Special to the EagleHerald/Joe Shepro
Sailing to victory
Race winners James LeBouton, right, and Jesse Peterson hold the trophy for the Joey Shepro Memorial Doublehander race after finishing with the best time in Saturday’s sailing competition. 
Special to the EagleHerald/Joe Shepro

Sailing to victory

Race winners James LeBouton, right, and Jesse Peterson hold the trophy for the Joey Shepro Memorial Doublehander race after finishing with the best time in Saturday’s sailing competition. 

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MENOMINEE — The 24th annual Joey Shepro Memorial Doublehander race concluded Saturday, with 42 boats participating in the M&M Yacht Club’s competition that takes sailors around Green Island in honor of a young Menominee man with a love for sailing. 

Winning the race this year were Jesse Peterson and James LeBouton in a Mystic 290 by the name of Sadie Hawkins, who finished in 1 hour, 54 minutes and 21 seconds. The pair placed third in the race last year. 

Second place went to Nathan Shepro and Jeffrey Doboy Jr., in a Tripp 33 called Flash Gordon. The pair won the race last year, but finished second this year in 1 hour, 55 minutes and 18 seconds. 

Coming in at third place were Deanna Peterson and John Peterson, in a Beneteau First 38 named Charrette. The pair finished in 1 hour, 55 minutes and 34 seconds. 

The night before the race, a pre-party raised money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation to benefit children who are facing difficult medical problems. A silent auction was held, and items were donated from many local businesses along with yacht club members and residents from around the area. All of the food, labor, and race officials were donated by friends and family. Everything collected, including race fees, is being donated to Make-a-Wish. According to Joe Shepro, race organizer and father of Joey Shepro, the race’s namesake, the party raised over $17,400 in donations.

“To see this thing keep growing, it’s very touching,” Joe Shepro said. “At one point I got up to speak and I looked out, and I was totally speechless about how many people were there.” 

Shepro thanked the M&M Yacht Club, the Harbors, and all the volunteers and donors for making the event a success. 

The M&M Yacht Club is already brainstorming about next year’s race and fundraiser, which will be the 25th annual event. The event is open to the public.