Lincoln F. Schoenberger at the 2013 YRA Annual Meeting last December.
Left to right: Linc Schoenberger, Rich Gold, Charlie Powers, YRA President
Lincoln F. Schoenberger died at home in Shelton on May 19, 2014, after having been diagnosed with a brain tumor in January 2013. He was 65.
He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Kirsten, and his incredible children, Kate (Gordie Weissman), Max (Jenn Schoenberger), and Carina (Steven Steer). He is also survived by his greatly adored grandchildren, Malcolm and Claudia Weissman, and Bodhi Teufel.
He worked for OEM Controls, Inc., in many capacities, for over 34 years.... He was a soldier, sailor, tinkerer, production manager, carpenter, and lawyer, but mostly he loved to race sailboats and belonged to many sailing organizations and clubs, including Fayerweather Yacht Club, Cedar Point Yacht Club, Windjammers Sailing Club, Off Soundings Club, Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association, Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound, and US Sailing.
The YRALIS recognized Linc by presenting him with the Ned Anderson Achievement Award at the 2013 YRA Annual Meeting. This award is the YRA’s highest honor, recognizing outstanding service by an individual to yacht racing on Long Island Sound. The award, established in 1961 and first awarded to Briggs Cunningham, is given to nominees who are amateur sailors who sail on LIS and are members of the YRA.
If anyone deserves recognition for his lifelong contributions to the cause of furthering fair and safe competition in offshore sailing, it is Lincoln Schoenberger. His commitment to the betterment of PHRF handicap racing over the years has been notable.
Sailing since he was ten years old, Linc is best known as the skipper of a Wyliecat 30 named One Up. His on-the-water sailing accomplishments are many…but it is his commitment to the sport of sailing that is outstanding. He is a member of Cedar Point Yacht Club where he served as a Board of Governor, Fayerweather Yacht Club, Windjammers Sailing Club and Off Soundings Club. He has served as a volunteer on the race committees in countless regattas at these clubs. He is a certified IRC Measurer and US Sailing Club Race Officer. In 2003, Schoenberger became Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association’s (ECSA) Chief Handicapper and served in that capacity until 2011. During that time he was instrumental and the driving force behind the development of the web based ECSA PHRF automated handicapping application process, which remains active. He also served as the chief handicapper of the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound and is recognized nationally for serving on US Sailing’s PHRF Board. In 2011, he became the Rear Commodore of the ECSA Board of Directors. His love of sailing has been shared with young sailors as well in the Cedar Point Yacht Club Junior PHRF sailing program. He loaned One Up to the team to sail in overnight races with him aboard as a safety advisor and enjoyed helping them start their journeys.
A memorial celebration will be held on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. at the Shelton Community Center, 41 Church Street, in Shelton, CT. Lincoln’s family will begin receiving visitors at 2:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral in Bryn Athyn, PA later this summer.
In lieu of flowers, please play music.