John and Denise Economides

Believe it or not, Fleet 45’s soft spoken captain, John Economides, has a few traits in common with California’s new, flamboyant governor. They both serve as the CEO of a diverse, atypical organization, they appreciate the guitar and both owe much to their wives. Blessedly, this is where their similarities end.

Economides1_smallJohn actually played the guitar, he doesn’t bulge from years of enhanced body building and he hasn’t terminated anyone, yet. Most importantly, his wife stands with him rather than behind him and in fact, he insisted on a guarantee of “equal billing” for Denise as a precondition for this profile.

Children of the sixties, she from Winthrop, he from East Boston, they met at a Winthrop party where John was playing a rock and roll guitar gig in 1969. They realized that they shared interests in the life sciences and the belief in education as the path to personal growth and married in 1973. At that time, John had completed a BA in Biology at UMass Boston by way of Boston Latin secondary school. Denise had completed her primary and secondary education in the Winthrop Public Schools. Post marriage, the pace picked up. They soon had two children and they continued their formal educations.

Denise pursued and gained a BS in Health Science from Northeastern University. She Economides2graduated Magna Cum Laude with membership in Northeastern’s Sigma Epsilon Rho honor society while working part time and providing primary care for their son and daughter. She also gained an Early Childhood Education Certificate from Salem State in her spare time. She is putting this training to use as a Senior Medical Technologist at Lahey Clinic’s Burlington facility.

Not to be outdone, John attained a MBA in Finance and a Masters in Computer Science from Boston University. He works as Principal Financial Systems Analyst for MFS Investment Management in Boston.

In 1993, after 20 years together, they found time for basic keelboat lessons in Solings and Sonars at the Boston Sailing Center. With a residence in Winthrop, they gravitated to the Cottage Park Yacht Club which they joined in 1998. Mike Gahan, a Fleet 45 founder, helped them pick the Rhodes 19 as an affordable racer/cruiser. The boat met Mike’s advanced publicity and as a plus, they have been pleased by the friendship of their fellow Rhodes 19 sailors.

They began racing and actively supporting the fleet soon after they acquired Ghost Dog, number 1118. They participated in the 2001 Nationals and John was elected East Coast Vice President at the Annual Class Meeting on the fateful day, 9/11/01. The following year, they convoyed to New Orleans with Trees-MacAdoo and were awarded their club’s Tranfaglia award for promoting CPYC sailing by sporting the club burgee during their 70 hours on the road.

Again, they were besieged by larger events as they transited the D.C. environs during the height of the sniper attacks. Frequent gas stops with the great white shape in tow provoked a certain measure of anxiety.

They attended the 2003 Nationals in Marblehead and continue their drive to spur Fleet 45’s participation. In this effort, they have been aided by Cottage Park pros Costa and Zambella who selected the Rhodes 19 for a new club adult sailing program. This past summer, they gained three new members plus their daughter who is a frequent crew for MacAdoo-Trees in three person events.

In bringing the Economides style of togetherness to the Class on the water and in the shore side administration activities, they have given the boat’s family tradition a big boost. We can only hope that other families of all ages observe and follow their excellent example.

R19 Keelboat For Sale

 A great Rhodes 19 keel sailboat with dark blue hull and white painted bottom and kiel, half-way to making it a true racer, is for sale. A set of practice Doyle sails and and two spinnakers in a fair shape. The ribs have been recently replaced. The bottom was refinished and painted two years ago. You have the chance to set it up for racing the way you like or just use it for cruising in its current condition. It has a full boat cover and can be used with mast up or down. The trailer is two years old Triad with bunks. An extra set of barely used cruising sails and cruising spinnaker can be sold for an additional 700,-. There is an outboard Tohatsu 4 stroke barely used by previous owner for 500,-. The boat has been dry sailed for the past four years and can be seen or pictures sent upon request. You can buy it all for 7000,- and I will throw in an extra set of practice Doyle sails.
Thank you for looking! contact: sian66@yahoo.com or call 314-583-7432
Thanks,Stephen

Steve Uhl

Steve Uhl of Fleet 5

By Fred Brehob

So you’re wondering how that mild mannered guy with the winning smile plopped down in our midst and immediately began jumping over the competitive buildings with a single bound. Well friends, Fleet Five members and others, your days of wondering are over. Now it can be told. Fleet Five Captain Steve Uhl has an immense sailing pedigree.

His dad, Bill Uhl, with Steve’s mom as crew, cut a swath in the Lightning Class during the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. The highlight of their competitions was a second place at the International Lightning Class Worlds in 1958. Steve was born in 1962 when they were still tearing up the waters of Great Peconic Bay, so there is little doubt that his introduction to the sport was in utero. This is certainly a more comfortable and safe platform than an Opti.

Uhlboat

We don’t want to trigger an investigation, but the word is that after Steve’s 1962 launching, mom and dad would solve the late or missing third crew problem by strapping in their prize forward of the centerboard trunk where he got his introduction to sail trim, and weaned himself on belaying pins used to secure the Lightning’s halyards. Steve’s earliest memories are of trailing the boat to various regattas around the country to places like Milwaukee, Schenectady, Red Bank, Quantico, Buffalo, etc. from their Port Washington, New York home.

Upon reaching the ripe old age of nine, he found himself in a more formal setting, the junior sailing program at the Cold Springs Harbor Beach Club on Long Island. There, he began his formal training in Blue Jays. At eleven, he won the last Long Island Sound Novice Open Championship in this boat. Subsequently, he moved up to Lasers. If all of the preceding weren’t enough, his sailing touch was further polished when he began flying lessons in 1980. This second hobby continues to the present out of Beverly Airport.

At college decision time, there was only one choice, MIT. The academics in Aeronautics and Astronautics were his prime interest, but the real clincher was the sailing program under the inspirational leadership of Hatch Brown. It was great fun to finish classes each weekday at four and then beat it down to the Institute’s Charles River boathouse for two and a half hours of intense sailing competition.

Steve’s parents moved to New Hampshire. There, he spent a summer as a sailing coach at Sunapee Yacht Club. After graduating from MIT, he accepted a position with Pratt and Whitney at Hartford, Connecticut where he enjoyed frostbiting in Lasers and a brief stint distance racing. In 1987, he enrolled at Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck business school and after graduating, moved to San Francisco. While establishing himself in consulting work, he let sailing slide.

UhlThorntonA 1992 opportunity to move back east with his company was a godsend with Marblehead as a magnet. There he met wife Jennifer, a non-sailing college dance professor. Their romance survived a January Interclub Dinghy dunking at Essex, Connecticut and they became parents to two delightful sons,Thornton and Clark who at 7 and 6 are continuing the Uhl sailing tradition by crewing.

Steve’s interest in the Rhodes 19 as an affordable, more forgiving, family friendly Marblehead class with an active racing fleet blossomed in 1999. And thanks to Bill and Kera Dalton and Kim Pandapas he found the good ship Woodstock. In addition to his challenging Fleet 5 Captain’s duties of finding and welcoming new members, he is chairing the 2003 National Regatta Committee.

For those keeping score, he has endured a 29 year regatta championship drought. So look out for him in August if the rest of the committee can shoulder enough of the Regatta planning load to allow him to think a little about the actual competition.

CB Rhodes 19 For Sale – $4200

I have a Rhodes 19 that I have been restoring for almost a year now. I have sailed it 3 times and decided its too small. This boat is in great condition, handles well, and is a solid boat.
I have done the following to the boat:
2 coats of new bottom paint
multiple coats of new topside paint on the whole boat new interior painted
3 new sets of ribs
painted/ epoxy all ribs
fiber glassed strengthened centerboard trunk mahogany mast step plank re-faired center board with layers of epoxy and bottom paint new coaming boards with endless layers of varnish new floorboards and painted shelves new plywood transom fiber glassed in and panted new full rudder and pivot rudder newer rigging from Stewart marine

The following come with the boat:
All rigging needed including ropes
Very nice jib
main sail with battens
motor mount with air lift
boom tent
And of course the boat itself
The trailer is extra if you want it

This boat is priced low compared to any Rhodes 19s out there in its condition. I can assist with delivery and deliver within a certain distance. Let me know if you have any questions or want to see the boat.

Contact Ryan at Boatingjunky@gmail.com

Fairfield CT
203-913-8607

$4200

CB Rhodes 19 For Sale

Boat needs ribs and floors. Otherwise almost everything else is there. Sails crisp and fairly new. Needs a stay on the rig. Chainplates solid. Centerboard free. Rudder warped. Tilt trailer rolls, solid… May be some paperwork available. I brought it in my shop and my knees and back immediately started a protest, boat has to go. $700. Call Al 607 592 3530 Located Finger Lakes NY

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Boat Cover

Rhodes 19 mooring/trailering cover with attached trailering cover skirt. Like New , put on boat once. Bought from Stuart Marine August 2015. Fits like a glove. Quality canvas. $800. Shipped Conus ”
call 305 394 0901 ask for Lou

O’Day Rhodes 19 C/B

Good shape. Trailer in excellent condition. Set up for racing. Doyle sails good condition. motor mount. Long shaft motor available.$5500 OBO.Contact: joel clark  jpclark@mit.edu  marshfield hills, MA
617-571-6597

Our 1989 Rhodes 19 keel boat and trailer are for sale

Priced to sell and will consider a good offer. It is a wonderful, family day sailer that can be enjoyed for recreational sailing or rigged for competitive racing. The hull and topsides are in very good condition. The keel is also in good shape…a racer will want to spend time sanding and fairing. The rub rail is intact with no mold. The bright work is sanded and oiled and looks very pretty. The chain plates, shrouds and spars are all in good shape. The boat comes with one set of Doyle sails in excellent condition. There is no spinnaker. The rudder and tiller are mahogany and replaced last year–purchased from Stuart Marine. We have a cockpit cover that is new (blue canvas)–but needs fastenings on the deck to be added to tether it down. The trailer is functional but not great for long trips on the highway–it has a nice pressure treated wooden cradle for winter storage bolted to the trailer. Super deal on this boat at this point…eager to sell before winter. Please call for any other specific questions. The boat can be viewed at Squeteague Sailmakers boat yard in Cataumet, MA.

For Sale and ready to win in 2015! Rhodes 19 O\’Day Sail# 1228

Excellent

racing condition. Fixed keel reset; keel, hull and rudder faired by Chris
Small in 2011. Mast and king plank renovated and mast tuned by Harvey
Rigging in same year. Very competitive boat, East Coasts in 2011 when she
placed 8th. Galvanized Triad trailer also in top condition. Two mainsails,
two jibes and a spinnaker in good condition, Rudder cover; full safety gear,
anchor lines and more. Located in Marblehead asking $10,500. Contact:
rhoguet@gmail.com, tel:617-283-6811 (mobile).