Posted by Victoria S Dennis on February 28, 2008 at 18:10:
In Reply to: The Bridge posted by T on February 28, 2008 at 16:36:
: Does anyone know the origin of the phrase "The Bridge" as it relates to the management of a yacht club? It is commonly used to describe the group made up by the Commodore, Vice or Rear Commodore, Secretary and Treasurer. Clearly, there must be some connection to the "bridge of a ship," but I have not been able to find it listed anywhere.
The bridge of a ship is the source of all command and control of the vessel. Orders come "from the bridge" and personnel all over the ship report "to the bridge". That, presumably, is the metaphor. (VSD)