|June 19-20||Gulf Coast Championships||Ft Walton YC, Florida||25pts|
|June 25-27||Pacific Coast Championships||Klamath Lake YC, Oregon||25pts|
|Aug 7-8||Great Lakes Championships||Buffalo Canoe Club, Ontario||25pts|
|Sept 4-6||Canadian Championships||Jericho SC, British Columbia||30pts|
|Sept 11-12||Atlantic Coast Championships||Fishing Bay YC, Virginia||25pts|
|Sept 11-12||Midwest Championships||New Mexico YC, New Mexico||25 pts|
|Sept 25-26||US Championships||Seawanhaka YC, New York||30 pts|
|Oct 1-3||N. A. Championships||Cedar Point YC, Connecticut||30 pts|
1999 Provisional Tentative Unofficial Scoring For Best Three Regattas to Count
NA US CA AC GC NC PC
Branning 27 28 - -
24 - - = 79 pts 1 (M)
NA = North American US = United States
CA = Canadian AC = Atlantic Coasts GC = Gulf Coasts
|June 19-20 - Gulf Coast Masters Championships, Fort Walton Beach YC, FL|
1 2 3 4 5 H'cap H'cap Pos Sail Skipper Total -Worst Rnk
1 156552 SAM HOPKINS 1 1 1 2 1 33.00 17.00 A1
2 165168 PETER BRANNING 3 3 4 1 3 34.00 19.00 M1
3 162540 HANK KLEESPIES 2 2 2 3 2 37.00 21.00 A2
4 164311 FRED SCHROTH 11 4 3 4 7 41.00 26.00 M2
5 78 RUSSELL BROWN 5 5 5 5 4 42.00 27.00 M3
6 162451 CLAUDE WELLES 7 8 6 8 5 50.00 35.00 M4
7 116237 DAVID SLY 9 9 8 7 8 50.00 36.00 G1
8 84824 DON ACKER 10 11 11 10 6 51.00 38.00 O1
9 138715 WOODY NORWOOD 8 10 9 9 9 55.00 41.00 G2
10 148822 BILL RACKLEY 6 7 7 13S 13S 58.00 44.00 G3
11 160964 PAT BROWN 4 6 13F 6 13F 61.00 46.00 M5
12 164279 SID MCCRACKIN 12 12 10 11 10 71.00 55.00 A3
|June 25-27- Pacific Coast Masters Champs, Klamath YC, Oregon|
Jacek Suski 30 M
|September 4-6 - Canadian Laser Masters Championships, Vancouver, B.C|
The racing in Vancouver over the three day holiday weekend provided a variety of conditions for the 34 competitors, with two days of very light and light flukey NE to SE winds, and finally a steady 20-25 knot SW breeze greeting the competitors on the sunny last day. Marc Jacobi, a US Olympic hopeful, showed the fleet the way round especially on the last day. Most other competitors had their moments of glory and disaster on the other days as the wind played with the fleet. Detailed race report follows:
Saturday - Races 1 and 2
Light and variable north-easterlies greeted the sailors for the fist day in English Bay. In the first race a slight adverse current made for some strategic decisions. Inshore, up the middle on shifts, or out into the bay to hopefully move out of the current eddy and catch the main flow? Inshore seemed to work except towards the end when those who went partly left came back with a veering breeze. Dennis Woodward and Jay Winberg lead the fleet at the end of the first triangle with John D-E third. Dennis and Jay, however, repeated their first beat strategy of going inshore, and did not cover the rest of the fleet. John D-E went up the middle again on the shifts and maintained a loose cover on the rest of the fleet. Closing into the finish line the wind veered with John D-E and Barry Tee crossing ahead of Dennis and Jay. The wind veered again at the top mark pulling Dennis back up into contention. John tacked across to cover and just got the win. Barry got third but Jay slipped to seventh with Peter Graham, Friederich Buxbaum and John Haley squeaking through ahead. Score one for the big guys with Dennis at 200lbs and John at 194 lbs.
The second race was in less wind, hardly making the three knot minimum. This time the course was two windward leeward legs starting from a heavily biased line that could hardly be crossed on starboard. Your reporter was out of the top ten for the this one which was won by Marc Jacobi from Rick Hewitt and Jay Winberg. The race turned into a light air boat speed competition with the wind veering again making the beat almost a long fetch. The only thing your reporter remembers about this one was a fatal tack onto starboard before the lay line on the second beat while the boats that sailed to the lay line got better pressure and sailed around him.
At the end of the first day, Jay Winberg held the lead from Peter Graham and Friederich Buxbaum.
Sunday - Races 3, 4 and 5.
Races 3 and 4 were again very light air races. Mike France got away in race three and was never headed. Zig Burzicki, in a brand new Y2K boat (it says it was made in 2000 according to boat number on the stern - what's Vanguard up to? Do we have model years now?) got second with Marc Jacobi third. The wind dropped totally in Race 4 as the it swung from NE to SE. It was won by Jacek Suski with Zig second again Mike France claiming third. The wind gods split up the fleet on run with neither rhyme nor reason as to who got the few zephyrs that they deigned to blow from time to time.
Race 5 started with the wind now from the south-east. The current was pushed the fleet over the line bringing out the Z flag. The first beat was sailed in a little more wind, but not full hiking by any means. First to the first mark in the shifty stuff was John D-E but the wind dropped on the run and fleet pulled him back. Also in the leading pack at the leeward mark were the usual suspects of Marc Jacobi, Jay Winberg, Mike France and Jacek Suski. The final beat proved the undoing for those who went left, with a stronger freeing breeze coming in from the right. Marc Jacobi got his second win followed by Jay Winberg and Tim Murphy with Jacek and Lainie Pardie reaching in on starboard ahead of John D-E in sixth with Mike France losing out to tenth.
Monday - Races 6, 7, and 8
The wind gods finally exhaled and provided a glorious heavy wind day in the sun on Monday. Winds gusting in the 20 to 25 knot range from the south west greeted the fleet and promised to blow out those cobwebs from the previous two days. The three races were very much an upwind drag race. The first two were triangles plus a beat with the final race being a full Olympic course (thank you Andy!). The results became somewhat predictable. Marc Jacobi had the edge on boat speed from Mike France, John D-E, and Jay Winberg. These four dominated the last three races. John and Mike had a tussle on two of the races but after a while Mike established his superiority. Jay laughed himself to third place in the last race when he and John were racing neck and neck up the last beat. John was 1 1/2 to 2 boat lengths to leeward and threatening to pull through. A 25-30 ft old cruising sailboat was headed right toward them on a parallel course. John waved the boat to leeward but then the "skipper" suddenly aimed his boat at Jay and then decided to sail between the two lasers just about dumping John into windward and leaving Jay with the third place.
All in all a regatta with a bit of everything, with everyone having moments of glory and despair on the first two days. Riding the waves on the reaches on the third day made it worth the journey for all.
Division Winners - Click Here For Photo
And the kind sponsors of the event were:
Adventure Fitness; Cat Paw Boats Inc.; Dinghy Shop; Helley-Hansen; Kitsilano Marine; Lifesaving Society; Macken Sails; R & B Brewery; Rekord Marine; Specialties West. Thank you to all!
|September 11-12 - Atlantic Coast Masters - Fishing Bay Yacht Club|
Results from the regatta held at Deltaville, Virginia this past weekend
follow this brief report. We were blessed with some 5-8 knots on Saturday
courtesy of a front which passed through too early Saturday morning
bringing 15 knots well before dawn. This was a welcome change from the
three prior days which were airless and humid to boot. Sunday's air was
lighter and later so only one race was sailed that day, but it did allow a
At the end one point seperated each of the first four finishers, and Joe Van Rossem the 1997 winner sailing in a borrowed boat in the interests of fuel efficiency in his drive from Ontario, ended up as overall winner. Another Ontario visitor, Heinz Gebauer World's Great Grand Master Champion in 1997, arrived with two "neighbors" pulling a three boat trailer, and perhaps predictably was first Great Grand Master. First Apprentice was Mike Schmidt, our District 11 Secretary and last years winner who told me at the end of the awards ceremony that it took three firsts and a sixth place finish to get him that high. This years Masters winner, one more point behind, was Alden Shattuck an all too-infrequent participant in this regatta. Hopefully we'll get him back next year and if Mike Scmidt can work on his consistency he could help keep the Canadians out of first place.
The 48 entries was a record for this event and could easily have reached the 50 level if two ladies who are ILCA members hadn't been so taxed helping with clubhouse activities that they chose to day sail close to the clubhouse. Regardless we had some welcome additions to our entry list including Charles Williamson from upper New York State, Russell Brown from the Florida Panhandle as well as repeat attenders from Florida and Texas all of whom felt the drive was worth the effort. We look forward to having all the attendees back for our regatta next year regardless of whether it is called the Atlantic Coast Masters or the Chesapeake Bay Masters.
Finally please note that the URL for the Fishing Bay Laser Fleet is listed below in case you want to know more about our site.
Laser Masters Atlantic Coast Championships Handicap Results -
Fishing Bay Yacht Club September 11-12 1999 99/09/12
1 2 3 4 5
Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep H'cap H'cap
Pos Sail Skipper Home Town 11 11 11 11 12 Total -Worst Rnk Wom
1 168302 Joe VanRossem Ajax, Ontario 2 5 3 5 7 27 19 G1
2 156985 Heinz Gebauer Mississauga, Ontario 9 14 1 6 4 34 20 O1
3 166063 Mike Schmidt Columbia, MD 1 6 11 1 1 35 21 A1
4 164077 Alden Shattuck Annapolis, MD 13 7 2 3 2 37 22 M1
5 116243 Mark Saunders Seaford, VA 10 1 8 2 15 41 25 G2
6 165690 Charley Williamson Ithaca, NY 6 9 13 8 3 54 38 A2
7 157889 Chris Legg Baltimore, MD 8 8 9 9 6 50 39 M2
8 145189 Chris Kakavas Burlington, NC 17 2 10 12 10 61 42 M3
9 155493 Mike Ironmonger St. Mary's City, MD 3 12 15 4 49F 93 42 M4
10 163980 Rob Overton Hampton, VA 12 11 6 10 16 60 43 G3
11 151850 Bob Tan Perryville, MD 4 10 7 11 14 61 44 A3
12 166847 John Fragakis Winston Salem, NC 7 13 5 13 49F 97 46 M5
13 38788 Manfred Henninger Sudbury, Ontario 25 3 17 22 5 77 51 G4
14 131526 Ken Robertson Ajax, Ontario 11 21 20 15 12 79 58 O2
15 112853 Ken Hopkins Statesville, NC 18 26 14 16 18 92 66 O3
16 148869 Brad Squires Williamsburg, VA 24 27 4 7 22 99 69 A4
17 162451 Claude Welles Austin, TX 20 24 19 17 9 99 73 M6
18 157812 Derek Stow Mountain Lakes, NJ 22 4 29 30 13 108 76 M7
19 152912 Chuck Lee Araphoe, NC 15 18 25 18 17 103 76 M8
20 155331 Ken King Oriental, NC 27 29 18 20 11 110 80 G5
21 165988 Greg Stevens Arlington, VA 31 15 16 21 20 118 84 A5
22 144114 Andy Schoettle Washington, D.C. 26 17 12 33 49F 137 88 O4
23 78 Russell Brown Niceville, FL 5 28 22 32 49F 146 95 M9
24 155272 John Quay College Park, MD 14 35 23 26 24 132 95 M10
25 148609 George Sechrist Oriental, NC 21 16 24 43 32 141 97 G6
26 168276 Jere Dennison Richmond, VA 33 34 21 24 19 136 101 G7
27 165195 Bruce Rawlings Palmyra, NJ 16 22 30 34 30 142 106 M11
28 142610 Thomas Jagodits Poolesville, MD 32 25 27 14 28 141 106 A6
29 162330 Alain Vincey Richmond, VA 19 40 43 23 23 158 113 M12
30 151860 Rich Parolski Ocean City, MD 30 39 33 27 21 155 115 G8
31 153091 Carl Berninger Bethesda, MD 41 20 42 29 29 161 119 O5
32 50 Keith Rawlings Greer, SC 35 30 28 19 49F 171 120 M13
33 161936 Karen Long Edgewater, MD 23 36 34 40 25 173 130 A7 F1
34 9357 Baxter Gordon Lynchburg, VA 34 23 26 36 36 170 131 A8
35 154112 Faye Flam Philadelphia, PA 38 32 31 25 31 172 131 A9 F2
36 84824 Don Acker Palm Coast, FL 40 42 38 28 26 174 132 O6
37 515 Lewis Toms Springfield, VA 29 19 40 37 49F 189 137 A10
38 135088 Bill Bruner Charlotte, NC 37 31 37 42 33 180 138 O7
39 64350 Bob Damon Midlothian, VA 36 37 32 35 34 184 145 M14
40 144079 Eddie Williams Hampton, VA 44 33 39 31 49F 196 147 O8
41 154183 Bob Wardwell Richmond, VA 49F 49F 49F 49F 8 214 163 M15
42 140533 Joseph Lawrence College Park, MD 46 43 44 45 27 215 167 M16
43 149157 John Kupersmith Alexandria, VA 45 45 41 38 35 214 167 M17
44 150077 David Hazlehurst Richmond, VA 43 44 46 44 37 214 168 O9
45 4381 Mike Karn Richmond, VA 39 41 36 41 49F 221 169 A11
46 112248 Floyd Dunstan Midlothian, VA 47 46 45 39 38 220 172 G9
47 144385 Jefrey Hull Midlothian, VA 42 38 35 49F 49F 228 176 A12
48 162050 Dave Porter Richmond, VA 28 49F 49F 49F 49F 234 183 M18
|Sept 11-12, 1999, Laser Midwest Masters Championships, Heron Lake, New Mexico|
by Jim Richmond & Jim Brainard, Photos by Patti Duni
The 2nd annual Heron Lake Regatta was held on September 11-12, 1999 at Heron Lake State Park, near Chama, New Mexico. This year's Heron Lake Regatta also was the Laser Midwest Masters Championships. Heron Lake is a beautiful high-desert lake at about 7000 ft elevation, featuring crystal clear water, and no wakes from powerboats or jet skis!
The event was hosted by the New Mexico Sailing Club. Red River J-24 sailor, Bob Perry, took on the responsibilities of Race Committee Chairman, and was assisted by Laser sailor, Brad Duni, and the regatta artist, Patti Duni, of Los Alamos. Ralph Partridge generously provided his Catalina 27 as RC boat, and Jay and Steve Maze provided the rescue boat. Bob and his crew did a tremendous job given the strong winds and challenging, ever-changing conditions, and at least one sailor was especially grateful for some in-the-water assistance from Jay and Steve after one too many deathrolls during one leeward leg. We are fortunate to have such great volunteers.
There were 17 enthusiastic Laser sailors this year, five of which were in the under age 35 category. The youngsters started and sailed with the Masters in a single fleet, but were scored separately and two sets of trophies were awarded. The trophies and commemorative regatta T-shirts were reproductions of a pastel created by Los Alamos, New Mexico artist, Patti Walls-Duni.
This year's Heron Lake Regatta experience was definitely enhanced by newly completed and heated bathrooms, complete with flush toilets and warm water showers! This rounded off nearly perfect daytime weather in the mid-70's, even if the nights were a bit nippy. Clear southwestern skies produced fantastic sunsets and great star gazing.
The regatta opened on Saturday with a light air race in about 3 to 5 knots of wind. Park City, Utah's Apprentice Master Doug DuBois won the race, followed closely by Denver, CO Apprentice Master & Snipe sailor, Bob Bischoff. We hope to see more of Bob at future Laser regattas. Long Beach, CA Master Ed Kimball took third.
The second race began on a blast of a fresh breeze that lasted the rest of the day. The wind was a steady 15 knots, with microburst gusts up to about 25. It really gave everyone a workout. The course was a triangle, and the reaches were wet & wild rides. The jibe mark became a graveyard of capsized Lasers.
Unfortunately, this race was a classic case of lemming behavior among sailors as every sailor except one rounded the incorrect jibe mark. The single sailor that sailed the correct course was 19-year-old Ryan Perry, who having raced his family's J24 on the lake, knew better than to follow the old guys. Why didn't anyone *READ* the mark number as they rounded? Well, most of us were trying like hell not to capsize or run into a capsized boat. So this race became almost everyone's throwout in the end.
The third race was a repeat of Race 2, except that Ed Henkel led everyone around the correct marks this time. Long Beach, CA Master Ed Kimball took 2nd, and Redding, CA Grand Master Mike Eichwald took 3rd.
The RC conspired to test the endurance of the fleet by setting the fourth and final race of the day as a WLW, twice around. This provided, a long 1-mile beat in stiff, challenging winds. Dallas, TX Master Ed Henkel once again showed everyone who's in charge when it blows, winning the race. Los Alamos, NM Master and regatta co-host Jim Brainard, used his lanky, 6'1" body to good hiking use and took 2nd. Long Beach, CA Master Ed Kimball took 3rd.
Regatta Host, Jim Brainard
After the 4th race, the fleet had a 1-mile beam reach into shore in steady 20-25 mph winds and 2-ft waves that had built up over the course of the day---it was an unbelievably wild plane. The boats were practically airborne, with only the rear 25% of the hull in the water most of the time! It is amazing how a spectacular reach can rejuvenate those muscles that were turning to jelly on the last tack to the finish. The tired and hungry Laser sailors feasted on a catered New Mexico style meal, complete with a tasty keg of brown beer home-brewed by Jim Brainard. Those that had enough energy to stay up and enjoy the campfire and star gazing were treated to many ribald stories and the opportunity to tell the RC what they thought of the 1 mile beat in the last race.
Grand Master, Mike Eichwald
Sunday's racing began early with a light air race. Most of the fleet fought off cramps in muscles sore from the previous day's races as they crouched in front of the cockpit attempting to keep wetted surface down and sails full with very little breeze. Thankfully, for most of the sailors in the front of the pack, but to the dismay of those of us taking up the rear, the RC shortened the course about halfway through, allowing us to stretch those cramping legs. Mike Eichwald placed 1st. Ed Henkel placed 2nd, proving that he can sail fast in light air too. Jim Brainard was 3rd.
Sunday's second race was started in a slowly building breeze, and again, there was confusion about the course marks. Ed Kimball and Jim Brainard followed Mike Eichwald to the wrong windward mark. About three or four of us followed Eureka, CA's Grand Master, Jim Christopher, who had the sailing instructions taped to his deck, to the correct windward mark. Those following Dr. Eichwald soon realized what was happening, and belatedly reached over to the correct windward mark, but were hopelessly behind at that point, especially as the breeze filled in to marginal planing conditions.
Jim Christopher looked like he was going to win it. However, the finish line had shifted slightly during the race, and Jim Christopher crossed the finish line in the wrong direction. D23 secretary and regatta co-host Jim Richmond, not hearing a horn when Jim Christopher crossed the finish line, crossed the finish line in the proper direction, taking 1st. Jim Christopher then recrossed in the correct direction, placing 2nd, and Breckenridge, CO's Apprentice Master Tim Seeling, placed 3rd.
Grand Master, Jim Christopher (left),
and Jim Richmond (right)
For the final race of the series, an Olympic triangle, the wind built to 10-14 knots, with gusts to 18. The long beat proved elusive for the leaders who all covered each other out to the left side of the course into the 8 knot "doldrums". The rest of the fleet, led by Jim Richmond, saw whitecaps on the right side of the course, and took the opportunity to close some distance.
When Jim Richmond hailed starboard tack to Ed Henkel near the end of the long beat, Ed was so startled and unprepared with a tangled mainsheet, he almost was unable to bear off to dip Richmond. However, Henkel had superior boatspeed and by the finish, showed who was the master in these hiking and surfing conditions, placing 1st. Jim Richmond and Jim Christopher hiked their butts off on the final weather leg, in gusty conditions, placing 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Awards were given to the top five Masters on handicaps, and to the top three in the Under Age 35 category. We were honored to have 1980 World Master Champion Sam Small, of Katy, Texas, sailing with us at age 76 and Sam won a special Great, Great Grand Master trophy. Other awards included Top Woman to Kristen Maines, and farthest travelled to Grand Master, Jim Christopher, of Eureka, California.
Great Great Grand Master, Sam Small
The Heron Lake Regatta will be held again in 2000, dates to be announced. If you haven't yet experienced sailing in scenic Heron Lake State Park, you really owe it to yourself next year. It's well worth the trip... ask anyone who has been there.
|1999 HERON LAKE REGATTA & MIDWEST MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS - MASTERS CATEGORY (one throw out)|