District 19 Championships

June 22-23, 2013

Irish Boat Shop and Little Traverse Yacht Club, Harbor Springs

Here is a link to some photos taken by Gretchen Dorian (click here)



This last weekend, June 22nd and 23rd, Harbor Springs was home to the 2013 District 19 Laser Championship Regatta. This event was hosted by Irish Boat Shop and the Little Traverse Sailors. Top Laser sailors from across the state competed for the district 19 title on Little Traverse Bay. Two days of racing were scored with 3 races on Saturday, 3 races on Sunday and one throw-out. We had a total of 16 boats on the water, a few less than we hoped for, but the talent was high which made for some tight racing around the marks.


In the end, sailing with the Irish Fleet, it was Harbor Springs own Polk Wagner who finished in 1st place and took home top honors. Polk had a low score total of 11 points after the one throw-out was allowed. Another summer resident and Irish Fleet competitor, Mac Jacob, finished in 2nd place with a total of 17 points. 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions were all within one point of each other. With 18 points it was District 19 Manager, Ken Swetka, taking 3rd place and nudging 4th place finisher with 19 points, Aras Karaitis from Kalamazoo off the podium.


The winds were light on Saturday and light to medium on Sunday, but even without heavy winds the competitors enjoyed the venue and were treated to a barbeque and awards ceremony at Irish Boat Shop. Other sponsors we would like to thank and who helped make the event happen were Little Traverse Sailors, Petoskey Brewing, the Bob-In and Shaggy’s Skis.


Laser Racing will continue in Harbor Springs with the IBS/LTS Summer Racing Series starting this Thursday evening. The racing schedule includes a Thursday series and a Saturday series with 14 events over the summer and a possibility of up to 42 races for the competitors. We will also be offering a Sunfish class for anyone interested in getting out and racing on a Sunfish. Again, for more information on this please contact myself or visit Irish’s website at: http://www.irishboatshop.com/laser_racing


The event was so successful and the venue so perfect, that it was decided that next year’s District 19 Championship will be held in Harbor Springs again.


Smooth Sailing,


Boats Only

Tom Trautman

Irish Boat Shop, Inc.


Open to all standard and radial racers

June 22nd and 23rd in Harbor Springs

Sailing in the protected Harbor on Little Traverse Bay

Launching and parking at Ford Park Boat Launch next to Irish Boat Shop

Irish Boat Shop
400 E. Bay St. Harbor Springs, MI. 49740
Contacts:  George Peet and Tom Trautman


For Notice of Race Click Here.