Lightning Strike!

Meet Team Lightning

Now that we’ve deafened our ears with NHYC Thunder, now introducing Newport Harbor Yacht Club Team Lightning!!

Skipper Bill “20 Knot Bill” Menninger

Bill MenningerWhere are ya from and where did you sail in college? Palos Verdes, CA and UC Santa Barbara

What did you learn to sail in? Guppies and Dink Kittens

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Drink a lot of coffee and get nervous

Sail with a significant other? Depends

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? I appreciate the club atmosphere of sailing with all the generations at the club.

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Getting very close to winning a few years back on a team that wasn’t expected to do very well. We placed second and we did well in the finals as well….

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

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Sawanhaka, san diego and newport harbor….

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Good umpire calls on rude competitors will allow us to crush the guys who always think they are right…

Crew Thomas “T-BONE” Leach

Tommy LeechWhere are ya from and where did you sail in college? Harwich, Mass and Tufts University

What did you learn to sail in? Optis

What is your pre-regatta ritual? TProperly hydrate and get a good nights sleep

Sail with a significant other? Nope

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Winning, duh:

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Hailstorm a few years ago, that was weird

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

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Garrett Woodworth

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Never count out the underdog…

Skipper Mac “Handsome Mac” Mace

Mac MaceWhere are ya from and where did you sail in college? Newport Beach and College of Charleston

What did you learn to sail in? Naples Sabot… greatest boat of all time

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Wear my sunday red Ronaldo jersey

Sail with a significant other? Depends

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Gapping someone

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Excellent social activities

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

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? NHYC Lightning. We just have to get out of our own way

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We are the best looking

Crew Ward “Dad” Mace

Ward MaceWhere are ya from? Newport Beach

What did you learn to sail in? Sabots

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Pancakes

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

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Keeping up with the kids

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Ask me once the regatta is over

If your boat had a theme song, what would it be?
Sexual Healing (although I’ve never heard it) [please see above]

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Ourselves, regattas are won by those who make the least number of mistakes

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Best looking [like father, like son apparently on this boat]

Skipper Greg “The Slayer” Helias

GregWhere are ya from and where did you sail in college? The Westside and THE University of Southern California

What did you learn to sail in? MacGregor 26′ There’s just something about a boat with two rudders.

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Vigorous, dynamic calisthenic exercise followed by Bikram

Sail with a significant other? By sail, does that mean motor? Then yes.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? The hardest part of team racing is watching the losers realize what they almost had.

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? The skippers meeting, definitely.

If your boat had a theme song, what would it be?
We channel our inner Stephanie Tanner… Because she’s a BOSS

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Probably Mac Mace because we both like to go fast.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Is this where I put my gmail password?

Crew Taylor “The GrimeMaster” Grimes

Taylor GrimesWhere are ya from and where did you sail in college? Newport Beach and Stanford University

What did you learn to sail in? Naples Sabot

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Eat breakfast & put on sunscreen

Sail with a significant other? Depends

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Counting to 17

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Being serenaded by Royal Thames “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin'” in front of everyone

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

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? NHYC Team Thunder

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Lightning comes before Thunder…

Skipper Caleb “MB” Silsby

Caleb SilsbyWhere are ya from and where did you sail in college? Newport Beach and St. Mary’s

What did you learn to sail in? Dyer Dhows

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Burrito

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

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? The port duck

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Steel drum band

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

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? NHYC Thunder – they’re soooo good

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Mac Mace

Crew John “Trim!” Whitney

John WhitneyWhere are ya from? Newport Beach

What did you learn to sail in? Omega 13

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Bacon

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

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Hardest: knowing who’s winning. Favorite: not knowing who’s winning.

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Jon Pinckney pinning a competitor inside the NHYC main dock.

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

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Thunder.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Speed and smarts

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