Laser Class Announces New Standard Sail Design
October 6th, 2015 10:21 pm by Jon Deutsch

Laser Std MKII SailThe new radial cut standard sail has been approved and will be available soon.

From the ILCA website:

The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) is pleased to announce the release of a completely new class-legal design for the Laser standard rig sail. The release marks the first time in over 40 years that the Laser sail design has been substantially updated.

Known as the Standard Mark II Sail, the new patented design is the result of thousands of hours of design work and on-the-water testing involving the Laser builders, the Association, two major sailmakers and some of the world’s top sailors.

The Mark II features bi-radial panels, a heavier 4.5 ounce cloth and optimized reinforcement patches, all intended to maximize the sail’s competitive life. The sail also features tapered battens with Velcro batten pocket closures, a larger window for improved visibility and a patented re-designed luff tube to eliminate wrinkles at the mast joint.

“This is a quantum leap forward for our class,” says ILCA President, Tracy Usher. “For a number of years the number one complaint about the Laser has been the outdated sail design. We’ve put a lot of time and effort into this new sail design and we’re really happy with the result.”

As with all changes to the Laser, the new sail has been carefully designed to be backwards compatible with the existing equipment, meaning it was not designed to provide improved performance. Instead, the Mark II promises improved durability and ease of use.

According to ILCA Technical Officer, Clive Humphris, “The main objective of the design project for the Mark II was to create a sail with equal performance to the existing sail, but with better durability. We worked very hard to ensure that the Mark II was not a faster sail and wouldn’t make all the existing sails obsolete overnight. The original Laser standard sail will continue to be available through authorized Laser dealers and we fully expect to see the two designs racing side-by-side for a number of years.”

The initial run of class-legal Mark II sails is expected to be available in late 2015, with worldwide availability by early 2016. Because of the timing of the release, by agreement with International Sailing Federation (ISAF) the Mark II will not be used in the 2016 Olympic Games or any Olympic country qualifying events for 2015 or 2016.

The use of the sail will be controlled by the Notice of Race for each event until after the 2016 games. After that time, the Mark II will be allowed in all ILCA sanctioned regattas along with the original standard rig sail.

“Because many of the Olympic qualifying events have already occurred, we’ve agreed with ISAF that we shouldn’t make any major changes to the equipment for the 2016 games at this time,” says Usher. “Our goal is to have the Mark II sail available worldwide for the start of the next quadrennium, leading up to the 2020 games in Tokyo.”

In coordination with ISAF and the Laser Builders, ILCA will make further announcements about the availability of the Mark II sail and its use at events over the coming months.

2015 Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters NOR
October 4th, 2015 4:58 pm by Jon Deutsch

The NOR is now posted and online registration is now open for the 2015 Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship on October 17-18.

Fishing Bay Yacht Club will host the 34th Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship this October.  FBYC’s Laser Fleet will welcome sailors from around the mid-Atlantic and beyond for great sailing, great food, and great friends.

Alain Vincey will be back to put on another great dinner and our RC team lead by PRO Rick Klein will be back again to put on solid racing.

Visit the Notice of Race and Register Online before October 12 to get the early discount.  T-shirts will be available to those who register early while supplies last.

2015 SSA Spring Regatta Results
June 16th, 2015 7:01 am by Jon Deutsch

We held the Spring Series this past weekend and were treated to a great couple of days of sailing.  We had a great turnout (22 boats) and the weather gods smiled on us.  Congrats to Ted Morgan in the Standard Fleet and Sarah Alexander in the Radial Fleet for winning the day.  Close behind in the Standard Fleet were Mike Waters and Mike Parramore and in the Radial Fleet, Tyler Mowry and Margaret Podlich. – Steve Cofer RESULTS

2015 FBYC Laser Spring Regatta Results
June 16th, 2015 6:54 am by Jon Deutsch

The first Laser Regatta of the four event season was held on Sunday, 7 June.  The 10  competitors, including two from North Carolina and one from Florida, enjoyed five races in a moderate and tactically challenging breeze.  Austin Powers demonstrated that he has not forgotten how to race a Laser since moving on to his Tartan Ten.  PRO Mark Stephens and his team did an outstanding job of adjusting the course as conditions changed throughout the day.

As is a long standing tradition with Laser regattas at FBYC, the post race food and beverages were excellent.  A variety of gourmet sandwiches prepared by Brad Squires were enjoyed by all.

The second Laser regatta is scheduled for Sunday, 26 July.  Hope to see you there. – Frank Murphy


2015 Laser Atlantic Coast Championship Results
June 16th, 2015 6:42 am by Jon Deutsch

The 2015 Laser Atlantic Coast Championship tested competitors both mentally and physically with long courses over shifty winds and current. Eric Reitinger (Brant Beach YC) had consistent finishes near the top nabbed him the Standard Championship while Fishing Bay Yacht Club’s Alexander Hanna put up all top 3 finishes to win the Radial division.

Radial Champion Alexander Hanna

Saturday’s racing saw the sailors racing out in the Chesapeake Bay where the currents of the Rappahannock River and the Piankatank river all converge. Winds started in the low double digits and the first race had most of the fleet racing for nearly an hour and a half. By the time the standards started the second race- the wind eased, the current built and they sailed a shortened 3 leg race in 5-6 while the radials were postponed at the starting line.

By early afternoon the breeze came back for 2 more races. Eric Reitinger, Jon Deutsch (FBYC), Dan Herlihy (FBYC) and John MacCausland (CRYC) all won races in the Standard Fleet. Alexander Hanna and Carrson Pearce won races in the Radial Fleet.

The long day on the water was rewarded by an awesome Alain Vincey dinner followed by raffling some APS and Dynamic Dollies gift certificates and merchandise.

Sunday’s early start allowed both fleets to get in one more race in a dying breeze.   Charlie Brewer (Hampton YC) won that race in the Standard fleet while Gage Wilson (LYC/CYC-NC) won the Radial Fleet. Finishing 2nd in the radial fleet in that race was Boyd Bragg (FBYC) sailing his first ever Laser regatta.

Standard Champion: Eric Reitinger

Congratulations to all of the winners and thanks to all of those who travelled from near and far to sail with us. Also thanks to Mike Waters, Rick Kline and all of the folks helping run the races and to Brad Squires and Alain Vincey for the breakfast and dinners.



  1. Eric Reitinger (Brant Beach Yacht Club)
  2. John MacCausland (Cooper River Yacht Club)
  3. Bob Tan (Severn Sailing Association)
  4. Charlie Brewer (Hampton Yacht Club)
  5. Mike Russom


  1. Alexander Hanna (Fishing Bay Yacht Club/Hampton Yacht Club)
  2. Carrson Pearce (Surf City Yacht Club)
  3. Gage Wilson (LYC/ESC)
  4. Leo Boucher (Severn Sailing Association)
  5. Corinne Peters [1st Radial Woman] (Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron)


Laser ACC Early Registration Deadline
May 6th, 2015 10:13 pm by Jon Deutsch

LaserACC Trophies

The early registration discount for the Laser Atlantic Coast Championship ends at 9pm on Monday – If you are planning on coming – be sure to save some $$ and register by then.  If you are not sure yet – come for what will be the best and biggest Laser regatta on the Chesapeake Bay.  With many sailors from New England to Florida and in between planning on coming – you won’t want to miss it!

What we have planned – 2 days of racing, breakfast, a great dinner, and a chance to win some raffle items from Dynamic Dollies and APS!


2015 District Championship Results
April 29th, 2015 9:51 pm by Jon Deutsch

It still felt a bit like frostbiting – but make no mistake – it’s spring and Severn Sailing Association held their Sunshine Open that doubled as the District 11 Championship. 28 Standards and 16 Radials set out to do 4 races in cloudy conditions with temperatures in the 60s. Many sailors elected to wear their drysuits.

The forecast for Saturday was pretty dim – but with the RC out on the water seeing it fill in – the sailors were sent out pretty much on time where they would have 6-10 knots throughout the day.

Winning races on the first day in the standard fleet were Luke Shingledecker, Kevin Shockey (2)  and John Shockey.  The Radial fleet was tightly matched with Kim Couranz and Mike Schmidt trading races.

Saturday evening the sailors were treated to great meal and most hung around until the band shut the place down later in the evening.

Sunday morning the weather was a bit better with mostly sunny skies, a little warmer temperatures than Saturday and winds in the 8-11 range.  Racing was postponed a bit while Saturday’s scores were straightened out and 2 more races were sailed.

Congratulations to Luke Shingledecker winning his second Standard District Championship in a row.  And congratulations to Mike Schmidt on winning  his first Radial District Championship – Mike is the first sailor to have won both the Standard and Radial District Championship.

2015 Standard District Champions

2015 Radial District Champions

Standard Winners

1st: Luke Shingledecker
2nd: John MacCausland
3rd: Eric Reitinger
1st Junior: Phil Schofield
1st Woman: JuneRose Futcher

Radial Winners

1st: Mike Schmidt
2nd: Kim Couranz
3rd: Chase Carraway



2015 Capital City Regatta Results
April 20th, 2015 12:54 pm by Jon Deutsch

Upwind at the 2015 Capital City Regata

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


2015 Capital City Regatta Coming Up
March 12th, 2015 8:56 am by Jon Deutsch

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.

Big Events Near D11
March 10th, 2015 10:54 pm by Jon Deutsch

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:

D11 Championship

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.

D10 Championship

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.

US Nationals

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.

Masters Nationals

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