Our compatriots are holding their own on wind-whipped San Francisco Bay. They're halfway through a grueling series that's seen the Bay deliver just what everyone expected in terms of wind.
Ben Richardson is cleaning house in the Apprentice Masters Division, having won 5 of 6 races, with Dave Armitage and Brian Fisher also in the hunt for a podium finish. Was it just a week ago that Armo was in the Sailing World offices bemoaning the forecast and predicting that he was going to get "crushed" by the breeze and the competition. I guess "getting crushed" is Kiwi-speak for fourth place.
After a tough start, a 10th for Scott Ferguson and a 22nd for Peter Shope, both have come on strong in the Masters Division. Ferg is currently 3rd, with Shope in 7th. Mark Bear is little further back.
Finally Peter Seidenberg has also recovered from a disappointing first race and is currently 5th in the Great Grand Masters Division.
I think that's everyone. Full results can be found at http://www.sailingresults.net/sa/results/default.aspx?ID=17.4.1
Also don't forget to check out Kim Ferguson's blog, http://lasermasterworlds2011.blogspot.com/
And finally, we'd be remiss in not mentioning Lucas Adam's eighth-place finish at the 2011 Laser Nationals in California, http://www.calyachtclub.com/files/11_LNAC_S1-12b.htm
The NOR for the New England Master's Regatta is posted here. A great chance to come see how much better than you all these guys have become!
That is all!
Stu & Dave
Photos by Kim Ferguson (Faces in the standard fleet)