Sights and sounds from the Sailing venue at Edgewater Yacht Club in Cleveland, Ohio for Gay Games 9. Does not include actual sailing photos because the photographer for all of these was busy competing IN the sailboats! However, it does include a few pictures of some significant downtown and other locations near downtown Cleveland, just for those who have never been there before and those who may not ever get there.
Sights and sounds from the Games opening, the venue, the teams and some of the Cleveland landmarks and interesting places.
Downtown Cleveland Skyline
Waiting to march in
SFST Sailors waiting to march into the stadium for opening ceremonies.
France marches in
Team Newport marches in
Primary Sponsor - Tartan Yachts
Event organizer Mark Cheslow, Tartan representative Christine Corbissero and outstanding spouse support and event volunteer Ian Berardi-Cheslow march in with the Cleveland crowd.
Connie is the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, LGBT ally and wife of Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown.
US Senator Sharrod Brown
Senator Sharrod Brown welcomes us to Northeast Ohio.
A Special Welcome
A special welcome from none other than the President of the United States Barack Obama...very cool, big applause!
The torch is lit
Friends of SFST
This is Marina Coleridge and Holly Krueter, ice hockey players and non-racing members of SFST at the opening ceremonies.
The Erie Queeries
SFST Oakland Wave Riders...and Oliver
Our awesome event coordinator volunteers
The names I know include Mark Cheslow, far left, to his left in white hat, Cheri Morabito, and to her left also in a white had, Christine Corbissero. Sorry...give me the other names and I'll fill those in!
SFST Oakland Wave Riders
L-R: Christy Leffall, Jan Crosbie-Taylor, Chloe Arnold, Dorothea Crosbie-Taylor.
SFST Team Lightning Bug
L-R: Ando Jones, Beth Richards, S, Heather Stewart
The Sailors of Gay Games 9 Cleveland
A main entrance to the Village
Part of the main gathering places for participants and visitors, right down near the lake and the R&R museum and football stadium.
Part of the main gathering places for participants and visitors, right down near the lake and the R&R museum and football stadium. It wasn't the greatest: little to no shade for the attendees, no real places to sit other than the grass and a few benches around the perimeter...none by the food, standing tables only...club music played too loud so you can barely hear each other unless you're totally in the far back end by the food...not conducive to being able to casually and comfortably talk and converse with others and meet new people.
Twister on the grass
This was the first night, and this was kind of funny...have no idea how long this lasted throughout the week. Still, you could barely hear anyone shouting out the colors...you had to look at the wheel to really know.
Entertainers on stilts
A bench with cute ladies!
SFST found an actual bench we could sit down for a while...and share some smiles with others!
Dark & stormy
Yacht club flags...that red & white striped one on the bottom is the postponement flag (AKA the "Cat in the Hat")...we waited to get started, would we sail? We made one race and then raced the clouds and storm back to land.
Team Toronto sans jackets
Batten Down the Snatches
Our SFST friend Sara Benjamin and her team...who really did have the best team name!
Batten Down the Snatches
Seriously...ain't that the best! :)
Our boats - Lightnings
Several of the borrowed Lightnings used for the competative division.
Cheri welcomes you!
Co coordinator Cheri Morabito welcomes us hither to hear more about the boats.
Intro to a Lightning
Each of these boats was borrowed from a private owner, picked up and trailered to Edgewater and back to their owners at the end of the regatta by the Lightning guru and all around boat caretaker, Mr. Bill Buckles. That's the guy in the white shirt on the right whom everyone is listening to. The trick was, these were not true one-design boats. Every boat was rigged a bit differently and had different kinds of gear...so there was a lot of labeling attempted to let everyone know what line did what...some were better than others. That's why we rotated boats *every race* on the water so that everyone had a chance to sail a 'good' boat and the dogs.
Bill & class
Talking about the boats. There was also a recreational class sailing Tartan 10s...they didn't need this kind of lecture!
Nightime Cleveland skyline
Our only German team, heck...our only fully European team at Cleveland.
Dave Mathias photo
Photographer Dave Mathias was out on the water throughout the regatta taking some great shots of both fleets. THAT is where you can see some sailing photos! Check them out here at ClevelandSailing.com.
Dave Mathias photo - Team Lightning Bugs
Dave Mathias photo - Oakland Wave Riders
Lightning Bugs Cameo
The video produced for our sailing regatta opens with this cameo shot of SFST Team Lightning Bugs getting ready to head out to the course.
SFST Oakland Wave Riders
Christy Leffall, Dorothea Crosbie-Taylor, Jan Crosbie-Taylor & Chloe Arnold.
The Oakland Wave Riders and Heather Stewart, sailing on Team Lightning Bugs. Dorothea, Jan and Heather are the only SFST members who have sailed at the 4 Gay Games who have offered sailing, starting with Syndey in 2002, Chicago in 2006, Cologne in 2010 and Cleveland 2014...and we're planning on heading to Paris in 2018 if the coordinators can make it happen! Chloe only missed the Cologne Games and this was Christy's first regatta...and a newbie sailor at that!
Betsy Yingling, skipper...third from left. Cleveland locals with Betsy's sister (far left) the only lesbian aboard!
Israeli & Jewish sailors & friends
Members of the brand new Toronto Gay Sailing Club flank Elad Strohmayer, a deputy counsel general and diplomat stationed in Philadelphia...also one of the gold medal team members from the Aussies a Buckeye and an Israeli.
Elad, the super Israeli
Elad Strohmayer shows his Israeli pride...and some hidden talents? Must be how fast their boat sailed! :)
SFSTer Sarah Benjamin
Skipper of the Snatches! ;) Also known as Galaxy...just chillin' dockside.
07.07.07 Amorita's Unlucky Day
Owner of the NY30 Amorita, Jed Pearsall (right) and his partner Bill Doyle (left) screened their movie for us. A pretty amazing and gut wrenching story, with a "happy" ending. You can read more and view a trailer of the movie here: http://www.ny30.org/amorita.htm
07.07.07 Amorita's Unlucky Day
Thanks for sharing, guys!
Mark waiting "patiently" for everyone to be quiet, Cheri about to blow the whistle to get everyone quiet, and Christine...just making sure she's all together! ;)
Mr. Clean Award
The Knickerbockers from New York succeeded in capsizing one of the Lightnings, inside the transfer marina, and proceeded to have the mud in which the mast got stuck ceremoniously dumped upon their heads as the boat righted!
Best Team Name
Wasted Seamen, an all straight crew. We still believe our pals Batten Down the Snatches should have won this one, most def! :)
Rise Above It All
This is where the Snatches won their award. As it was, they had trained and fully expected to be sailing in the Tartan 10 class. Imagine their surprise when they found out they had mistakenly registered in the wrong fleet! Because of the limit of the available number of Tartans, they were not allowed to switch fleets, so they stayed in the Lightning fleet and gave it a shot on our first wild & wooly - and only! - day on Lake Erie and decided that was enough.
George Clooney ER Award
The only competitor ever having to leave the venue in an ambulance...but it wasn't for sailing. He climbed a fence trying to take a picture, lost his footing and fell about 10 feet down to a bed of very uncomfortable rocks. Luckily, Warren had only a few bumps and bruises, but he was okay!
The ever friendly & kissing Malaysian machine... Li from Team Toronto!
Our Primary Race Official, Judy...from Florida! She did an outstanding job in leading her team of volunteers and assuring we had as many safe races as possible...and boy, did we race a lot! Thanks, Judy!
Most definitely the sweetest, friendliest and most supportive spouse and volunteer, Mr. Ian Berardi-Cheslow! Thank you so much to Ian for being our morning shuttle driver and for everything he did to help our primary coordinator, Mark Cheslow. We love you, Ian! Mwa!
Edgewater Burgees around the World
The skippers who traveled the furthest from around the world who camp to play were given a burgee from Tim of Edgewater YC.
Bring on the medals!
Christine Corbissero, who was the rep from our primary sponsor Tartan Yachts, together with one of the Federation's organizing committee members passed out the official GG9 Awards.
Bronze - Tartan 10
Team Toronto Gay Sailing Team 2
Silver - Tartan 10s
Rainbow Spinnaker Sailing Club from Team DC
Gold - Tartan 10s
Team Frankfurt. Bronze medalists in Cologne in the recreational fleet from Frankfurt, Germany move up the ranks and grab the gold!
Bronze - Lightnings
The Naiads, mostly straight locals...except Betsy's sister next to Mark who traveled in to compete with them.
Silver - Lightnings
Team Newport, perennial podium winners. Accompanies by Greg Group, a member of Edgewater who was connected with Bill through Bill's boat Amorita...it's a long story...but we were there because Greg helped make it happen, thank you Greg!
Cleveland Public Library
The beautiful Cleveland Public Library flying our colors...beautiful inside and out.