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Defiance, Brass Monkey & Hedgehog Take Top Honors in the 2017 Chicago Regatta

Chicago Yacht Club
400 East Monroe St. | Chicago, IL 60603
Tuesday September 12, 2017
Media Release
Tracy Gladden
Communications Director
(312) 861-7772


Defiance, Brass Monkey & Hedgehog Take Top Honors in the 2017 Chicago Regatta         
Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club is pleased to announce the winners of the Chicago Regatta, presented by Wintrust. This year’s Chicago Regatta included five different on-water events, including a one-design buoy race, an offshore distance race, a series of races designed for M-32 catamarans, a casual race for newer racers, and a poker run event designed for power boaters. Participants saw sunny skies and a steady southeast breeze off Chicago’s lakefront. The overall winners of the Chicago Regatta Trophy were:

Brass Monkey, owned by Mike Frerker (buoy race overall winner)
Defiance, owned by Dale Smirl (distance race overall winner)
Hedgehog, owned by Alec Cutler (M-32 race overall winner)

Other division winners included Branta, owned by Richard Jardine, and La Tigre Rinata, owned by Yaman Battikhi, which won the casual race spinnaker and non-spinnaker divisions, respectively. The Chicago Regatta’s Poker Run, jointly sponsored by Chicago Yacht Club and Burnham Park Yacht Club, attracted more than 50 participants. The winner of the poker run was Mirage, owned by Bob Connard. CYC Rear Commodore, Nick Berberian said, “It was exciting to have power boaters participate in a regatta and at the same time be able to watch all of the races on the lakefront.”

The Chicago Regatta concluded with a dock party and silent auction, with proceeds benefitting three children’s charities -- the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, and the Chicago Yacht Club Foundation. “The Chicago Regatta has turned out to be a smashing success. We’ve had a lot of fun and a lot of people participated,” said Chicago Yacht Club Foundation President, CYC Past Commodore Jerry Bober. “We are so happy that we are raising money not only for our foundation but for two other worthy charities here in Chicago.” Mollie Kolosky, of Comer Children’s Hospital added that “[w]e are so grateful to participate in the Chicago Regatta this year. Funds that have been generously donated to us will go to advancing treatment, research, and patient care. And Anne Glazer, of SOS Villages Illinois, noted that “[a]ll of the funds raised, that go to SOS today will support children in foster care, keep brothers and sisters together, and help families heal.”

CYC Past Commodore and Chicago Regatta Chair, Greg Miarecki, noted that “we are delighted with the turnout at the Chicago Regatta events, and are pleased that we can make a difference in our community. We’re already making plans for next year’s event.” As of this date, the Chicago Regatta has raised a combined total of more than $80,000 for these three charities, with more donations coming in each day. Wintrust is this year’s Presenting Sponsor of the event. The Pinnacle Foundation and the Chicago Match Race Center have also provided support for the Chicago Regatta. Donations to Chicago Regatta charities will be accepted through the end of this month. Visit www.chicagoregatta.com to learn more and to donate.

Complete results for the Chicago Regatta Distance Race are available here.
Complete results for the Chicago Regatta Buoy Race are available here.
Complete results for the Chicago Regatta Casual Race are available here.
Complete results for the M32 Chicago Regatta are available here.

Complete results for the Chicago Regatta Poker Run are:

1st Place- Bob Connard on Mirage, with a full house. 
2nd Place- Cathy Shanahan on Sol e Mar II, with a flush. 
3rd Place- Joe Hemberger on Zar, straight.
4th Place- Dina Lentsch on Anna Marie, three of a kind.
5th Place- Howard Jacobson on SexSea, three of a kind.
6th Place- Avery Sundling on Anna Marie, three of a kind


Above photo of Chicago Regatta Cup Winning Teams, Defiance, Brass Monkey & Hedgehog
Below photos courtesy of Stan Mehaffey.
ABOUT WINTRUST: Wintrust is a financial holding company with assets of approximately $26 billion focused on providing service- based community banking to each and every customer through fifteen community banking subsidiaries and over 150 banking locations in the greater Chicago and southern Wisconsin market area.
ABOUT CHICAGO YACHT CLUB: Founded in 1875, the Chicago Yacht Club is one of the oldest and most respected yacht clubs in the world. Its mission is to encourage, promote, and develop knowledge, participation, and enjoyment of all aspects of yachting. To that end, the Club hosts many world class competitions, including its signature Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac and numerous North American and World Championships. The Club is also recognized as a leader in sailing education, with one of the largest junior sailing programs in the United States. The Club is home to more than 1400 members, including winning America’s Cup skippers, Olympic medalists and hopefuls, and outstanding boaters of all types, from ages 4 to 104. The Club offers year-round activities for its diverse membership at two locations on the city’s shoreline, at Monroe and Belmont Harbors. Learn more at chicagoyachtclub.org