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.


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.  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.  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.  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.  The organizers were very pleased with the sharp uptick in interest in the event this year, with nearly ten more boats racing.  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.  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.  The event could not have happened without the support of Irish Boat Shop, Little Traverse Sailors, and the Little Traverse Yacht Club.  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: https://www.dropbox.com/s/co4dfni1mppicso/Photos.zip



Annual Pumpkin Head Regatta

October 13, 2011

Grand Rapids Fleet 


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!


Full Results:


Saturday October 6, 2012



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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…




Boats Only 

Tom Trautman




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.