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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, for example John's forum posts read like a summary of his sailing achievements:

  • 1976 Day Sailer II, #8075 - Completed the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Texas 200
  • 1952 Beetle Boat Swan Catboat
    Early Rhodes 19
  • 1973 Mariner 2+2, #2607 - Completed 2014, 2015 and 2016 Texas 200
  • 1969 Day Sailer I, #3229
    Fleet 135; Canyon Lake, Texas
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. 

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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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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 timeMary Niederberger (Sacramento) 
Treadway Family TankardImmediate family team with highest standing in NACRCraig Lee/Mary Niderberger (Sacramento)
Cruising AwardGiven in the basis of accounts in the DAY SAILER QUARTERLY for cruising exploits – group or individualNA
Robert Smith MemorialYoung competitor who shows particular racing promise and exemplifies the Corinthian spiritNathan Hensinger (Morrow Bay)
Rebel Vice PresidentRegional Vice President who has done the most to promote the class in his or her region Lee Peterson (Wisconsin)
Al Santoriello MemorialThe highest pair of teams based on the standings after the first day’s racing at the NACRHaydon Stapleton/Rory McClish and Steve Lowry/Butch Michel
Robert Radtke MemorialTeam with the greatest age span between skipper and crew at the NACR Erin & Kevin Flanagan (Ohio)
Dolores Bayer “Old Salt” TrophyHighest placing skipper over 70 at the NACRDave Keran (Fresno)
Orin Adams Corinthian SpiritAwarded 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 UpAwarded 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!"

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