to the U.S. as a boy and became an avid boatsman. He established The Rudder as the first boating magazine in the U.S. in 1890, serving as editor until 1916.

Day believed in and lived by the values of self-reliance and competence learned by sailing away from the land. To promote offshore sailing, he established the Bermuda Race in 1906; designed and built the 25-foot Seabird and sailed her across the Atlantic in 1911; and took the 35-foot powerboat Detroit from New York to Russia in 1912. Day’s spirit of skilled amateur seafaring was carried on by the founders of the Cruising Club of America.