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Passing of the Greatest Mariner Champ in History

Nathan Bayreuther - 3/25/2018

Helmuth Meyhoefer, the greatest Mariner Champion in the history of the Mariner Class Association, passed away on March 21st at the age of 79.

"Helmie", as he was called by his friends, flew helicopters as a Marine during Vietnam and later became a Senior Captain flying for American Airlines. He eventually became a member of the Narrasketuck Mariner Fleet, winning regatta after regatta with his famous "Gold Boat", #2676. A remarkable fourteen-time National Champion (with eight second-places, as well), his record is unlikely to be matched any time in the near future.

His obituary may be found here.

Fair winds, skipper. You will be missed.

 

 


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The Mariner is a 19-foot fiberglass sloop first manufactured by George O'Day in 1963, and currently produced by Stuart Marine. Over 4,000 boats have been constructed and can be found all over the country and even internationally. The object of the Mariner Class Association, founded in 1966, is to encourage and promote the use of the Mariner as an economical daysailer, racer and cruiser; to keep the boat safe; to develop Mariner Class racing under uniform rules with Fleet regattas and an annual National Championship and to maintain the one-design features of the Mariner as originally intended by the Designer; to develop and support family sailing opportunities with regional cruising events and an annual Mariner Rendezvous.
 
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