Monday, September 27, 2010

Peter Shope dominates at the Seitech New England Master's Championship

Peter Shope with the NE Master's Trophy

Thirty-six Master's descended upon Third Beach in Middletown, RI for the 2010 Seitech New England Master's Championship.

Saturday brought SW 15-18 knots and Sunday, NE 12-15. Peter Shope just back from the UK where he competed in the Laser Master World's was in top shape and easily took the win with a 1,1,1,1,(5),1,1 for the New England Master's Trophy.

In the UK Peter was poised to finish in the top 10 going into the last race but pulled an OCS, which was his second OCS in the championship series and thus could not be used as a throw-out. Well, he played it right in this event and the result was perfect.

When asked to comment on the regatta this past weekend Peter said, 'One thing I really enjoy about Laser sailors is that despite the intense competitiveness and our own desires to win we still find time to cheer each other on. Case in point: I have to thank Lindsay Hewitt who before the regatta told me I could do it and between races reminded me not to push the start so much, e.g., the Worlds'

The RC was, as usual, top notch being run by 2008 Olympic PRO Charley Cook, the conditions were superb and the competitors enjoyed plenty of pizza along with some fun give-away prizes.

Final results 

Peter leading the fleet (Photo by Carson Turowski)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Stonington YC Fall Laser Series

The Stonington Yacht Club (Stonington, CT.)  started their Fall Laser series on Saturday, September 18th with 15 boats on the line in light and shifty conditions. The racing was very close and fun.

The series will run every Saturday through November 27 with the first gun at 12:30. See the NOR below.


Friday, September 24, 2010

Seitech New England Master's Championship

Masters Sailors,

The NE Masters Championship is nearly upon us. The weather forecast for Saturday looks perfect: SW 20-16 kn, 71°F, sunny.
Sunday's weather is almost perfect: NE 13 kn, 62°F, cloudy, some sprinkles.

Water during racing and pizza after racing are provided both days. Lots of good give-aways await the lucky ones after prize-giving.

Don't miss the last NE Masters event of the season! Bring a friend and spread the word.

The NOR, with directions, is attached.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Laser Master Worlds brings 3 Cubes to D7

Bruno Fontes video above (practice session for Laser Worlds) pretty much sums up what the first day of racing and the last day of racing looked like at the Master Worlds on Hayling Island - epic!

The USA overall was well represented at the Masters and D7 sailors were a big part of that equation! Bringing home a cube (the coveted World Championship prize) were:

1st Place in the Standard Master fleet - Scott Ferguson
2nd Place in the Grand Master Radial fleet - Alden Shattuck
2nd Place in the Great Grand Master Radial fleet - Peter Seidenberg

Also impressive finishes:
5th Place in Standard Apprentice fleet - Ben Richardson
16th place in Standard Master fleet - Peter Shope (Peter was top 10 going into the last race but had to count an OCS in the last race)

Conditions were challenging as there was just about everything thrown at the fleet from nuking conditions to super light and shifty.

Scott Ferguson -1st Master Standard

Alden Shattuck - 2nd Grand Master Radial
Peter Seidenberg - 2nd Great Grand Master Radial
Ben Richardson - 5th Apprentice Standard
Peter Shope - 16th Master Standard

Final Story
Standard Results
Radial Results

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sail Salem Founder's Cup - Cancelled

The Sail Salem Founder's Cup scheduled for October 2nd has been cancelled.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Riverside Yacht Club Fall Invitational-update

There was some confusion as to the RYC Fall Invitational and where to register.

The regatta is now called the USS America Regatta and is being hosted this Saturday, September 11th at the Old Greenwich Yacht Club in Old Greenwich, CT.

Register here

Monday, September 6, 2010

Laser Master NE's need volunteers!

via RI :

Sailors and Volunteers Needed

Laser Fleet 413 has put out the call. The Laser Master's New England regatta is September 25 & 26 at Third Beach, Middletown RI.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS. This event has always depended on the efforts of Fleet 413 and this year is no exception. WE NEED A FEW SMALL POWER BOATS to serve and crash and mark boats. WE ALSO NEED BODIES for one or two days, to help staff the crash boats, the mark boats, and the race committee boats. 2008 Olympic Head PRO Charley Cook will be running the show. So in addition to doing a good deed for Fleet 413, you’ll get a chance to witness one of the most experienced PROs in the world doing his job. This certainly won’t hurt when it comes time to do your Fleet 413 race committee. We need people who are comfortable running a small boat, but there are plenty of spots for people will less regatta experience (friends, significant others, etc.) Lunch will be provided as will pizza at the end of racing. Gas expenses will be reimbursed for anyone who loans the regatta a crash boat.

Laser Master Worlds 2010

If you want to follow the D7 gang heading to Laser Master Worlds...check out my (Kim Ferguson) blog:

I will report in on the event and the few D7 sailors competing!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

September Regatta Schedule

The Riverside Fall Invitational (September 11th)
Riverside, CT
for more information

ME Laser Championship-regatta #3 (September 11th)
Manchester, ME

American Yacht Club (September 11th)
Newburyport, MA

Multi Class Regatta (September 11-12)
Sharon, MA
for more information

Bass River Yacht Club Laser Regatta (September 18th)
South Yarmouth, MA

Ponce de Leon Regatta (September 19th)
Marblehead, MA
for more information

New England Masters (September 25-26)
Middletown, RI