Here comes the boom! NHYC Team Thunder

Thunder may follow lightning in nature, but NHYC Team Thunder has no intentions of following anyone this weekend at Baldwin Cup. Let’s meet the 8 racers further representing the home club.

Brian Bissell

Brian BissellWhere are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Newport Beach and Georgetown

What are your sailing nickname(s)? The Cruise Missile

What is your pre-regatta ritual? You don’t want to know

What is your sailing background? Grew up sailing in NHYC junior program. Sailed for Newport Harbor High School. Sailed at Georgetown. Worked for North Sails for 8 years.

How many 25¢ beers will you drink during the Cup? More than Danny Pletche

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Probably the reining champs.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? If we do it will be because it was a full team effort…and not just the sailors on our team. Everyone in the NHYC team racing effort.

If your boat had a theme song, what would it be?

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Caleb Silsby

Caleb SilsbyWhere are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Boston and sailed at St Mary’s

What are your sailing nickname(s)? Mooley B.

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Breakfast

What is your sailing background? Isaf world sailing games winner

How many 25¢ beers will you drink during the Cup? Yes

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? The other teams. They’re all good!

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Mighty Might

If your boat had a theme song, what would it be?

V/C Gale Nye Pinckney

V-C GaleWhere are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Newport Beach and I raced for USC.

What are your sailing nickname(s)? No sailing nickname, but my husband’s nickname when I crew for him is Captain Bligh. Think Mutiny on the Bounty.

What is your pre-regatta ritual? The pre-race ritual depends on the boat… I can tell you for a Lehman 12, when I’m driving, it’s a two Mai tai program – one before we leave the dock, one when we’re sailing – that’s for Jon, not me.

What is your sailing background? Named after all my dad’s boats – Gale – My dad was racing when I was born, so at the trophy presentation they said, “welcome to the new Gale.” I’ve been in a boat or watched my parents sail since I was born.

How many 25¢ beers will you drink during the Cup? No 25 cents beers for me personally. Remember we’re driving borrowed boats!

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? The biggest competition is the 25 cent beers.

If your boat had a theme song, what would it be?

John Whitney

John WhitneyWhere are you from originally? San Fernando Valley

What are your sailing nickname(s)? Trim

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Getting to the boat on time.

What is your sailing background? Harbor 20s in Newport Harbor

How many 25¢ beers will you drink during the Cup? None. (Nice try.)

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? All of the Harbor 20 owners on the Pit Crew that want my spot as Caleb’s crew.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We’re really, really good.

If your boat had a theme song, what would it be?

Jon Pinckney

Jon PWhere are you from originally and where did you sail in college? From Newport Beach and sailed for the UCI Anteaters

What are your sailing nickname(s)? Captain Bligh [Editors Note: Looks like the Pinckneys would win the Newlywed Game]

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Wire transfers to secret Umpire accounts

What is your sailing background? I used to sail boats that you hike out on and now I sail boats that you don’t hike out on.

How many 25¢ beers will you drink during the Cup? So we can drink?

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Too many good teams this year to name names.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? The 6th time is the charm!!

If your boat had a theme song, what would it be?

Michael Menninger

Michael MenningerWhere are you from originally and where did you sail in college? From Newport Beach, CA and sailed for St. Mary’s College of Maryland

What are your sailing nickname(s)? Ask my competitors. [Or his teammates]

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Stretch

What is your sailing background? Junior sailor at nhyc. College at st Mary’s.

How many 25¢ beers will you drink during the Cup? 40

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Don’t know.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Jon Pinckney. Brian Bissell. Caleb Silsby.

If your boat had a theme song, what would it be?

Perry Emsiek

Perry EmsiekWhere are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Newport Beach and sailed for College of Charleston

What are your sailing nickname(s)? P-Unit

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Make sure my skipper rigs the boat

What is your sailing background? Grew up sailing sabots. Did the junior sailing circuit in CFJ’s and 420’s. Crewed at the College of Charleston. Two-time All American.

How many 25¢ beers will you drink during the Cup? $1.00 worth

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? The reigning champs

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We have practiced hard and have really worked on team work/ communication. And we are really good looking.

If your boat had a theme song, what would it be?

Reid Vitarelli

Reid VitarelliWhere are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Balboa Island and sailed for St. Marys of Maryland & University California Irvine

What are your sailing nickname(s)? The Condor

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Running around in full spray gear to make weight…. oh yea no weight limit. Probably going to eat a Burrito.

What is your sailing background? I grew up sailing sabots on Balboa Island. I joined the Balboa Island Yacht Club as a kid. In high school I started sailing Cfj’s for the Corona Del Mar High School sailing team. After high school I began getting into some smaller keel boats and been sailing everything I can get on since.

How many 25¢ beers will you drink during the Cup? I’m bringing the coin jar.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Newport Harbors shifty light winds and long days are going to be our biggest challenges.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Because it is our density and we don’t want Darth Vader to come down from planet Vulcan and melt our Brains.

If your boat had a theme song, what would it be?