Eight Bells: Bernie Swindeman:
It is with great sadness that I have to report my friend and fellow sailor of the Great Lakes, Bernie Swindeman, passed away on February 29 in Florida. He was 80 years of age.
Bernie owned a number of boats named Appleknocker, from Dragons in the early 1960s to a custom 40-footer that he raced with his three sons in the 1970s. His Ranger 37, Appleknocker, was Lake Erie Boat of the year in 1974.
Bernie was a successful business man who took over his father’s apple orchards in Southeast Michigan in the early 1950s and he, along with his three sons who all took active roles on the farm in the mid 1970s, turned it into a multi-million dollar business. It is now a four…
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Finn Europeans to Decide USA Olympic Representative:
The field is narrowing as the Rio Olympics draws ever closer and a key event for many of those fighting for the few remaining paces is the 2016 Senior and Junior Finn European Championships which is set to begin next week in Barcelona, Spain.
The entry list is a huge 98 boats from 31 countries including an encouraging number of new and returning countries to the Finn class. Of the nations already qualified for Rio, selection trials continue for New Zealand, Italy, Canada, USA, Croatia, Australia. Some of these are subjective, some are based on results. Most are too close to call.
While the Canadian selection system has some objectivity to it, the USA system is points-based u…
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