Fontana skipper earns 2013 Yachtsman title
FONTANA-- Brian Porter knew all about finishing second -- he had been runner-up on three occasions.
However, the Fontana resident and his three-man crew got to celebrate the ultimate victory as they captured fourth place in the ninth and final race of the Sperry-Top Sider Melges 24 World Championships, which pushed them past a Swiss team to win the title by two points last October in San Francisco.
The Full Throttle team overcame a deep field of contenders and nearly 60 entries to give Porter the coveted title.
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It also helped earn him one of nine nominations, and his first, for US Sailing's Yachtsman of the Year award for calendar year 2013. In mid-January, Porter took home the trophy and the accolades. He and the female winner, Jody Starck of Amherst, N.Y., will be recognized Tuesday, Feb. 25, during a luncheon at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco.
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