Tred Avon Yacht Club will be the host of the 2014 District 11 Championship for Lasers and Radials on August 23-24. The regatta will be held on a separate course in conjunction with TAYC’s Heritage Regatta featuring Penguins, Comets, Shields, and Log Canoes. SSA’s Mike Waters will be PRO. Look for an NOR soon.
Fishing Bay Yacht Club will be the host of the Laser Masters Atlantic Coast Championship this October 18-19. For 33 years FBYC has hosted the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship which has served as numerous Mastes Atlantic Coast Championships and once as the Masters US Championship.
Last week Jon Deutsch was in San Diego at the US Sailing One Design Leadership Forum. At the awards ceremony he received US Sailing’s 2013 One Design Leadership award for his excelence in Laser Fleet building and regatta organizing.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (February 12, 2014) – Last Thursday night at the Sailing Leadership Forum Awards Dinner, sponsored by Old Pulteney and hosted by the San Diego Sports Hall of Fame, US Sailing, along with Leadership Forum attendees recognized the outstanding individual and organizational achievements in training, community and one-design sailing, including the presentation of the Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Award.
Leadership Award – Jon Deutsch (Richmond, Va.)
For the past nine years, Deutsch has been the mastermind of the widely popular Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship. Deutsch is known for his spectacular photography, energetic regatta reports and phenomenal website. He frequently provides on-water updates while racing via Twitter.
Deutsch documents events with his omni-present GoPro and other cameras, and promotes through social media and the club site. Sailors arrive home after the event to find a “Thanks for Coming” email from Jon with the results and photos attached.
As with everything he approaches, Deutsch made himself into an expert, both on and off the water. His knowledge and service is in demand all over the Bay. He has served as the Laser District Secretary for the past seven years.
Some Laser video from the Greater Richmond Sailing Association on Sunday:
There’s one thing that’s certain about Laser Masters sailors – it’s that they are a competitive group. So when there wasn’t enough wind to sail at the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship at Fishing Bay Yacht Club – what did they want to do? PADDLE BOARD RACES! Lucky for them the wind filled in a short time later.
For 2014, the Greater Richmond Sailing Association has something new…..a Frostbite Series on Swift Creek!
The series will take place over four weekends this winter for Lasers and Flying Scots. Two in January (1/12, 1/26) and two in February (2/9, 2/23) spaced two weeks apart. We have set some limitations on wind speed and Chesterfield Fire and Rescue has agreed to have a rescue boat on scene for the events should they be necessary. (Something we DO NOT expect to be necessary.) Races will be short windward/leeward and in the cove if the winds permit. Spinnakers (Flying Scots) may or not be used, but with short courses they probably won’t make much difference anyways.
Come out and join us. This will be fun, with good competition, a chance to learn a lot, and keep your skills honed over the winter. Please review the NOR . If any of you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact myself, John Reilly, or Tom Gallagher.
No formal social following each race – survivors encouraged to BYOB for post race thaw around the fire.
Join us on the first day of 2014 for PRSA’s annual Hangover Regatta. There’s no better way to nurse a hangover, or recover from yet another challenging year, than by celebrating with the PRSA Laser fleet and racing with us on the Potomac River. Skippers meeting will be at 12:00, first races at 12:45. NOR, pre-registration and directions are here.