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Privateer is looking to make a good first impression in their first race. This is a race of firsts for co-skippers Richard Fleischman and David G. Hommel. Fleishman and Hommel have teamed up many times before, however this will be the first time they’ll be racing in a Class40. The boat is the sister ship to Oakcliff and was brought over from South Africa this past winter.

When asked how Fleischman feels about his chances in this Atlantic Cup he said, “Frankly as this is a race of many firsts for me personally, finishing in a reasonable amount time would be nice.”

  • Boat Name: Privateer
  • Port of Registry: Port Jefferson, NY
  • Builder: Cookson NZ
  • Designer: Bruce Farr
  • Source of Energy Production: Biodiesel

Richard Fleischman

  • Age: 58
  • Hometown: New York
  • Age Started Sailing: 48
  • Describe sailing in one word: Peaceful
  • What’s your favorite movie line: “A man’s got to know his limitations.” – Clint Eastwood
  • Career Highlights:
    5 time Around Long Island winner,
    2015 – 1st Place in Storm Trysail Block Island Race

David Hommel

  • Age: 45
  • Hometown: Mattituck, NY USA
  • Age Started Sailing: 15
  • Describe yourself in one word. Weathered
  • What makes you tough enough to race in the Atlantic Cup? I am 3 generation captain in my family, Grew up on Northern commercial fishing boats. We fished all weather. At the age of 19. I spent 80% of the year on the ocean.

Richard Fleischman 

Describe yourself in one word. Passionate

Did you or do you play any other competitive sports? Football, Baseball, competitive shooting, horsemanship

Family. Married, 31 years to Lisa, no children.

What does taking care of the planet mean to you?  Looking after the planet should be a natural, daily process. On the water, in our homes, on the job…make common sense decisions that affect the environment for the better.

If you had to convince someone to do their part in protecting our oceans, what would you say to them? Come for a sail…see the beauty of the ocean and the environment. A day on the water will open anyone’s eyes.

What’s the one thing you do to protect the planet or our oceans? Expand our rescue operation beyond horses to include the health of the ocean, become a passionate advocate for the environment. #AtCup1Thing

Tell us why Atlantic Cup Kids should vote for your team. We are a young Class40 team, in fact as I’m writing this bio, to date I have only sailed Privateer for 2 hours!  Privateer just came off the freighter, delivered from Cape Town to us in Florida only a month ago. I think that would make us serious underdogs to root for!

What makes you tough enough to race in the Atlantic Cup? Although I have never done a race of this distance before, Dave and I have done some serious offshore racing in a much smaller and lighter sport boat. “Falling from the sky” periodically….comes to mind. I think we’ll be fine. The Class40 is built to do the job, and then some!

For someone who doesn’t understand short-handed offshore sailing, can you explain it in less than 2 sentences? Shorthanded sailing involves a thorough understanding of your boats capabilities, your own limitations and common sense. As a Team of 2, understanding and working with your co-skipper over long distances, often sleep deprived, will definitely build trust and character!

What do you think about the new leg from New York to Portland? Great idea, looking forward to it. I’ve never sailed north of Newport RI

How old were you when you first went sailing? 48.

How did you get into competitive sailing? Learning to sail was all about increasing my understanding and in so doing the performance of the boat. I’ve owned 3 boats, each one a significant performance improvement over the last. Racing at the local level, expanding our scope as soon as possible. Our last boat was an all carbon 32’ offshore sport boat, with similar controls to the Class40. The next logical step was Class 40!

Describe sailing to you in one word. Peaceful

In what way are you superstitious before a race? I’m not at all superstitious.

Number of transatlantic crossings under sail. Zero

What is one of your goals for your sailing career? Bermuda Race and Trans Atlantic

What is your 2016 race schedule? After the Atlantic Cup, continue to learn the boat, modifying as we go to improve performance and safety. Vineyard Race, Around LI Race, racing in the North East. Learning the boat!

How did you meet your co-skipper?  Dave and I met several years ago, when he came aboard to assist with marine electronics. We became good friends and work well together racing DH.

What are the strengths of your co-skipper? Pretty much everything! A great navigator, sail trim expert, can repair anything!  Everything I am not!

What are your sailing strengths? Passion, common sense, [I think] a quick learner. Often thinking outside the box, investigating technology as it relates to sailing. Asking unusual questions, no sacred cows. Overall keeping my eyes and ears open and I’m open for improvement.

What do you like most about being offshore? What do you like least? I love the quiet, the ocean..simplicity of the task at hand as compared to the world. Being away from everyone… except my wife!

What is your biggest fear of being alone on deck? Be prepared, use common sense regarding safety and have no fear.

What makes you and your co-skipper a good team? We don’t speak a lot, we understand next steps in shifting up or down…When we do discuss…its about going fast and having fun. Pretty simple stuff. We both focus on the boat and performance to a high level.

What do you see is your biggest challenge in this race? Learning to schedule my sleep, maintain my effectiveness over the duration of the race.

How do you rate your chances in the Atlantic Cup? Who do you think is the favorite? Frankly as this is a race of many firsts for me personally, finishing in a reasonable amount time would be nice. Not last would be great!

Is it true that if you sleep on the offshore legs you’ll lose?  Not true…Must…sleep…..!

Because of the limited number of sails you’re allowed to carry how does sail preservation and damage figure in your strategy? New sail materials have taken a lot of the “wear” worries out of sail material…but the limited amount of sails makes the design and selection of the “working set” of any particular race very important. What would hurt the least…to leave behind.

What is your favorite sports team? NY Jets Football…yes, I love to suffer.

What is your favorite type of music? Rock!

What your favorite song? Latitudes and Attitudes, Jimmy Buffet

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you want to meet? Pres. Ronald Reagan

What’s your favorite thing to eat when you’re offshore? Least favorite? I don’t know yet!

What is your favorite movie line? “A man’s got to know his limitations”….Clint Eastwood.

What do you do to relax during your free time? Sailing in my mind constantly, hanging out around the barn, horses.

Do you have any hidden talents? Not that I’m aware of, my wife has all the talent in the family! Wait…Im good at playing Frisbee!!  Does that count?

David Hommel

How old are you? 45

Where did you grow up? Mattituck, NY USA

Did you go to University? If so, where? Chapman School of Seamanship

Describe yourself in one word. Weathered

Did you or do you play any other competitive sports? Soccer, Moto cross

Family. Single Dad, with 2 great kids Valentina 19 year old girl, and Dave 18 year old boy.

What does taking care of the planet mean to you? To take the extra effort to shrink our carbon foot print.

If you had to convince someone to do their part in protecting our oceans, what would you say to them? It’s part of the Food Chain.

What’s the one thing you do to protect the planet or our oceans? Recycle #AtCup1thing

Tell us why Atlantic Cup Kids should vote for your team. I think the kids should vote for us because we are the underdog.

What makes you tough enough to race in the Atlantic Cup? I am 3 generation captain in my family, Grew up on Northern commercial fishing boats. We fished all weather. At the age of 19 I spent 80% of the year on the ocean.

For someone who doesn’t understand short-handed offshore sailing, can you explain it in less than 2 sentences? Double handed sailing is a great way to test your fiscal and mental strengths in not only sailing but overall.

How old were you when you first went sailing? 15

How did you get into competitive sailing? I learned how to sail to meet a girl. Why do guys do things! She was a hot shot sailor/instructor/racer. She introduced sailing to me. Both being competitive people we started to race. Picked up a ride and raced 3 years together.

Describe sailing to you in one word. Challenging

In what way are you superstitious before a race? I’m not. The most important thing is safety, second most important thing is to have fun.

Number of transatlantic crossings under sail: 1 on (delivery) as mate

What is one of your goals for your sailing career? Double-hand a transatlantic.

How did you meet your co-skipper? I was installing a B&G race system on his boat. We’ve been great friends ever since.

What are the strengths of your co-skipper? Level headed, Great Team work.

What are your sailing strengths? Level headed and a Team player. We leave the ego at the dock, and we are able to laugh at ourselves. I also understand what the B&G system is telling us.

What do you like most about being offshore? What do you like least? The sunrises. No shower.

What is your biggest fear of being alone on deck? Falling over

What makes you and your co-skipper a good team? We both understand each other. We would never take anything to heart.

What do you see is your biggest challenge in this race? Sleep, staying hydrated and eating.

How do you rate your chances in the Atlantic Cup? Who do you think is the favorite? Not really sure. I would like to think we have chance. This is our first race on the boat. I would be happy to just keep pace.

Is it true that if you sleep on the offshore legs you’ll lose? God No, Sleep is one of the most important parts. You have to stay fresh!

 

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