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Competitor of the Year

2016 COMPETITOR OF THE YEAR

ROCKIT 2.0 - LANCE RYLEY


The Griffith Trophy is awarded to Mass Bay Sailing’s Offshore Competitor of the Year. This trophy was revived by the Corinthian Yacht Club in 2002. Ken Bowden on KNOTLESS won it that year. This trophy is awarded to people who exhibit competitive spirit, perseverance and positive attitude both on and off the water – modesty in winning and graciousness in defeat.
 
Over the past several years, this year’s recipient has jumped in with both feet in promoting his racing programs. He told me once that his original reason for wanting his own program was because he wanted to prove that you could build a successful program without having a skipper that yells all the time. His wife refers to his racing program as his “hands-on MBA,” juggling time, personnel, budgets, equipment, etc. He’s chosen boats that are unconventional but that he thinks will be fun to sail, and has had success in both the C class, which he won in 2012, and the B class where he races now and which he won in 2015. He puts the success of his program squarely on his team – all excellent sailors in their own right. He tries to give back to the sailing community that has given him so much, and as such he serves as the Fleet Captain for his local yacht club and as the Vice President of Offshore for Mass Bay. Please help me congratulate Lance Ryley, RockIt 2.0, and the 2016 Competitor of the Year.




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