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2011 Lightning Boat Grant Skipper – Will Tyner
Crew - Reese Wilkins and Connor Brady

Will Tyner

My name is Will Tyner, and my team and I will be representing Fleet 429 in the Lightning this summer.

I am originally from the small town of Chapin South Carolina.  I grew up sailing on Lake Murray right out of my back yard..  By the age of 8 I began crewing for my father in various one design boats such as Jy15’s, Thistles, and Lightnings.  I am now a sophomore at the College of Charleston where I plan to major in Business Administration.  Outside of school I sail as often as I can in many different one design boats.  In 2010 I competed in the Lightning North Americans finishing as the top junior skipper, along with qualifying and competing in, the Pan Am Trials.  I recently obtained my captains license and am working with it as a sailing instructor on Charleston Harbor.   Along with sailing one design boats I have spent time on various keelboats such as the Olson 29, J120, and J24.  My crew and I are looking forward to the upcoming season in the Lightning Class and we are excited to be a part of the Boat Grant Program.

Reese Wilkins

Hey my name is Reese Wilkins and I am currently a junior at the College of Charleston. I grew up on Lake Murray in Columbia, SC and I went to Junior high in Guanacaste Costa Rica. I began sailing in high school crewing for my dad’s sailing programs such as Melges 24s, E-Scows, and even a Melges 32 season.
I started sailing on 10810 my sophomore year of high school with Will and we haven’t stopped since.  We are looking forward to an amazing season, considering the endless possibilities the boat grant is offering us.

Outside of sailing, I am an avid surfer, windsurfer, wake boarder, and snowboarder, I love anything that gets the blood flowing and adrenaline pumping, so when the breeze is up Rode Hard is ready.

Connor Brady

Connor Brady learned to sail in the optimist at the South Carolina Yacht Club. In 2007 Connor was a member of the U.S. National Team and represented team USA in Weymouth England. As a skipper Connor finished 5th at the 2009 Club 420 North Americans and 3rd in 2010. In 2010 and 2011 Connor competed in the Miami Rolex OCR. In the fall Connor plans to leave the warmth of the south and go to college in R.I. where he will compete at the collegiate level.

Racing Schedule

  • April 30-May 1 Southeast District Event 1  Lake Jordan, SC
  • 14-15 Southeast District Championship Lake Hartwell, SC
  • 4-5 Southeast District Event 3
    CYC, Wrightsville Beach, NC
  • 24-26 Lowcountry Regatta District Event 4
    BYSC, Beaufort, SC
  • Southeast District Event 5
    Lake Waccamaw, NC
  • 7–12 North American Championship
    La Salle, Michigan

  • 10-11 Southeast District Event 5 Augusta Invitational
    Augusta, GA
  • 1-2 Southeast District Event 6 Atlanta Cup
    Flowery Branch, GA
  • 15-16 Frigid Digit
    Annapolis, MD
  • 5-6 Southeast District Event 7 Midlands Regatta
    Columbia, SC
  • Bluenose
    Nashville, Tenn

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