Congratulations to Chapman Petersen, 11, who is one of 15 sailors selected as Team USA to compete at the XXVI International Vila de Palamos Optimist Trophy 10th Nations Cup Regatta, February 12-15, in Palamos, Catalonia, Spain. This is Chapman’s first international regatta.
The event is organized by the Club de Vela Palamos, Club Nautic Costa Brava, Real Federacion Espanola de Vela, and Federacio Catalana de Vela. Last year it attracted 377 Opti sailors. As of mid-January 2015 the registration had passed the 480 mark and included boats from 18 countries. The regatta venue is at Palamos Beach near the Club de Vela Palamos on the Costa Brava.
The US Optimist Dinghy Association announced the names of the Team USA sailors after they had qualified at the Opti Midwinter Championship at Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans. The team will be accompanied by two coaches.
Chapman Petersen had an outstanding 2014 season on Geneva Lake. He won the Opti Series A Championship for the Robert J. Porter Memorial Trophy, the Opti Series B Championship, the Aunty Jo Perpetual Trophy, and the Mike and Mark Childers Trophy as crew for Harry Melges IV, winner of the Class X Series A Championship. At the Geneva Lake Sailing School, the director and coaches named Chapman Optimist Skipper of the Year and awarded him the Michael H. Sherin Trophy for the second year in a row.
Brian Porter secured the Melges 24 National Championship by winning the 7th race and didn’t need to start the 8th and final race. An eighth place finish in race 7 by Bora Gulari guaranteed a victory for Porter. Porter was joined by Andy Burdick, Sam Rogers and Matt Woodworth. To read the full story, CLICK HERE.
Brian Porter wasn’t the only LGYC member to take the trip to the Sunshine State. Also competing at Davis Island Yacht Club were Steve Boho and Frank Davenport, finishing 9th and 27th respectively.
For some great photos from Joy Dunigan, CLICK HERE
Malcolm Lamphere, sailing for Yale, finished fourth last weekend in Bellingham Washington. Matthew Ripkey, also from Lake Geneva, sailing for University of Wisconsin Madison, finished 15th. You can find all the results HERE. You can also read about it in the latest edition of Scowlines, November 13th, 2014.
Over the last week the LGYC clubhouse and sailing school came down, which we felt was a big milestone for the Lake Geneva Yacht Club, but I have to say Harry Melges IV winning the E scow Blue Chip was the person who really brought the house down. Six wins out of six races is a rare feat considering the level of competition in Pewaukee this last weekend. Not only did we have the usual suspects going bow to stern in 20+ winds, the 2013 Americas Cup skipper, Jimmy Spithill grabbed a tiller to compete, taking an eighth. Harry’s accomplishment was impressive, but taking into account he was followed up by Vincent Porter in second and Brian Porter, 2013 Rolex Yachtsman of the year, taking third, it was unreal.
Below you will find links to the results & cool videos:
As the “2014 Big Inland” came to an end, Vincent Porter took the first two vowels, A & E. The E Class came down to an uncle nephew battle with the elder grabbing a tie for total points, but coming up short on firsts. Vincent with his crew Clifford Porter, Coye Harrett, and Alisa Freytag, powered on taking two firsts.
Monroe Melges celebrated her birthday a bit early this year when she won the Melges 17 National Championship held at Gull Lake Country Club on Gull Lake, Michigan, August 8-10. She will be ten at the end of the month. Monroe set the pace at the regatta by winning races one and two in Zenda Express then followed up with 3-3-(8)-5-1-1-1 finishes for 16 points, three points ahead of Tom Munroe of Muskegon, Michigan, Melges 17 Western Lake Michigan Yachting Association champion. In third overall was Sean Fidler of Royal Oak, Michigan, with 20 points. Seventeen boats competed in winds that ranged from about 2mph to 12.
Harry Melges III crewed for his daughter. He was also top crew in 2013 when he raced with his son Harry IV at the Melges 17 National Championship on Geneva Lake.
This summer, Monroe Melges was a student in the Reachers Class at Geneva Lake Sailing School and competed in a number of different boats during that program. She also sailed in an O’pen Bic and crewed on E and C scows and in Class X. She gave the Melges 17 a try after last year’s Inlands and loved it. The 2014 National Championship, however, was the first time she raced one as skipper.
Monroe will be a fifth-grader at Fontana Elementary School this fall and plans to campaign an X-boat next season with her cousin Mya Burdick.