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#1 Editor

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 03:42 AM

We always love hearing these stories, but they seem quite rare, especially when it comes to pros. 

  • Saturday was about 8 to start, pretty shifty as it always is much before noon.
  • He wins the first race by a couple of hundred yards.
  • Second race - nowhere to be found. He finished 21st. Turns out he broke his headstay a minute before the start, started 4 minutes late.
  • Wins the next race.
  • 4th in the 4th race.
  • Wins the fifth - leading at the end of the day with a drop.
  • Very light on Sunday. Marginal as to whether or not they should have sailed.
  • He got tangled up with a hacker, fouled him, bad start as a result. Finished 12th, third for the regatta.
  • So I figured he was going to be a bit bummed, and I'm sure he was for a while. I didn't go over to the boat while he was putting it away...figured I'd let them put their boat away.
  • And here's the point - he was the first guy to clap for the winner, and the loudest. Class act. Who is it?

 



#2 hobiewon20

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 03:49 AM

Dave Ullman, J70 Great Lakes in Buffalo NY



#3 Mr Moab

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 03:49 AM

Not you, that is certain.

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 11:23 AM

Paul Cayard?



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Posted 17 August 2013 - 11:45 AM

Why a class act - shouldn't it be the way it should be?
What the hell does it matter?
Still scratching my head that just because peeps are "pros" they are held in a special light
What about the millions before him that didn't get a pickle dish and showed up for awards and clapped for everyone?

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 12:25 PM

He's a sailor! Just like the other frickin' tens of thousands worldwide!



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Posted 17 August 2013 - 12:26 PM

Why a class act - shouldn't it be the way it should be?
What the hell does it matter?
Still scratching my head that just because peeps are "pros" they are held in a special light
What about the millions before him that didn't get a pickle dish and showed up for awards and clapped for everyone?

 

Ullman is a class act. But he's also working and winning the regatta is lower on his list of priorities than developing a customer base. So congratulating a guy for staying focused on his business instead of being distracted by a childish need to win everything (after a career of winning nearly everything) is pretty pointless.



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Posted 17 August 2013 - 02:56 PM

Dave's always been a great guy - just wish there was something to be done to rejuvenate the 470 class. I've gotten three copies of his book on Winning in One Designs over the years you'd think I would have learned something. 



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Posted 17 August 2013 - 03:05 PM

childish need to win? 



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Posted 17 August 2013 - 03:05 PM

and the bod is saing a j/70

 

should be ashamed to be seen or comented on



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Posted 18 August 2013 - 03:01 PM

90% of this is accurate.  Not sure what hacker he was tied up with prestart on Sunday -- there was some very aggressive match racing going on between the top two boats after Saturday's racing in Sunday's only start since Ullman had a much worse drop race.  Seemed like the two sailmakers (esp. the Q guys) were really going for it to be able to send out the obligatory Monday morning blast email that their "sails" won the regatta.  Anyhow, Ullman was definitely clapping and despite probably being bummed at the outcome got his trophy.  Rest of his crew seemed a bit slow to the podium though to stand with their skipper and had to be asked a couple of times to get up there. 



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Posted 18 August 2013 - 03:18 PM

Nowadays, every regatta is a pro regatta. Not a sign of too many pros--result of too few sailors.



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Posted 18 August 2013 - 04:25 PM

Gotta be Henry Sprague.



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Posted 18 August 2013 - 08:09 PM

Snaggy!!!

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 05:03 AM

What an awesome sport where a 'Hacker' can line up with the 'Pro' on the start and be deemed equal.

Not many sports around like that, and wouldn't want to change it. My kid loves it when she gets to see her heroes at the same regattas she goes to. Not in the same class yet, but one day...



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Posted 19 August 2013 - 12:13 PM

Using the term "hacker" to apply to anyone not pro is the beginning of the end I fear.



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Posted 19 August 2013 - 03:07 PM

Using the term "hacker" to apply to anyone not pro is the beginning of the end I fear.

+ 1000



#18 Centurion

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 05:07 PM

We always love hearing these stories, but they seem quite rare, especially when it comes to pros. 

  • Saturday was about 8 to start, pretty shifty as it always is much before noon.
  • He wins the first race by a couple of hundred yards.
  • Second race - nowhere to be found. He finished 21st. Turns out he broke his headstay a minute before the start, started 4 minutes late.
  • Wins the next race.
  • 4th in the 4th race.
  • Wins the fifth - leading at the end of the day with a drop.
  • Very light on Sunday. Marginal as to whether or not they should have sailed.
  • He got tangled up with a hacker, fouled him, bad start as a result. Finished 12th, third for the regatta.
  • So I figured he was going to be a bit bummed, and I'm sure he was for a while. I didn't go over to the boat while he was putting it away...figured I'd let them put their boat away.
  • And here's the point - he was the first guy to clap for the winner, and the loudest. Class act. Who is it?

 

Do you kow who he is comes across a lot better that do you know who I am.



#19 Winever

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 06:27 PM

And the new "hit machine" keeps on churning....

 

Win ever.






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