Draheim Wins Championship of Champions
2002 (Lake Norman, NC)—Bill Draheim of Rockwell, TX, along
with crew Scott and Natalie Mauney took top honors at US
SAILING’s U.S. Championship of Champions at Lake Norman Yacht
Club (Charlotte, NC), beating out 16 other national sailing
event was sponsored by Rolex Watch USA; Rolex sponsors all US
SAILING Adult Championships.
national champion in the Flying Scot class, finished with 29
points in the 13-race series that ended Saturday, October 26.
of Rochester, NY, representing the Thistle class, finished in
second place with 44 points, and Dick Tillman of Syracuse, Ind.,
the national windsurfing champion, finished third with 51
female competitor, Allison Jolly of St. Petersburg, FL.,
finished in fourth place with 59 points. Jolly is the national
champion in the Fireball class.
were sailed in Flying Scot sailboats provided by Lake Norman
Yacht Club. Two races were completed in light air on Wednesday
before the wind died completely. Thursday dawned cloudy, with
light winds, and the sailors were able to complete five more
races. An additional five races were sailed in Friday's rainy,
blustery conditions, and the final race was completed Saturday
morning, after which the winds went calm.
event is held at different locations around the country. Lake
Norman Yacht Club hosted the event once before, in 1985. In 1993
US SAILING named the Championship of Champions trophy in honor
of Jack Brown, a former Lake Norman Yacht Club member who was
active in national sailing circles as a judge, regatta organizer
and member of US SAILING Committees until his death in 1993.
served as Championship of Champions Regatta Chairman and Bob
Smither was Event Chairman.
For more information about the Championship of Champions,
Three sailors from North Carolina participated in the event.
Dave Johnson Jr. of Raleigh, the International 210 national
champion, finished in eighth place with 90.1 points; Mike Evans
of New Bern, the San Juan 21 national champion, finished 15th
with 161 points; and Harold Blanchard of Lake Waccamaw, the
Tanzer 16 national champion, finished 17th with 191 points.
Other sailors competing in the regatta were Tony Passafiume of
Calvert City, KY, Y-Flyer class, 60 points; Benz Faget of
Metairie, LA, Ensign class, 65 points; George Fisher of
Hilliard, OH, Lightning class, 83 points; Scott Savage of
Columbus, OH, Interlake class, 112 points; Ian Gill of Westport,
CT., Blue Jay class, 121 points; and Newton Wattis of Surf City,
NJ, Mariner class, 122 points.
Stauber of Duluth, MI., San Juan 24 class, 123 points; Don
Carsten of Erie, MI., Catalina 22 class, 130 points; Tim DeVries
of Madison, WI, Buccaneer class, 147 points; and Daniel Thompson
of North Oaks, MN, X-Boat class, 161 points.
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governing body for the sport of sailing. The mission of this
volunteer organization is to encourage participation and promote
excellence in sailing and racing in the United States. More
information about US SAILING, which is headquartered in
Portsmouth, RI, is available at www.ussailing.org.