New Mariner Nationals Champions
Congratulations to skipper Rob Seidelmann and crew John MacCausland (#4052) for winning the 2015 Mariner National Championship at Brant Beach Regatta on August 20-21! This is the first time they have won this event, and they did it with three firsts and two seconds (one third-place result was a throw-away). The second-place winners, Dan Walsh and Randy Schwartley (#2778), were only one point behind, scoring two firsts and three seconds (one second-place result was a throw-away). Frank Pelosi and Joseph Pelosi (#3599) came in third.
Congratulations also to Rima and Robyn Himelstein (#707) for scoring first in the President's Fleet, Ray Schill and Mike Lusty (#4102) for scoring second, and Robert Boetticher and crew for scoring third.
The racing was wet and wild due to high winds, and a full write-up of the Nationals will be featured in an upcoming Notice to Mariners newsletter. In the meantime, check out Brant Beach's website for the full results and many outstanding pictures.
All Three Rendezvous are Successes!
All three Rendezvous scheduled for this year have been great successes with good turnouts, decent weather, great locations and memorable experiences.
At the end of June, Nate Bayreuther and the Southeast Connecticut Mariner Fleet
hosted its Rendezvous, once again returning to Mystic Seaport for the WoodenBoat Show. Fifteen sailors in nine Mariners participated. Unlike the past two years, Mariners were anchored in the anchorage and sailors rowed to shore in dinghies instead of renting dock space. Light winds the first day required some motoring, although the sail back on the final day made up for it. A detailed account of the Mystic trip can be found here
In the middle of July, Paul Sheppard and the Lake Champlain Mariner Fleet held its first annual Rendezvous at Burton Island State Park. Fifteen sailors participated with eight Mariners. Despite pouring rain Friday night into Saturday, folks got some sailing in and a lot of socializing. The Island itself is a beautiful place with great camping facilities, and some sailors even brought tents to use during the weekend. A write-up of the event by Paul will be found in an upcoming edition of Notice to Mariners. This Rendezvous has been in the works for a couple years now - congratulations to Paul for finally getting it off the ground. Paul owns the oldest-known centerboard Mariner, #16 Chance.
In the beginning of August, President Russ Schuss organized
the official 2015 Mariner Class Association Rendezvous, held at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Thirteen sailors in nine Mariners had to motor the first day due to lack of wind, but the second and third days were great for sailing. The Museum itself was a treat to explore, and everyone enjoyed the group dinners. More about this event will also be featured in an upcoming newsletter article.
Plans are already in the works for more rendezvous events next year!
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