The 2012 Laser Atlantic Coast Championship will be held the weekend of May 19-20 with sailing on the beautiful waters of Massachusetts Bay off Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, Massachusetts – one of the finest racing venues on the East Coast!
Laser, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7 competitors who are members of the ILCA-NA or their national Laser Class Association may compete in this event. A minimum of five entries are required to constitute a class. This event is a ILCA-NA Grand Prix event
This weekend is the Atlantic Coast Championship in Wrightsville Beach North Carolina at Carolina Yacht Club. 94 boats have already signed up with the total likely to top 100 by race day 1. At the moment that breaks down to about 40 Standards, 46 Radials and 4 4.7s.
District 11 looks to be well represented with at least 16 sailors making the trip. Follow the @laseracc twitter account for updates and the regatta website is here for results, entry list and other information.
District 11 Sailors at the Atlantic Coast Championship:
The 2011 Atlantic Coast Championship will be held the weekend of April 30 to May 1 with sailing on the beautiful ocean waters off the Carolina Yacht Club in Wrightsville Beach, North Corolina – one of the finest racing venues on the East Coast! To get more information, visit the Carolina Yacht Club ACC’s site, or download the NOR at this link, register online at this link, and see who has already signed up at this link!
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Wrightsville Beach NC is an easy drive from all points in District 11 and this is a fantastic facility and sailing area. Let’s get a big D11 contingent at this event!
The Carolina Yacht Club in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina- host of some of the finest Laser sailing events in North America. You’ve heard about it, now plan to sail at Wrightsville Beach and enjoy the hospitality!
The 2010 Atlantic Coast Championship kicks off on Saturday for two days of racing this weekend. With few big regattas on the east coast this year, this is expected to be a big one. Racing will take place at Sayville Yacht Club on Long Island.
District 11 Sailors who have pre-registered:
Bob Tan (SSA)
David Sliom (SSA)
Henry Amthor (HYC)
Luke Shingledecker (SSA)
The 2010 Atlantic Coast Championship for Standard, Radial and 4.7 rigs, and worth 25 points towards the LaserPerformance/ILCA-NA Grand Prix, will be sailed the weekend of June 5-6 and hosted by the Sayville Yacht Club in Blue Point, NY. Check out the NOR (pdf), link to online registration and a link to see who is coming!
The Laser Radial ACCs were held this past weekend at SSA in Annapolis. It was a fairly light air event with a total of 5 races held. Even though it was light it was a great regatta and I think everyone had a good time. The radial event was won by Christopher Stocke and the 4.7 winner was Mary Hall.
Here in the US the radial is primarily a junior and women’s boat so there were a lot of young sailors out for the event. Out of the 63 competing radials 32 were juniors including all of the top 5. There were also 8 4.7s racing, all of whom were juniors.
Standing around the keg Saturday night a number of us were lamenting how badly we were being beaten by kids from high school with our only consolation being that we were old enough to drink the beer. I certainly have a lot of admiration for all the younger sailors who were all very fast(more so than your author who finished in the back half).
Saturday we got in 2 races in super light conditions and both races saw big ups and downs as puffs filled in from different sides of the course. The second race was shortened at the 2nd weather mark after the breeze died and then filled in from the right side causing a bit of reversal in the middle of the fleet.
Sunday we had a bit of a sea breeze and got in 3 races in probably 6-10kts. There was a lot of mixed up chop on the course which made keeping the boat moving fast forward and finding clear air key. Overall youth clearly won out over experience – although the honest truth is that a lot of the younger sailors probably had both in their favor having sailed on high school or college teams.
Overall I think it was a great event and I had a lot of fun. I thought it was awesome how far people traveled to sail – I know there were people from Texas and Canada who made the trip. Even though the conditions were tough it was a great weekend to be out on the water.
The Laser Radial and 4.7 Atlantic Coast Championship started off with 2 races on day one in very light and shifty winds. 61 Radials and 8 4.7 were on the line in 2-5 knot winds.
After a short postponement the first race was started in a light northerly breeze. The fleet started cleanly under the I-flag on the first try. The fleet made good progress toward the first mark, but the wind got even more fluky as the race went on. Those who got a good start and clear air got ahead. By the 5th leg the wind was almost undetectable but both the Radial fleet and the 4.7 fleet\ made the finish before the time limit.
After a brief wait, a sea breeze started to fill in and the course was reset for the light easterly winds. By that time there was a ripping flood current which pulled sailors towards the pin at the start. One general recall and the Radial fleet got started. Eight sailors were OCS and a few sailors got hung up in the pin boat.
Right after the start there was a little more pressure on the left side of the course up the first beat. On the second beat it was best to sail on starboard tack in a puff going against the current, and sail on port while in a lull.
In the Radial fleet Christopher Stoke took two bullets to lead after the first two races. John Wallace is currently in second and Mateo Vargas is in 3rd. Connor Swikart leads the 4.7 fleet and Mary Hall is in second and Matt Schofield is in 3rd.
The forecast for Sunday calls for a little more wind, but it’ll be another day for the lightweights.