Friday, October 12, 2018

Update from Cedar Point - Frostbiting has begun!


Sunday is our second day of racing and it's looking to be another great day with winds 8-11kts W SW.

First signal is at 1200, if you still need to register you can do so. Britt is our treasurer and he can accept CC payments.

Last Sunday we had a great day of racing, with 22 boats. Pictures thanks to Chris Perez on RC

I did something by accident that I've never had happen, sail without a stern plug! Initially, it didn't affect me too much, but then in between races I moved back or checked for weeds on my rudder, which definitely took on water. The boat felt odd, and I remember looking back and thinking why does it seem like my transom is in the water? Lawrence rolled me pretty good! At least I finished the day without completely sinking, I've only seen 1 laser completely sink ;) almost unsinkable

So what worked on Sunday? Andrew mentioned that he saw more breeze towards the right in the first race and that he never stopped making the boat go, that downwind he takes every opportunity to make the boat go forward, and keeps track of which gybe is favored with his top mast wind indicator, I believe if his wind indicator points at the sail, it shows him he's on the favored gybe. That's really cool!

I tested the current with a sponge and it was ripping down and course left at the starting line, which would explain why there was a big line sag, it was also hard to make the pin if you ended up too close, both Andrew and I bailed out in a race from a pin start, gybed around and started on port, it paid off for both of us, Andrew first and me 2nd.

More from CORK ocr: 
So in the first race up in Kingston, Canada. - I had a pretty good start, it was one of the only non-U Flag starts of the 4 day regatta, I was sailing upwind on Starboard close to the middle of the course, (they're long upwind legs, maybe equivalent to 3 or 4 times our typical cpyc courses, 3-4 races per day.)

It was hiking conditions and a port boat went to duck me and sheered my rudder right off the boat! I still had the tiller in my hand and no steerage, it took a second to figure out what had happened, and I yelled protest, I had a quick glimpse of the sailor as he did his turns but didn't get his number because I was trying to determine if I could fix this and at least sail the race. Once it was clear that I couldn't, I was waving my rudder at the jury since the radials were in sequence and I was right in the middle of the course, just a minute or two up the beat.

A week or two before Cork, I was at a rules talk with Dave Perry and someone brought up questions about damage and redress. How do you qualify for redress? Well I'm glad I heard that talk because this was the first time ever that my boat had been damaged in a way that I couldn't sail and had to retire. I got towed in and luckily was able to get a new pintle and get back out to do the last race of the first day. I'd informed the safety boat that towed me in that I was protesting, and I didn't know the number initially which is actually part of the rule when it comes to damage or injury, if there's serious damage or injury, it's expected that you might not get the sail number right away, I did eventually figure it out.

So in this case even though the boat that hit me did his spins, because he caused serious damage ( I was forced to retire) he was supposed to retire. So I filed a protest, the race committee at Cork are top notch, so the protest process is very fair, the sailor clearly didn't mean to hit me, he did his spins, but when there is damage or injury, the boat that broke a rule must retire, his coach talked to him about that after the race, so also if you sustain serious damage or injury in a race, you can ask for redress.

So the protest committee found that the damage was serious (I couldn't steer my boat) so the port boat was DSQ in that race, and they determined that it was only fair that I get redress, and because something was still wrong with my rudder (it was sticky feeling) they gave me the average of my finishes for the following 3 days for the races, for races I missed because of this incident, excluding 2 finishes on the first day.

The sailor who hit me apologized and he paid for the new parts without even asking, we became friends after.

I feel like this is how protests should all be, in sailing we are the referees so we have to protest, I had an obligation to protest and I'm glad that I did. I would expect the same from any sailor had I caused damage to their boat. So don't be afraid to protest. It's likely both parties will learn something and you might make a new friend!

So my rudder has been feeling off since then, I couldn't figure out what it was. So this week I discovered this week that not only did the force break the pintle, but it had bent the top pin on my rudder, so that explained why it's felt sticky after installing a new pintle. I'm glad I figured that out, I thought maybe the pintles were out of alignment, I think maybe both the pintles were off when I first put them on and the rudder pin was bent, so that made it very hard to steer.

The regattas at CORK are really fun and many of the fleet have sailed there, if you have a story to share be sure to email me :)

Sailing Videos:
Sailing World Championships at Arhaus, Denmark - Laser Medal Race:

See you Sunday, 
AJ Sorensen
Laser Fleet Captain
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Britt Hughes
434 Housatonic Ave.
Stratford, Ct 06615

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1 Bluff Point, Westport, CT 06880

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Fat Boyz Regatta - Saturday November 3 at Sail Newport!!

The NOR is posted on the fleet website at 
Please register on the website.  As a courtesy to our out of state competitors the schedule includes an earlier start (12:00 noon) and Saturday sailing.   

Hyannis Recap

    HYC Laser Fleet News      
Oktoberfest Success

36 boats raced in the third annual Oktoberfest, hosted by the Hyannis Yacht Club.  The regatta's attendance is gaining momentum, and at the current rate of growth we should have 48 boats next year!  It is a one day event with very convenient rigging, launching, and race course, and big fun both on water and after racing.  The RC did great work with the courses and starts, and was able to get off 6 races in great conditions.  The water is still warm, and the wind started at 12-15 with gusts to 18 and slowly dropped to 10, so all competitors had conditions to their liking at some point during the day.  Steve Kirkpatrick and Peter Shope battled it out for the top spot almost every race, while the rest of us marveled at their hiking prowess.  Steve ending up 1rst overall with 6 points, followed by Peter [8], Brian Fisher [22], P J Schaffer [28] and Christine Neville [28].  Peter Seidenberg won the Radial division, dropping his only second for a perfect score of 5.  Full results are posted at the regattanetwork site
The event features a post race Oktoberfest meal, good socializing, and a free beer fill up for the trophy mug winners.  The event is made possible by great RC work orchestrated by PRO Richard St. Onge, and shoreside organizers Lisa MacLean and Brian and Trish Leaver, all ably assisted by 18 more volunteers. 
Brian Leaver has a bow mounted go-pro, and has shared the following on water video.

Plan on coming next year, we guarantee you a good time.

HYC Laser Fleet

All sailors are welcome, come on down!

Need more info?
Our fleet sails on Lewis Bay in beautiful Hyannis, MA from June through October.  We typically launch from the HYC off Ocean Avenue (please observe town parking rules) or at the Yarmouth Sailing Center off New Hampshire Ave (signup required) and sail on the east side of Lewis Bay.

To Register go to:, select "One Design Race Index" on left then "Register for One Design".   You can also find race results there.  Cost is $100 for full season and a discounted rate for youth participants is available.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Barrington YC is hosting a laser frostbite series- Sundays 1-4 starting Oct 28 thru Dec!!!

It is open to non-members and there is storage available at the club.  Soup and daily trophies to follow racing.

Here is the link

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Forecast looks good for Oktoberfest!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Casco Bay Laser Fleet
Portland Yacht Club
OCT 28, NOV 4 , NOV 11 , NOV 18, & NOV 25
RIGGING:                     10:00-12:00
(possible weekly sailing tips during rigging)
SKIPPERS' MEETING:     12:00-12:15
HARBOR START:             12:15
RACING:                         1:00-3:00
For food and commemorative items planning,
please let me know if you are coming:
Multiple short windward/leeward courses
Maybe something more exotic at times
Bring your full and radial rigs
Class legal sails not required
Entry Fee:
Adults:             $60 for entire series            $15 per day
Juniors:             $30 for entire series            $10 per day
Included in all entire series registration is a very cool commemorative item.  
Others may purchase the item at a reasonable price.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Quahog Regatta is on for 2018!!! --- Limited to Lasers and Aero’s Mark your calendars for Saturday 10.13.18.  NOR & SI coming soon!