Video highlights of the 31st Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship at Fishing Bay Yacht Club October 13-14.
With 45 Lasers, good wind and great help on the race committee and in the kitchen, we couldn’t have asked for a better weekend at the 31st Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship. John MacCausland from Cooper River Yacht Club came away the overall winner of the 7 race series. John bested masters sailors in various age groups, all over the age of 35, hailing from MI, MA, NY, NJ, OH, PA, VA, NC, MD, and Washington DC.
Racing got off to a slow start on Saturday when the competitors drifted to the race course in a light northerly. 3 hours and a couple blown off starts later the wind finally settled in from the east at 6-8 knots allowing us to sail 3 races in the late afternoon. John MacCausland, Gavin O’Hare (Eastport Yacht Club) and Mike Schmidt (Magothy River Sailing Association) all took bullets in Saturday’s races.
Off the water Saturday night chef Alain Vincey prepared Osso Buco for the sailors, race committee and guests.
Sunday’s racing saw far better conditions with the wind starting around 8 and building to 14 out of the south-south west. The long courses gave the sailors plenty of room to spread out make moves. Sailing his way to the title John MacCausland picked up two more bullets while Gavin O’Hare got another and Bob Tan (Severn Sailing Association) added a bullet to his best 2nd place on Saturday.
Results for each Category:
Apprentice Master (35-44)
1. Gavin O’Hare (Eastport Yacht Club)
2. Dorian Haldeman (Severn Sailing Association
3. Kent Leverich
1. John MacCausland (Cooper River Yacht Club) *overall winner
2. Mike Schmidt (Magothy River Sailing Association)
3. Henry Amthor (Hampton Yacht Club)
Grand Master (55-64)
1. Michael Moore (Diego Garcia Yacht Club)
2. Had Brick (Island Heights Yacht Club) *2008 Champion
3. Don Hahl (Brant Beach Yacht Club)
Great Grand Master (65+)
1. Newton Wattis (Surf City Yacht Club)
2. Lindsay Hewett (Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club)
3. Roger Link (West River Sailing Club)
1. Sandy Westphal (Severn Sailing Association)
2. Dorian Haldeman (Severn Sailing Association)
Not only was the competition fierce, but so was the Race Committee. They did a fantastic job all weekend with some tough winds and weren’t afraid to tame the fleet with the Z-flag for all 4 races on Sunday. Big thanks to Rick Klein, Ric Bauer, Sharon Bauer, Catherine Clark, David Clark, Philip Kenny, Ruthanna Jenkins, Ron Jenkins, Mike Dale, Geoff Cahill, Barb Guenther, John Beery, Roger Craver & Becky Dale.
The Laser Fleet members came through as well including Mike Toms, Brad Squires, James Jacob, Alain Vincey, Anthony Burton, Richard Biggs, Frank Murphy & Len Guenther who provided excellent breakfasts and dinners for the sailors.
Thanks again to all of the sailors who came. We look forward to having you back next year for the 32nd!
This past summer the FBYC Laser Race Team was coached by world class sailor Gabriel Moran, of Ecuador. Check out this video he made about our sailors:
Thirty-Three sailors had some great sailing conditions for the 2012 District 11 Championship at Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis. Brady White (SSA) put up all top 5 finishes in 7 races to win the Standard fleet while Eric Reitinger’s (BBYC) consistent top finishes and an OCS by Carsten Faubel (CRYC) gave Eric the win in the Radial fleet.
Saturday’s saw 15-18 knots with large swells coming out of the South with the course positioned just north of Tolly Point. As the weather system moved away overnight, the wind shifted to a much colder North wind for 3 more races on Saturday with a little less wind.
The top 5 boats in the Standard fleet definitely pulled away from the rest of the pack, but only 3 points separated 2nd through 5th position. The final order after Brady White were Henry Filter (SSA), Eric Reinke (SSA), Luke Shingledecker (SSA) and Kyle Swenson (RTYC).
In the Radial fleet Carsten Faubel got out to a great start on day 1 putting up all 1st place finishes while Mike Schmidt (MRSA) and Eric Reitinger traded spots for 2nd and 3rd. An OCS by Carsten on the 2nd race Sunday opened the door for Eric to seize the championship.
Thanks again to all of the folks at SSA for the great crab and chicken feast and for hosting our District Championship!
The PRSA Laser Fleet is having a shake out day on October 13th to prepare for the upcoming frostbite season. While there won’t be any structured activities, there will be Laser sailors around to go over rigging or anything else anyone needs and to get some practice in. They will meet at 10am. Contact Erich Hesse if for more info.
On October 13-14 Fishing Bay Yacht could would like to invite you to attend the 31st Chesapeake Bay Laser Master Championship. If you’ve never attended in the past, this event has become a must on many Laser Masters’ calendars. Not only is FBYC home to one of the best sailing sites on the Chesapeake Bay it’s also known for one of the best regatta dinners. Add in the breakfast, snacks on the water, plenty of room to launch, easy beach launching, on-site camping or nearby B&B’s and you’ll see why sailors from all over the mid-Atlantic and beyond come year after year. Make the trip. Be part of the tradition. You’ll be glad you came!
The annual Hard Rock Laser Masters Regatta is slated for Saturday, October 6, 2012. The NOR is posted and online registration is open at: http://rockhallyachtclub.org/
We invite all Laser sailors over age 35 to the Rock Hall Yacht Club for this event. We have had a great regatta with good fall winds the past 6+ years. Last year we had 16 boats turn out and we’d love to see more this year! The Rock Hall Yacht Club is a great place to sail with lots of open space, easy beach launch, and excellent sailing venue in the Chester River. RHYC offers a full service clubhouse with full bar and a new Fall menu. Come check us out and enjoy great Eastern Shore winds, racing, scenery, and hospitality. Any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-639-2182.
SMSA has moved their Fall Inivitational regatta originally scheduled for last weekend to September 29-30. A powerboat race had been planned for that same weekend and so a new weekend that would be a little less hectic was selected. Notice of Race (pdf)
District 11 had an awesome turnout at the 2012 US Laser Masters Regatta at Brant Beach Yacht Club. 22 of the 86 boats hailed from ports in our district. Here’s how they did:
9 James Jacob (FBYC/SSA)
22 David Schoene (SSA)
31 Michael Parramore (SSA)
36 Len Guenther (FBYC)
37 Ron Thompson
40 Roger Link (WRSC)
47 Eric Petersen (PRSA)
48 Adam Glass (SSA)
49 Rich Parolski
51 Jeffrey Caruso (AYC)
53 Leo Wilson (SSA)
3 Mike Schmidt (MRSA)
5 Bill Vickers (SSA/AYC)
8 Bob Tan (SSA)
11 Jacques Kerrest (PRSA)
15 Jacelyn Swenson
16 Margaret Podlich (SSA)
19 Ramsey Alexander (SSA)
20 Steven Cofer (SSA)
22 Dorian Haldeman (SSA)
24 Laura Riggs (SSA)
25 Fariba Partawi (SSA)
This is just a reminder that early registration for the dinghy regatta ends on the 20th of September. The more people we have registered early allows us to make sure there is a skippers bag for each boat and to plan on food and beer. Neither of which we want to run out of.
As of now we have some really cool goodies for the raffle. The local West Marine stores have donated a Magma grill, some t-shirts, an bunch of smaller goodies like rigging knives and other sailing paraphernalia. We will have two gift certificates from APS. There are two pairs of Arnette polarized sunglasses, some t-shirts, hats and other stuff, and expect more to come.