Saturday October 3, 2009

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Thanks to all who attended the 3rd Annual Frosty Mug Race last Saturday. For those who couldn't attend, we hope to see you next year. 


Although conditions were light to variable, the forecasted rain held off and after a short postponement we were able to complete four races. After racing we gathered for brats, dogs, corn on the cob and frosty refreshments. Frosty Mug Awards were presented to the top three finishers and we set the date for the 4th Annual event, October 2, 2010.


Place Sailor Sail # Hull Color 1 2 3 4 SubTotal
1 Thomas LaBelle 137098 White 1 1 2 1 5
2 Pete Comfort 1 Blue 3 2 1 3 9
3 Mark Lyons 178890 White 2 3 3 2 10
4 Kevin Meier   Green 5 4 4 4 17
5 Tom Hernick 176255 Grey 4 7 6 7 24
6 Tom Trautman 183918 Red 8 8 5 6 27
7 George Peet 158173 Blue 7 5 8 8 28
8 Matt Breckenfeld 69527 White 6 6 10 9 31
9 John Banner 174255 Blue 9 9 9 5 32
10 Tim Scott 129387 Grey 10 10 7 10 37




This years top 3!  Pete Comfort (2nd), Tom LaBelle (1st), and Mark Lyons (3rd)


Press Release:



On Saturday October 3rd Irish Boat Shop hosted its third annual “Frosty Mug Laser Race” on Little Traverse Bay in Harbor Springs. The event attracted 10 racers from around the state. Although there was no frost on the ground, temperatures were cool and winds were light. Racing was scheduled to begin at 1:00, but was postponed until 2:30 due to the light winds. The rain held off and the wind finally filled in from the south/southwest at about 4 to 6 knots allowing us to begin the competition.



The event consisted of four individual races with low point scoring. Thomas LaBelle sailing out of Rochester Hills finished with three bullets and a second place for a total of 5 points. He took home top honors and the first place Frosty Mug Trophy. Second place with 9 points, only one point ahead of third, went to Pete Comfort of Traverse City. The third place trophy with 10 points was awarded to last year’s winner Mark Lyons also from Traverse City.



The Laser is a mere 14-feet long, boasting 76 sq. ft. of sail area, it has only four strings to pull, but its simplicity breeds an addiction that makes it the most popular dinghy in the world. The laser has been heralded as “the greatest race boat ever”. Designed in 1969 by the legendary Bruce Kirby, the Laser was light years ahead of her time. As of March 1, 2008 there have been over 190,000 Lasers built with fleets in 122 countries. The Laser is fast and fun, it’s affordable, easy to maintain, rig and transport. Designed to be single-handed with an optimal crew weight of 180 pounds. Laser Performance, the manufacturer of Laser, also offers a radial rig, which has a shorter, and more flexible lower mast section, 14 sq. ft. less sail area and a lower center of effort. This makes the boat more manageable for lighter weight men, women, seniors and juniors alike.



To learn more about the Laser sailboat, log onto www.laserperformance.com, and for the best source for all things Laser, try www.laserinternational.org. Irish Boat Shop will again be managing the Laser racing in Harbor Springs next summer with a July/August series scheduled. There is also consideration of a larger, regional two-day regatta in September and the 4th annual Frosty Mug Race the first Saturday in October. If you would like to get involved or require further information please contact Tom at IBS by calling 231-526-6225 or e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Irish Boat Shop is your local Laser Performance dealer and stocks Laser, Sunfish and Zuma sailboats. There is currently a FREE gear promotion running through the 31st of December with up to $800 in free gear offered with the purchase of qualified in-stock boats.





  1. VENUE:

This is a friendly competition for all abilities and ages. World class racing on beautiful Little Traverse Bay.


    1. ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing, the Prescriptions of US Sailing, Laser class rules apply. Except any alterations made and listed in the SI’s.     
    2. The State Law requiring USCG approved PFD for each person onboard, shall rank as a rule.
    3. Penalties: Over Early – return and restart, avoiding other boats as you return. Major Rules Infraction – complete one 360-degree turn ASAP. Hitting Mark – complete one 360-degree turn on the next leg.


    1. The race is open to all Laser one-design boats.
    2. A $20 race fee and applications are due before the first race. Non-paid participants will not be scored and are ineligible for prizes.


    1. Registration 12:00 to 12:30, skippers meeting at 12:30.
    2. First warning at 1:00 pm Saturday October 3, 2009.
    3. As many races as possible are scheduled depending on wind and weather.
    4. One race completed constitutes a regatta. Six or more completed, one throw-out will be allowed.
    5. Post race party and awards following racing at IBS. Food and frosty beers.


    1. Windward leeward course with start/finish line set in the middle.
    2. Course 1 = 1 lap, course 2 = 2 laps. Finish up-wind.
    3. Green prep flag up at 4 minutes to start, 3 long blasts on horn at 3 minutes, dinghy horn sequence to follow. (See separate sheet for horn sequence)
    4. Low point scoring will apply.
    5. Frosty Mug trophies for the top 3 finishers.