Good Jibes #73: Milly Biller on Lifelong 110 Sailing
Welcome back to Good Jibes! This week’s host, Ross Tibbits, is joined by Milly Biller to chat about sailing on International 110s since childhood.
Milly is the port captain of the Inverness Yacht Club and has been sailing for 65 years. Hear her stories from growing up with sailing parents, and about her passion behind the 110, crafting her woodworking and boat-making skills, sailing with butterflies, and how to always be there for fellow sailors.
This episode covers everything from 110s to woodworking. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear:
- What brought Milly to sail on Tomales Bay?
- How often did her parents sail?
- When did she buy her dad’s 110?
- What is the 110?
- How big is the fleet?
- What mentors were prominent in Milly’s life?
- How did she end up living in some of the world’s most exotic cities?
- Short Tacks: What is the R2AK race?
Learn more about the Inverness Yacht Club at https://www.invernessyachtclub.com/.
Check out the episode and show notes below for much more detail.
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A couple years ago,I was driving past Inverness Yacht Club and since the gate to the Club’s dry storage yard was open, I thought I’d check the place out. As I was sauntering around looking at the dry stored sailboats —
many 110s — a very friendly lady introducing herself as Milly and offered to show me around the Club.
We chatted about our sailing histories and, curiously, we found that we had a particularly famous yacht in the 1950s and 60s in our early sailing lives: The beautiful 66-ft ketch NamSang. I’d raced on her in my first long ocean race, the 1956 San Diego to Acapulco Race. It seems that at some time during those years Milly had been hired to paint or varnish NamSang’s mast (She had been reconfigured to a sloop in 1957. She won overall the1957
I wasn’t aboard her in that race , which was my first TransPac Race. I crewed on Squall, a Kettenberg 47-ft PCC sloop.)
I truly enjoyed meeting Milly, a most friendly and pleasant lady.
La Diana, Contessa-35
What a cool story, Fred. Thanks for sharing.