El Dorado Hills sailor takes Camellia Cup

2014 Camellia Cup Champion Craig Lee, right, holds up his long-awaited trophy. The El Dorado Hills resident has participated in the annual Folsom Lake race for more than four decades. Courtesy photo

FOLSOM — Sailor Craig Lee of El Dorado Hills finally accomplished his lifelong ambition of, at age 60, becoming Camellia Cup champion.

Lee has competed in the Camellia Cup, the Sacramento area’s longest running sailboat regatta, since the age of 14 and took the trophy on April 27.

Sailing his single-handed Banshee, In n Out, for the Scuttlebutt Sailing Club, Lee was undefeated in five races, ranking best overall among 50 sailors who competed in the 48th Annual Camellia Cup regatta. Lee also won top honors in the Banshee fleet and Open Centerboard Perpetual Trophy.

Winning the Open Keel Boat Perpetual trophy was Doug Brennan of Chico. Brennan also won the six-boat Catalina 22 fleet. The top multihull sailor was Andy Burkhart of FLYC on a Hobie 16.

First in the eight-boat Day Sailer fleet was Mike Gillum on BUBBA. Top Open Centerboard red fleet sailor was Rancho Cordova’s Mel Morrison of FLYC on a Lido 14. The winner of the Open Centerboard blue fleet was Mike Harper on his homebuilt San Francisco Bay Pelikan, Greta. Mark Werder of the FLYC sailed his boat, Reaction, to win the four-boat Santana 20 fleet. Sweeping the four-boat Thistle fleet was LWSC sailor David Rumbaugh of El Dorado Hills on Drunkn Thorney.

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