Here comes the BOOM!

Meet Team Thunder

Thunder may follow lightning in nature, but NHYC Team Thunder has no intentions of following anyone this weekend at Baldwin Cup—or even in this year’s Racer Questionnaire Responses. Let’s meet the first eight racers of Baldwin Cup 2014 from the home club’s Team Thunder

Skipper Justin “Lawman” Law

Justin LawWhere are ya from and where did you sail in college? Newport Beach and St. Mary’s College of Maryland

What did you learn to sail in? Best boat ever! Naples Sabot!

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Coffee

Sail with a significant other? Significant other, who needs one of those?

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? When a play comes together.

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? First $.25 cent beer of the day

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

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Seawanhaka are a ruthless band of swift old ninjas. Silent but deadly. They are the Yankees of sailing, but not in the good way!

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Home squad with a really deep team and we’re pissed off.

Staff Commodore Crew Jeff “Gordo” Gordon

S/C GordonWhere are ya from? Newport Beach

What did you learn to sail in? Sea Shell (heavy, wood version of a Sabot indigenous to Santa Barbara, CA)

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Tequila (except when in borrowed boat 🙂 )

Sail with a significant other? Significant other, who needs one of those?

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? In 4 vs.4, how are we doing at any given time?? Most prolific answer “Justin, I don’t have a [removed for the children]ing clue!”

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Jenn’s dress on Saturday night

If your boat had a theme song, what would it be?
I have to leave this up to driver.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? NHYC Lightning

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Because our time has come.

Skipper Michael “Michael” Menninger

Michael MenningerWhere are ya from and where did you sail in college? Newport Beach, CA and St. Mary’s

What did you learn to sail in? Sabot

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Daqueries

Sail with a significant other? Eh

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? It’s a game not a race

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Stealth duffy ride

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

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Whoever stands in our way

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? No doubt

Crew Reid “N/A” Vitarelli

Reid VitarelliWhere are ya from and where did you sail in college? Balboa Isalnd and St. Mary’s of Maryland/UCI

What did you learn to sail in? Sabots yo.

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Recite the rules for the jungle book ride at Disneyland.

Please keep all hands and arms inside the ride at all times, and remember please don’t feed the hippos; they’ve eaten enough.

Sail with a significant other? Families that sail together, fail together

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Counting to 10

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Saturday night jokes

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

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Who are we racing against again? Oh wait Harbor 20s……. and 25 cent beers. Yeah.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Because we haven’t yet.

Skipper Brian “The Cruise Missile” Bissell

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

What did you learn to sail in? Naples Sabot

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Going on Pinterest to look at wedding ideas.

Sail with a significant other? My rockstar fiance can’t sail this year 🙁

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Favorite: Deliberately ruining someone’s day.

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Corky Potts rolling around on the floor during the joke telling night. Don’t remember how it fit into the joke, but it was funny enough by itself.

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

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Ryan Costello… even though he’s crewing.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? I’m superstitious so… no comment.

Crew Kayla “Kcomb” McComb


KaylaWhere are ya from and where did you sail in college?
NHYC and SMCM [St. Mary’s College of Maryland]

What did you learn to sail in? THE Naples Sabot

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Coffee

Sail with a significant other? Depends

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? TR is the greatest! The team aspect is unique and I love how it brings so many talented sailors from such diverse sailing backgrounds together to compete.

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? To be determined

If your boat had a theme song, what would it be?
Depends on who we’re battling

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Whoever is the least hungover…

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Because the YC bartenders are on our side

Skipper Jon “Clubber Lang” Pinckney

Jon PWhere are ya from and where did you sail in college? Newport Beach and UCI Anteaters

What did you learn to sail in? Sabots in Newport Beach

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Coffee and loud Muzik

Sail with a significant other? The only way to sail the high (or low) seas; Depends; Families that sail together, fail together

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Team Racing

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Hasn’t happened yet

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

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Anyone with a pulse come Sunday morning

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Can’t lose them all

Crew Commodore Gale “White Thunder” Nye Pinckney

V-C GaleWhere are ya from and where did you sail in college? Newport via Chicago and USC

What did you learn to sail in? A Naples Sabot

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Mellow Jon out after coffee and loud music

Sail with a significant other? The only way to sail the high (or low) seas

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Getting my skipper [Jon] to go to the correct marks.

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? To be determined

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

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

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Lightening may flash but Thunder lowers the BOOM

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