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After a late entry in the 2013 race, Ed Cesare and Chad Corning are teaming up again for 2014 on board Pleiad Racing. The 2013 season was a learning one and you can look for Pleiad to be gunning for the podium in 2014.
- Age: 52
- Hometown: Norwalk, CT
- Number of Trans-Atlantics: 3
- Are you superstitious before a race?: I’m very superstitious about hats. I’ll wear one until it feels like the karma has left it.
- Who is your favorite sports team?: The Mets - unfortuantely
- Career Highlights:
Recently Ed’s been sailing offshore primarily as a navigator. He’s posted fleet wins in CT, Block Island and Vineyard races. In 2012, he had a fleet win and course record in the Nassau Cup and a fleet win in the Caribberan-600. He also posted a third in IRC 0 in the 2011 Fastnet. He’s raced in 12 Newport-Bermuda Races with the best showing a Class Third, which according to Ed is getting to be very frustrating.
- Age: 41
- Hometown: Larchmont, NY
- What makes you and your co-skipper a good team?: Complimentary skills, offshore experience, fluent in sarcasm and movie quotes
- Do you have any hidden talents?: I can play the drums
- Career Highlights:
Current Melges 32 European and National Champion
11 Newport-Bermuda Races (2 wins)
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Southwestern Connecticut; first in Stamford and later in Norwalk
Did you go to University? If so, where? Connecticut College – Go Camels. I majored in American History and met my wife Christine.
Describe yourself in one word. - Intentional
Did you or do you play any other competitive sports? I’m a sports nut – I was a three -season athlete in school – soccer, hockey and lacrosse in the Spring. I love baseball but went 0 for Middle School and that was that. I played varsity soccer in college and was on the sailing team.
Are you married? Do you have any children? I’ve been married to my wife Christine for nearly 27 years. We have a son Nick who is a freshman at Gettysburg College (go Bullets)
How old were you when you first went sailing? I guess I must have been 6 or 7 –sailing on my family’s Rhodes 19.
How did you get into competitive sailing? Really I became a competitor before I became a competitive sailor. I went through the training programs at Mystic Seaport as a teenager, rather than through the Junior Program at our local club. I really got into racing later – in college
Describe sailing to you in one word.
In what way are you superstitious before a race? I’m very superstitious about hats. I’ll wear one until it feels like the karma has left it.
Number of transatlantic crossings under sail: I’ve done three transatlantic races
What is one of your goals for your sailing career? To race around the Horn
How did you meet your co-skipper? Chad and I have sailed against and with each other in boats ranging from ICs to 50 footers.
What are the strengths of your co-skipper? Chad is a really talented sailor, great driver and trimmer, a good mechanic and super fit.
What are your sailing strengths? I’ve got a lot of experience in navigation and weather, I drive well – done enough sailing to be a good all arounder. I think my greatest strength is mental toughness.
What do you like most about being offshore? What do you like least? I love the way the whole world shrinks around a boat offshore and both the boat and her crew share a very focused existence.
Least – The food.
What makes you and your co-skipper a good team? We both hate to lose and we both share a somewhat stylized sense of humor.
What is your favorite sports team? The New York Mets – unfortunately
What is your favorite type of music? I have pretty eclectic tastes. My son Nick says, “Dad you are such an inde guy”.
What is the most played song on your I-pod? Well I just checked and its says “Untie my Shoe Laces” by Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. That doesn’t sound right, I would have guessed a CLASH song.
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you want to meet? Herman Melville
What’s your favorite thing to eat when you’re offshore? Least favorite? Eggs and fried SPAM – the must have breakfast aboard Larry Huntington’s SNOW LION. That one freeze-dried meal that I can never remember until I pour the water on it.
What is your favorite movie line? “Your Momma ain’t going to be on the bus” – Coach Boone in “Remember the Titans”
What do you do to relax during your free time? Where’s the clicker?
Do you have any hidden talents? I like to cook – I’ve spent a career in venture capital where it takes FOREVER to get stuff done. So – I like to buy the ingredients, cook the meal, eat it and clean up – done….
Did you go to University? If so, where? Hobart College
Describe yourself in one word. Reserved
Did you or do you play any other competitive sports? Marathons, Cycling
Are you married? Do you have any children? Married – Terra Corning, daughters Chloe (11) & Catherine (7)
How did you get into competitive sailing? Larchmont Yacht Club Junior Sailing
Describe sailing to you in one word. Cool
In what way are you superstitious before a race? Never predicting a win
Number of transatlantic crossings under sail: Zip
What is one of your goals for your sailing career? Winning a world championship
How did you meet your co-skipper? Sailed together with different teams over the years
What are the strengths of your co-skipper? Navigation and strategy
What are your sailing strengths? Trimming & helming
What do you like most about being offshore? What do you like least?
Being “out there”, being cold & wet
What makes you and your co-skipper a good team?
Complimentary skills, offshore experience, fluent in sarcasm and movie quotes
What is your favorite sports team?
Radio Shack Cycling
What is your favorite type of music?
What is the most played song on your I-pod?
Under Mi Sensi – Barrington Levy
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you want to meet?
Lord Sandwich – thanks man
What’s your favorite thing to eat when you’re offshore? Least favorite?
Freeze Dried Chicken & Rice – Advil
What is your favorite movie line?
“There is something outside ourselves that must be served” – Ronin
What do you do to relax during your free time?
Do you have any hidden talents?
Play the drums…..
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