Monday, July 18, 2011

Is this true?

From the July 2011 issue of Latitude 38, that prominent monthly magazine distributed along the western U.S.:

“The 2011 Etchells World Championship regatta was supposed to be a nine-race series, but San Diego’s Bill Hardesty with crew Steve Hunt, Mandi Markee, and Craig Leweck needed only eight races to take the title. ...The win also marked the first time a full-time sailing journalist - Leweck edits the popular Scuttlebutt website - has ever won a legitimate world championship.”

Is this true? Am I the first full-time sailing journalist to win a legitimate world championship?

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13 Comments:

At 8:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Tempesta? Didn't he win, ah, um, oh,

Nevermind

 
At 8:13 PM, Blogger Peter Huston said...

Bob Fisher won the 1966 Fireball Worlds.

 
At 1:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you have a peculiar arrogance..

 
At 4:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wendy _____ (last name forgotten) who was a Yachts and Yachting Editor won an early (first?) worlds or Europeans in the Laser as I recall. Jack Knights may have also had success in Quarter Tonners, although perhaps not in 'Odd Job' (his first qtr tonner).

Warren Nethercote

 
At 4:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Burnham (former Sailing World editor) has won several IOD world championships

 
At 7:17 AM, Anonymous Kristan McClintock said...

John Burnham did win the IOD Words in '94 and '96, when he was editor of Sailing World magazine. David Dellenbaugh, a former SW editor and editor/writer of Speed and Smarts, won the Lightning Worlds in 1991. And I won the International Penguin Class Worlds (yes, there is a such a thing) twice, in '84 and '86. In 1984 I was working as an editor at Yacht Racing & Cruising, now Sailing World.

 
At 7:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You really got your hopes up there, didn't you? Sailing journalist, maybe. Sailing historian? Not so much.

 
At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Irish sailing journalist David O'Brien won the 1992 Fireball World Chanpionships. www.afloat.ie

--bob

 
At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Peter Johnstone said...

I'm pretty sure Chris Hufsteder, as an editor at Sailing World, won a J24 Worlds or two with Ken Read in the late 1980's.

 
At 1:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on the win. I have to say though, reading your post did make me cringe... For one thing, you, as a self described "sailing journalist," should in fact know that there were others before you, with John Burnham probably being the most obvious. The other thing that makes me cringe is why you would even post this in the first place?

 
At 10:25 AM, Anonymous Jim C said...

That would be Wendy Fitzpatrick I think.

 
At 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if he ever won a world championship, but there was this older guy - I think his name was Tom Lewick, and I seem to recall that he won a race or two in his time...

- John Drayton

 
At 5:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed Adams, another x-Sailing World editor, won 2002 Laser Worlds (Masters), Hyannis MA.

 

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