Former Yachting magazine sales rep loses cancer battle

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James Joseph Miles, who spent 16 years in advertising sales for Yachting magazine in the 1980s and ’90s, succumbed to cancer Sept. 26 at the age of 78.

Miles, “died peacefully at home in Park City, Utah, surrounded by his wife and children,” reads his online obituary.

“When it came to his career, Jim’s choices were charmed. The halls of the National Broadcasting Company in Rockefeller Center were where he met his wife, Susan. They both worked in television production, with Jim’s stint there as associate producer of concentration lasting ten years. The couple married in 1967 in Manhattan,” the tribute reads.

Skiing and sailing were his passions, and Miles immersed himself in both communities in Utah and Newport, R.I., respectively.

Among his proudest moments was becoming one of very few honorary members of the Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport for the length and depth of his volunteer service.

Miles headed the race committee for many years for the Park City Sailing Association’s Tuesday-night Laser races and he gave that group the expertise he crafted over many years in Newport and Auckland, New Zealand, where he served on the race team running the 1999-2000 America’s Cup challenger series for the New York Yacht Club.