Little Traverse Sailors (LTS) is pleased to announce that Richard (Rich) Lehmann, former Commodore of the Little Traverse Yacht Club and world-renowned racing sailor, has donated his J/70 “Wind Czar” to support LTS’s mission of building lifelong sailors through world-class instruction and fun on-the-water experiences. The new LTS J/70 will be docked with the rest of the LTS fleet starting in Summer 2016, and will be fully integrated into the racing and learn-to-sail curriculum.
Tom Trautman, the former President and Board Member of Little Traverse Sailors who helped make the donation happen, said “LTS is incredibly thankful for Rich’s generous donation, which will allow our programs to reach new levels, especially with the new opportunities that this boat will present for our outstanding young sailors on the LTS Race Team.”
Dan Thompson, the Director of Little Traverse Sailors, said “We can’t wait until next summer! With this new boat, the LTS Race Team will have a platform to train and and race with one of the most exciting, competitive, and dynamic fleets in Harbor Springs — the J/70 fleet. It will also allow us to give more of our LTS sailors a small keelboat experience as part of their learning, which further establishes LTS’s leadership as one of the premier junior sailing programs in the Midwest.”
“Junior sailing is something I have always strongly supported,” said Lehmann. “I’m glad to have the opportunity to help ensure that young sailors experience the fun and excitement of a J/70 as they grow their passion for our sport. The teamwork, friendships, and fun that I’ve had in my sailing is something I’m dedicated to bringing to new generations, and I think that LTS will do an excellent job in using this boat to create lifelong sailors. Plus it will help continue to build our local J/70 fleet, which I have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy for years to come.”
Since its debut in 2013, the J/70 has become the fastest growing one-design boat in recent memory, with hundreds of fleets worldwide and major regattas attracting 80 or more entrants. At 22 feet long and 1,750 lbs, with a retractable keel for trailering, the J/70 is a high performance keelboat that can be easily sailed competitively. The local Harbor Springs J/70 fleet, founded in 2014, will have at least eight boats in 2016 — including the LTS J/70 — and plans an active summer racing season.
Little Traverse Sailors (www.LittleTraverseSailors.org), a 501(C)(3) charitable educational organization, has been a leader in teaching youth and adults how to sail for nearly sixty years. The LTS mission is to build lifelong sailors, through offering fun and safe opportunities to learn on-the-water skills at all levels. All LTS programs operate on the waterfront of the Little Traverse Yacht Club on Bay Street in Harbor Springs, Michigan.
Dan Thompson, Director, Little Traverse Sailors (Director@LittleTraverseSailors.org)
Polk Wagner, President, Little Traverse Sailors (President@LittleTraverseSailors.org)