The 2015 Capital City Regatta turned out to be a fitting capstone for a crazy Laser Frostbite season. Our elder statesmen tell me that there have been seasons with more ice and wind cancellations, but that goes back a ways.
For Day One of the Capital City Regatta we simply had too much gusty wind. Several of us had tried racing in similar conditions the previous week, but there really isn’t much you can do in 30 knots with a Laser. The RC wisely raised a virtual November flag and we adjourned until Sunday.
Day Two presented a new obstacle; the overnight NW winds had emptied the water from our playground. What to do? Our fearless PRO, Chris Bolton, was not to be discouraged. He simply set a triangle-ish course in the cove and started racing. The winds oscillated from the West between 180 and 000 all day and often it blew opposite directions between one end of the cove and the other. It was funny to see Chris start the timer when a gust was coming down from Four Mile Run and then celebrate when it arrived at 90 degrees to the starting line. There was a lot of disbelief laughter on Sunday.
What did we learn from this exercise? Primarily that it’s better to be lucky than good – although there were some basics that came into play. Getting off the line with speed was important, but getting to the top mark first didn’t buy you much on Sunday – just ask Jamie. Staying aware of the wind was important, using all available resource, e.g., water, flags, boats, to detect the next puff. Positioning at the roundings was important; especially the leeward-ish marks where we saw some awesome pinwheels. Ultimately, just keep pressing to the end, it was common for places to change on the last 200 yard beat to the finish.
Finally, a standing ovation to everyone who sailed this 2014-2015 season, and congratulations to the Eric Peterson for winning the series. Our final number of participants was somewhere north of 43 people and the atmosphere and quality of sailing has never been better.
See you on the line,
– Len Guenther
RESULTS | PICTURES
Please join us for the Cap City Regatta on March 29 and 30. This will be the beginning of the season for many fair weather Laser sailors and the end of the season for our group of grizzled frostbite sailors.Please pre-register here. This will help us plan for the Saturday evening cookout.
The sailing instructions are located here. Please print a copy if you would like, since I do not plan to bring copies to the regatta.
If we have 5+ radials, we will have separate radial awards!
I look forward to seeing everyone on the 29th!
Feel free to contact me if you have questions.
This is going to be a great year for east coast laser sailing with quite a number of big events within a very short drive of the Mid-Atlantic area. If you’ve never done a big event and are looking to step up your game – or just want to test yourself against some regional and national competition – now’s your chance to do so. Here’s an outline of the big events nearby:
Severn Sailing Association will host the District 11 Championship during their Sunshine Open Regatta on April 25-26. That’s only 6 weeks away so be sure to start making your plans now and look for a NOR and further information on the SSA Website in the coming weeks. Our Annual District 11 Meeting will be held Saturday evening following the dinner.
Atlantic Coast Championship
This one is in D11 so you don’t even have to leave our District! FBYC does a great job with their regattas – you won’t be disappointed with the sailing, food or anything else for that matter. Masters can use this as a great tune up for the Masters Nationals the following weekend. More information here.
District 10 located just to our north in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania will be hosting their District Championship for Standard Rigs June 13-14 at Manasquan Yacht Club.
This year the US National Championship for Standard, Radial, & 4.7 will be at Brant Beach Yacht Club on Long Beach Island in New Jersey – this is a great club and has hosted a variety of big events in the past. This event will be July 21-24. BBYC will also host the Laser Masters ACC September 19-20.
One week after the ACC Carolina Yacht Club in Charleston SC will host the Masters National Championship – May 22-24.
North American Championship
This Summer SailNC will host the Laser North American Championship on the outer banks of NC July 29-Aug 2.
Grand Prix Points
What do all of these events have in common*? Grand Prix points are available and allow sailors to take their best finishes from all of those events and get ranked against sailors throughout North America during the 2015 season. Top boats each year usually get some prizes. Get all the info here. Must be a class member.
*Does not apply to Masters events – only open Standard/Radial events
Fishing Bay Yacht Club is proud to the host the 2015 Laser Atlantic Coast Championship May 16-17! Laser Fleet 413 has a long history of hosting Laser Regattas including the 2000 US Laser Masters, 1987 Laser ACC, multiple Laser Masters ACC and we’re especially known for our now 34th annual Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship.
Fishing Bay Yacht Club is located in Deltaville, Virginia just south of the Rappahannock River on the Piankatank River where it spills into the Chesapeake Bay. This provides multiple sailing areas from protected bays, to open water with 17 miles of fetch- all within a 15-45 minute sail from the club. FBYC has beach launching from two ramps and plenty of space to rig and park.
See the Notice of Race for further details and registration is now open.
Wondering what a Laser regatta at FBYC is like? Watch this video on YouTube from last year’s Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship.
We at FBYC hope you will come sail with us in May! Until then – follow us on Twitter @LaserACC and visit the Facebook Event Page
Just a couple weeks ago a number of D11 Masters sailors were among the 100+ sailors taking part in the 3 events of Florida Masters Week. Here are the results
Frostbiting continues at a number of clubs around the district:
- races Sunday afternoons through March. Thus far this year 42 sailors have taken part in one or more events and Eric Petersen leads Len Guenther in the series standings
More info: http://potomacriversailing.org/laser-fleet/
- Has a two part frostbite series on Sundays – currently are a couple weeks into the second series ending in March. Luke Shingledecker won the Series 1
Standard fleet while Leo Boucher won the Radials. More info: http://ssa.sailregattas.com/_/ssa/ui/Index.aspx?tabid=576
Corsica River Yacht Club - continues their 19-year tradition of Sunday afternoon frostbiting running from late fall to early sprint out of Ships Point on the eastern shore. Details at: http://www.cryc.org/frostbitel.htm
Hampton Roads Laser Fleet - Sailing out of the Old Dominion Sailing Center – this group of Laser sailors has been out almost every Sunday since late fall. Photos, videos and regular racing reports from Robert Suhay can be found on the Hampton Roads Sailing Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/283897676560/ for more info contact Robert: email@example.com
Deep Creek has set the date for their annual invitational regatta to be July 18-19. Join them for an exciting, fun weekend of competitive racing in a relaxed mountain setting on Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland. Each year sailors from Fishing Bay, Virginia; Annapolis, Maryland; Washington D.C., Pennsylvania and Ohio escape the summer heat to join the Deep Creek Laser fleet to sail in fresh water and cool breeze. Enjoy a 10 minute sail to the race course, intense racing, lunch break, more racing, then relax on the deck with a cold beer or soda.
The racing format consists of two fleets – Open and Junior. In the Open fleet adults and advanced juniors to race together and can change sails (full, radial, 4.7) throughout the regatta. The Junior fleet is strictly for sailors under 19 and sailing with 4.7 or radial sails.
All of the info can be found at: http://www.dcyra.com/laser-invitational-regatta.html
Applications for entry are open for the following ILCA World Championship regattas:
- 2015 Laser and Radial World Championships
- 2015 Laser Masters World Championships
- 2015 Laser 4.7 Youth – World Championships
- 2015 Laser Under 21 – World Championships
- 2015 Laser Radial Youth – World Championships
Applications close starting March 4 so get your applications in soon.
Details for each event and the specific application process can be found at: https://sailing.laserinternational.org/site/event-list
This year the 2015 Laser North American Championship will be held just south of us in North Carolina – this is a great opportunity to sail a great new venue that’s not far from our district.
Winter may be here now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t relive the sailing season and think about all of the wonderful sailing we’ll be doing in just a few short months. Here’s some video from the Laser Masters Atlantic Coast Championship in October.