At the Stone Mountain Games last autumn, the Clan MacRae Society of North America had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with a young man of MacRae ancestry, one Carmine Russo, who entered and won the Clan Challenge competition on behalf of Clan MacRae.
The Clan Challenge is for amateurs, but in early November, Carmine abandoned his amateur status to compete in the games in Tampa, FL, where he won five of seven events and finished first overall.
Carmine comes by his athletic skills honestly his great grandfather was Andrew Rae of Barhead, Scotland. A semiprofessional soccer player, Andrew moved to Buffalo, N.Y. in the 1920s. Carmines mother, Christine Russo, told Sgurr Uaran (the North America Society Newsletter) that Carmine has put his athletic career on hold for the moment: His dream to sail the open seas is coming true. He applied and has been hired as crew on the tall ship Bounty. The ship was built for the 1960 movie Mutiny on the Bounty and more recently featured in Pirates of the Caribbean. Carmine was down partying in St. Pete with my brothers and came across it. Applied and shows up for work Monday, the 10th of March. They sail around the United States leaving April 6th. End up in Tacoma, Washington in September for a month for repairs and maintenance, then head across the open ocean. Tahiti, Australia, Africa, Spain, Ireland. He is hoping to be in port in Ireland long enough to scoot over to Scotland.
We hope to hear more from Carmine in future.