The San Diego Bay Fleet and 5th District has lost a most ardent supporter. Edwin Sprague passed away peacefully at his home on July 10, 2013. Ed had been struggling with health problems but fortunately he always had his wife Frieda by his side.
Ed and Frieda sailed together often, never accepting the tow but instead sailing out, most times beating everyone out to the race course! Ed competed in a number of Star Championships including the 1985 NA’s with Frieda crewing for him. Ed was also well known for promoting the class to young sailors, taking many current SDB Star regulars for their first ride on a Star. He clearly enjoyed being on the water and the camaraderie that resulted from it.
Over a number of years Ed worked on a history of the San Diego Star Fleet. Much of the information contained in the history came from material accumulated by his friend Lowell North. By 2003 the general outline of this encyclopedic work came together, and after four year of working with an editor it was published in June, 2007. The two volume set contained over 1,000 pages of San Diego Bay Star Fleet History and Star Class History. It weighs in at 12.8 pounds!
Ed was an extremely kind person, a hard worker and a tremendous help behind the scenes. He served as a SDB fleet officer and as 5th District Secretary from 1995-2001. Frieda and Ed hosted the Oktoberfest Regatta (his own creation) many times, turning their backyard into a Biergarten and serving traditional German cuisine. Ed represented the best that the Star class has ever offered. He will be missed!
As Ed always signed off —– Sail Fast
A memorial service will be held on Saturday July 20th at 1:00 PM
St. Peter’s by the Sea Lutheran Church
1371 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard
San Diego CA 92107.
Followed by a reception at 2:00 pm
Southwestern Yacht Club
2702 Qualtrough Street
San Diego CA 92106
2011 Rollin's Bowl winners: Mark Reynolds, Hal Haenel, Mark Strube, Erik Lidecis, Jim Buckingham, George Szabo
With the help of several members in our District and the help of Racing Chairs of the hosting Yacht Clubs, our 2012 District 5 race schedule is now final (see right sidebar).
This season the District 5 Championship will be hosted by Newport Harbor Yacht Club on the weekend of June 30th and July 1st.
We are also continuing the “2012 Stump Peters Series”, a five regatta series first started last season (denoted by “SP” on schedule). The series brought out top teams in our district like Mark Reynolds /Hal Haenel and George Szabo / Mark Strube. Last season’s Stump Peter’s Series winners were:
1st George Szabo / Mark Strube
2nd Mark Reynolds / Hal Haenal
3rd Jim Buckingham and Crew
The 2011 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) for the Star Class are (alphabetical order by last name):
Andrew Campbell (San Diego, Calif.) and Ian Coleman (Annapolis, Md.)
Andy Horton (So. Burlington, Vt.) and James Lyne(Granville, Vt.)
Andy MacDonald (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and Brad Nichol (Miami Beach, Fla.)
Mark Mendelblatt (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Brian Fatih (Miami, Fla.)
Rick Merriman (New York, N.Y.) and John von Schwarz (Annapolis, Md.)
George Szabo (San Diego, Calif.) and Mark Strube (Punta Gorda, Fla.)
For the full store go to here.
8320 beating through a lot of weather - photo by FRIED ELLIOTT www.friedbits.com
The District 5 Star Class Schedule is now final. This season will be a busy one. You will see a more coordinated effort to bring more Stars out to play and more Stars to travel to regattas throughout our District. We want to thank all members and their respective yacht clubs for their continued support of the Star Class. Special thanks to California Yacht Club, San Diego Yacht Club, Santa Barbara Yacht Club, San Diego Yacht Club, New Port Harbor Yacht Club, and St. Francis Yacht Club.