"Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk." - Sir Francis Chichester when asked why he carried so much alcohol on his solo sail around the world.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Joe in the Tribune

We have a celebrity on the boat, below is an article that I found in The Chicago Tribune that mentions Joe's domination of the T-35 Class in the 1989 NOOD Regatta.

Visitors Dominate Sailing Regatta

June 19, 1989|By William Recktenwald.
Out-of-town sailors took top honors at the Audi-Sailing World National Offshore One Design regatta off, which concluded Saturday off Chicago`s lakeshore. The five-race series pitted nine types of identical craft in Lake Michigan.
Harry Melges III of Zenda, Wis., in Space Ranger topped the fleet of 27 J-24s with four first-place finishes and a fourth; Ralph Fisher of Hickory Hills in Night Hawk placed second with Chicago J-24 Champion Chuck Lamphere in Banana Republic third.
Twenty-four S2 7.9 boats competed for their North American championship, with Minnesotan Don Pemberton in Jayhawk the winner, followed by Canadian Paul Derrig`s Kamikaze and North Sail`s Perry Lewis of Wisconsin in Peregrine.
The regatta uses a low-point scoring system with first place getting three-quarters of a point, second place picking up two points and so on.
Lewis took two firsts, a second and a third. But in the first race, he crossed the starting line seconds early and was penalized from second to 24th place.
Tom Knorr of Wilmette won in his 33-foot Tartan-10 Meracious, followed by Chicagoan Jeff Asperger in Bombshell. Dan Darrow of Libertyville in Salacious was the winner of the J-30s. Oak Park`s John Lynch in Esprit sailed to victory in the over-40-foot class.
Al Rose`s one-ton class Saucy took top honors, and a Traverse City boat, Double Digits, was the winner among the J-35s.

Kentuckian Joe Levanowicz, sailing his new T-35 Primary Recovery, won that class.
In Hobie 33s, Ron Nolan of Kansas in Johnathan Swift tied with Holy Toledo, an Ohio boat.
A total of 93 craft sailed in a variety of weather conditions during the regatta, which began Thursday and was sponsored by the Chicago Yacht Club.