While we’re embarrassed that we weren’t the first to hear about this, we’re overjoyed that Chicago slum lord John Podmajersky’s litigation against the Chicago Yacht Club and a host of others is finally over, after an Illinois Appeal Court threw out POD’s appeal of a lower court’s dismissal of his bullshit lawsuit.
We’re not going into the entire sordid history of the case, but the short background is this: POD chartered his Mumm 30 to long time SA’er “JOD” – or Joker On Deck – for the 2002 Chicago-Mac race, then decided to sail on the boat at the 11th hour. The name on the official entry never got changed, and the boat won the race, which is the most prestigious distance race in the Midwest. POD and JOD both tried to have the name changed, but CYC refused, explaining that the rules didn’t allow it. Podmajersky then sued CYC (and later JOD) to get his name on the trophy. And seven years and god knows how much in legal fees later, here we are.
If this isn’t enough to make you understand the level of douchebaggery that POD brings to the sport, there’s more.