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SUBMITTED by Carol May, Pultneyville Mariners, Inc. (8-Aug-2009)

Nineteen boats competed in the Third Annual Bob Lamberton Memorial Sunfish Revival Regatta on 18 July, 2009. This race is dedicated to the memory of Bob, who shared his love of sailing with many, teaching the basics of sailing and racing.

When MS left him beachside, he coached from shore as others enjoyed the sport.

Boats representing Canandaigua Yacht Club, Rochester Canoe Club, Brockport Yacht Club and Pultneyville Mariners were treated to the best that Lake Ontario had to offer. The winds were a steady 15-20 out of the Northwest and the waves were rolling at 2-4 feet. An exciting day.

Adding to the excitement was the thrill of racing with the 2008 North American Sunfish Champion, Doug Kaukeinen. Doug also won the Champion of Champions Regatta in 2008. It was inspiring to see the skill and strategy that Doug displayed. Doug and his son Corey each won their division in Saturday’s race. Although no stranger to the race scene, this was Corey’s first Sunfish Regatta. Rounding out the champions in the Adult division were Bill Schmidt and Ralph Simpson. In the Youth division, second place went to Eric Mallery from PMI and third to Morgan Perrin of CYC.

Doug Kaukeinen #52853 being challenged by second place overall, Bill Schmidt #45420.

Ralph Simpson, Bill Schmidt, Doug Kaukeinen

Eric Mallery, Morgan Perrin, Corey Kaukeinen

Part of the beauty of the Sunfish is the ease with which it adapts to the conditions. Sailor and boat become one as the waves and wind combine to challenge their skills. This race brought in the “experts” – those who devote a lot of training to hone their skills and the recreational sailor as well.

Friends Ellen Mallery and Denise Bilsback

The past 3 years, Evan Bilsback and Eric Mallery have shared the title for best local PMI finisher. Evan won in 2007 and Eric in 2008. This year, Evan racing in the adult division, (over 16) won the Club title.

Evan Bilsback and Eric Mallery

Five races on a short course made this a spectator friendly, colorful sports event. We heard from those on the historic walking tour of Pultneyville that the beauty of the sight of 19 boats flying across the waters added much to their enjoyment of the day as well. We should figure a way to levy an “ambience tax!”

Cue the Sailboats!

Thank you to Race Committee!

  • Gail Koudelka
  • Lin Glauser
  • Peg Lamberton
Patrol Boat
  • John Glauser
  • Jay Harrington
Committee Boat
  • Jim May
  • Rick Leavitt
  • Rich Bilsback
  • Craig Mallery
  • Ron Hilgert
Race Advisors
  • Ed Mullen
  • Tom Dawes


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