“STINGER” CAPTURES LAKEWOOD’S YACHT OF THE YEAR AWARDDec 08, 2015 03:14PM ● By SCENE MAGAZINE STAFF
This annual trophy goes to the Lakewood Yacht Club boat that has the best score in club-hosted races on Galveston Bay and off the coast of Galveston in the Gulf of Mexico. The four regattas in which “Stinger” came in first place were Bay Cup I and II, the Shoe Regatta, and the Heald Bank Regatta in the Gulf of Mexico.
Bednar relates that with a first name like Bee, “Stinger” was a natural name for his J/105. When asked about winning these races, he stated “maintenance of the boat is the most important thing. You start to lose the race at the dock.” He also attributes his winning to a really good crew among which were his son Kevin, Charles Braddus, Marty Pedowicz, Steve Cooper, Pedro Geonatti, Reed Cleckler, Jeff Berger, Alex Freas, and Tony Chiesa. “It was also great fun to throw out a bullet,” Bednar added. By winning the four races which qualified “Stinger” as “Yacht of the Year”, Bednar also won the Texas Navy Trophy.