Your 2016 NHYC Teams!!

Bring on the home teams! Starting us off for NHYC Lightning, Team Captain Mac Mace:

Tell us about how this year’s Baldwin Cup team came together, and why they make a good team
We had a sail off regatta with 4 teams of 2. Top 2 teams were combined to make the squad of 4 known as Team Lightning.

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

Skipper Greg “Boomin” Helias

GregWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Palms and MacGregor out of Costa Mesa

How have you trained for this regatta? Ask me how business is?

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Boomin’

What makes a good team racer teammate? Takin care of business

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Shutting the lanes down

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Cris-cut fries

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Mai Tais. They always come after the quarter beers stop.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Someone’s got to. Odds aren’t that bad.

Crew Kayla McComb

Greg Heilas Mac Mace Kayla McCombWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? NHYC and Sabots

How have you trained for this regatta? H20 Booze Cruises are very productive

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Coffee, sunscreen, Mai Tai, C’est Si Bon and Gatorade.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Never getting flagged.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Hardest: a 720 in a H20. Favorite: a 720 in a H20. All depends on who is spinning.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? The spectator dock and Robert Kinney’s commentary.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? NHYC Team Thunder. Because who else is coming again?

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Wikipedia says: “Thunder is the sound caused by lightning. Depending on the distance and nature of the lightning, thunder can range from a sharp, loud crack to a long, low rumble (brontide). The sudden increase in pressure and temperature from lightning produces rapid expansion of the air surrounding and within a bolt of lightning. In turn, this expansion of air creates a sonic shock wave, similar to a sonic boom, which produces the sound of thunder, often referred to as a clap, crack, or peal of thunder.”

Skipper Tommy “T-Bone” Leach

Tommy LeechWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Harwich, Mass, now living in LA and started racing in Optis in Nantucket Sound. Sailed in college at Tufts and Coast Guard.

How have you trained for this regatta? Mostly harbor cruising

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Start with attempting to find sunglasses that have undoubtedly gone missing. Then making it to the club with 0.001 seconds to spare.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Strong moral compass

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Winning a very close race right at the finish line.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Hearing the commentators heckle competitors and errant Duffy boaters.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Trying to boat handle a Harbor 20 with weekend warrior boat handling skills.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons, but that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part! And we’re just the guys to do it.

Crew Rob Rader

Rob RaderWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Newport Beach and high school & college

How have you trained for this regatta? Watched P90X and Insanity infomercials until the sun came up. Also, downloaded some iPhone apps that showed videos of people working out. #talkisntcheap #donthurtyourself #lookatoldphotosofyourself

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Play the USC Fight Song until forever.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Knowing the next play without having to shout it all over the course.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? A team in sync is a beautiful thing…skippers and their crew.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Sailing with no mooring cans!!!

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? “Nobody!” – Donald Trump

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? It’s my first time…it would be cool.

Skipper Mac “Handsome Mac” Mace

Mac MaceWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Newport Beach and sabots, FJ, Laser, 420, Lehman 12, Harbor 20

How have you trained for this regatta? Doing tons of curls.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Sunday Portugal CR7 Jersey

What makes a good team racer teammate? Having teammates who can stay calm when everything is going pear shaped is important.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Putting in a solid gap on the last boat is always a pleasure.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Racing right off the dock with no moorings and all the spectators heckling and watching. Nothing beats it.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Zeke Horowitz and the rest of the Larchmont squad. They are strong on and off the water. It feels like you are fighting a bear when you race them.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We got lucky 😉

Crew Ward “Wardo” Mace

Ward MaceWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? SF and a little bit of everything

How have you trained for this regatta? We sailed last year

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Pancakes

What makes a good team racer teammate? Calm, cool, collected

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? The people

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Sailing with Mac

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? NHYC Thunder (Pinckney)…. They know all our secret moves and plays

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Because we are goooooooood

Skipper Caleb ”Silk” Silsby

Caleb SilsbyWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Southern California and dinghies, sport boats, coaching, and little team racing

How have you trained for this regatta? I’ve practiced yelling across the course…I’m not good at it yet.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? I like to listen to some classic country-western music to get myself in the mood for team racing. Hank Williams, usually.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Someone that can yell louder than I can.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Hardest = the sheer physicality of sailing a Harbor 20.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Setting a mark trap at the windward mark just off the dock in front of all the spectators. I like the attention.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? All the teams are very good this year.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We’ll be better dressed.

Crew John “J Dubs” Whitney

John WhitneyWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Southern California and for my sailing background, I usually go with a cream satin damask, or occasionally, paisley

How have you trained for this regatta? Lots of practices with team Thunder and lots of work with the Pit Crew.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Stretching, breakfast, panic…not necessarily in that order.

What makes a good team racer teammate? An intuitive knowledge of the rules, a deep understanding of the tactical situation at the moment, and a lot of quarters.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Favorite = being on the winning end of a reversal on the last beat

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Enjoying the crowd on the dock during the semi-finals and finals.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? All the teams look competitive this year; it’s hard to say who’s the toughest. Maybe our mental game is our biggest obstacle.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Because we’ve been schooled so often, some of that has to have sunk in.

Next up, Thunder following Lightning, or at least it does in nature, Team Captain Justin Law on the NHYC Thunder team:

Please tell us a little bit about team racing at your club
NHYC members have been team racing for decades but as a club we have really turned up our game these last 10 years. For the past 5, 6 years, NHYC teams have consistently placed in the top 3 at almost every single major club team racing event. Big reason for our success is how diverse and deep our talent pool is and the level of support we get from NHYC is unmatched in comparison to any other club to my knowledge.

Tell us about how this year’s Baldwin Cup team came together, and why they make a good team
This years NHYC Team Thunder brings back the 2 time defending Baldwin Champions. Team Thunder is a solid squad made up of Newport Beach locals who get to spend the most time in the boats and know what the Lido Lift is.

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

And with that bit of framing out of the way, on with your sailors!

Skipper Michael “Big C” Menninger

Michael MenningerWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Newport Beach and I’ve been around boats and things.

How have you trained for this regatta? Haven’t done much really… House of Cards, Surfing, vodka tonics.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? House of Cards, Surfing, vodka tonics.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Selfless, fast, smart, quick on his/her feet.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? The game.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Winning.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Vodka tonics

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Team unity

Crew Bill “20knot Bill” Menninger

Bill MenningerWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Palos Verdes, Los Angeles Yacht Club and as a sailmaker, J Boat dealer

How have you trained for this regatta? Too much good beer.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Whine until it starts blowing 20 knots.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Being my son

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? The 25¢ beers

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Winning

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Seawanaka

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Because its our destiny

Skipper Brian “The Cruise Missile” Bissell

Brian BissellWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Newport Beach, CA and grew sailing in Naples sabots and sailed at Georgetown University.

How have you trained for this regatta? Various team racing regattas on the circuit.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Breakfast burrito and coffee.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Someone who is hungry to improve after every race, win or lose. If you aren’t getting a little better after every race you have zero chance of bringing home the cup.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Figuring out if we are winning or losing.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Beating a rock star team in the finals last year and hoisting my wife up in the trophy!

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? The usual suspects. they know who they are.

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

Crew Perry “Peronicus” Bissell

Perry EmsiekWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Newport Beach, CA and grew up sailing sabots, CFJs, and 420s. Sailed for the cougars at College of Charleston.

How have you trained for this regatta? Re-memorizing the combinations and plays.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Feeding my skipper breakfast so he doesn’t become “hangry” on the water.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Someone who can put the last race behind them and focus on the next race.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? For 4v4, the hardest part is definitely knowing the combinations.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? The team that figures out the Harbor 20 the quickest and the crew who is best at math.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We will try our best!

Skipper Jon “Ropes” Pinckney

Jon PWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Balboa Island and Naples Sabots.

How have you trained for this regatta? I can’t be trained

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Send gift baskets to umpires

What makes a good team racer teammate? The ones on Thunder that have my back

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

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? At Saturday night dinner Mikee brings the most hideous tequila 16 ounce beer bomb ever to our table. Nobody gets within 5 feet of it without the fumes making them dry heave. Without hesitation a well lubed Danny Pletsch pounds the whole thing and instantly drops to the floor in the fetal position. Manager Tom gets the defibrillator out but Cardwell interrupts with “Don’t worry, it’s just Danny”. Megan along with the rest of the team glance over briefly and then carry-on completely unconcerned. Danny is carried out unconscious and left in a Duffy boat. He wakes up Sunday morning and leads Larchmont to BC victory.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Everyone

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We would rather win than lose in front of our Homies

Crew S/C Gale “White Thunder” Pinckney

S/C GaleWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Chicago and whenever I can.

How have you trained for this regatta? Train?

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Yoga.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Sailing the right course.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Losing and winning.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Winning on the seventh try.

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

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We’d rather win than lose.

Skipper Justin “Lawman” Law

Justin LawWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Newport Beach and sabots all day.

How have you trained for this regatta? Twice a month on average past 4 months with NHYC team race group

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Coffee

What makes a good team racer teammate? The ability to trust them around the course. The best team racing is done without much said and teammates need to know what the others are thinking.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? That it’s a game.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Team NHYC Thunder victory lap aboard Garrett’s sailboat post Sunday racing with the trophy.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? NYYC seems like they are bringing the heat this year…

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? As always, speed kills.

Crew S/C Jeff ”Gordo” Gordon

Jeff GordonWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Santa Barbara, CA and sailed in most types of boats including many one-designs, offshore, distance racing, match racing, etc.

How have you trained for this regatta? We have practiced nearly every other weekend since November and other times when possible.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Varies by type of boat and event, but some team meetings pretty important for team racing.

What makes a good team racer teammate? All about communication in team racing and/or knowing intuitively what move your teammate will make.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Hardest part is keeping track of combinations and what you need to do (or not do!) to win. Favorite part is the sheer number of races you get to sail in a team race regatta.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Obviously winning last year for the second time was very special!

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? I would be a bit concerned about Itchenor as they are newcomers here and we do not know what to expect. They showed well at the NYYC Invitational so they proved they can be formidable.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Because we have the same team as last year 🙂