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2017 Lightning Boat Grant Skipper – Colin Smith
Crew - Louisa Chafee, Lucas Adams, Fred Strammer

Colin Smith

Colin Smith is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida,and grew up sailing Optimists at the Lauderdale Yacht Club. Colin competed all over the world in the Optimist, winning the IODA North American Championship and placing fifth at the IODA European Championship. After the Optimist, Colin began sailing the Laser and Laser Radial. Colin won the US Sailing Youth Championships, Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, and Laser North American Championships.

Upon graduating Pine Crest Preparatory School, he began attending Brown University where he is currently a senior. In 2012, Colin was named to the ICSA Academic All-American All Conference Team, was an ICSA All-American Honorable Mention, and was also named a NEISA 1st Team Skipper.

Colin plans to attend Northeastern University to get his Masters in Accountancy after graduating from Brown University.

Joining Colin on the Lightning this summer will be a mix of Fred Strammer, Lucas Adams, and Louisa Chafee. All three crew members are alumni or current students at Brown University.

Louisa Chafee

Louisa Chafee is also a Rhode Island native from Warwick. During the school year Louisa competes for Brown University with skipper Colin Smith and sails V15s and J-24s during the summer. Her sophomore year she sailed in ICSA Women's Nationals, ICSA Team Racing Nationals, and ICSA Coed Nationals, where she was awarded All-American Crew.

She is currently a Junior, concentrating in Folklore and Mythology.
Lucas Adams

Lucas Adams is from Middletown, Rhode Island, and is currently a Sophomore at Brown University. Lucas has sailed a variety of boats and has had success in the Lightning, V-15, Laser, as well in college racing. Successes include 1st 2012 Moody Trophy, A-Division and fourth 2011 and 2012 NEISA Singlehanded Championships

This group hopes to campaign the Lightning across the East Coast all summer long. They hope to draw from the varied experiences across many dinghies and racing styles.

Fred Strammer

Fred is from Venice, Florida, and has spent quite a bit of time competing in the Lightning Class, winning the Lightning Junior North Americans in 2007. Fred was an ICSA All American in 2010 and 2011 and just recently won the Miami OCR in the 49er.

Fred is eagerly pursuing an Olympic campaign in the 49er skiff for the 2016 Olympic Games.

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