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And the Yacht of the Year Award Goes to . . .

At the Annual Awards Ceremony held at Lakewood Yacht Club on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 14, Fleet Captain Ashley Walker announced that racer and club member Bee Bednar’s J/105 named “Stinger” captured the “Yacht of the Year” award for 2015. This is the second time that “Stinger” claimed this award, as it also won in 2012.

This annual trophy goes to the Lakewood Yacht Club boat that has the best score in club-hosted races on Galveston Bay and off the coast of Galveston in the Gulf of Mexico. The four regattas in which “Stinger” participated were Bay Cup I and II, the Shoe Regatta, and the Heald Bank Regatta in the Gulf of Mexico.

Bednar relates that with a first name like Bee, “Stinger” was a natural name for his J/105. When asked about winning these races, he stated “maintenance of the boat is the most important thing. You start to lose the race at the dock.” He also attributes his winning to a really good crew among which were his son Kevin, Charles Braddus, Marty Pedowicz, Steve Cooper, Pedro Geonatti, Reed Cleckler, Jeff Berger, Alex Freas, and Tony Chiesa. “It was also great fun to throw out a bullet,” Bednar added.

By winning the four races which qualified “Stinger” as “Yacht of the Year,” Bednar also won the Texas Navy Trophy.

Marcy Fryday 
Community Relations Director

In 1989, I was Lakewood Yacht Club’s first Marketing Director and have served in the capacity for over 22 years.   Now I am transitioning into the new position of Community Relations Director.   Having lived in the Clear Lake Area for 50 years, I am familiar with the business community and many of its organizations such as the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce where I have served on their board and now the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership and the Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership where I serve on their boards as well.  I represent Lakewood Yacht Club in the community and help to keep the face of our club in the forefront of peoples’ minds.

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