Monty Spindler began his career on the water at six years of age, racing Optimists, and the “MinnesotaY” class (sixteen foot sloop) in Michigan, USA. In 1970, Monty entered the junior program at the Annapolis Yacht Club – studying dingy techniques with Scott Steele (Olympic Silver Medal LA games 1984).
Monty went on to race actively in the Laser class, winning the Chesapeake Singlehanded Championships in 1974, ’75, ’76, and ’77, and finished sixth at the Laser World’s in Cabo Frio, Brasil (1977).
During his Laser years, Monty also owned International 14 (Kirby 5), Snipe and Finn dinghys. He also crewed for accomplished helmsmen in the Int’l 14, Soling, Star, Tornado, J24 and various large keelboat classes. Monty was employed in the summer months by SSA (Severne Sailing Ass’n, Annapolis), instructing dingyracing techniques, and coaching the advanced students in the SSA/CBYRA club racing circuit program 1976-1978.
These are also the years when Spindler began sailmaking, beginning with Ulmer Annapolis, then working at Hood and Haarstick Annapolis. A sewing machine was kept in his room!