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DS Member John Alesch Passes
DS member, and regular DS Forum participant, John Alesch passed unexpectedly July 11. He was known for his great advice and helpful tips on DS repair work, but mostly his friendship. John will be greatly missed. John was key to the establishment of the Guadalupe Fleet at Canyon Lake. In his honor Fleet 135 is hosting a Memorial Regatta on Saturday, September 23. See the Regattas section for details and the link to the NOR.
His official obit is below, but you'll get more out of reading his old posts in the "Events' section for the DS Forum (link at top of each page). They include reports of his early Texas 200 trips on a DS 2. He also wrote a report for the Day Sailer Quarterly 2012, which garnered the DSA Cruising Award. (See www.texas200.com, for example http://www.texas200.com/2012/
He also completed the 2017 Texas 200.
As one member wrote, "As you can see he owned quite a fleet of boats. The DS1 he recently acquired and raced as part of Fleet 135, before that he raced the DS2. Before he switched to the Mariner, he sailed the DS2 in the Texas 200 four times and even after that he raced it on Canyon Lake. If you click on his user name you can see how prolific a contributor he was on the forum. Always helpful."
John Edward Alesch passed away on July 11, 2017. He was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, on November 13, 1952, to Edward and Marjorie Alesch. He attended North Texas State in Denton and UT Austin. He was an avid sailor, civil war re-enactor, animal lover, story teller, and writer. He was an extra in several movies. He was a generous and loyal friend and mentor to all. He is survived by his mother, Marjorie; brother, Ed; sister-in-law Becky, niece Amy (Sean) Berg, and numerous cousins.
2017 NACR Winners!
Rory McClish (left) and Haydon Stapleton (skipper) took first place in this year's National Championship Regatta at Huntington Lake, CA.
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PRESIDENTIAL Fleet FINALS
2017 Perpetual Trophy Award Recipients
|Hans Gottschalk DSA Merit||Given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the Association over a period of time||Mary Niederberger (Sacramento)|
|Treadway Family Tankard||Immediate family team with highest standing in NACR||Craig Lee/Mary Niderberger (Sacramento)|
|Cruising Award||Given in the basis of accounts in the DAY SAILER QUARTERLY for cruising exploits – group or individual||NA|
|Robert Smith Memorial||Young competitor who shows particular racing promise and exemplifies the Corinthian spirit||Nathan Hensinger (Morrow Bay)|
|Rebel Vice President||Regional Vice President who has done the most to promote the class in his or her region||Lee Peterson (Wisconsin)|
|Al Santoriello Memorial||The highest pair of teams based on the standings after the first day’s racing at the NACR||Haydon Stapleton/Rory McClish and Steve Lowry/Butch Michel|
|Robert Radtke Memorial||Team with the greatest age span between skipper and crew at the NACR||Erin & Kevin Flanagan (Ohio)|
|Dolores Bayer “Old Salt” Trophy||Highest placing skipper over 70 at the NACR||Dave Keran (Fresno)|
|Orin Adams Corinthian Spirit||Awarded by the NACR participants to the sailor who they feel best “exemplifies ultimate sportsmanship and the true spirit of our class”||Mary Niederberger (Sacramento)|
|Bottoms Up||Awarded to a team whose boat goes over during the NACR racing||Gregg Miller because of a collision that created a hole in his boat along the post stern. But his duck-taped message said it best: "Oppsie...It's O'tay!"|