This regatta will now be held in conjunction with the Lansing Annual Regatta on August 20th!  Every year the gang at Lansing Sailing Club put on a great event. Typically it is by far D19's largest attended event getting close to 40 boats on the line!

As a bonus for this year the International Laser Class (ILCNA) has agreed to offer a deep discount for people who join at the District 19 Champtionships. Look at the savings!


To download the official Notice of Regatta and ILCNA Membership form pdf Click Here


Regular - $30 for one year or $70 for 2 years (reduced from $45 and $85)


Junior - $20 (Member may not turn 18 during the term of membership) or $55 for 2 years (Member may not turn 18 during the term of the membership) (reduced from $40 and $75)


To become a member you can sign up when you register for the regatta.  To make things quicker you can print and fill out the membership form then bring it with you to the event. (pdf  ILCA-NA_membership_form_-_SPECIAL_DistChamp_disount.pdf )

The 2015 Laser District 19 Championship

June 20 – 21, 2015

Little Traverse Sailors / Irish Boat Shop / Little Traverse Yacht Club

Harbor Springs, Michigan


The Harbor Springs Laser fleet cordially invites all District 19 Laser Sailors to join us on the beautiful waters of Little Traverse Bay for the 2015 Laser District 19 Championships on Saturday June 20 and Sunday June 21, 2015!



Schedule of Events

Friday June 19

1:00 to 5:00 pm Early registration @ Irish Boat Shop. Launch for practice at Ford Park, East side of Irish Boat Shop, Harbor Springs.

5:30 to 7:30 pm Registration continued at Petoskey Brewing Company (M-119 Just North of the Michigan State Police Post)

Saturday June 20

10:00am - 12:00pm Check in and registration @ LTYC Waterfront

12:00pm Competitors Meeting @ LTYC Waterfront

1:00pm First warning signal, races to follow

~6:00pm Barbeque at Irish Boat Shop

Sunday, June 21

10:00am First warning signal, races to follow and awards to follow ASAP after last race.

Seven races are scheduled for this event. The number of races held each day will be at the discretion of the race committee. No warning signal will be made after 14:00 on the final day of the regatta.


Competitors should register in advance by clicking here.


The regatta fee is $40 US. The entry fee includes racing, BBQ Saturday night (additional dinners are $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12, RSVP requested but not required), awards and boat storage at IBS on West lawn.


Notice of Race [pdf]

Hard-Copy Registration Form [pdf]

Sailing Instructions [pdf]


Polk Wagner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) | 215-917-6825



2013 GTYC Spring LASER Regatta

May 11, 2013

First Leg of the BABEL CUP


“A three round fight…with a knockout in the third”


The 2013 GTYC Laser Spring Regatta was a memorable event. What started out as a nice afternoon of Laser sailing quickly turned into a quest of survival.


Seventeen skippers were greeted with cold air and water temperatures to West Grand Traverse Bay.  We had a strong representation from our women and men’s High School Sailing Teams from Traverse City.  The standard rig and radial rigs all started together in the scheduled five race/no throw out series.  RC/PRO JORDON OWEN called for windward/leeward courses. This is the first leg of the Babel Cup, which is added to the fall regatta for the over all champion.


Races one and two started in perfect spring time Laser conditions, wind from the southwest at 8-12 kts, flat water, shifty.  JAMIE STUURSMA (GTYC-Defending 2012 Babel Cup Champion) started out where he left off by hitting the first shift in race one and sailing a strong race for the standard rig win. DIRK PHELPS (GTYC-TC Central Sailing Team) came back from an OCS to lead the radial fleet demonstrating his superior tactics and boat handling skills.  In race two, COLTON GERBER (GTYC-TC Central Sailing Team) sailing a full rig, came out “firing on all cylinders”, had a great boat end start and led the fleet for the first lap. Then the fight was on between GERBER and TOM BABEL during the last run to the finish, with BABEL being able to “keep GERBER hooked to the outside” for the win, followed closely by GERBER and STUURSMA.




I’m not sure if any of us (the racers, the crash boats, the people watching from shore) new what was about to hit West Bay. The wind built to the mid to upper teens during the starting sequence with a 40 degree shift to the right, making the first beat a fetch for TED LOCKWOOD (GTYC-Local Laser Sailing Legend) who had won the boat end start.  As the boats converged on the weather mark so did 30kts plus of wind. Because of the right shift, you had to make a 180 degree turn to head back down the reach to the leeward mark. First LOCKWOOD tried the jibe, didn’t get it around, rounded up to weather, ended up tacking which was the move we all should have done. Then BABEL tried the jibe and immediately “crashed and burned to weather”.  As I came up swimming and stood on my centerboard, the fleet was a debris field   getting pummeled by a 30-40 kt blast. The whole scene was reminiscent of  FOREST GUMP, “THEN GOD SHOWED UP”, when Lieutenant DAN was talking to GOD from the crow’s nest, “COME ON, YOU CALL THIS A STORM”!  A couple of boats were able to hang on for the “ride of their lives” back down to the leeward mark. With a TKO declared on the fleet, at some point PRO OWEN hoisted N over H,  All races are abandoned. Further signals ashore.


One of the larger challenges of the day was getting back to the GTYC which was on the windward shore of a 30kt plus gale out of the northwest.  When it was all said and done, all skippers and boats were accounted for. Then the fleet warmed up inside the GTYC while enjoying some hot dogs and refreshments from WARES FROSTY TREAT. The fleet is looking forward to the GTYC FALL REGATTA on September 28.


Special Thanks To:  RC/PRO- Owen,  Crash Boat- Bob Clark & Ned Lockwood,  Support- Commodore Sorbie, Support- David Gerber/High School Sailing Coach,  Support- Crash Boat /David Phelps.




Full Rig -  1) Babel  2)  Stuursma  3)  Colton Gerber


Radial Rig -  1)  Phelps 2) Maddie Fink  3)Alex Anderson


Top Woman – Maddie Fink


Top Master 45+ with new knee – George Peet

Complete Results Attached.


Submitted by:  T. Babel

2014 Leland Laser Regatta

Sat/Sun - July 26-27

 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. 


For more info and contact info please see the NOR (click here for PDF )


We hope you will come join us for a memorable weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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:


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.