Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sailing Vanderbol Says He Will Try Again

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sailing Vanderbol Says He Will Try Again

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Fernandina Beach's Steve Vanderbol is disappointed and

aggravated after injuries to his crewmen forced him to retire

from the Worrell 1000 catamaran race from Fort Lauderdale to

Virginia Beach, Va.

But he's not discouraged.

"I've already started lining up sponsorship and making plans

for next year," said Vanderbol, most of whose catamaran racing

experience has been inland in his native Texas.

"My goal this year wasn't to win the race but to finish in the

top five."

The 33-year-old former Marine lost original crewman Al Levine

of Centerport, N.Y., because of a twisted knee after the May 8

leg from Daytona Beach to Jacksonville Beach.

On the next leg, the grueling 121-nautical mile run to Tybee

Island, Ga., replacement crewman Hans Geissler of Largo, the

designer of Vanderbol's GCat, sustained a dislocated shoulder in

two capsizes in seas of 9 feet.

"It was so aggravating because we had our best start at

Jacksonville Beach and our best leg so far," said Vanderbol, who

had been last on the first four legs of the race. …

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