HCIA Larry Klein Memorial Trophy

Larry Klein About Our Friend Larry

The late Larry Klein (1952-1994) was a world-class sailor, and a real ambassador for the Highlander Class. In addition to winning five HCIA National Championships, his extensive sailing career included being a recipient of the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Award. Unfortunately a tragic boating accident during a race in 1994 claimed Larry's life. The Highlander Class immediately wanted to come up with a perpetual trophy to honor Larry's memory.

The Larry Klein Memorial Trophy was created in 1995 to recognize the the skipper who defeats the most Highlanders during the entire regatta season. The Highlander Class commissioned Mike Perakis to create a trophy worthy of this honor. Mike really did an outstanding job with this task, designing and building a beautiful plaque which includes a Highlander half-hull model. Coincidentally, when this trophy was first presented at the 1996 Nationals to recognize the "winningest" skipper on the 1995 regatta circuit, Mike Perakis was the awards inaugural recipient.

2015 Top Ten Larry Klein Finishers
Place Skipper Points
1 Jamey Carey 60
2 Bruce Busbey 54
3 Jason Japikse 48
4 Jay Carey 44
5 Chris Kafsky 32
6 John Bauer 30
7 Gary Steinbach 29
8 Mac Cooper 28
9 Neal Deaves 27
10 Doug Fisher 20

Larry Klein Scoring

Scoring is very straight forward. Every sanctioned weekend regatta of the season is counted. After every regatta, each boat's skipper earns one point for every boat it defeated in the event. After the last regatta of the year, the year's scores are totaled and the skipper beating the most boats on the regatta circuit is presented with the Larry Klein Trophy at the trophy presentation at the following year's Nationals.

Carey's 2015 Larry Klein Trophy Winner

Congratulations once again to Jamey and Tanya Carey as HCIA's 2015 Larry Klein Trophy winner. Jamey's dedication to the Highlander class sets a lofty goal for all of us to reach. I'm sure Jamey wishes to make sure we mention Tanya for her devotion to Highlander sailing as well. What a great team effort.


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