2014 D19 Championships
District 19 Championships
June 21-22, 2014
Irish Boat Shop and Little Traverse Yacht Club, Harbor Springs
Story written by Polk Wagner
Twenty-six competitors gamely handled very light and shifty winds on Little Traverse Bay as they battled in the 2014 Laser District 19 Championships, held in Harbor Springs, Michigan on June 21 and 22, 2014. The top Laser class sailors from across Michigan, Ohio, and even Ontario competed in the chilly waters off the Harbor Springs Harbor. Â The title came down to the last leg of the last race of the three race series: sailing fast in the best winds of the weekend, Steve Johansen of Ann Arbor, Michigan emerged as the 2014 District Champion. Â Ken Swetka of Detroit, Michigan was a close second, and Daniel Barry of Sarnia, Ontario won a tiebreaker on points from Barry Savage of Detroit, Michigan to capture third place. Â The top Laser Master Award was given to Leigh Savage of Detroit, Michigan, the top Junior Sailor was Harbor Springs' own Matt Menzi, and the top woman sailor was Suzie Pegel.
The 2014 Laser District 19 Championships were graciously sponsored by Irish Boat Shop and Little Traverse Sailors, with assistance from the Little Traverse Yacht Club. Â The organizers were very pleased with the sharp uptick in interest in the event this year, with nearly ten more boats racing. Â The extra boats, and the high talent level of this fleet made for exciting starts (with several general recalls), very tight mark roundings, and overall highly competitive racing.
On Saturday the light and variable winds saw the Race Committee struggle to get in one race, and similar conditions on Sunday meant that only two races were possible before the time deadline expired. Â But the lack of races was more than made up by the tight racing and camaraderie of the sailors, who were treated to a Saturday night barbeque and Sunday afternoon Awards Ceremony at Irish Boat Shop in Harbor Springs. The organizers would also like to thank Ali Hill of Bayview, Dave Travis of Crooked Lake, and Dan Thompson of Harbor Springs for excellent Race Committee work under very difficult conditions. Â The event could not have happened without the support of Irish Boat Shop, Little Traverse Sailors, and the Little Traverse Yacht Club. Â We hope to host the 2015 Laser District Championships next June, and look forward to building on this years' momentum.
For complete resultsclick here to download a PDF
You can download some photos from the event at this link:Â https://www.dropbox.com/s/co4dfni1mppicso/Photos.zip
- Written by Ken
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2012 IBS Frosty Mug Regatta
IBS FROSTY MUG LASER RACE
Saturday October 6, 2012
400 EAST BAY STREET
HARBOR SPRINGS, MI. 49740
Hello Laser People,
Here is a re-cap on this weekend’s 6th Annual Frosty Mug Laser Regatta.
We had 7 boats show up to brave the weather, temperatures were in the 50’s and winds were out of the north/west at around 12 to 15 knots gusting up to 20. The breeze was shifty with lots of velocity changes making for some very challenging conditions. There were thrills, spills, equipment failure and even a minor laceration to a head causing a few boats to retire early.
The race committee ran 5 races consisting of Olympic triangle and windward/leeward courses. After the results were tallied with a single throw-out, it was last year’s champion Tom Babel clinching the 1st place mug with a total score of 4 points. Taking home the 2nd place mug and repeating last year’s finish was Mac Jacob with a total of 7 points. Tom Pendergast travelled all the way from Indiana to round out the top 3 earning the 3rd place mug with a score of 14 points.
Complete results are attached along with a photo of this year’s winners. I would like to thank those who attended along with our race committee, Kent Case. A special thanks to Petoskey Brewery for supplying a few growlers of their tasty craft beer.
We look forward to next year and another season of Laser/Sunfish Racing on Little Traverse Bay…
- Written by Tom Trautman
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2012 GTYC Fall Regatta Sep 19
2012 GTYC LASER FALL REGATTA AND BABEL CUP
hosted by — GRAND TRAVERSE YACHT CLUB (GTYC)
sanctioned by — TRAVERSE CITY LASER FLEET
Saturday, September 24, 2010 — Traverse City, Michigan
The 2012 GTYC LASER Fall Regatta and second leg of the BABEL CUP was held on Saturday September 29th. It was a “Chamber of Commerce Day on West Grand Traverse Bay”.
Sixteen boats (12 standard rig, 4 radial) sailed in the 5 race no throw out series. The breeze filled in at noon and built to the mid teens by race four. RC/PRO Jordon Owen ran four legs in each race and ended race five with six legs.
Jeff Ragains was hot out of the box and won race one followed by Jamie Stuursma and Frank Reeg. After 3 races Ragains and Stuursma were tied at five points each, with a “shoot out at the OK Corral” in the making. Reeg was holding on to top junior/standard rig and tied with Than Dykstra for third. The breeze built to the low/mid teens for races four and five. The battle was on between Stuursma and Ragains, breeze on, hiking hard up wind and surfing downwind. When the dust settled, Stuursma was able to hold off Ragains to repeat as Fall Champion and defend his hold on The BABEL CUP. Congrats Jamie. Tom Babel finished 3rd overall, followed by Dykstra and Reeg.
In the Radial Fleet, GTYC’s Dirk Phelps sailed a strong regatta placing first, seventh over-all with 35 points. Ryan Clulo was second Radial with 45 points followed by Sarah Corder (top female) in third.
After racing the fleet enjoyed some hot dogs from WARES FROSTY TREAT and cool beverages. Thanks to Jim Sorbie and his crew for on the water support and pictures, and to Sally Corder for registration. The fleet is looking forward to the 2013 Spring Regatta next May.
- Written by Jamie Stuursma
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2012 Pumpkin Head - Grand Rapids
Annual Pumpkin Head Regatta
October 13, 2011
Story and Results by Chad Coberly
Despite an ominous weather forecast of cold, rain, thunder and wind, 19 boats registered for this year’s Pumpkinhead on Reeds lake. Fortunately, the storm broke for a 2 hour window allowing 4 races in a fairly consistent 10-15 knot SE breeze down the length of the lake. The top was very tight in all four races ending in a fairly unprecedented 3 way tie for first between Chad Coberly of Grand Rapids, Tom Babel of Traverse City, and Dillon McCormick of Lansing with the tie breaker sorting out in that order. 5 juniors from the East Grand Rapids HS sailing team joined the fun with top Junior going to Michael Madden in 6th place overall. Top Grand Master was Tom Babel in 2nd, and Top Female was Lindsey Gates in 9th overall. Hopefully the weather gods will stop punishing this regatta next year!
- Written by Jason
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2012 Leland Annual Regatta
2012 Leland Laser Regatta
Sat/Sun - July 21-22
The Leland Yacht Club invites all Laser sailors to join us for a fun weekend of racing and camaraderie on beautiful Lake Leelanau in
Northwestern Michigan. The regatta features two days of racing and a Saturday night social event on the shores of Lake Michigan in
Historic Fishtown. We hope you'll join us!
Again this year----Out of town sailors may request lodging with a Leland Yacht Club family-- space available. Email Allen Northcutt if you want to stay with a Yacht club family.
We hope you will come join us for a memorable weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Written by Ken
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