New Executive Board for 2016-2018
There are some new faces on the Executive Board of the Mariner Class Association! The slate for 2016-2018 is:
President: Eric Lesniak (past VP Communications)
VP Communications: Joyce Bartlett (new)
VP Membership: Dan Meaney (new)
Treasurer/Secretary: Brad Friedman (new)
Newsletter Editor: Bill Eggers (continuing)
Webmaster: Nate Bayreuther (continuing)
Special thanks to our outgoing President, Russ Schuss; VP Membership, Tim Reiche; and Treasurer/Secretary Bill D'Autrechy for all the work they have done!
Dan Walsh Wins the 2016 Nationals!
Congratulations to skipper Dan Walsh and crew Randy Swartley (#2778 Double Trouble) for winning the 2016 Nationals held August 13-14 at Surf City Yacht Club! This marks Dan's third win - his others came in 2009 at Riverton and 2012 at Surf City. Dan has also placed second three times before, in 2011 and 2015 at Brant Beach Yacht Club and in 2014 at Narrasketuck Yacht Club. Bill Watters and Tim Gallagher (#860 Black Ice) placed second, and Tom and Michelle Green (#738 Gumby) placed third.
Congratulations also to skipper Brad Friedman and crew Ed Hoffman (#3504 Lightning Bug) for coming in first in the President's Division! Roger Bigos and Warren Bigos (#753) came in second, and Steve Creighton and Joanne McCarthy (#1362) placed third.
22 boats were at the starting line, the most since 2012. More pictures will hopefully be coming soon. The full race results may be found here
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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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| • Shoal-draft with centerboard and kick-up rudder
|| • Inexpensive annual dues - only $15
| • Easy to launch and retrieve
|| • Quarterly newsletters
| • Large, roomy cockpit - great for family sailing
|| • Expert help available through active forums
| • Stable, fast, and easy to sail
|| • Downloadable guides, manuals, and more
| • Cuddy cabin, great for overnight cruises
|| • Searchable online member directory
| • Low initial cost and easy to maintain
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| • Trailerable with a medium-size vehicle
| • A perfect boat for novices and experienced sailors
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