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Flying Dutchman National Championships
By Tom Lewis
Nine Flying Dutchman competed in the 2019 National Championship/Cuspidor Regatta. Brothers Chris and Jeff Wrenn from Santa Cruz, CA were crowned 2019 National Champions after three days and 12 races of good winds and competitive racing. Following closely behind were Larry Schmitz and Jack Caires from San Diego, CA, and Doug Dommeruth and Michael Manning also of San Diego. The top WBYC finishers were Carl Boller and Jeff Barbero in fifth place. WBYC sailors Tom Lewis and Andy Mistur finished seventh. Canadian sailors Derrick and Cynthia Hiltz followed in eighth place and newcomers to the Cazenovia FD fleet the Brown family sailing a vintage wooden Mader finished in ninth place. Junior sailors John Henry and Willem Light-Olson (photo) finished sixth and won the Flying Dutchman Class Association Junior National Trophy.  
Larry Schmitz and Doug Dommeruth contributed to the high attendance by providing two San Diego boats and hauling them across country. 
The three-day event was sponsored by Empire Brewery, Owera Vineyards, and Chobani with logistics assistance from Cazenovia Equipment. Special thanks goes to Pia and Dave Murray, RC Jeff Shaw, Liz Handler, Bill Hoyer, and WBYC staff, who made it all possible!