Chapman Petersen takes 20th of 119 in Qatar

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 honored

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.

Chapman Petersen Headed To Qatar

Chapman Petersen Headed To Qatar

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.

Melges Wins U.S. National Championship Title In Macatawa Bay

Melges Wins U.S. National Championship Title In Macatawa Bay

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31 May 2015

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

Vincent Porter – Edmund Pillsbury Memorial Cup

Vincent Porter – Edmund Pillsbury Memorial Cup

Vincent Porter Pillsbury 2015Congratulations 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.

Chapman Petersen Enjoyed His Time In Spain


Photo – Team USA Palamos

Chapman Petersen had a good time in Spain. A member of Opti Class Team USA, selected in January at Southern YC, he competed in the XXVI International Vila de Palamos Optimist Trophy 10th Nations Cup Regatta, February 12-15, at the Club de Vela Palamos on Spain’s Costa Brava. 

The event attracted 544 boats (a Palamos record) from 22 countries and is the biggest youth sailing event in Spain. Chapman, who is 11, finished in 170th place. It was his first look at the Mediterranean and his first international event. And it gave him a chance to use his Spanish, which he is studying in school.

Overall winner was Germany’s Deike Bornemann, 14, from Seglerverein Weener e.V. (she finished fourth at last year’s event), followed by Spain’s Jaime Benthem Muniz and Great Britain’s Julia Mellers from Colchester YC.

Winds were a big mix, ranging from very light to what in Spain is called a Garbi–about Beaufort scale Force 5 and much loved by the Windsurfer crowd. Class C sailor Jim Petersen, who accompanied his son to Palamos, estimated that swells in one race were about four to five feet. Team USA coaches were Robby Bisi and Marek Valasek.
The sailors raced in flights and were scored individually, not in age groups. Chapman’s flight had 135 boats in it, and his best finish was in the finale, a 14th place in light conditions.
“I liked getting my best race last,” Chapman said, “a 14th when I passed ten boats in the last beat.” He was not sailing his own boat in this regatta, but he did use his own sail, boom, mainsheet, and tiller extension.

Jim Petersen found the regatta interesting though it was difficult when he was on the water to spot Chapman’s USA 17358 sail in such a massive fleet. He said that the beach-launching aspect of the property allowed the sailors to get their boats in the water almost simultaneously—no crowded ramps—“but did provide a workout to pull the dollies through the sand a pretty considerable distance.”

The sailors enjoyed the social side of the regatta, and parties for the participants were held mainly under a tent. “I had fun playing beach soccer with kids from Switzerland and Germany and found many new friends,” said Chapman. “It was fun to exchange gear and mementos with kids from other countries at the end of the regatta.”

On the home front in both 2013 and 2014, Chapman won LGYC’s Robert J. Porter Memorial Trophy for the Optimist Series A title and the Optimist Series B Championship. He also received the Michael H. Sherin Trophy as Optimist Skipper of the Year at the Geneva Lake Sailing School. In 2015, he plans to compete in Miami in the Opti Spring Fling Regatta and the US National Team Trials.

To see the complete results of the Palamos Regatta and photos of hundreds of boats on the beach and rounding marks (to cool background music like Fifteen Minutes of Fame), click here.

Photo - Team USA Palamos

Photo – Team USA Palamos