NORFOLK, Va. – After some exceptionally close and competitive racing, sophomore Malcolm Lamphere took home the Glen S. Foster Trophy for placing first at the ICSA Men’s Singlehanded National Championship. Junior Mitchell Kiss and freshman Nic Baird also had outstanding performances, placing fifth and seventh, respectively.
The weekend started slowly. On Saturday, marginal breeze postponed racing for most of the day, and only three races were completed in a light 3-6 knot breeze. At this point, Baird sat in first, Lamphere sat in second and Kiss in fourth.
Sunday’s wind conditions were much better than Saturday’s: a 15-knot northeasterly predominated for most of the day. These conditions were perfect for Lamphere, who spent all summer training in the Laser and is of an optimal body type for strong breeze. He climbed to the top throughout the day with extremely consistent finishes. He placed outside of the top 10 in only one race on Sunday.
In the end, Lamphere won the event with a three-point lead over Harvard’s Juan Perdomo. Point totals were very close until the very end.
Baird and Kiss also had great weekends. They were both very much contenders for the Foster Trophy and added to the high level of competition of the event – they both found themselves in the top three multiple times this weekend.
Next weekend the Bulldogs will return to Old Dominion University for the Atlantic Coast Championships, which acts as the doublehanded championship for the fall season.
Chapman Petersen finished in 20th place overall in a 119-boat fleet (representing 17 countries) at the 2015 Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships, held in Doha, Qatar, October 23-31. He was the top US sailor.
Jane Pegel received a Leader in Education Award, May 16, from the Geneva Lake Branch of the American Association of University Women. The award honors women who have demonstrated vision, inspiration, and made an outstanding contribution to their community. The AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
At the presentation, Jane was praised as “a shining example of success in athletics and educational leadership.”
“During the decades that she raced, she inspired her fellow sailor – girls and boys, men and women – with her expertise and her intellectual approach to equipment, preparation and practice, attention to detail, and analysis of weather conditions.”
Jane Pegel was praised for her ongoing responsibilities at the Yacht Club as chief judge, for her race committee work, for her local and national sailing achievements, and for her years as instructor, director, board member, and president of the Geneva Lake Sailing School.
“She shared her expertise both in the classroom and on the lake with a generation of sailors, stressing teamwork, sportsmanship, and safety, and introducing many of them to what would become their lifetime sport.”
As part of the Leader in Education Award, the Lake Geneva Branch has made a donation in Jane’s name to the AAUW Education Fund. The chapter’s activities include the sponsorship of scholarships for area middle school girls to Camp Badger, a science, technology, and engineering camp at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Congratulations to Chapman Petersen, one of six sailors who will represent the United States at the 2015 International Optimist Dinghy Association Asian Championship, October 23 – 31, in Doha, Qatar, on the Persian Gulf. Chapman is a member of the Opti 2015 – 2016 U. S. Development Team, which with the U. S. Optimist National Team exists to improve the level of Optimist sailing in this country by providing high-level training and coaching to top Opti sailors who compete internationally.
Macatawa Bay, MI — Congratulations to Harry Melges IV and team mate Vincent Porter on White Heat as they are the 2015 Melges 17 U.S. National Champions. With only four races completed — two on Friday and, an additional two on Saturday amidst some rain, fog and light breezes, Melges IV came from behind to take the top overall position putting him 3 points ahead of Sean Fidler on Ludicrous Speed. Early event leader Rob Terry on Thrillseeker was third on count back.
The story of the day on Saturday was Melges’ younger sibling, his sister and defending Melges 17 U.S. National Champion Monroe (sailing with her father Harry Melges III) on Teal. Her double bullet day took her from fourteenth to fourth overall.
R.J. Porter on Full Throttle had a great Race Three to follow Monroe across the finish line for second, just ahead of Fidler.
Race Four in particular was fantastic as it featured an all-star, top-three-youth sailor finish — Monroe Melges, Harry Melges IV and Kyle Navin on 5-Star finishing first, second and third respectively.
Unfortunately no racing took place on Sunday, so Saturday’s results stand as final.
TOP TEN RESULTS (FINAL – After Four Races) 1.) Harry Melges IV, White Heat; 6-1-4-2 = 13 2.) Sean Fidler, Ludicrous Speed; 1-6-3-6 = 16 3.) Rob Terry, Thrillseeker; 3-2-7-4 = 16 4.) Monroe Melges, Teal; 9-13-1-1 = 24 5.) Tom Munroe, USA-11; 2-5-9-9 = 25 6.) Kyle Navin, 5-Star; 14-4-6-3 = 27 7.) Pablo Gallyas, Gallyas Marine; 7-11-8-8 = 34 8.) Chad Coberly, USA-3; 5-8-11-14 = 38 9.) Casey Call, USA-71; 8-7-12-12 = 39 10.) R.J. Porter, Full Throttle; 11-14-2-13 = 40
Congratulations to Vincent Porter, pictured here accepting the 2014 Edmund Pillsbury Memorial Cup from Inland Lake Yachting Association Commodore Peter A. Friend at the March ILYA Board Meeting. The Cup, established in 1952 by Mr. and Mrs. John S. Pillsbury and their family, recognizes the outstanding skipper at each summer’s Inland Lake Sailing Association Annual Regatta. In 2014 last August at Oshkosh, Vincent Porter was certainly outstanding as he took first overall in two classes: in Class A, sailing Ryan Fitzgerald’s Eagle; and in Class E, in a down-to-the-wire win in his Wide Open, to tie in points with his uncle Brian Porter, runnerup in Full Throttle. Vincent also won the Pillsbury Cup in 2012 (Class E), and he shared the award in 1998 (Class X) with his father John (Class A) and Brian (Class E).
Lake Geneva skippers received the first three Pillsbury Cups (1952, 1953, 1954), and Vincent’s 2014 selection marks the 18th time LGYC skippers have been so honored by the ILYA.
LGYC recipients: 1952, William H. Freytag Jr., Class C; 1953, Jane Wiswell, Class C; 1954, Jim Lund, Class D; 1956, Buddy Melges, Class E; 1957, Harry Melges Sr., Class A; 1965, Buddy Melges, Class E; 1974, Henry Bossett, Class M; 1984, John Porter, Class A; 1985, Harry Melges III, Classes E and C; 1986, Harry Melges III, Class E; 1988, Harry Melges III, Classes E and C; 1990, Jane Pegel, Class M; 1991, Brian Porter, Class E; 1996, Iggy Labanauskas, Classes IOD and X; 1998, John, Brian, Vincent Porter, Classes A, E, X; 2010, Buddy Melges, Class A; 2012, Vincent Porter, Class E; 2014, Vincent Porter, Classes A and E.