Chesapeake Racer Profile: David Flynn

Chesapeake Racer Profile: David Flynn

Spinsheet is a sailing magazine based out of Annapolis (about three blocks away from APS, actually) that covers racing and cruising on the Chesapeake and across parts of the Mid-Atlantic.

Each month, APS sponsors the “Chesapeake Racer Profile” in Spinsheet — this profile focuses on a local sailor who actively races or promotes the sport of sailboat racing in the area. Past profiles have featured locals like unknown sailor Terry Hutchinson, world-class Race Officer Sandy Grosvenor and local junior sailors who won the Sears Cup for Annapolis Yacht Club.

This month, we’re featuring David Flynn. For more than a decade, he worked for Scott Allen, initially as Horizon, then as Doyle Sailmakers. In 1993, Flynn joined Sobstad, soon-to-splinter into Quantum Sail Design, as marketing director, a position he held until becoming special projects director recently.

As for his resume — well, it’s pretty impressive. Flynn has competed in every major regatta on the Chesapeake and has wins at Block Island Race Week, Key West Race Week, Newport to Bermuda and Annapolis to Newport under his belt. He has been part of winning teams at five SORCs, a TransAt and a Fastnet. Oh yeah, he has also won North American Championships in One Design 35s, One Design 48s, Mumm 30s, J/44s and J/30s, among others.

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