Laser D7 Events

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Brian Fisher and Eliza Richartz win at the Laser Performance World Open 2010


Laser Performance hosted the inaugural Laser Performance World Open at Sail Newport in RI. The event was great just lacking in show from the many local Laser sailors but that was their loss as it was a lot of fun with great racing, lots of food, beer and gorgeous trophies!

The two days provided varying conditions having anywhere from 5-15 knots with the full moon current as a constant factor. The RC ran a frostbite style regatta with 3-minute starts and short windward leeward courses.

Brian Fisher of Newport was the overall winner in the Standard fleet (12 boats). After finishing day one with 17 points and in 2nd place he came in on day two with a 4,1,1,1 finishing off the event with a total of 22 points to earn him the win. Eliza Richartz was clearly the dominant one in the Radial class (9 boats) with nine 1st place finishes!

As far as the "World" portion of the regatta, the UK trounced us in Laser turnout. The overall results will be posted shortly. Next year, lets put up the numbers and give the UK a competition!


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Laser Performance World Open (June 26-27) at Sail Newport

Sign up now for what looks to be a very fun event! The entries are just now coming in and a current entry list will be posted soon.

There will be a racing circle consisting of Lasers, Laser Radials and Sunfish.  There is a mathematical matrix based on the size of your fleet and how you do in your fleet to determine a World Open Winner; so in essence, first place could be a Laser from the US, second could be a SB3 from UK and 3rd could be a Sunfish from the US, or something like that.

There will be a "Fun Circle" with Bugs and Picos for the young kids where people have the option of sailing just Saturday, just Sunday, or both.  The racing for the fun circle will not be the traditional round the buoys racing, but have more of a fun aspect to it where there will be 3 or 4 events per day that the little kids can get scored on.

Laser Performance is planning a big dinner party at Sail Newport on the Saturday night of the regatta complete with DJ and dancing and a cookout for the Sunday Awards.  The plan is for a family style event along with great competitive racing for the Lasers and Sunfish.  There will be great racing on the water as well as off the water activities for family members in Historic Newport.


Register Here

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Nutmeg Masters Cancelled

Sorry for the late notice but the Nutmeg Master's regatta that was scheduled for this weekend (June 26-27) has been cancelled.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Big Ben wins the Area A’s






John Bentley & winner, Ben Richardson


The Area A’s could have been considered a mostly manly masters regatta with 18 competitors in total of which only 4 were under the age of 35 with only one female competitor. Needless to say, the talent was deep and Ben Richardson took the win ousting Peter Shope by 1 point.

The two-day event, also known as The Championship of Buzzards Bay and the Robert Saltmarsh Trophy provided classic Buzzards Bay conditions-smokey South Westerly breezes holding at 15knots with gusts to 20 knots on both days. The talented and professional RC from the New Bedford YC knocked off 9 windward leeward races, which granted each competitor one throw-out.  What made this regatta different from most Buzzards Bay events was the situation of the racecourse. The RC tucked the weather mark close to shore, which made for a super shifty and puffy entry to the weather mark. The downwind legs were wavy and perfect for surfing. According to Scott Ferguson, Ben Richardson was “Mr. Smooth” downwind! Also noted was Peter Shope’s downwind speed.  Richardson, Shope, Bear and Ferguson battled it out on day two with lots of ribbing at the awards.

Looking all around, I was so impressed with the fitness and talent. Most guys in this master’s age group would be comfortably situated in their loungers with a Bud and a hot dog on Father’s Day…not these guys! So cool and very inspiring….I actually dusted off my Laser and signed up for BBR...time to get in shape I suppose!


Results



The competitors

                                       

The "kids"

                                       

Dr. Mark Bear upon hearing that he beat "Ferg" in a tie-breaker


Fisher, Follansbee, Shope
  
 
 Trading injury stories...
"old man" column coming soon to the D7 website.


Packing it up...


RC extraordinaire!






Friday, June 18, 2010

Tuesday Night Racing is on in Bristol, RI.

From Nick Cromwell:

This week we were out for the first "organized" Bristol Tuesday Night Laser Racing. We met right outside the mooring field for some short course racing. We ran 6 races in some really nice conditions. If you haven't sailed in Bristol, you are missing out! Come on out and enjoy the fun. There is no entry fee and no stress, just a great evening of sailing.

We are gong to run races every other week from now until September 21st. The week we don't run races, we will all meet outside the mooring field for rabbit starts using channel marks.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Nick Cromwell at (401) 440-9399 or email Nick.Cromwell@navy.mil

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Laser Performance World Open Regatta & Nutmeg Masters

 LaserPerformance World Open Regatta (Sail Newport June 26-27)

This event is being run in conjunction with a similar event in Weymouth, England, and they've got some fancy math formula to determine an overall winner.

Here's the lowdown from LP's Josh Toso:

"There will be a racing circle consisting of Lasers, Radials and Sunfish.  We also have a mathematical matrix based on the size of your fleet and how you do in your fleet to determine a World Open Winner; so in essence, first place could be a Laser from the US, second could be a SB3 from UK and 3rd could be a Sunfish from the US, or something like that.

We are also going to be having a "Fun Circle" with Bugs and Picos for the young kids where people have the option of sailing just Saturday, just Sunday, or both.  The racing for the fun circle will not be the traditional round the buoys racing, but have more of a fun aspect to it where there will be 3 or 4 events per day that the little kids can get scored on.

We are planning a big dinner party at Sail Newport on the Saturday night of the regatta complete with DJ and dancing and a cookout for the Sunday Awards.  We are planning on this being a family style event along with great competitive racing for the Lasers and Sunfish.  There will be great racing on the water as well as off the water activities for family members in Historic Newport.

We are hoping for 30 Lasers at the event (possibly more if we get the word out enough) and hope that Fleet 413 will participate with good numbers.

Registration is up and running on the Sail Newport website, http://www.sailnewport.org/npt/m/_general/newportregister.asp as well as a dedicated page on the LP website explaining the entire event http://na.laserperformance.com/special-events/worldopen."

Nutmeg Regatta at Cedar Point YC in Westport, CT. (June 26 and 27th)
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NH Spring Seacoast Regatta Results (June 13th)



From Stephen Kosacz:
The racing was challenging with lots of wind shifts - I had a headache at the end because I was concentrating so hard to keep the boat in phase and try to keep a good position!!!


19 boats including such slouches as Seidenberg (1st), Shope (2nd) , Frasier (3rd) , Follansbee (4th), Sally Sharp.  I am thinking of changing my name to Peter...


YouTube Video


Final results:

1. Seidenberg, Peter
2. Shope, Peter
3. Frazier, David
4. Follansbee, Peter
5. Hufstader, Chris
6. Nickerson, Stu
7. Thornburn, Hank
8. Orkney, Gary
9. Kosacz, Stephen
10. Sharp, Sally
11. Zinn, Jack
12. Pastore, Chris
13. Cook, Nat
14. Williams, Matt
15. Howell, Roger
16. Pascheli, Bruno
17. Purington, Tim
18. Todd, Emmit
19. Bridge, Kelsey











Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Lake Sunapee Regatta Results (June 5th)

Report in from Nat Cook:

Despite the weather reports 13 brave sailors showed up for Sun, 86 degrees, warm water,10-15 from the southwest, 9 races, great food, free maple syrup, and amazing housing. Like to thank Dave, Robin and my Cool wife Melanie Cook as well as Skip Nolin and Bill Kesen for all their hard work on the race committee and mark boats.  The Lake Sunapee Yacht Club for the giving us a nice setting for a post race feast. 

In the end it was Tim Mckegney who dug his boat out to win followed by Dave Frazier and Christine Neville.  John Harris was the Top master and Sally Sharp was the Top Lady. 

1.  Tim Mckegney  Vershire, VT.  6, 2, 1, 2, (6), 4, 1, 1, (9)   17

2. 
Dave Frazier  Granby, CT.  1, (4), (5), 3, 3, 2, 4, 2, 4   19

3. 
Christine Neville  Richmond, VT.  4, 1, (7), 1, 4, (6), 2, 4, 5   21

4. 
John Harris  Shelburne, VT.  (13), 3, 4, 7, (9), 5, 6, 3, 6   34

5. 
Dave Powlinson  Shelburne, VT.  7, 5, 2, 4, 8, 1, 9, (11), (12)  36

6. 
Chuck Rudinsky  Exter, NH.  (12), (12), 9, 6, 5, 3, 3, 10, 2  38

7. 
Mark Nowakowski  Old Saybrook, CT.  8, (11), 6, 8, 1, (12), 10, 9, 3  45

8. 
Gerard Kivney  Hyannis, MA.  (10), 9, 3, 5, 7, 8, 7, 7, (11) 46

9. 
Duane Delfosse  Sunapee, NH.  9, 10, 8, (12), (11), 7, 5, 8, 1 48

10. 
Bill Fontaine  West Lebanon, NH.  3, 7, (12), 11, 2, 11, (12), 5, 10  49

11. 
Nat Cook  New London, NH.  5, 8, (dns), (dns), 10, 9, 8, 6, 8 54

12. 
Sally Sharp  Enfield , NH.  2, (13), 11, 9, (12), 10, 11, 12, 7 62

13. 
Judith Krimski  Quincy, MA.  11, 6 ,10, 10, 13, 13, (dnf), dns, (dns)  77
 

Monday, June 14, 2010

2010 Mascoma Spring Laser Regatta (June 6th)

Report in from Sally Sharp:

Five hardy sailors braved the pouring rain and cool temperatures to compete in the annual Mascoma Spring Laser regatta on Sunday. Fortunately the rain eventually abated and the 5-10 knot southeasterly held up nicely, allowing the race committee to run seven races with a variety of courses – yes there were even some reaching legs for a change! Competition was tight at the front with Dave Frazier and Christine Neville duking it out; each won three races, but in the end Christine prevailed by two points.


Christine Neville  2, 1, 2, 2, 1, 1, 4  9
Dave Frazier  1, 4, 1, 1, 2, 4, 2  11
Mark Nowakowski 4, 3, 5, 4, 4, 3, 1 19
Stuart Roach 3, 2, 4, 5, 5, 2, 3 19
Nat Cook 5, 5, 3, 3, 3, 5, 5 24
Dave Powlison DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 66
John Harris DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 66
Chuck Rudinsky DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 66
Bill Fontaine DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 66
Sally Sharp DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 66

*Final points are with 1 throw-out.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

What to do on a rainy and windy Saturday...


(John Bentley, Scott Ferguson & Mark Bear)


Windy and rainy...an almost perfect day for Laser sailing on Buzzard's Bay.

This past Saturday's schedule was a 4:00 pm wedding on the water in Padanarum, MA. Unfortunately for the bride, the weather took an ominous turn but for Scott, who was dragging his feet about going altogether, it turned out to be a perfect day to grab John and Mark and do some Laser training.

It was a win-win...I got to see the bride walk down the isle and Scott arrived with a smile on his face, just in time for cocktail hour!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Area A Eliminations (June 19-20)

Area A Elimination
US Singlehanded Men's and Women's Championship
June 19-20
New Bedford Community Boating Center - Saltmarsh Trophy

2010 US Singlehanded Men's and Women's Championship FINALS
Pensacola Yacht Club
July 29-August 1
Laser Men's division and Radial Women's division

Complete Championship details can be found at:
http://championships.ussailing.org/Adult/USSinglehandedChampionship.htm

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Any questions on the event:
Area A Committee Member:  John Bentley

Must be member of the Laser Class and sail with Laser class approved sails and equipment.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

2010 Atlantic Coast Championship-Mike Matan takes 3rd


Mike Matan at the 2009 NE Masters



The word is in from one sailor that the conditions at the 2010 AC ’s were, ‘ very windy and choppy with lots of carnage.’ Apparently day two saw the breeze between 15- 25 knots with higher gusts. After 4 races, Mike Matan of Cedar Point YC took away 3rd place overall in the Laser Standard fleet (1 point out of 2nd). Nice job Mike! Also congratulations to Rachel Bryer of Conanicut YC and FAST sailing for winning the 4.7 division with 4 bullets!
Other D7 sailors that broke the top 10 are Brian Fisher (Newport Fleet 413) in 7th and Brian Raney (Cedar Point YC ) with 8th in the Standard division. In the Radial division Fred Abeis (Cedar Point YC) cracked the top ten with a 9th place overall.


Results

Saturday, June 5, 2010

NH Spring Seacoast Laser Open Regatta-June 13th


The Great Bay Yacht Club of Dover Point, New Hampshire will be hosting the 2010 Spring Seacoast Laser Open regatta.

Entry fee is $25.00 which includes racing, food, Redhook beer (for all those of legal age), great competition, trophies and good cheer!

Click here for the NOR

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

New Hampshire Laser Regattas (June 5th & 6th)


Come and race June 5th on Lake Sunapee and/or June 6th on Lake Mascoma!

Racing is open to Laser Standard & Radial. If you sail one regatta $25.00 includes food, drinks and awards but if you decide to sail both days then register for both on Saturday, June 5th and pay only $40.00.

Housing may still be available-please contact race organizers soon!

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