Santa Barbara Yacht Club presented it’s most coveted trophy, “Skipper of the Year” to Dirk Freeland owner and driver of the Farr 40 Skian Dhu. The decision was made based on Dirk’s racing performance in Santa Barbara and at out of town events. The prior year Dirk won the trophy for “Outstanding Sportsmanship.”

On March 1, 2009 Dirk and crew also won the SBYC Opening Day race beating Taxi Dancer by almost two minutes corrected time. They also took 2d Place in the Farr 40 Class at Midwinters. Dirk’s loyal crew include Jeff Grange on tactics; Eric Bohman on main; Jane Watkins and Caroline Grange in pit, Mike Shimer trim and Martin Santos on bow.

Ed. Note:  Great to see a genuinely good guy who’s also a talented owner/driver get the recognition.  Congrats!