Carleton Mitchell

The Baltimore Sun

Carleton Mitchell, a three-time winner of the Newport-to-Bermuda sailing cup, died of heart disease July 16 at his Key Biscayne, Fla., home. The former Annapolis resident was 96.

He sailed his boat, the 39-foot yawl Finisterre, in the 635-mile race and won Bermuda Cup trophies in 1956, 1958 and 1960.

"A man of means who could afford to get his exercise from coupon clipping, he likes nothing better than to pit his frail sailboat against a heaving sea," said a 1956 Evening Sun article.

Born in Louisiana, he learned to sail on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans. He left college in his third year at Miami University of Ohio and signed up with a sailing crew.

He also wrote on sailing, and his stories appeared in National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Boating and Yachting magazines.

He served as a Navy photographer during World War II.

He wrote Islands to Windward in 1948 and Passage East in 1953.

In 1939, he married Elizabeth "Zibby" Myers, an Annapolis philanthropist for whom an art gallery at St. John's College is named. They resided for many years at an estate, Sharps Point, before moving to Florida. She died in 1993.

In 2001, the Annapolis Maritime Advisory Board established a Maritime Hall of Fame and inducted Mr. Mitchell.

He later married Ruth Haerdi, who survives him.

Services are private.

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