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2008 Lightning Boat Grant Skipper – Will Brown
Crew - Ben Siegal, Leigh Kempton

Will Brown

Will Brown, 20, a is Sophmore at Brown University majoring in Political Science and Economics and is a member of the Brown University Sailing Team. He got his start sailing at age 6 at Barnegat Light Yacht Club in Long Beach Island, New Jersey. He raced optis nationally and internationally before moving onto 420s, Lasers and Lightnings. Will started sailing Lightnings in the BLYC summer series at age 13, winning the Club Championship at age 15. Will crewed in the Lightning Worlds in Chile and Greece and skippered in this year's North Americans.

Ben Siegal

Ben Siegal, 21, is a senior at Brown University concentrating in Business Economics and was captain of the Brown University Sailing Team.  He learned to sail and race in Optimists, 420s, and Lasers at the New Bedford Yacht Club.  Recently, Ben has sailed extensively on J24s as well as being part of the crew for regattas aboard various other keelboats.

Leigh Kempton

Leigh Kempton, 21, is a junior at Boston College majoring in Business Management with a double minor in General Education and Human Development and is a member of the Boston College Sailing Team. She learned to sail an opti from her father and as a part of the sailing program at Island Heights Yacht Club. She then went to Toms River Yacht Club to join the travel team there. She has raced optis and 420s boat nationally and internationally as a member of several U.S. World and European teams. She skippered a College Nationals her sophomore year and also has run the Boston Marathon.

2008 Racing Schedule

21                BLYC Series
28                BLYC Series


3-6              70th Anniversary Regatta – Skaneateles, New York
12-13          Central Atlantic Districts at BLYC (also BLYC Series)
18-19          BLYC Series
26-27         Atlantic Coast Championships, Rock Hall Yacht Club, Maryland

2                 LBIYRA at LEHYC
8-15           North American Championships, New York Yacht Club, Rhode Island
8-15           BLYC Series at SCYC
16              BLYC Annual Regatta
23              BLYC Series (if school has not started)

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