Friday, October 29, 2010

2010 Fat Boys regatta report & results

Report from PJ Schaffer, Bristol YC

The 2010 Fat Boys of Bristol County Laser regatta was held on Saturday, October 23 at the Bristol Yacht Club. Nine races were expertly completed in a no throw out format rewarding consistent racing. Bristol Harbor displayed it's autumn gusto yet again as the fleet of 29 were tested by a shifty WNW 5-18k breeze. RC Lars Guck & Chad Atkins tested the group with a multitude of courses while Peter Shope, Steve Kirkpatrick, and Andy Pimental battled to the top of the deep fleet. Peter Shope completed the "RI Triple crown" winning the Pete Milnes, Master's NE, and Fat Boys in 2010. He was pushed hard by Steve & Andy, surely an indicator of the upcoming frostbite season. Top Female was Lynn Shore and top radial was Steven Jones. The fleet and RC enjoyed the confines of the BYC Bar for post race snacks & libations while the awards were distributed. Many thanks to the Bristol YC staff, especially Chris & Natalie, for the help during the regatta.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Newport Fleet 413 Frostbite Series begins Sunday October 31st!

From Stu & Dave

Fleet 413ers,

Day 1 of the season is right around the corner. Hopefully everyone is getting psyched to sail. A number of you did the Fat Boys. Unfortunately I wasn't one of them. In case you didn't hear Peter Shope won, followed closely by Steve Kirkpatrick and Andy Pimental. The good news for week 1 is Peter will be doing race committee. Some quick reminders:

1. Sign up: To help us with scoring and fleet organization, we're asking everyone who thinks they MIGHT SAIL this year to fill out the registration form now. It can be found here, along with the PayPal links for online payment. This will help give us a master list of names and sail numbers. You can wait to pay until you start sailing (thought the $5 discount will disappear come Monday).

2. Race committee: We have Peter Shope and Brian Fisher doing RC on Sunday. We'd like to add two more less-experienced people to the crew as we'll have two power boats. If you'd like to sign up, let me know. We also need four RC volunteers for each day in November. For December through March we'll only use three unless everything fills up. Sign up now!

3. Parking: It can be busy at Sail Newport in the fall, so please park courteously. No parking in the old fenced in area in Oct and Nov. And no parking along the road or on the grass. Once the spaces to the south of the fence are filled up, use the spots by the Mule Barn or the overflow lot to the SW of the Sail Newport offices.

4. Arrive early on Sunday. Registration can take some time. And the fleet captains would like to get some pre-race practice in as well. If you registered online (THANK YOU!), please remember your signed waiver.

5. The Cedar Point fleet has their fall regatta scheduled for Sat. Nov. 13, just in case one day of Laser sailing per weekend isn't enough for you. The NOR is attached.

6. Classifieds:
•  Phil Garland has a boat for sale: Laser #187966  2007 Grey with red stripe.  Race rigged with carbon tiller, new vang, blades with bag, top, bottom and spar covers, dolly, race sail and Intensity sail.  All in great condition; lightly used boat.  $4700.00,

LaserPerformance Sail + Sport RI formerly known as VSCRI has three event boats left (as of last week). Price is $5,300.00 and comes with a dolly. The boats also qualify for $300.00 in “LP Bucks” (kind of like a rebate). The store’s number is (401) 683-0400.

That's all for now. Fat Boys results and report to follow later this week.
Fleet 413 NOR
Cedar Point Fall Regatta NOR

Monday, October 25, 2010

2010 Fat Boys - Peter Shope is #1 Fat Boy!

Scores and full report coming tomorrow morning but here is a quick update:

2010 Fat Boys of Bristol County
Bristol Yacht Club
October 23, 2010

Wind: WNW 5-18K
Races: 9
Competitors: 29
RC: Lars Guck & Chad Atkins

1st - Peter Shope  30pts
2nd - Steve Kirkpatrick  31 pts
3rd - Andy Pimental  32 pts

Marblehead Laser Frostbite Fall Season is on!

From EYC Frostbite group:

We set attendance records the last two seasons and hope to do it again… look for 10+ boats on the line each Saturday – more if it’s windy, and even more if it’s warm & windy.

For those curious about amenities, we can offer a major facilities upgrade this year, and we even have a barbecue planned. All are welcome on shore, on board, or on one of two support boats. Come for sailing, chatting, or just beering.

- Indoor, mildly heated changing area
- Flush, indoor toilets
- Showers
- Nearby launch area
- Fabulous in-harbor friendly, fun sailing area

1200 skippers meeting, 1230 harbor start, 1300 first signal
Saturday 16 OCT
Saturday 23 OCT
Saturday 30 OCT
Saturday 6 NOV
Saturday 13 NOV

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship

David Frazier, Peter Seidenberg & Gary Orkney
David Frazier, Peter Seidenberg and Gary Orkney traveled south last week to sail in the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters and all three came home with a trophy!

For results and full story click here

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hank Thornburn is the 2010 Maine Laser Champion!

From Tom Jamieson:

On Sunday 10/10/10 the final regatta of the Maine Laser Championship was held with the overall championship going to Hank Thornburn or Harpswell, ME.  Mike Gaffney of Georgetown, ME. finished in second and Syd Sewall of Hallowell in third. The championship was the best three out of four regattas below. Thirty four different sailors competed in the series including out of state guests Gary Orkney of Stonington, CT and Sally Sharp of Dartmouth, NH. 

The first regatta held was the "Striper Cup" on scenic Robinhood Cove in Georgetown, ME on July 31st.  Twelve boats participated with Hank Thornburn coming in first, Gary Orkney in second and Syd Sewall in Third. Seven races were held in light winds but the scenery (w. sturgeon jumping) and hospitality of the Gaffney family made for a wonderful day. 

The second event was the "Hussey Sound Regatta" held at Sailmaine in Portland, ME on August 29th.  This was the best attended event with seventeen sailors including three youths. Ed Rowe, Tim Tolford and Finn Hadlock of the Portland Laser Fleet took first, second and third respectively. Five races were held in Portland Harbor with winds ranging from 8 to 22 mph.   The reach back to the dock was lots of fun.

The third event on September 11th, was the annual "Loon Cup" on Lake Cobbosseecontee, near Augusta, ME. The event drew 16 sailors with one youth and three women competing. Hank Thornburn dominated again with Mike Gaffney in second and Tom Jamieson of Belfast, ME. in third.  After the race we gorged ourselves with the hospitality of the Cobbossee Sailing Fleet. The lake winds were shifty and went between 8-18 mph which made for some interesting racing. 

The Final event of the series was the annual "Hippo Cup" sailed in Thomaston, ME and hosted by the Thomaston frostbite fleet.   Only eight sailors turned out for what was a great day of sailing. Mike Gaffney won the event with Hank Thornburn in second and Syd Sewall in third. Seven races were sailed in winds of 6-20 mph with two races featuring downwind starts (which made for a very exciting first leward mark).   

We invite you all to next years series which will feature a new venue and some spring racing. For more information contact: Tom Jamieson 207 338-3288 or

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A very WINDY Last Blast Regatta!

Last Saturday the Quannapowitt Yacht Club in Wakefield, MA.  welcomed 22 sailors to a very windy Last Blast Regatta. Congratulations again to Peter Follansbee for another big win!

Nine races were run on the lake and anyone who has sailed on a lake in big breeze knows that the shifts can be big and sudden....the photos tell it all... thank you to Laser sailor and photographer David Ryan.

Final results coming soon but here are the top 10 (22 entered)

(1) Peter Folansbee (297) – (19 pts)
(2) Erik McCaffrey (181092) – (23 pts) and 1st U-18
(3) Phil King (187436) –  (31 pts)
(4) David Frasier (161100) –  (32 pts)
(5) Peter Seidenberg (189811) – (34 pts) and 1st in Masters & Radial
(6) Gary Orkney ( 170776) – (46 pts)
(7) Robert Cutting (162393) – (51 pts)
(8) Eric Aker (133827) – (66 pts)
(9) Sarah Helbling (196279) – (66 pts) and 1st Woman
(10) Stephen Jones (195450) – (86 pts)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Follansbee wins NH Seacoast Regatta

From Stephen Kosacz (NH Seacoast Laser Fleet Captain)

15 Sailors were treated to a perfect Fall day complete with beautiful foliage, gradual warming temperatures, and increasing westerly breeze for challenging sailing on Great Bay at the confluence of the Piscataqua, Salmon Falls, and Squamscott Rivers in Dover Point NH hosted by the ever gracious folks from the Great Bay Yacht Club whose performance as Race Committee and "top chefs" made for a great event with sailors from as far away as Connecticut and Rhode Island enjoying a fun filled Labor Day weekend of Laser sailing.

For the 9 sailors who sailed the previous day the Lake Quinapowitt's Last Blast regatta, Sunday's moderating breeze was a welcomed relief but the the windward mark shifts were nearly as challenging.

The top finishers mirrored the previous day's results proving that Peter Follansbee sails well in Saturday's 20-25 knot shifts in Wakefield MA as well as Sunday's 10-15 breezes in his own backyard by edging out Ipswich's Phil King, Connecticut's Dave Frazier (3rd), and Newport's Peter Seidenberg taking the 5th spot.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Lasers for sale!

Check out the District 7 classified section as there are 5 used Lasers for sale! Perfect for the upcoming frostbite season!

D7 Lasers for sale

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Cabarete or Bust!!! You have until midnight tonight....

News from Cabarete:

JetBlue is offering a one day sale that ends tonight at midnight. You must travel between October 12 – December 15, but the deals are spectacular. $79.00 to Cabarete, airport code (POP).

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

District 7 October Regattas

District 7 is wrapping up the 2010 regatta schedule with the following October regattas:

October 9th   - Last Blast Laser Regatta
(Wakefield, MA) Registration / NOR

October 10th - NH Seacoast Fall Regatta
(Hilton State Park, Dover Point, NH) NOR

October 10th - ME Laser Championship - Regatta #4
(Thomaston, ME) For more information

October 23rd - Fat Boys
(Bristol, RI) NOR

Make sure to check the D7 website for local frostbite schedules and notices! Also, fleet captains...please look at the "Fleets" page and make sure that your information is up to date-Thanks!