The Butterfly made it on to the front cover of the August '98 edition of Sailing magazine, and they and the photgrapher have given us permission to reproduce it here. They have a great website for you to check out at sailingonline.com.

The accompanying caption; "On the Cover; In the hot summer sun on Michigan's Torch Lake, two sailors kept watchful eyes on wind, water, sail and other boats as they coaxed their Butterfly to a more favorable position in a Western Michigan Yachting Association regatta last August."

Image Copyright ©2000 JH Petersen, (401)846-1060.

The proud winners of the first Butterfly National Championship in 1962, held on Reed's Lake in Grand Rapids MI:

1st Place: Dr. Robert Chamberlain and daughter Lynn.
4th Place: Buzz Duffield and children.
3rd Place: Dr. Keith Weller and son Rob.
2nd Place: Fred Stevens and brother Scott

Photos from Fred Stevens.

2nd Place 1962 nationals

'63 Nationals

The 1963 Butterfly National Championship , held at big Whitefish Lake MI, had the following winners:

Left to right,according to the newspaper caption; Mrs. Dale Frank of Cedar Springs making the trophy presentation to Champion Jim Miller and crews Mary and Robert, with Fred Stevens and brother Scott 2nd for the second year in a row, and Mrs Jack Swain and crews Sally and Jeff in 3rd.

However, one of the Miller family who was actually there sent us a correction; the young girl, second from left, is Julie Miller, neice of Jim Miller, and the 8-yr-old boy in front of Jim is his son, Scott.


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Do you have a good photo showing people and boats up close? Send it along to us for consideration to be included here. Send it to info@butterflyer.org in any electronic format, or if you have a regular paper photo, a slide, or negative, we can use that, just drop a note to the address above and we'll send you postal information to get the picture to us.

Photos from the archives.....

Jim Miller Aug 29, 1965, in Oshkosh Wisconsin. Jim Miller, 1963 National Champion. Jim passed away in 1999.
The 88-boat fleet at the 1970 Nationals at While Lake MI.

And a selection of more recent photos from around the country...

Butterflys on the beach    Butterflys on the beach at Spring Lake Yacht Club in Michigan during the 1998 Open and Junior National Championships.

  Juniors in action during the 1998 Junior Nationals at Spring Lake, MI.

  More Junior action at Spring Lake in '98.

From the '99 Singles in Grand Rapids, MI., long-time Butterflyer Duane Pierson of White Lake, the '68 National Champion, who passed away in 2003.

Butterflys on Reeds Lake, MI, at the '99 Singles.
'98 and '99 Combined Champ Jamie Kimball with crew Gwena Gill at the '99 Open Nationals on White Lake MI.

on the lawn at the Missouri Yacht Club All the hardware winners at the 2000 Single-Handed National Championship on Lake Lotawana, MO.
Reeds Lake 2000 Buoy-rounding "action" at the 2000 Junior Nationals on Reeds Lake, MI.
Ben Fredricks 2000 Open National Champion Ben Fredricks.

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