Aug 16, 2016
A crew made up of sailors from the Chester, Nova Scotia, IOD fleet and bolstered by a couple of J29 racers, made a great showing at the IOD National Championships in Northeast Harbor, Maine, July 27-30. The visiting crews shared boats of the Northeast Harbor fleet on a rotating basis. The Chester crew consisted of Ted Murphy (skipper), Dayna Nelder, Johnny Seller, Dave Wedlake, Jamie Blunden, and Kiran Persaud. Placing third overall against some pretty experienced competition was a great result.
Dayna Nelder tells us “ … they were all very impressed by how well organised the event was, both on and off the water and a huge shout out to the race committee for being able to pull off three races a day despite fog and a lack of wind some days.”
Speaking of Dayna, she has had quite a year on the water. Last fall she crewed on the 60 foot schooner Sorca from Nova Scotia to the Caribbean and then made her way back south in time to join the boat at Antigua Classics, something she says she’ll never forget. Coming from a boating family Dayna has been sailing all her life, besides crewing in the Chester IOD fleet, she also sails and races her family’s wooden Folkboat and can occasionally be seen dashing about on the 14’ Dudley Dix designed Paper Jet built by her boat builder father Keith. As if all this time on the water weren’t enough, Dayna’s day job is skipper of the tugboat Miss Jenna for Mailman & Kelly Marine Ltd. of Mahone Bay. All signs point to this being just the beginning of a very interesting life in boats.