Hampton Roads Laser Fleet

Hampton Roads Laser Fleet 2013 Fall Frostbite Race 1 Result
October 25th, 2013 9:25 pm by

he six-week fall Laser series kicked off with perfect weather and a great turnout on Sunday. A shifty wind blew 10 to 13 knots out of the northwest, with clear skies, mild temps and water still holding onto a little summer heat – well mostly.

Eight racers turned out and the racing was really competitive and fun. Old Dominion University ace Joe David was a step ahead on the shifts, locking up a string of firsts. Close on his heels was fleet newcomer Dixon Smith, back in the Laser for the first time in two years and definitely right back on the bicycle. Mike Moore mentions he was a star at the Naval Academy and he showed a lot of that form all day, especially on the downwinds were he put shoe to posterior.

Hampton Roads Laser Fleet fall 2013 Race 1

Daniel Blunt was undaunted in his second outing with the Elizabeth River crew and Richard Armstrong, Jim Shook, Frank Patch and Mike and I had some tight battles behind the leaders.

Lisa again took on the race committee duties and got some more great pictures of the racing. Take a look here: https://plus.google.com/photos/106793374418440005415/albums/5936900939500979361

It’s all the more impressive because the very lumpy conditions at the beginning of the day caused a little stomach distress, but with her usual gracious aplomb, Lisa put on a brave face and kept the action going.

Races were held on a short, four-leg, windward-leeward course of about a half-mile with downwind finishes. Races took about 15 to 20 minutes apiece. I can recommend the two-ball, fast-racing format for dinghy racing if you are looking for a lot of starts and snappy tactics. The fast pace also cuts the pain when there is a wide range of speeds through the fleet and gives everyone plenty of chances to fight back and consolidate race lessons.

Thanks to everyone who participated. You guys made it a great Sunday. Thanks to Old Dominion University Sailing for all of your support and help. And thanks to my wife, Lisa, who took care of the committee duty.

Here are the results from 10-20-13: A little water blurred some of the numbers on race one, so if there are any errors, please let me know and I will adjust the series records.

Place /  sailor Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 total
1 Joe David 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 10
2 Dixon Smith 2 2 3 2 4 2 2 17
3 Robert Suhay 1 4 4 3 2 4 3 21
4 Mike Moore 3 3 2 4 3 3 4 22
5 Richard Armstrong 5 6 5 5 5 5 8 39
6 Frank Patch 8 5 6 7 6 7 5 44
7 Jim Shook 6 7 7 6 7 6 6 45
8 Daniel Blunt 7 Dnf 8 8 Dnf Dnf 7 57

Hope to see everyone out next Sunday.

Here are the details for the series again:  Racing is at the Old Dominion University Sailing Center, off Powhatan Avenue in Norfolk, Va.. The center will be opened at 10 a.m., skippers’ meeting at 10:30 and racing will begin around 11 a.m. Racing will finish by 1 or 1:30 p.m.

The six-week scored series begins in earnest on Oct. 20, same time and details as above. The series will run for six Sundays, endingNovember 24 with some awards and such. One note, the ODU Monarchs are hosting a regatta on the weekend of Nov. 3-4, so we will be running without a committee boat unless someone can help us out there.

Laser clinic at Old Dominion University in early December
October 25th, 2013 9:01 pm by

Robert Suhay from the Hampton Roads Laser Fleet is taking a quick survey on behalf of Old Dominion Sailing head coach Mitch Brindley about a one-day Laser clinic in the first full weekend of December.

Mitch is trying to gauge how much interest is out there for a clinic and whether it would be preferable to hold the clinic on Saturday or Sunday.

The clinic would be run by Mitch and the Old Dominion University coaching staff and would involve classroom time and on-the-water drills weather permitting.  The fee for the one-day clinic would be $75.  Bring your own lunch.  Debrief snacks and drinks will be provided at the end of the day.

Could I get a simple show of hands of who is interested and whether Saturday or Sunday would be better? A quick email would do.

You can also direct questions directly to Mitch, at mbrindle@odu.edu or mbrindley@collegesailing.org.

Thanks very much for helping out with this. Should be a great event to cap the fall season.

Hampton Roads Sailing fall 2013 laser and dinghy series
September 26th, 2013 12:51 pm by

It’s been a great summer, so let’s keep the momentum going and head out for some great dinghy racing with what I think we can now safely call our annual fall Laser and dinghy classic.

The Sunday Laser and dinghy race series resumes with a tune up race on Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Old Dominion University Sailing Center. The center will be opened at 10 a.m., skippers’ meeting at 10:30 and racing will begin around 11 a.m. Racing will finish by 1 or 1:30 p.m. so there is still time to catch the games or get the chores done.

There will be a one-week by-week due to a prior commitment, then the racing gets into full swing starting Oct. 20, same time and details as above. As suggested by several of our regular crew, the series will run for six Sundays, ending November 24 with some awards and such. One note, the ODU Monarchs are hosting a regatta on the weekend of Nov. 3-4, so we will be running without a committee boat unless someone can help us out there.

Mitch Brindley, head coach at ODU, has given the green-light for the series, so there will be Lasers available for charter for competent sailors. There will be some changes, though, this year, in order to help ODU keep their Laser fleet more tidy and organized. There are four boats set up for full rigs (the four on the top shelves) and four rigged for Radial sails (on the bottom rungs). Mitch has asked that we keep the boats standardized as they are in the racks.

With four full rigs for use this year, I will ask those wishing to charter a boat each week to send me a message so we can allocate boats fairly. I also have a spare hull at my house that I can trek down for use and I am pretty sure with a little advance warning we can muster enough for all those who want to sail. (At least, I will do my very best to get everyone out on the water) And those wishing to use my backyard (two blocks from the sailing center) as a depository during the regattas are still welcome to do so.

As in the past, the charters are done on a first come, first serve basis. Cost is $10 per regatta (thanks Mitch for fighting inflation).

A note for newcomers: Fall and winter are beautiful times on the water, but it is going to get cold and with that, comes risk. The series annually attracts a wide range of abilities, but we ask that participants have at least fundamental skills in dinghies and proper attire for the temperatures.

We look forward to another great year and hope everyone can make it out.

robert.suhay[at] pilotonline.com
Robert Suhay

Post it on the fridge:
Sunday laser series
Place: Old Dominion University Sailing Center
Time: 10:30 skippers’ meeting
Start: 11:00
Finish: No races start after 1:30
Dates: Tune up Oct. 6; a by-week, then 6-regatta ODU series on Oct. 20 and 27, and Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24 with awards and a toast.
Racing is free. Laser charter is $10 per regatta (limited number available so drop me an email)

Hampton Roads Frostbite – 1/13/13
January 14th, 2013 6:07 pm by

Hampton Roads had a nice and foggy day of frostbiting with a good turnout this weekend.  Check out the photos.

Hampton Roads 1/13/13 Frostbite

Some Like it Cold…
December 30th, 2012 3:53 pm by

Check out this feature in the January edition of Spinsheet magain about Hampton Roads Fleet Captain and organizer Robert Suhay:

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NOR Hampton Roads Sailing Fall 2012 Laser series
October 25th, 2012 12:53 pm by

It’s been a great summer, but now it’s time to dust off the westsuit and booties and get chillin’.

The Sunday Laser and dinghy race series resumes this Sunday, October 28, with a tune-up at the Old Dominion University Sailing Center. The center will be opened at 10 a.m., skippers’ meeting at 10:30 and racing will begin around 11 a.m. Racing will finish by 1 ro 1:30 p.m. so there is still time to catch the games or get the chores done.

Mitch Brindley, head coach at ODU, has given the green-light for the series, so there will be Lasers available for charter for competent sailors. There are eight boats, and six full rigs. Charters are done on a first come, first serve basis. Cost is $10 per regatta. I also have a spare boat at my house if we run short.

A note for newcomers: Fall and winter are beautiful times on the water, but it is going to get cold and with that, comes risk. The series annually attracts a wide range of abilities, but we ask that participants have at least fundamental skills in dinghies and proper attire for the temperatures.

The series will open (in the tradition of last year) with an away-game at Fishing Bay Yacht Club for their annual End-of-the-season Frostbite. So many of our southern bay regulars commit to that great regatta and excellent club. If you haven’t been there, it’s worth the trip and Jon Deutsch is a great host.

The series picks up again at ODU on the following Sunday, Nov. 11, and will continue through Dec. 9.

We look forward to another great year and hope everyone can make it out.

Please feel free to contact me at robert.suhay@pilotonline.com and be sure to spread the word.

Robert Suhay

 

Post it for the fridge:
Sunday Laser series
Place: Old Dominion University Sailing Center
Time 10:30 skippers’ meeting
Start 11:00
Finish: No races start after 1:30
Dates: Tune up Oct. 28; (Away game opener Nov. 4 at Fishing Bay Yacht Club – NOR available at Laser District 11 website); ODU series Nov. 11, 18, 25, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9. Race starts at 11 a.m. Finish by 1 to 1:30

Hampton Roads Laser Fleet has new Web Page
May 17th, 2012 9:24 am by

The Hampton Roads Laser Fleet has a new web page.  Check out their upcoming schedule, recent result, pictures, video and other news by going to: http://sites.google.com/site/hamptonroadssailing/

Hampton Roads Laser Fleet Webpage

Hampton Roads Sailing: April 29
May 2nd, 2012 10:24 am by

Another great season drew to a close for the Hampton Roads Sailing Fleet with some great conditions and great competition. Wind hovered around 10 knots out of the North for the afternoon with some fairly flat conditions, so the racing was fast and fun.

ODU alum David Tunnicliffe returned for the finale and quickly turned the motor on. It’s great to watch someone work the shifts and the waves the way David does, and his skill turned into a top finish. Neil – where were ya????

Mike Moore got his licks in, too, taking a race. Mike also provided the laughs, turning a spectacular toll tack into a roll over while trying to leebow David.

“I saw him coming and I thought to myself: I’m going to make this really good. I gave it a good roll, but I slipped and just couldn’t get to the top,” Mike said.

The regulars were joined by ODU freshman Andrea Luna, making a first appearance with the fleet. She rigged up a radial and showed you don’t need more cloth to go fast – taking a handy second behind Dave in the first race.

It is only fitting to extend a big thanks to Old Dominion University Sailing for all of their support for the fleet. Mitch, Charles, Kara, we can’t do this without you.

Here’s wishing everyone a great summer season. See you in the fall when we pick it up again after the Long Distance Race and the Neptune Challenge.

Following are Sunday’s results:

Pos. Sailor Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total
1 David Tunnicliffe 1 1 2 1 1 6
2 Mike Moore 4 3 1 2 3 13
3 Robert Suhay 5 2 3 3 4 17
4 Ron Thompson 3 4 5 4 2 18
5 Andrea Luna 2 5 4 5 5 21

Hampton Roads Sailing: April 15
April 17th, 2012 10:56 pm by

Sunday turned out to be some of the best racing of the season, with strong winds out of the southwest at 8 to 14 knots. The tide was running out pretty hard which made for a fairly calm surface. Speeds were pretty fast and we took advantage of the conditions by setting a reach marking and running modified Olympic courses with a downwind finish. The reaches turned out to be pretty exciting and a lot of places changed hands with perfect surfing conditions delivering extra speed to the well-placed – and pumped – boat.

It was a five-way match up for most of the day, with ODU’s Zach Runcie joining in late as sixth-man (and ringer).

The racing was very tight, and the scores show it was really anyone’s game. Som strong gusts coming in put everyone in the drink at one point or another, and I have the ignomany of walking the boat across the line in the 4-foot low tide, having capsized within reach of the finish as I tried to hold off a charging Andrew Newbold – then did a double flip trying to right the boat fast to hold off the others. (I’ll be here all week. Don’t forget to tip your servers.)

Ron Thompson, who always pegs himself as Mr. Inconsistancy, turned in the most consistent performance and edged Mike and me by a point.

A note to racers: There are only two weekends left in the series, so get in on the fun and warm up for the summer. There are charters available through ODU.

This Sunday will also see ODU on the water in force fot the MAISA regatta. We will be running our series upriver a bit toward the Lafayette. If anyone has a little powerboat we can use for committee that would be greatly appreciated.

Pos. Sailor Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total
1 Ron Thompson 3 1 2 3 2 11
2 Robert Suhay 2 5 3 1 1 12
3 Mike Moore 1 2 1 4 4 12
4 Andrew Newbold 5 3 4 2 3 17
5 Jaclyn Hollander 4 4 5 5 5 23

Thanks again for everyone who came out and made the event a success. Ian, thanks for doing RC duty. And thanks again to Old Dominion University Sailing for making it all possible.

See you Sunday, 4-22. Robert Suhay

Hampton Roads Sailing: April 1
April 3rd, 2012 6:56 pm by

Ron and Greg

Well, we are into the home stretch, with only one month left in the series, and the eighth weekend saw the return of several Hampton Roads stalwarts: Richard Biggs, a series regular who was away for a few weekends; Ron Thompson, who just a week before had a solid 5th place finish out of 22 at the Cap City Regatta; Aaron Applegate, who continued to move up the fleet with some very nice finishes and good starts; and Greg Lanese, who reminds everyone looking for adventure this fall to keep the Ocean-venue Neptune race in mind.

And once again, the wind made a pleasant appearance, too, bringing about 8 patchy, shifty knots to the course out of the north and northeast. At least the water was warmish (shorts weather for the frostbite hardened) and the air temperatures climbed up into the 60s. It was the kind of day where you had to stay in the pressure, and the pressure kept moving around. But that made it kind of exciting, with a lot of lead changes and a lot of names in the winner’s circle – if only for one of the five races.

Photo Finish

We ran windward leewards again on a half-mile course, with downwind finishes. This is a really convenient setup for the committee, since it involves setting only two marks, the winward and the pin/leeward mark. And the downwind finishes make for some very interesting battles and close calls. The photo above shows another hotly contested battle at the finish line. Greg Lanese took it to finish third, but it was so close that Ron Thompson and I, who were leeward of the line and watching the action, though Richard had taken it. Oh well, next time, Richard. It was a good race.

There is an excellent video of the racing posted on YouTube by Lisa, who did the honors as race committee and brought her camera along. Check it out here if you have a moment. It’s short.

Pos. Sailor Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total
1 Robert Suhay 1 2 2 3 1 9
2 Andrew Newbold 2 5 1 2 2 12
3 Ron Thompson 6 1 5 1 3 16
4 Greg Lanese 3 3 4 5 5 20
5 Aaron Applegate 4 6 6 4 4 24
6 Richard Biggs 5 4 3 6 6 24
7 James Shook 7 7 7 7 7 35

Thanks again for everyone who came out and made the event a success. And Lisa, thanks for doing RC duty. And thatnks again to Old Dominion University Sailing for making it all possible.