Wednesday, July 28, 2010

This weekend: Regatta #1 for the Maine Laser Championship (July 31st) & Hyannis Regatta (July 30-August 1)

There is a lot going on this coming weekend for D7 sailors... Saturday will be the first of four scheduled regattas to be counted towards the Maine Laser Championship. The best 3 regattas will be counted to determine the winners.

More information

Also this weekend is the 3 day Hyannis Regatta (July 30-August 1)


Monday, July 26, 2010

Big turnout for the Stone Horse Regatta!

The Stone Horse Regatta had a big showing in the standard fleet with 48 entries and the radial fleet with 6. Apparently the day started out foggy with light air but opened up to clear skies and breezy conditions.

Colin Smith of Stone Horse YC and Brown University clearly dominated the Standard fleet winning all four races! In the radial fleet the Longerstaey sisters dominated with Oriane Longerstaey taking first and Anoush Longerstaey following close behind in 2nd.

I spoke to one competitor who said the racing was "great," the race committee was "awesome" and the barbecue after racing, "perfect."

Standard results

Radial results

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Matt Russell of Tufts University wins Lake Massapoag Regatta

Judith and her dog Vera

Report from Judith Krimski:

It was a hot and breezy day that brought 13 sailors out for the Lake Massapoag Regatta in Sharon, MA. For those who aren't familiar with the lake, it is approximately 1 mile long and 1/2 mile wide. Saturday's wind was fluky to say the least-giving us typical lake sailing- varying from 5 to 15 with occasional 50 degree shifts. Every race was a huge tactical battle and those that sailed fastest and played the shifts most successfully won the day.

The morning featured predominant shifts coming from course right. At times the left looked promising but as you sailed up the last 1/3 of the course the right took over. With short  courses and lots of boat-on-boat action it was a challenge to stay with an overall strategy. After four races the fleet took a short break and was treated to delicious snacks offered by the ever-attentive race organizers. I have to say that Oreos are a fantastic mid-regatta pick-me-up.

Back out on the water at 1:30 we sailed 3 more high intensity races in winds that shifted mostly course left and increased in velocity to 12-15. The RC did a great job of setting an exciting triangle course that took good advantage of solid pressure coming in from the left creating some excellent planing conditions. As per the morning playing the numerous shifts upwind was critical to overall success.

Positions changed hands numerous times during each race but Lake Massapoag regulars came away with top prizes for the day. Tufts sophomore Matt Russell, whose consistent skills showed throughout the day, took top prize, followed closely by Gary Werden from Sharon, MA, and in third position, Tim Entwhistle, a high school student from Mystic Ct. It was a true battle among the top 3 who, at the end of the day, were separated by only three points.

Many thanks to MYC race organizers for keeping it cheap (30 bucks), simple, and really fun. Other regatta committees should take a page from these guys - they managed to give us a great day with lots of races, no protests and good food. In my book, that makes for an excellent time.


Monday, July 19, 2010

Seidenberg wins 2010 German Radial Masters

Report from Peter Seidenberg:

I can report with pleasure and pride that I won the the 3-day German Radial Masters championship, held this last weekend on Lake Tollense, with the city of Neubrandenburg on its north shore, 2 hours north of Berlin. The lake is 7.5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. The wind was mostly light, never exceeding 10 mph. As is typical, we never really experienced the best winds, meaning up the lake from the SW. Except for race 1 on Friday, the rest of the 6 races were sailed in NW winds, coming across the lake, shifty and gusty. Mostly due to dying winds, we had 1 race on Friday, 2 on Saturday, and 3 on Sunday, all on trapezoidal courses, with the Standards on the outer and the Radials on the inner loop. I was not only the 1st GGM, but also the 1st overall in the 36-boat Radial fleet. The results of both fleets are attached. Unfortunately, the age divisions are not indicated.

Fran and I are off touring the Baltic coast now for a week, then to Berlin for a family reunion next weekend before flying back to Boston the following Monday.

Radial Results

Standard Results

Thursday, July 15, 2010

2010 Stone Horse Laser Regatta ( July 24th)

Register online for the Stone Horse 2010 Laser Regatta on July 24!

Come sail at one of the most gorgeous places to sail...strong SW winds combined with shallow waters and lots of protecting surrounding islands make it a perfect playground for small boat sailors! 

Stone Horse YC just hosted a fleet of 120 Optimists with big breeze and big swell and now they are excited for the upcoming Laser regatta. Registrations are just now flowing sign up!

Please fill in the registration form completely. Online registration ($40.00) will be open through July 22. Registrations will be accepted for $45 on race day from 9:30-10:30am at the club. Skippers' Meeting 10:30 am. Racing begins 11:30. 

Registration fee of $40.00 includes - regatta, t-shirt, snacks, and post-race barbecue.



Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Lipton Cup Report from Judy Krimski

 Future Olympian takes to the water on Quincy Bay
 Gary Werden from Sharon, MA. takes the lead on day two

Regatta report written by Judy Krimski 
Photos by Leighton O'Connor

After a week of more than extreme heat, Saturday morning dawned steamy with temps in the 80’s. I was excited though to get going down to the   beach and rig up for the Lipton Cup, a multi-generational regatta hosted by the Squantum Yacht Club here in Quincy, MA. As I pulled my laser down to the beach (4 blocks away) I thought about what a fantastic venue Quincy bay is for a dinghy regatta. Hopefully this weekend wouldn’t disappoint. The lasers accompanied by club 420s and radials headed out to the Charlie course at 10:00. Fortunately SYC takes a civilized approach to sailboat racing; the course isn’t more than a 5 minute sail from the club and courses are short so you can actually see the windward mark. The RC did a fantastic job of adjusting the course for the wind shifts and was able to get off 5 races before a severe squall came through at about 2:30. For most of the day winds were southwest, 8-10 knots, oscillating approximately 40 degrees most of the day. This made for some very exciting tactical races. The course used was a box course; windward mark with a reaching mark, downwind to a gybe mark, another reaching mark, and upwind to a separate finish. Leads changed hands numerous times and it was pretty much anyone’s race on the last leg. If you misread the shifts, you were toast. Several times the lasers, which started second, overtook the 420 fleet, which made for some interesting tactical maneuvers. We finished the day, beers in hand, and happy to be know that we had one more day of sailing on the bay. On Sunday, we set sail for the Charlie line in brilliant sunshine and a light sea breeze hoping that the wind gods would smile on us. We sailed the box course in two light wind races in about 5 knots. Again the breeze was shifting but finally settled down into a true 10-12knot sea breeze. Since Quincy Bay is so shallow and the northeast fetch is so long it accentuates the swell giving us great downwind sailing. We got off another four races before calling it a day. It was all great fun with good friends and better competition. I am already looking forward to next year. I have to say the sailing this weekend was super fun but interacting with the kids made the whole experience really rewarding. There’s something really cool about seeing kids out on lasers, the new rig configurations help this a lot and it’s awesome. And Congratulations to Gary Werden and Erik Aker, Both from Sharon, MA, for finishing first and second respectively. See you guys down at Massapoag next Saturday for the MYC laser regatta. Can't wait for a rematch!

Many thanks to Leighton O'Connor, nautical photographer, for his great photos! To see more, go to 


2010 MYC 3rd Annual Laser & Sunfish Regatta (July 17th)

Don't miss the fun Laser & Sunfish regatta this Saturday in Sharon, MA.
Entry fee is $35.00 with a discount to juniors/students. Included is breakfast and a barbecue!


Monday, July 12, 2010

Scott Ferguson & Norbert Mongeon are winners at 2010 Newport Coastal Living Regatta

Sail Newport hosted a great event this weekend with 31 Lasers in the Standard fleet and 14 in the Radial fleet. The racing on Saturday was light and shifty with current a big factor. The RC did a great job getting in 5 races on Saturday with hopes of more on Sunday but, unfortunately, the light morning northerly slowly faded all day with a light sea breeze finally filling after the time limit so for many of us, hopes for a throwout race were gone.

Scott Ferguson (Jamestown, RI) won four out of the five races with his worst race being a 6th place. Finishing in 2nd was Peter Follansbee (New Castle, New Hampshire) and in 3rd, youth sailor Bill Kelly (Darien, CT).

The Radial fleet was very diverse in age group ranging from Great Grandmaster down to youth but age didn't seem to be an issue. The overall winner was, youth sailor, Norbert Mongeon (Smithfield, RI) and only 5 points behind him in 2nd was, Great Grandmaster, Peter Seidenberg (Middletown, RI) finishing in 3rd was Sara Helbling (Nashua, NH).

The event, despite lack of wind on Sunday, was great fun with a party on Saturday, t-shirts and a great give away in each participants bag-a Tempur-pedic neck roll pillow. For me, that alone was worth the entry fee!

Standard Results
Radial Results

Thursday, July 8, 2010

D7 Championships schedules for Radial, Standard & 4.7

August 6-8, Buzzard's Bay Regatta  will be the District 7 Championship for Laser Radial and Laser Standard.
2010 BBR

August 10th, Conanicut Yacht Club will be hosting the District 7 Championship for Laser 4.7 (NOR coming soon)

Each event is a 20 point Grand Prix event which means that the top 20 sailors who are current class members will receive points on a scale of 20 down to 1.

The various qualifications for World Championships is outlined in the link below:
2011 World Qualification System

FAST Women dominate at Saltonstall Trophy

The Saltonstall Trophy, also known as the Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship of SM Sailing, was held at the Chatham YC on June 7th in Laser Radials. Three young women from team FAST took the top spots with winner Oriane Longerstaey followed by sister, Anoush Longerstaey and Quinn Howes.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

2010 Lipton Cup Regatta (July 10-11th) Also the D7 Women's Radial Championship!

Squantum YC is hosting the 24th Annual Lipton Cup Regatta this weekend! For more information  visit the Lipton Cup website.
The Lipton Cup
Notice of Race
Directions to the YC on Quincy Bay

Top marine photographer, Leighton O'Connor, will be documenting the can also follow the event on Facebook

Friday, July 2, 2010

SMSA Saltonstall Trophy (July 7th)

Radial Junior Women Only!
Chatham Yacht Club


Coastal Living Newport Regatta (July 10-11)

Sign up now for the Coastal Living Newport Regatta! Join over twenty classes of boats for two days of what Sail Newport is famous for - great racing and great parties!

The 2010 Coastal Living Newport Regatta will not disappoint! Great Laser sailing, steady breeze, sunny skies and summer weather... all reasons why the Coastal Living Newport Regatta is a "must do" on the New England Laser circut.

Bring the entire family for a visit to this incredible destination. Families will enjoy the many restaurants, pubs, shops, mansions, beaches, parks and the beautiful harbor.

Register here

Thursday, July 1, 2010

2010 Canadian Masters (July 23-25th)

Please consider coming to one of the best regattas on this year’s calendar. The Canadian Masters Championships will take place on Sturgeon Lake, which is just north of Toronto, Ont. July 23-25th.

There are over 40 registered so far, including some of Canada’s best: Terry Neilson, Andy Roy and Ray Davies. Out of towners include Sally Sharp, Susie Pegel and Garry Orkley. (see who’s coming here:

The racing is taking place in beautiful cottage country Ontario. And will be hosted by one of the most generous clubs in Canada. The cost is $150CDN and includes all food, accommodation and racing for three days. If you are interested in coming but need more information, please email

Here’s url for Canadian Masters Champs NOR, and online registration:

Rob Koci
D3, NA Laser Class