Your SCSN Editor had many joyful years of personal life sailing experiences with Linda and her husband Mike for 20+ years starting in the late 70’s. Special people.
Here is an article from thelog.com that is a nice representation of what Linda was all about:
LONG BEACH — Hundreds of women have raced in the Linda Elias Memorial Women’s One-Design Challenge regatta at Long Beach since it was renamed for the special lady way back in 2003 — and the event just celebrated its 20th anniversary Oct. 22-23 (see the related racing story). Perhaps some of the younger competitors may wonder now: Who was Linda Elias?