Thursday, August 5, 2010

A dozen sailors participated in an afternoon of lessons and drills in Laser boat setup and handling put on by Laser Master Dick Tillman.


Solid wind greeted the sailors, with average winds around 14 knots and puffs jumping as high as 20 knots. Many boats spent a part of their afternoon bottom

side up, but a great time was had by all!


After a short break, ten laser sailors headed back out for some racing. Even with a 5:30 start, the wind held above 12 knots, so there was plenty of speed and wipe outs.


True to his championship history, Dick won the day, but he was pressed hard (everyone wants to take a swing at the champ!).


Skipper Sail No. Race R1 R2 R3 R4 Total

Dick Tillman                     1 4 2 2 9

Karl Kettlehut 181237    3 1 5 3 12

Ken Griswold                   8 2 7 6 1 16

Bob Harvey 11137           6 3 3 5 17

Kevin 15548                     1 5 2 1 10 18

Bruce Hanson 165907   7 8 4 4 23

Wayne 170725                 4 6 10 7 27

DM Griswold                      8 9 7 8 32

Eric VanFossen 181187 10 5 8 9 32

Bob Rhodes 61089          9 10 9 6 34


After the boats were put away, we gathered for a lean in, with food and beverage provided by Kelly Griswold and Nicki Hanson ... thanks for cooking up some

great food!

All in all, it was a very productive and fun day with a great sailing gentleman


Now Open to Juniors and Adults

Pre-WMYSA Championship Laser Tune-up Clinic & Race

$45 donation benefits Youth Sailing – need to have your own boat.

Registration – See Registration Form under the Junior Section @ Muskegon Yacht


August 5th Schedule:

-->·  1:30 – 4:30 Race Clinic

         -->   Boats set up prior to start of clinic

-->·  1 hour break between clinic & Race (includes return time from clinic and return to start of race)

-->·  5:30 – 7:00 Pre-WMYSA Championship Tune up Races

         -->o   3 races back to back

         -->o   Your opportunity to go one-on-one with the Champ!

-->·  Informal "Lean-In" Social Gathering Following


Come on out and compete against a sailing legend and support youth sailing in Western Michigan!


Small Boat Achievements:

1956-1957 National Intercollegiate Sailing Champion

National Champion in Snipe, Finn, Laser , Sunfish and Windsurfing classes

North American Laser Masters Champion

International Sunfish Masters Champion

Bronze Medalist 1959 Pan Am Games. 

Member of 1976 U.S. Olympic Team

1994 Windsurfing World Masters Championship, - 3rd place, 1st American

1998 Nike World Masters Silver Medalist (Windsurfing)

1998 Nike World Masters Bronze Medalist (Laser)

2000 Laser World Masters Championship - 2nd place, 1st American

2000 Sunfish World Championship - 6th place, 2nd American

2002 Laser World GGM Champion

2002 US Sailing Championship of Champions- 3rd

2004 MC Grand Master Midwinter Champion

2006 Sunfish World Masters Champion


Big Boat Achievements:

Winner Bermuda Race Week- J/24

Crew, 1980 Olympic Trials, Soling, Lowell North/Vincent Brun

Tactician J/24 Worlds: Rod Johnstone 1984, Bob Johnstone 1985

Skipper J/24 Worlds 1981, 1986, 1990

Guest celebrity, Formula 40 Pro Circuit, Tom Blackaller, 1989

Helmsman, SORC, Rod Johnstone, J/36

Helmsman SORC, Bob Lynds, Soverall 40

International Master Championship 2005 - J/105  - 3rd

International Master Championship 2006 - J/105 -  2nd



Steve Colgate's Offshore Sailing School

Rick White's Racing Clinics



Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association Hall of Fame

Rolex Yachtsman of the Year -1965


Organizational Activities:

Member NGB (United States Sailing Association)- 30 years

Chair of National Single-handed Championship Committee-7 years 

Commodore Snipe Class International Racing Association- 1971

Sailing representative to USOC Athletes Advisory Council- 1976-1980

Executive Director International J/24 Class Association- 1981-1991

Director, US SAILING - 1999 - 2002

President US Windsurfing Association- 1999-2002

President International Sunfish Class Association- 2002 -2006

US Olympian representative 2009-present


Writing Achievements

Authored 4 books on Laser Racing


Contact for clinic is:

Kenneth D. Griswold

Chair, Muskegon Junior Sailing.