Lightning Strike!

2015 Meet Team Lightning

Closing out our Meet Your Racers series we have NHYC Team Lightning. Let’s see how they strike!

Skipper Greg “Graque” (like Grack) Helias

Greg
Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? West LA and Southern Cal

What did you learn to sail in? McGregor 55′ twin rudders with a 150hp outboard in between to get you out of irons/trouble/Mexico

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Figuring out where everyone’s cars are and if we have enough cars to leave another one at the club.

What’s your boat’s theme or fight song?
Since USC beat Stanford last year, I pick USC’s final drive against Notre Dame in 2005:

Sail with a significant other? The only way to sail the high (or low) seas, so long as we aren’t racing alone.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? My favorite is the hard part. And the high-low. Love going high.

How have you trained for this regatta? Just enough to do what’s not expected because I don’t what’s expected. Can’t stop what you don’t expect.

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Beer trailer finally accepting my quarters.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Probably Chris Raab. He’s fast and always trying to beat me to the finish.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Enough super spicy close finishes under the club will allow anything to happen…and I’m feeling lucky. I’d prefer to be lucky than good any day.

Skipper Taylor “Tay Tay” Grimes

Taylor Grimes
Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Redondo Beach, CA and Stanford

What did you learn to sail in? Naples Sabots

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

What’s your boat’s theme or fight song?

Sail with a significant other? Depends

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Adding to 17

How have you trained for this regatta? Studying for the GMAT—challenges you on your mental math abilities

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

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Thunder, their going to put up a strong fight defending the Cup.

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

Skipper Mikee Anderson

Mikee Anderson
Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Coronado and USC

What did you learn to sail in? Sabot

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Coffee and more coffee

What’s your boat’s theme or fight song?

Sail with a significant other? Sailing is a way to get out of the house

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Team work

How have you trained for this regatta? It involved a lot of visualization

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Can’t wait to see what happens this year

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? The quarter beers and Mai Tais

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We are veterans of handling the quarter beers and have fresh young blood on the team

Skipper Whit Batchelor

Whit-Batchelor
Where are you from originally? Newport Beach

What did you learn to sail in? Optimist

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Changing diapers

What’s your boat’s theme or fight song?

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

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Trimming H20 jib

How have you trained for this regatta? Lots of cardio, push ups, sit ups.

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Too many to mention

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Newport Thunder. They live and breathe team racing.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Because we have grit.

Skipper Mac “Handsome Mac” Mace

Mac Mace
Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Newport Beach and College of Charleston

What did you learn to sail in? Naples Sabot

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Sunday Ronaldo jersey

Sail with a significant other? Families that sail together, fail together [Editors’ Note: Tell that to his crew—his dad]

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Winning a bunch of races in a row

How have you trained for this regatta? Lots and lots of curls

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? seeing all the spectators on the dock and sailing without the moorings

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Team Thunder… they are so hot right now

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Why not?

Crew Ward “Ward-O” Mace

Ward Mace
Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Frisco and Cal

What did you learn to sail in? Sabots

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Make pancakes

What’s your boat’s theme or fight song?

Sail with a significant other? Families that sail together, fail together [Well at least they’re on the same page]

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Winning

How have you trained for this regatta? Strengthened my core

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Competing with the little guy

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? NHYC—they have 2 teams

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? It’s time

Skipper Chris Raab

Raab
Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Sunset Beach and OCC and CSULB

What did you learn to sail in? Flipper

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Coffe and Red Bull

What’s your boat’s theme or fight song?
“You got one shot to rock”

Sail with a significant other? Can’t win without her!

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing?
Hardest: the last beat
Favorite: the last beat

How have you trained for this regatta? By racing 34 regattas in the last year

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? The Saturday night party

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? The A Team, and everybody else!

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Because our Lightening team is bat shit crazy good!

Crew Robert “Sorry the Satalite link is down” Kinney

Robert Kinney
Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Balboa, CA and USC, OCC

What did you learn to sail in? Sabot, Kite, Laser

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Training with Fabio and Christine!

What’s your boat’s theme or fight song?

Sail with a significant other? Almost exactly like Maria…

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Trying to keep you cool after a tough call.

How have you trained for this regatta? Why the Nodder Jacket is being awarded!

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? We May or may not win, but we will definitely ruin somebody else’s day.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? We may or may not win, but we will definitely ruin somebody else’s day.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Because we operate under the radar.

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