|Monday's Main Players
Skipper: Lee Alnes
Crew: Andy Kruse, Mark Dunsworth
Home club - White Bear Yacht Club - White Bear Lake, MN Scows sailed in 2014: A Scow, E Scow - Euphoria W-25
What is your sailing background? (Yacht Club, age started, boats sailed, etc)
I went out in my first race as extra baggage at about age 4 or 5. It was a WBYC "Parent's Race" in the X boat and I remember spending the entire time looking at the water splashing in the centerboard trunk. I liked the smell of a wooden boat even then. I started skipping in Class X at age 12 (1963 JBW rib-less wood boat named Euphoria) and over the coming years raced in C's, E's, M-16's, M-20's, MC's, the Johnson J scow, and Lasers. I now actively race my A scow and my E scow.
What is your proudest sailing accomplishment?
Helping to raise over $500,000.00 for the Leukemia Cup Regatta. Proceeds from the Leukemia Cup help advance The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. There are close to 50 L-Cup regattas held every year - if you can't sail in one, find one to donate to.
What is your pre-regatta ritual?
I focus on the logistics so I can reduce the likelihood of having to think about anything not sailing-related at the regatta. Final ritual before leaving home is a walk around my rec room where the sailing gear from the A and E programs is kept. If the E scow area is empty, we are ready for an E scow regatta!
Who is your biggest competition? Why?
We take every competitor very seriously. There are no easy boats to pass. Over the past 10 years, the E fleet has become increasingly competitive, and no one can be counted out. Older boats still do quite well and everyone works really hard to try to win. I feel very fortunate to be involved in fleets with so many great competitors and to be able to hone our skills against some of the legends in the sport.
If you could add any person as your heavy air crew, who would it be?
That's a tough question as there are so many qualified candidates, but I think it would have to be Harry Melges. He is a great sailor and we would learn a lot I am sure.
Favorite pre-and post-regatta food or drink.
Pre-regatta: Anything from the Grill Team at Pewaukee Yacht Club.
Post-regatta: Chocolate milk.
And now for the Crew:
What is one thing we don't know about your skipper?
He is "bowline impaired", seemingly unable to tie a bowline under pressure or if anyone is watching.
What phrase do you hear most from the back of your boat?
"The spin sheet is dragging"
Why will your team win this year's 2014 Inland?
I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!
If you win, what magazine cover would you like to be featured on?
Lastly, if your boat had a theme song, what would it be?Van Morrison - Wild Night