Southern Yacht Club

Starting us off, Team Captain John Loe on the Southern Yacht Club team:

Please tell us a little bit about team racing at your club
We’ve been team racing on the circuit since the beginning. We’ve been lucky at every event but the Morgan it seems like. Our club is very supportive, from the Commodore on down. The leadership of Southern Yacht Club supports and loves Team Racing.

Tell us about how this year’s Baldwin Cup team came together, and why they make a good team
We have a lot of return players and a few additions. We are looking forward to having Kaity helping a boat this year.

And most importantly, what is your team’s theme song?

Hmmm…it seems Larchmont had the same thought. Maybe we’ll have to have a Theme Song Off this weekend? But on with the sailors:

Tim “Timmy” Molony

Where are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? New Orleans and Youth sailing as a child, HS,College, OD, PHRF. Team racing.

How have you trained for this regatta? Practiced with Kevlar bullet proof vest, ear plugs. (Sailing with John A)

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Try and get there on time.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Patience and humility.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Putting up with John A.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Being flagged for accidentally sitting on the rail of a Harbor 20 for 5 seconds…

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

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Overwhelming talent and hard work.

John Alden Meade

John A MeadeWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? New Orleans, LA and Stanford

How have you trained for this regatta? I shaved.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? PRB

What makes a good team racer teammate? Winning

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Vodka shots on the ice luge

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Newport Thunder and Lightning, Seawanhaka, Larchmont

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Because the leaders all get food poisoning on Saturday night.

Charles “The Quiet One” Meade

Charles MeadeWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? New Orleans and I used to sail when I lived in California.

How have you trained for this regatta? Visualizing whirled peas

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Breakfast

What makes a good team racer teammate? Red hair

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Losing, or winning

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? I have no recollection of last year.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? The generous hosts

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Because the other teams tremble at our reckless ways

Gerard “Cowboy” Sonnier

Gerard SonnierWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? New Orleans and Laser/FJs

How have you trained for this regatta? JoyRide

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Starbucks

What makes a good team racer teammate? XX

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Crazy fun. Jokes. Oh wait no more jokes.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Getting roofed by Fabio

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? SYC. No one can beat us like we can.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We will stay out of our own way.

Kaity Potts

Kaitlin StorckWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? New Orleans and I’ve been sailing my whole life. Junior sailing of Optis and 420s, then college sailing, then team racing, ocean racing, small keel boats, etc.

How have you trained for this regatta? Haven’t done much training lately.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Someone who listens to what their teammates have to say after a race.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Hardest: the start. Favorite part at the Baldwin: last leg or last half of the last leg because the race is always changing until the last seconds.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? My skipper last year was a bit rusty on the rules, and he called “mast a beam” during one race. I was embarrassed but it is funny in retrospect.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? I have no reason to presume we will.

Jeanne “jjjhaw!” Herman

Jeanne Herman 2Where are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? New Orleans and junior sailing, College of Charleston, one design

How have you trained for this regatta? Were we supposed to train?

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? 1. Drink coffee
2. Apply sunscreen
3. Find boat

What makes a good team racer teammate? A good team racer teammate is one that helps the other boats on his team finish ahead of the majority of the boats on the other team.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Favorite part: action-packed, quick races

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? This is my first Baldwin cup…excited to make memories!

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? The Thunder and Lightning sound pretty intimidating for obvious reasons.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We will win because we want to… and we do what we want.

John “Jloe” Loe

John LoeWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? New Orleans and varied

How have you trained for this regatta? Practice? Practice? Talking about practice? I’m talking about the game.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Hmm…

What makes a good team racer teammate? Consistent and persistent.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? The Meades

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Creating the inaugural red bow trophy years ago.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? The Mai Tais!

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Getting closer lately!

Lucy “No, not Franny” Kupersmith

Lucy KupersmithWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Virginia and Optis

How have you trained for this regatta? Does eating oysters count as training? What about crawfish?

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Coffee, coffee, coffee

What makes a good team racer teammate? Have you heard Jloe sing?

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? All that math!

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Quarter beers

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Newport Harbor

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? All that training we’ve been doing!

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