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Chuck Harrett Trophy - Seventh Race
Photo Credit: Porter Harrett
Chuck Harrett, Sr. Memorial Trophy
To be awarded annually to the winner of the NCESA Championship 7th Race
Donated by: Coye Harrett, Vincent and Clifford Porter
One of the many aspects that makes our sport so great is family. Whether spectating or competing, sailing provides us this unique opportunity to spend more time with loved ones.
Born into a sailing family, Chuck Harrett, Sr. was quickly drawn to the sport. From learning to sail at the Grand Rapids Yacht Club (Michigan) to eventually competing in E and C scow regattas, Chuck developed a lifelong passion for sailing.
The name “Fancy Pants” came about like most nicknames – in passing and in jest.
Walking around the yacht club at a young age, someone yelled out “Hey Chuck, those are some fancy pants!”.
Chuck’s pants would constantly split, when they did, he would patch them up at Coye’s Canvas. The family business at that time. The nick name stuck, and Chuck would name all his boats “Fancy Pants”.
Once his racing career ended, Chuck became the Western Michigan Yachting Association (WMYA) Race Committee Chairman from 1986 to 2006. He was also Commodore of the WMYA in 1970.
Chuck Harrett, Sr. passed at the age of 73, in 2006. Leaving behind a great love of sailing and more importantly, family.
The I-2 team is honored to present the Chuck Harrett, Sr. Fancy Pants Memorial Trophy to the winner of the 7th Race in the NCESA Championship.