SL Yacht Club sailors flourish at WMYA Championships

Spring Lake Yacht Club sailors Frank Reeg and Jamie Kimball ruled their respective fleets and were crowned 2011 West Michigan Yachting Association champions last weekend. Their performances came at the 83rd annual WMYA Championships, hosted by Crystal Lake Yacht Club. Reeg took first place out of 57 total boats in the Butterfly Junior Fleet. He edged out fellow SLYC sailor Mason Wolters for first place. Libby Reeg was fifth, Olivia Windemuller sixth and Mara Strobel-Lanka seventh.
Tribune Staff
Aug 12, 2011


Kimball was the top performer in the E Boat Fleet, which featured 24 total boats. He was followed in the standings by Charlie Knape in seventh place and Brett Hatton in eighth.

Also showing well for SLYC was Todd Bosgraaf, who was third out of nine competitors in the C Boat Fleet; and Connor Davis, who finished sixth out of 62 boats in the MC Fleet.

In addition, Davis was presented with the Teddy Knape Memorial Trophy, given each year to the top junior sailor at the event. The trophy honors the memory of SLYC’s Teddy Knape, an avid sailor and skier who died of from a heart defect in 2006. He was 21 years old.

A total of 11 SLYC sailors placed in the top 10 of their boat class in the prestigious and highly competitive event.
In the C Boat Fleet, SLYC’s Karl Lanka was fifth, Chad Hough eighth and Dan Bowen ninth.

Following Davis in the MC Fleet were Andy Molesta in eighth place, and Chris Eggert in 10th.
A complete list of Spring Lake Yacht Club members and their finishes follows:

E Boat Fleet
(24 total boats)
1. Jamie Kimball
7. Charlie Knape
8. Brett Hatton
17. Paul Wickland
19. Molesta/Fox
20. Isaac Leestma
C Boat Fleet
(9 total boats)
3. Todd Bosgraaf
5. Karl Lanka
8. Chad Hough
9. Dan Bowen
MC Boat Fleet
(62 total boats)
6. Connor Davis
8. Andy Molesta
10. Chris Eggert
11. Brien Fox
13. Jamie Kimball
18. Gary Verplank
19. Jeff Cornetet
21. Todd Bosgraaf
29. Scott Harested
32. Lara Lanka
59. David Wolters
Butterfly Junior Fleet (57 total boats)
1. Frank Reeg
2. Mason Wolters
5. Libby Reeg
6. Olivia Windemuller
7. Mara Strobel-Lanka
25. Julie Lucas
Opti Fleet
(15 total boats)
6. Noah Wolters
7. Noah Locascio

The WMYA was founded in 1929 to promote intense inter-club competition with this annual regatta, which boasts 20 member clubs from around the country.
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