Competitor's Detailed Information

"Rowdy - USA 42418"

Registration Information:
Owner's Name: Val A. Saph
From: Marine City, MI USA
Representing Club: Port Huron Yacht Club
Registered Crew: 9
Racing Class:
Entry Status: Application Incomplete
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Rating and Other Information:
Skipper:Val A. Saph
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Finish Time: -
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Boat Information:
Sail Number:USA 42418
Boat Type:Thomas 35
Mfg. Date:1989
Hull Color:White
Spinnaker Colors:Rd/Wh/Blu

About Rowdy...

History. Boats named "Rowdy" have been raced in the Bayview Mackinac Races for the past 39 consecutive years by Val A. Saph. The name comes from a former Bayview boat - a 61' J-40 owned by former Bayview member Ril Wigle, and chartered by Val and other teenagers for 2 week trips on Lakes Huron and Michigan, and Georgian Bay, in the late 1950's. That boat was noted for its leopard skin interior, wild parties and coming close to going over Niagra Falls until the anchor held when Ril took a wrong turn. It was now in Europe after an extensive refit. The current Rowdy is a Thomas 35 raced in the Bayview Mackinac Race since 1990. It has taken first place in its class in 1991, 1993 and 2007. The current crew have raced with Val for many years. This crew consists of Jim Butlin, who has raced 6 meters successfully, and on Rowdy, for many years. The rest of the crew, in order of "seniority" consists of Joe Banka, a retiree, Jim Schiller, a bar owner, Tom Heaslip, a Detriot firefighter, Val C. Saph, a Chrysler employee and the owner's nephew , Darren Shavinski, a postman, Nick Lounsbury, a college student, and Terry Wolf, a US Postoffice adminitrator.. Former crew member, Kent Herzer, who was lost off this boat on a return trip after a Mackinac race and sailed on all 3 Rowdys owned by Val, is still sorely missed by everyone. Rowdy is proud to represent Port Huron Yacht Club, which has always warmly welcomed the Bayview/Mackinac racers to Port Huron.

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