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WJM Report

Racing wrapped up Sunday at the Rochester Yacht Club for the Women’s, Junior, and Master Lightning North American Championships at the Rochester Yacht Club. The Masters fleet ended the series with 4 total races, while both the Women’s and the Juniors finshed theirs with 5. Two races were sailed on Friday for each championship in medium to heavy wind before storms rolled into the area for the afternoon. Saturday not a single race was ran despite the race committee’s best efforts due to a combination of unsettled breeze and more thunderstorms. On Sunday, however, the weather cooperated to allow for races 3, 4, and 5 for the Women and the Juniors, and races 3 and 4 for the masters.

Debbie Probst sailed an impressive regatta with Monica Jones and Mikayla Ward, winning the Women’s Championship by 7 points. Probst won four of the five races sailed, only letting once race slip by her thanks to a keelhauled spinnaker sheet. The Women’s Championship also had the event’s youngest skipper, Sabrina Starck (10), and the event’s youngest competitor, Jamie Starck (8).

The Junior fleet was won decisively by Doug Wake and crew Noah Bartlet and Meredith Ryan who took first place in all five races. He was followed by Ben Folds, Joe Tomzcak and Jake Folds from the Buffalo Canoe Club with 14 points and Robbie Robinson, Gunnar Grenauer and Maggie MacDonald, also from the Buffalo Canoe Club, with 16 points overall. In the Masters division, local sailor Mark Sertl and his wife Cory and daughter Katja took first place finishing the event with two firsts and two seconds. Marvin Beckmann, Steve Harris and Monica Morgan finished second and David Peck with his wife Nina and son Dave finished third just one point behind Beckmann. The fifth place Masters finisher, Tom Allen also sailed with two family members, his mother Anne and daughter Shelby.

Thank you to the Rochester Yacht Club for putting on a wonderful event and the race committee for getting races off in trying conditions. Congratulations to all the competitors!

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Jumping into Juniors

There are not many things that compare to the feeling of sailing in a World Championships with 19 other boats who are just as excited as you are—especially in a place as beautiful as Salinas, Ecuador. Last week the 2016 Lightning Youth Worlds wrapped up with a decisive victory from Team Rondina of Brazil, and two points separating 2nd through 4th place. With the Worlds over with, some of these teams like Team Wake have now set their sights on the Samson 2016 Junior North American Championships. Doug Wake and his crew Noah Bartlet and Meredith Ryan finished 7th in Salinas, and now they’re ready to take on Rochester.

Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 8.10.07 PMFirst off, how was your experience at the Youth Worlds? What was your favorite part of the event?

“Sailing the Worlds was absolutely awesome. Salinas Yacht Club and the sailing conditions were better than I could’ve asked for. We had consistent breeze all week. Also, the did a great job and had the most evenly matched fleet of Lightnings I have ever seen. My favorite part was seeing the international teams warm up to each other. By the end of the event, the camaraderie was incredible.”

Seventh place is a great finish in that type of a fleet. How are you feeling going into the Junior NAs? Are there things you did in Ecuador you can improve upon?

“I’m sailing the Juniors with the same team I sailed the Worlds with, so I guess the best term is cautiously confident. I know that my team has improved by leaps and bounds throughout the year, and we have consistently been able to beat most boats that will be at juniors, but there are a lot of other talented sailors who will be right in it. Rob Robinson, Ben Folds, Carter Cameron… I think that with the small fleet, our greatest weakness, starting, will be better. I also grew quite a bit tactically in Ecuador, so I am more confident in fleet management. We are fast, so tactics are the last piece of the puzzle. Hopefully this will be simplified in the smaller fleet.”Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 8.13.57 PM

So with the smaller fleet, how do you think there can be the same camaraderie as the Worlds fleet?

“I think that a lot of that camaraderie is already there. The majority of us have known and been sailing against each other for years, so there is already a bond. The sad thing about the NAs is that there isn’t the “we are on some crazy vacation and let’s have so much fun” vibe. More people are there to compete. Also at the worlds, all the competitors were at one hotel, so that helped. I think that the organized events— amusement park, volleyball—will be helpful in making sure the teams are close to each other. Once the teams are actually together, everyone will pick up where they left off.”

Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 8.13.27 PMSounds like you’re head of the social committee, then! One final question for you, Doug. Do you see a difference sailing in the Lightning Class versus other classes you’ve competed in?

“Definitely. I haven’t had a vast experiences in too many classes but here is what I know. In the Club 420 class, it is all kids. In theory, everyone should be hanging out, kicking back, and enjoying themselves and all the other young people. That isn’t how it works. Teams cling to their members and coaches, staying away from sailors in other areas. In the Lightning Class, sailors all become friends with each other, no matter where they are from. The fleet is generally a lot closer. The other difference I see in the Lightning from other classes is that the interaction between adults and junior sailors is significantly better in the ILCA. The future of the class is bright, and I believe that older members genuinely care about getting young sailors both sailing and up to speed. It is rare to see a junior team on land without an experienced Lightning sailor helping them figure out how to tune, what to do better on the race course… This is very important for the class and something we are doing very well.”

We can’t wait to see how Team Wake and the rest of the Junior boat do at the Junior North American Championships! Best of luck to all our Junior competitors, and most of all, don’t forget to have fun!

Still looking for crew? Wanting to crew and don’t have a boat? Sign up at the logistics board!

For more information, please visit the regatta websites.

WJMs: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/11588

NAs: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/11560#_home 

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Gearing up with Greg

With just over two weeks before we kick off the 2016 Samson Lightning North American Championships, we caught up with Greg Fisher who is gearing up for another great event. Greg has had some good luck at the Rochester Yacht Club in the past, including one Lightning North American Championship, one J/22 North American Championship, and one J/22 World Championship—and that’s just at RYC.

“I’m sure as always it’ll be a tough group,” Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 9.07.39 PMGreg said about the competition at this year’s NA’s.
“Most of the good guys are all going to be there, it’ll bring a lot of talent out as it always does. I think no matter what happens sailing wise, its going to be a lot of fun.”

Although Greg hasn’t had as much tiller time as he’d like this summer, he’s had some fun sailing in local events with his 11 year old daughter, Addie. For the North Americans, he’ll be getting his old crew back together with his wife Jo Ann Fisher and Zeke Horowitz. “I’m excited to sail a fun event with Jo Ann and Zeke, that to me is what it’s all about,” he mentioned before joking,”I’m worried about being the rusty one!” Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 9.01.18 PMDespite his time off the water, Greg still tied for first place at the Atlantic Coast Championships July 16th-17th.

When asked what he’s looking forward to the most for the North Americans, Greg kept circling back to one thing—camaraderie. “I’m looking forward to sailing and catching up with old buddies.” It’s not only the camaraderie of the Lightning Class he’s excited about, but also the opportunity to socialize with members of the club, something he thinks is important at an event like this.

Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 9.53.36 PMGreg also had some great advice for teams who might be nervous about the upcoming regatta. “It’s easy to set your expectations too high and it’s easy to be disappointed. Don’t set the expectations too high and take the fun out of it, its really important to keep it all in perspective and enjoy the sailing the best you can.”

“The Rochester Yacht Club runs superb regattas,” Greg said, “the sailing there is great, and one thing thats always consistent is that the people there made you feel like you belong. It’s an easy place to sail in and out of and I know we’ll have a great time because they really open the club up for us and make you feel welcome.”

The Rochester Yacht Club is looking forward to welcoming Greg and the rest of the Lightning Class soon! The RYC charm will be sure to bring some fun, and maybe some luck for Team Fisher, too!

Still looking for crew? Wanting to crew and don’t have a boat? Sign up at the logistics board!

For more information, please visit the regatta websites.

WJMs: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/11588

NAs: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/11560#_home 

 

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“Who Run the World? Girls!”

Maybe it’s a stretch, but I’m willing to bet Beyonce took a cue from the International Lightning Class when she wrote the hit song, “Run the World (Girls).”  The Lightning Class has been a huge supporter of women sailing, with the first Women’s North American Championships held in 1978. Each year more and more women and girls have the chance to sail in a competitive class and have fun! At this rate, it seems that it will be the girls who run the Lightning Class world pretty soon.

DSCF0419Take Erin Gregory Jordan, for example. Erin grew up sailing at the Buffalo Canoe Club and got into Lighting Sailing at a young age. “My first Lightning regatta was the Lake Erie Districts with Tom Allen Sr. when I was 16,” she recalled fondly. “I was just getting into racing and was trying to get out onto any boat I could. The Lighting was such a fun boat and the group of people who race are so amazing that I was totally hooked!” For  years, Erin has crewed at various events, most notably with the class legend, “Fast” Eddie Roseberry.

Erin just bought Lightning 15279 this spring and will be steering in the Women’s NAs. “I finally bought the boat because my husband Shawn wanted me to have a toy and he knows how much I love racing in the Lightning,” she said. “I’m really excited to race the Women’s NAs because again, the fleet of people who will race are amazing, and its my first chance to get out for a big regatta in my back yard! I’ll also be racing with a family member and one of my oldest friends, so it’ll be a blast.”DSCF0423

Screenshot 2016-07-14 20.11.40We’re excited to have Erin coming out for the Women’s, as well as one of last year’s Women’s Champions, Sabrina Starck. In 2015, Sabrina and her mother Jody Starck crewed for Meghan Dieball in Tawas Bay, beating out Sarah Somes from Detroit by one point. This summer Sabrina, age 10, is ready to skipper her own boat. When asked if she thought she’d win the event Sabrina said, “I don’t know, I’m just excited to go and sail.” She is positive, however, that her boat will have the most fun of all the boats on the water. While her crew isn’t finalized yet, she’s looking forward to sailing at the Rochester Yacht Club, saying, “I’m thankful that RYC is hosting the event and working hard for us to sail.”

It’s shaping up to be a competitive Women’s NAs this summer. In addition to Sabrina and Erin we’ll have an appearance from past class president, Debbie Probst as well! Wishing luck to all the Lightning ladies, you run the world!

Still looking for crew? Wanting to crew and don’t have a boat? Sign up at the logistics board!

For more information, please visit the regatta websites.

WJMs: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/11588

NAs: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/11560#_home 

 

 

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It’s Alive!! Fleet 52 Making a Comeback

For those Lightning sailors who have been members of the class for a long time, you’ve seen the rise and decline of fleets in various areas, but in one area in particular, the Lightning is making a comeback. Fleet 52 at the Rochester Yacht Club in the Central New York District is seeing a revival with some fun, young sailors! According to John Newell, a recent Lightning owner and Fleet 52 member, Lightning sailing in Rochester is gaining momentum.

Screenshot 2016-07-05 10.50.59“Fleet 52 at Rochester YC was an active Fleet back in the 1940s but died out at some point.  With several active RYC members owning Lightnings and the upcoming NAs, the fleet was re-activated this spring,” John says. Rochester has some long time Lightning sailors like Bob and Sarah King and Cory and Mark Sertl that have helped keep the class visible in the Rochester area. They were joined by John who purchased 15395 in the spring of 2015 and Jimmy Barnash, reigning World Champion, who purchased 15083 in the fall of 2015.

“There’s definitely been a buzz around RYC with the upcoming NAs, and many juniors and older sailors alike have gotten involved in the fleet racing. Several other members with older boats that have sat in storage for years are currently working to get their boats out.  There are also a couple more boats that have joined the fleet, including Liam Faudre and Danny Lawless.  We’re sharing a course with the Sonars and J24s on Tuesday nights , and are trying to set up some weekend practice events/mini regattas.”
Last week they had four boats out with 8 people 30 years old or younger! There is a lot of talent in their group as well, John says, “after three races, 1 point separated 1st through 4th.” Fleet 52 has been represented at the Central NY district regattas as well of the Long John Regatta, Pymatuning, and the Lake Erie Districts.
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John got into Lightning sailing in the early 2000s and has crewed at various events over the years. He credits folks like the Healys, Dick Halligan, and Dan Pope for getting him into the class and helping him as a Junior. “I crewed a few regattas here and there, and then was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to skipper in the 2004 Junior NAs at the BCC. We got even luckier and somehow managed to win that regatta so that certainly got me interested in sticking with the Lightning.  I was also able to put a team together for the 2005 Juniors in Milwaukee, once again getting a lot of help from members of the class to make that happen.  I took quite a few years off from Lightning sailing after that with college, work, and other sailing endeavors, but always intended to get back into the class.”
Screenshot 2016-07-05 10.42.23.png“In hindsight, I really wish I had tried to take advantage of the Lightning Boat Grant Program.  Once I finally had some money and, most importantly, a wife that was interested in racing, I could justify buying a boat.  For me some of the biggest  influences to buy a Lightning were the fact that I can race it competitively with my wife, the high level of competition in the class, and all of the great people in the class that really make going to any event a pleasure.”

The Lightning Class sure has some great people, and we’re so happy to have John back racing with us! There is nothing better than seeing families and people of all generations excited about Lightning sailing, and we’re psyched to see such great Rochester talent coming into our class. Thanks, John for sharing with us!

Still looking for crew? Wanting to crew and don’t have a boat? Sign up at the logistics board!

For more information, please visit the regatta websites.

WJMs: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/11588

NAs: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/11560#_home 

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Huge Thank You to our Title Sponsors, Samson!

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If you haven’t heard the news, we have a fantastic title sponsor for the 2016 North Americans, Samson: The Strongest Name in Rope! The International Lightning Class would like to thank Samson Rope Technologies for stepping up their support of the North American Championship! See the press release below.

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Samson-Title-Sponsor-of-2016-Lightning-North-American-Championships–Aug-10-19—Rochester-Yacht-Club–Rochester-NY.html?soid=1102397697077&aid=U4-S0vbwXKE

Still looking for crew? Wanting to crew and don’t have a boat? Sign up at the logistics board!

For more information, please visit the regatta websites.

WJMs: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/11588

NAs: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/11560#_home 

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Cory’s Corner: See What the Regatta Chair has to Say!

Still having a hard time deciding whether or not to sail the 2016 Samson Lightning North American Championships? Well take a minute and see what Cory Sertl, Regatta Chair and Lighting sailor extraordinaire, has to say about the event! She’s excited, and you should be too!!

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How is RYC maintaining their commitment to running great regattas with this year’s Lightning NAs?

“The club is set up well to run regattas both ashore and on the water. RYC loves having regattas! Hank Stuart our Principal Race Officer has assembled an awesome team to provide top notch race committee for the event.  It is always a pleasure to race on Hank’s race course—he keeps you informed and entertained on the radio!”

What are some of the reasons to attend the event?

“First of all the sailing is typically great mid-August. The race course is a quick sail out the Genesee River into the clean fresh waters of Lake Ontario.  You don’t get much boat traffic/motor boat wakes like you can in other venues. 

Rochester Yacht Club LogoOn shore the club is very welcoming with a great deck off the Burgee Bar to relax, a pool/snackbar, and dining options.  The whole family is welcome to enjoy the facility–guests cards will be ready for you when you arrive.

We will have free beer after racing each day and scheduled debriefs from race winners and class notables. “

Is there something that you’re most excited for about the NAs?

“Getting so many of our members excited about Lightning sailing. Fleet #52 is re-activated! We are excited about the variety of ages we have excited about Lightning sailing as well.” 

What is your goal for the event as a whole as Regatta Chair?

“A fun relaxed atmosphere with good sailing conditions, fun racing and good comraderie of sailors after sailing.”

What would you say to someone who is still deciding whether or not to come to the NAs?

” Once you get here we will take great care of you.  There are many hotel options, staying on a boat in the basin, motorhomes at Shumway Marine next door and members who have offered beds in their homes.”

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