Many sunsets ago, 10 empty “KOOL” cigarette packages plus $25 bought the first 8’ Styrofoam sailboat for Bruce Leng. With his father and best friend, they went to their lake cabin, simply rigged the Styro-sailboat and went for the first wild ride in 18 inch waves with 8 knots. Two waves later, the boat split in half. Eager to sail again, Bruce and crew repaired with ¼ inch plywood and glue, and the journey began. Since, he has owned several Johnson “X” boats, an O’Day 23, a Flying Scot and taken many charters: Caribbean, Croatia, Hawaii, Lake Superior, etc.
Growing up on the north shore of Lake Superior, Grand Marais, MN, led to sailing all over the “Big Lake,” which can quickly become very ugly. Tethered with jack lines was the norm. Bruce joined Northern Lights Sailing Club (happy boats), Wayzata Sailing Club (J22s, Sonars, Catalina 25s), Lake Calhoun Club (Melges/Johnson “C” Boats), and J World Annapolis (J-26s). Bruce raced in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta in a Moorings chartered 50’ Beneteau and said it was “8 days of pure sailing fun.”
Before retirement, Bruce’s career was with a corporation and the Air Force Reserves. He wants to listen, ask, and contribute at GCSC.