Written by V640 Press Office

Steve Conger & Crew won the 2014 Great Lakes Championship at CORK aboard Viper 43 “Zig Zag”, edging out Future Class President Steve Chapman on Viper 87 Oshanmare by a single point.  Chapman, by virtue of his Ottawan accent, took home the 2014 Canadian Viper National Championship.  Steve Gilbert, driving Viper 29 Black Sheep with brother Darren in the middle, placed third.  Quote Darren: “We had played to switch off the helm each race, but then Steve G. won the first race, so we let him keep it.  When Steve Co. won Race 2 and Steve Ch. won Race 3, I knew I would never get the helm back.”  Fourth place finisher Peter Broszkowski said “In Poland, we do not have anyone named ‘Steve’ – it must be a Canadian thing.”  Broskowski and team made the most of the drive from New Jersey, winning Race 5 and becoming the only non-Steve to win a race at the 2014 event, which saw big breeze and planing conditions on Day 1, and steadily building sea breezes the other two days to allow for 9 races in total.  Fifth place finishers, brothers Mark and Matt Rowlinson said, “We love our parents dearly, but curse them for not naming one of us Steve, or having a third brother named Steve who can hike all day without tiring.”  Results.

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The Three Steves from left to right: Chapman, Conger and Gilbert, approaching a leeward mark at CORK 2014.