Thunderbird sailors are a dissimilar lot, too. There are veterans like Raptor's Ken Lane, who's been racing T-birds for decades. (Lane's daughter, Haley, recalls playing games down below while, on deck, her father raced the boat in 40-knot winds.) There's young talent like the hard-partying twentysomethings—I'm talking to you, Tim Satre and Brad Sainsbury—racing Nick Wayand's Zoe. And there are newcomers like Nutter Butter's Gordon Hofman, who has fallen in love with this quirky yet versatile kitboat.