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,” Greg 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!” Despite 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.
Greg 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!
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