In October of 1999 the Kineke family purchased Thunder. Charley, tribal patriarch and "Maximum Skipper for Life", has a long history of competitive sailing including four years on the sailing team of the US Naval Academy while he attended that institution. Genevieve's father builds sailboats, large wooden sailboats. It's not Charley's style to initiate the conversation, but he was a member of the crew of the Naval Academy boat, Alliance, during the infamous 1979 Fastnet Race off Western England. If asked, he is quite willing to talk about it, though most of the stories tend toward the humorous. This is typical of his leadership as a captain: highly competent, but he doesn't take himself too seriously (except for beating Warlord!). Thunder was manufactured a year before Charley was in the Fastnet race and several Peterson 34s (the European OOD-34) participated in the race. She's a good old boat.
Thunder is berthed in East Greenwich, Rhode Island in the Northeastern United States. While a family boat, she has primarily been used for local (and some distant) handicap club racing. Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound have been the setting for most of the action. Two participations in the Annapolis-Newport race are exceptions worth noting. (For more on handicap racing click here.)
Various pimply scalawags and ragged nere-do-wells have gravitated to the boat over the years to serve as crew. We all appreciate Charley's investment which provides us a great deal of fun. This site is, in part, a tribute to his generosity, skill, leadership and goofy sense of humor. It is also a celebration of shared camaraderie and a modest, though sincere, thanks to God for the wonder and grandeur of his Creation, in particular, the wet salty windy part.
Click the Links Below for More Information and Pictures
Gallery of Exceptional Pictures
Thunder's Home Waters
Some of Our Favorite Competitors
Saints Preserve Us
Red Neck Yacht Club
This website was first compiled in the Winter of 2005 so some of the information for early years is sketchy.
This is, after all, just for the fun of it.
Webmeister is Jeff. ThunderWeb (at) earthlink.net
It may take a long time to reply, that address isn't checked often.
Updates between 11/19/06 and 5/31/07:
new page- 2006 Summer 8/30; 2007 season home page; 2007 Pre-season pages;
2007 Spring series page; 2007 Summer series page; 2007 Guest crew page;
Tonya's racing, first race
from her crew page)
Significant Additions and Revisions:
2003 Annapolis Newport race; Jeff's crew page; Saints Preserve Us;
Revisions and Additions:
Messing about with design, copy, organization, etc. . .
All photographs and Logo are copyright Team Thunder. No use without express, written permission.