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Story Contributors: Karl Kuspa


Congratulations to the Ireland Family!

Team Ireland hiking hard! 📸 J.P. Clowes

The Interlakes Chiefs Regatta, hosted by Leatherlips Yacht Club, brought challenging conditions to the 19 teams participating. Sailing on the damned Scioto River in Columbus Ohio, Nate Ireland held on for a one-point victory over Tim Boucher and 4 points over third-place AJ Savage in the four-race series. It was a total North Sails sweep of the podium. Nate was joined by his wife Bridget and eleven-year-old son Vincent to round out the winning team.

“Getting to the first mark after a short first beat was very important” states Nate. “Even though we didn’t have the greatest of starts or positioning at times, we still managed to work our way towards the top of the fleet every race”, Nate continues “The one race we did have a great start we held on to the lead and extended the whole way”.

The Irelands showed great boat speed working their way through the fleet using their new North VII Main, VII Jib, and il Maxo Spinnaker.

Nathan loves bringing his son Vincent along on events like this. This season they are training him to do the spinnaker work on the boat. Eventually, Nathan, says Vincent, will go on to crew for other club members opening up a crew spot for Vincent’s nine-year-old brother Quinton to join the family team.

Congrats to Team Ireland!



📸 J.P. Clowes
📸 J.P. Clowes


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Karl Kuspa

Sail Expert, Loft Manager — Detroit, Michigan

Learning to sail at Edison Boat Club where his father was commodore in 1981, Karl has now been an intricate part of the marine industry for over 30 years. Beginning his racing career in the Flying Scot and Etchells, Karl...

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