Posted: September 2, 2014 | By: Rich Roberts [The Log]
LONG BEACH, Calif. – They sailed the oldest boat but it was a special boat that Mark Ryan and his crew, sister Sarah Schaupeter, drove to their second Lido 14 National Class Championship on Alamitos Bay Sunday, Aug. 3.
“Grandpa's boat,” they call it, number 2,506 in the line of more than 7,000 W.D. Schock dinghies dating to the late 1950s when Roscoe Orin Butcher launched it decades before the birth of his grandchildren, who christened it the Orin B. on the transom.
In 12 races over two days, following a Qualification series that split the 45 entries into Gold and Silver fleets, the Orin B. lurked closely in the shadows of the top contenders until surging into first place by a single point with finishes of 6-4-2 in the last three races.
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