The folks at PYC did a great job to get a total of 9 races in over the weekend! Thanks to all of the volunteers and all who attended!



This regatta is scheduled to be in conjunction with the No Sweat Regatta on Portage Lake on September 23-24!  Thank you to the folks at PYC for stepping up!

For the Notice of Regatta Click Here for PDF or Click Here to see it at the PYC website.

Portage Yacht Club (PYC), on Portage Lake, is 14 miles northwest of Ann Arbor at 8900 Dexter-Pinckney Road, Pinckney, Michigan 48169. A beautiful clubhouse provides an excellent view of the clear, glacial lake and offers excellent dining amidmodern facilities. On site launching and mooring sites are available. See for map.

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 )

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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