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Zephyr gets a new skipper

Carl on Zephyr V2.0

Carl checks out Zephyr before the NAs

Carl Sherter owner of Fat City arrived in New Orleans for the North Americans early to check out the competition. I wonder if Dave Erwin knows that Carl is taking Zephyr out for a test ride?

2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl J/30 National Championship
October 18-21

At 6:00am on Monday morning, Dan Mather and his crew departed from Oswego, NY and started a 1300+ mile journey to New Orleans. On the same day, Russ Atkinson set his GPS to guide him to New Orleans from Rockwood, MI – another 1041 mile trip. So what is the occasion? Both are trailoring 30 foot sailboats to race in the 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl J/30 National Championship hosted by New Orleans Yacht Club on October 19-21.According to Barton Jahncke, Olympic Gold Medal winner and multiple Sugar Bowl Trophy winner, “The Sugar Bowl Regatta Series is recognized as one of the premier national yachting events in the United States. It gives sailors or all ages, from the Optimist class through high school and intercollegiate levels and beyond, the opportunity to learn how to compete at a very high level.”This year’s J/30 National Championship is the 32nd in the history of the sailing class. Two teams, Zephyr (New Orleans) and BeBop (Annapolis) share the record of number of wins at 5 each. US Olympic Boatwright Donnie Brennan with son Andrew will be sailing with the Zephyr crew this year. Two J/30s will be skippered by women, Debbie Grimm aboard Hot Chocolate and Laura Webb sailing Black Magic.

The J/30 is a family friendly sloop, which can be raced or cruised and is an ocean bearing boat with a six and a half foot draft.

Many think of New Orleans as a French Quarter venue with a lot of historic value. We have another jewel
in town, it is Lake Pontchartrain. “Sailing is more than a sport”, according to the event’s key note speaker, Nicholas Hayes, author of award winning book “Saving Sailing”. It is a life choice. Today, there are about 2000 New Orleanians participating in sailing on the lake today – enough to attract National and International sailing events to the city. “With shifty winds and obstruction clear
waters, our sailing venue is one of the best in the nation,” according to David Erwin, Allstate Sugar Bowl Regatta Chairman.

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