Mike Kenny, Guest Speaker Jan 16, 20017

John Morris, Vice Commodore, arranged for Mike Kenny to be NWSA’s first guest speaker for our 2017 sailing season.

Mike’s first boat was a trailerable Hunter 23 in 1999, upgraded to a Newport 31 in 2002 and acquired his current Catalina 380, s/v Debbia, in 2006.   He sailed occasionally in his youth and while on vacation.  But sailing on a friend’s Catalina and taking a USCG Auxiliary sailing course at McHenry County College taught by long time member Dick Spears set the sailing hook.  Mike has actively volunteered at NWSA events with each of his sailboats since joining our club in 2001.  He has contributed to our Board as Publicity Director, Vice Commodore and Commodore.   He is current President of the Lake Michigan Single Handed Society (LMSS) and is a member of the Great Lakes Single Handed Society (GLSS).

A cruiser at heart Mike also enjoys racing, especially long distance port to port.  His successes include the Queen’s Cup, LMSS double and solo races, Hook races, crewed Mac and solo Mac races.  He is also on the Defiance race team with many 1st place wins including the 2015 Chicago Mac and four years running the Lake Michigan Boat of the Year.  He has participated in the week long Heineken Regatta at St. Martin with some of the Defiance team.  This was part of his interesting speaker program last year.  For many years Mike has been an avid supporter of Louie’s Last Regatta, a charity sailing event benefiting Children’s Hospital of WI in Milwaukee.  Cumulative to date, Team Debbia with his hundreds of supporters has contributed approximately $30,000.

A question was posed about a prior comment that a TransPac (SF to Hawaii) might be in his future; Mike replied a “solo TransPac is a bucket list item☺”

The above was an interview with Mike on behalf of the NWSA board and membership, especially for the many new NWSA members of recent years who have not yet had the opportunity to visit or sail with Mike.  I have been fortunate to do both and I cherish the times aboard Debbia.

Thank you Mike, we all look forward to your program.
Joe Rittner


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