David Mendelblatt

David J. Mendelblatt is an American yachtsman and ophthalmologist.

David Mendelblatt
Personal information
Full name David J. Mendelblatt
Nationality U.S.A.
Sport
Sport Sailing
Event(s) Sunfish
College team Burgee of Tufts University.SVG Tufts University
Club  St. Petersburg Yacht Club
Achievements and titles
World finals
National finals
  • 1985 Optimist Pram National Champion
  • 1988 National Interscholastic High School Sailing Champions, four-person team
  • 1991 US Sailing Team Racing Champions, team
  • 1992 collegiate All-American

He is a former Optimist Pram National Champion. He came in second in the Sunfish World Championship in 2006, third in 2009, and second again in 2010.

Personal lifeEdit

Mendelblatt is the older brother of Olympic sailor Mark Mendelblatt.[1] He attended Tufts University,[1] where he was an All-American in 1992.[2]

He received his medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine, performed his residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and is an ophthalmologist.[3][4][5] His father, Frank, is also an ophthalmologist, and his mother, Kathy, supervises their practice.[6] He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.[4]

Sailing careerEdit

1985–1991: early careerEdit

In 1985, at the age of 15, Mendelblatt was part of a five-person U.S. Optimist dinghy team, along with his brother Mark, that took third place in the 25th International Optimist World Championships in team racing in Finland.[7][8][9] It was the best U.S. finish ever in dinghy racing.[10] He also won the Optimist Pram National Championship, over his brother Mark who came in second.[2]

In 1987, Mendelblatt and Caj Flynn won the Bemis Cup, the most prestigious junior sailing race in the US, in Massachusetts.[2][11] In 1988, Mendelbatt was part of a four-person team from St. Petersburg High School that won the 1988 National Interscholastic High School Sailing Championships, in Annapolis, Maryland.[12] He was a winner of the ISSA's Mallory Trophy, school sailing's oldest trophy.[2][13]

In 1989, at the age of 19, he teamed with his 16-year-old brother Mark to outrace 21 other entries and win the Laser II North American Championships in Maryland.[14] In 1990, he was honored as first-place skipper in the Laser II North American Championships.[15] In 1991, he was part of the team that won the US Sailing Team Racing Championship, the "George R. Hinman Trophy".[16][17]

1995–present: SunfishEdit

In 1995, Mendelblatt won the United States Sunfish Midwinters with a near-perfect score, against 88 other boats.[18][19][20]

In 2006, he came in second in the Sunfish World Championship.[21] He also won the Florida Southeast Regional title for the third time.[22][23] In 2006 and 2007, he won the Florida State Sunfish Championship.[24][25]

In 2009, he came in third in the Sunfish World Championship, in the Bahamas.[26][27][28] In 2010, he came in second in the Sunfish World Championship in Italy to Jonathan Martinetti, of Ecuador.[29][30]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Mark Mendelblatt". US Sailing. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. Retrieved July 21, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c d "Centennial; 1909–2009; Major Awards" (PDF). St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Sarah Whitman (September 17, 2010). "Genesis School has fundraiser to help 3-year-old with Stevens Johnson syndrome". St. Petersburg Times. Archived from the original on September 21, 2010. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b Will Haynie (October 5, 2006). "Local Sailor in Control; Sunfish Worlds". The Post and Courier. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Dr. David Mendelblatt, MD – St. Petersburg, FL – Ophthalmology – Physician Detail". Edward White Hospital. Archived from the original on March 26, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Dave Scheiber (August 11, 2004). "St. Petersburg sailor plots course for gold". The St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved July 8, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Sportsalute XIV". The Evening Independent. March 1, 1986. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Jane Meinhardt (August 13, 1985). "Local Trio Paces American Dinghy Racers". The Evening Independent. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Michael M. Walton (January 28, 1985). "St. Petersburg Yacht Club Honors Boaters for 1984". The Evening Independent. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "11 Teams Nominated for Year's Best". The Evening Independent. February 17, 1986. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Gary Lentz (August 30, 1987). "Two St. Petersburg sailors win prestigious Bemis Cup Series". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Tim Looney (May 13, 1988). "St. Petersburg takes first in national high school sailing event Series". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Inter-Scholastic Sailing Association (ISSA); National Results". Highschoolsailingusa.org. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ Kim Lennon, Tim, Looney (July 26, 1989). "Brothers team for continental sailing title Series". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved July 7, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  15. ^ Jon Wilson (February 4, 1990). "Baird honored at St. Petersburg Yacht Club ceremonies Series". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Previous Winners". Championships.ussailing.org. March 23, 2011. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ Ralph Hickok (October 5, 2010). "History – U.S. Team Sailing Championship". Hickok Sports. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "Mendelblatt stays ahead for easy win". Herald Tribune. March 13, 2005. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ Morgan Stinemetz (March 12, 2005). "Sunfish Midwinter Regatta; Mendelbatt has Sizable Lead". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ Dave Ellis (June 1, 2005). "Sunfish waits for wind to pick up Series: On the Water". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. ^ "Sunfish World Championship 2006; Loring Clinches Title In Light Wind Finale". Sailing.org. October 6, 2006. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ Dave Ellis (September 20, 2006). "Northpinellas: Young sailors take to the seas". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  23. ^ Will Haynie (September 8, 2006). "Sneak Peak for Sunfish Elite Sailors". The Post and Courier. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  24. ^ Dave Ellis (April 18, 2007). "Top two finishers advance at regatta". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  25. ^ Dave Ellis (November 29, 2006). "Local waters see tons of action this month". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  26. ^ "Martinborough still heads Bahamian field". The Tribune. October 23, 2009. Archived from the original on March 15, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  27. ^ "Award Ceremony". Sunfish World. October 24, 2009. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  28. ^ "Sunfish World Championship – US clean sweep". Sail-World.com. October 27, 2009. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  29. ^ Will Haynie (August 6, 2010). "Sunfish memories from Italy". The Post and Courier. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  30. ^ "Risultati Sunfish; 2010 Sunfish Worlds" (PDF). sunfishclass.org. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 4, 2011. Retrieved July 9, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)