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Official publication of the International Laser Class Association, North American Region 2812 Canon Street San Diego, CA 92106 USA Phone: (619) 222-0252 Fax: (619) 222-0528 admin@Laser.org www.Laser.org

Editors Sherri Campbell & Jerelyn Biehl ILCA-NA

Officers Tracy Usher Chairman 22 Creekside Lane San Mateo, CA 94401 Phone: (650) 340-1129 tracy.usher@stanford.edu Eric Faust Vice Chairman 821 East 53rd Street Austin, TX 78751 Phone: (512) 467-1317 ehfaust@gmail.com Ben Richardson Treasurer 5 Beachmont Avenue Gloucester, MA 01930 Phone: (978) 283-6983 benjaminrichardson@postharvard.edu Lauralee Symes Secretary 3576 SW Mt. Adams Drive Portland, OR 97239 Phone: (503) 274-2818 llsymes@comcast.net Tommy Wharton At Large 118 Glouchester Ave. Oakville, ON L6J 3W4 Canada Phone: 647-296-6544 twharton@sailing.ca

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District Contacts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 President’s Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Membership Stats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 From the Builder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Laser Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-13 Light Air, Tech Dinghies & the Zen of Sailboat Racing .14-15

District Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16-21 2006 Event Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Laser World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .center 2007 Fleet Listing & Regatta Schedules . . . . . . . .pull-out Olympic Outlook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Masters Sailing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Winter Storage Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Blog Review - MMT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 2006 Grand Prix Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Regatta Reports ISSA High School Championships . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 ICSA Singlehanded Nationals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 USVI Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Florida Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Cedar Point Champs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 ILCA-NA Financial Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Membership Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38

Sherri Campbell Executive Secretary 2812 Canon Street San Diego, CA 92106 Phone: (619) 222-0252 Fax: (619) 222-0528 admin@Laser.org

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Andrew Childs, 5369 South Street #3, Halifax, NS B3J 1A3 902-423-5919. andrewchilds@yahoo.com

Chas Williamson, 9 Lagrand Court Ithaca, NY 14850 607-272-0630. cw26@cornell.edu

Janet Rupert, 4366 Scenic Drive Columbus, OH 43214 614-361-1132 janetrupert@laserforum.org

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Denys Deschambeault, 5120 Du Havre, Trois Rivieres, PQ G8Y 5Y9 819-372-0842 denys.deschambeault@tr.cgocable.ca

Skip Moorehouse, 52 Stacy Haines Rd. Medford, NJ 08055 609-518-0100 skipssails@aol.com

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Jon Deutsch 5700 Oak Mill Ct., Glen Allen, VA 804-305-1244, jon@deutsch.com www.laserdistrict11.org

Heinz Gebauer, 2205 Soth Millway- Unit 109 Mississauga, ON L5L 3T2 905-820-8446. heinzgebauer@rogers.com D3 website: www.d3laser.ca

District 4 Tim Felbel, 10 Oakhurst Cres Winnipeg, MD R2P 2L6 204-334-1953, timfelbel@hotmail.com

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District 12 Arland Whitesides, 14 W. Oxford St. Wrightsville Beach, NC, 28480 awhitesides@ec.rr.com www.d12.laserforum.org

District 19 Sean Fidler Michigan smfidler@gmail.com

District 20 Dave Abbott, 2129 West Shore Dr. Delafield, WI 53018 262-303-4084. sailmc1983@yahoo.com www.cerebus.winsite.com/district/d20/

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Mike Elson 2235 West 21st Street Minneapolis, MN 55405 621-377-8903 melson@visi.com www.cerebus.winsite.com/laser/district/d21

Mark Lammens 510 Cynthia St. Saskatoon, SK S7K 7K7 306-975-0833. sasksail@smaw.ca www.jdecm.com/laser

Meka Taulbee, 953 Cedarwood Dr. Dunedin, FL 34968 727-631-7005, meka@sailfit.com www.laser.org/m/_general/d13.asp

Orrin Webber, 460 Orchard Ridge Rd Kalispell, MT 59901 406-257-7757. compassgroup@centurytel.net

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Andy Hunt, 111-2260 W 8st Ave, Vancouver BC, V6K 2A7 604-733-9663. Hotline: 206-525-5788. athunt@vcn.bc.ca www.cycseattle.org/slf

Cal Herman, 7038 Catina St New Orleans, LA 70124, 504-282-1770 callender.herman@wachoviasec.com

Larry Arbuthnot www.sailtherockies.com

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David Lapier 408-525-6396, dlapier@cisco.com www.technicalwizardry.com/d24laser/d24

District 7 Sally Sharp, 39 Caleb Dyer Lane Enfield, NH 03748 603-632-4192. sally.sharp@dartmouth.edu D7 Newsletter Chris Morin abcmorin@maine.rr.com 207.775.5485 www.d7laserforum.org

District 8 Lindsay Hewitt, 17 Ridge Road Cold Spring, NY 11724. 631-692-4798 lymanthorne@optonline.net www.laserd8.tripod.com

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Renee Ruais 512-266-7088 RMRuais@austin.rr.com www.cerebus.winsite.com/Laser/districts/d15/

District 16 Tim Fitzgerald, 2322 Bromfield Circle Wichita, KS, 67226, 316-650-3636 timfitz@ku.edu

District 17 John E. Coolidge, Jr., 1113 Hanover St, Chattanooga, TN 37405, 423-309-1926 JC@Chattprint.com

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District 25 Nils Andersson, 13460 Hwy 8 SPC #92 Lakeside, CA 92040-5228 619-561-1722. nilssail@cox.net groups.yahoo.com/group/nalaserdistrict25

District 26 Guy Fleming, 44-392 Olina St. #6 Kaneohe, HI 96744-2617 808-955-4405. guynsyd@hawaii.rr.com

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Repor t s President’s Notes TRACY USHER The International Sailing Federation selected, from a tough field of candidates, the North American Region’s own Paige Railey to honor as its female ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year! Congratulations to Paige for this fantastic accomplishment! Since the Radial became Olympic, Paige has been the person to beat, often showing the ability to completely dominate an event in a Robert Scheidt like fashion. Getting to the Olympics will not be an easy task (with ISAF World #1 Anna Tunnicliffe directly in her path) but it would be hard to bet against her! I’m writing this column on the official first day of winter, a time when most of us have put the boat away for the off season and are busy with other things. Some fleets just don’t seem to understand this, though, and are seeing some huge turnouts for their frostbite series. Two that come to mind are Cedar Point Yacht Club fleet and the Newport/Fleet 413 group, both of which have seen well over 50 boats on the start line for some of their events. Still, activity is not confined to just a small part of the

ILCA-NA Officers to Serve another Year Annually and according to the Bylaws, ILCA-NA elects sailors to fill the officers positions to run the Class in North America. Any member may make a nomination through your District Secretary the beginning of October. Nominees may campaign mid-October with elections taking place the end of October, voted on by District Secretaries. This year, there were no nominations received, so the current slate will stand and these officers have agreed to govern for one more year. Thanks to our volunteers who meet monthly to steer ILCANA forward! Chairman - Tracy Usher Vice Chairman - Eric Faust Secretary - LauraLee Symes Treasurer - Ben Richardson At Large - Tommy Wharton

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North East… for example, we are seeing lots of activity in fleets all along the West Coast, from Seattle all the way to Southern California. These events offer a great opportunity to keep your sailing skills sharp, get in practice for next season and, above all, have lots of fun! If you have the itch to go sailing and are not sure if there is any activity in your area (and, of course, the water is still in its liquid state), check the fleet listings attached in the insert, or online at the Laser Class website, to find a fleet near you and see what might be going on! While it may seem like a slow time for sailing, it is probably the busiest time of the year for the Laser Class office. Besides the flood of membership renewal processing going on right now, this is also the time of the year when the schedule for the upcoming season gets finalized. While the major events are normally pinned down way ahead, the real work comes in trying to round up the remaining Grand Prix events (mostly District Championships) as well as the full schedules for each of the districts in our region. Every year there are somewhere between 400 and 500 Laser/Radial/4.7 events across North America and collecting all of this information and putting it into the calendar is a daunting task. The attached insert shows where this process is as of the first day of winter, and you can see that we are around ⁄ of the way there.

The calendar is updated daily; you can get the latest information from the Laser Class website (where you can even print your own version of this insert). And the same insert will be included again in the Spring Edition of TLS. Help us to get your event into the calendar by letting your District Secretary and the Class Office know about it! Speaking of website, by the time you are reading this we will have turned on the first round of web infrastructure improvements by putting the membership database online in a secure environment. What ILCA-NA members will see is a new renewal form which allows them to immediately update their information in the database (plus collect some missing information for family members, etc.). District Secretaries will have tools available for generating mailing lists, email lists, etc., in the hope that it will be easier to contact you about things going on in your district. Eventually this will grow in to a member’s only section of the website, more information on that will be coming soon. Ok, another year of Laser sailing has passed and we are already looking forward to an even better year in 2007! I hope to see lots of you out sailing in the coming year!

2007 ILCA Class Rules updated The updated Laser Class rules, which come into effect on December 1, 2006, have been posted. There are four changes to the Class Rules: 1) The addition of the new “Boom Sleeve and Clew Hook” for the outhaul, 2) You are now allowed to tape the bailer pin (with the drain plug removed) to the cockpit floor to prevent kicking it closed, 3) The centerboard stopper may now be secured together by glue, screws, bolts, nuts and washers, 4) The rule on how the centerboard shock cord is run has been modified to allow passing it around the bow (to keep it clear of the vang fitting at the mast).

Note also rule interpretation #2 which allows you to tape the bottom/top mast joint around the outside to prevent rotation. You can download the full text of the rules at the www.laserinternational.org

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ILCA-NA Membership As of December 19, 2006 Age Categories: • 209 Juniors (not 18 in 2007) • 547 Masters (35+) Regular Junior Family, 1 Family, 2 Family, 3 International Total

622 149 102 45 0 1 919

Gender Categories: • 769 Male • 129 Female • 21 “undisclosed”

Boat Categories: • 195 Radial • 13 4.7 • 695 Full Rig

Complimentary Honorary New Renewals Yacht Club

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4.7 Sailors! Are you going to the 2007 4.7 Worlds in South Africa next December/January? If you are and would like to be considered for a US SAILING grant through ILCA-NA, please forward your resume to the ILCA-NA office by September 1, 2007.

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From The Builder NED JONES

2006 & 2007: A Look Over The Transom and the View Over The Bow Another year has passed us by, but not without lots of changes for our favorite boat. This fall in Rhode Island saw another round of sail testing Radial composite upper masts. The latest versions of this spar, from different manufacturers from the last versions, are very promising. The original mission was to create a spar that will widen, and lower the competitive weight range for the Laser Radial. This latest mast seems to be accomplishing this. The builders, including Laser Class Technical Officer Adam French sail tested the spars against each other and against the aluminum upper. The results are promising. While the composite spar does not seem to be a panacea, it does show indications that a lighter weight sailor will remain competitive into heavier wind conditions than was possible with the aluminum. Further testing is warranted and Adam French will be sailing with the spars this summer in Australia and collecting data to be used in making decisions in the future. While a new spar such as this can not be approved for use by ISAF in this current Olympic quadrennium, the Class and builders will continue to develop and test the composite Radial upper masts in order to get the spar approved as soon as possible. You may have heard that composite centerboards and rudders are under development in Australia. The process has been on-going for several years, trying to perfect the process to allow mass production of the parts, while meeting the Laser Class specifications. The blades do meet the Laser Class specs, and specifically the shape, weight and flex of the boards is identical to the existing PPL Crompton foam blades we currently use. The durability of the finished product is where we believe any advantage will come from. The composite blades should be less susceptible to warping, chipping and breaking. They will be more expensive, but should last longer. The stainless steel clew sleeve has been recently approved and is available through authorized Laser dealers. The reviews of this product have been all positive. The initial rigging of the sleeve takes a little more work, but once the sleeve is installed on your boom, the rigging of the sail is much

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easier. In this writer’s opinion, the jury is out whether you can tie your clew tighter, and have it stay tighter to the boom than the clew sleeve hook. In most cases, and especially in a “must rig quickly” situation, the new clew sleeve appears to be fine choice. My personal favorite change this year is the approved method for securing the centerboard stopper in the centerboard. The blue centerboard stopper shipped with Vanguard centerboards may now be secured with glue, screws, bolts, nuts and washers provided the original shape and dimensions of the stopper are not reduced. I am always tightening and replacing my centerboard stopper. Now I can fasten the stopper with a screw provided the screw does not come in contact with the hull when the board is in the full down position. The option I will most likely use is a bolt and nut with large washers. Images

of these options, as well as the new clew sleeve are available on the ILCA website www.laserinternational.org. There are two other rule changes approved this fall. One allows the taping of the cockpit bailer activation pin to the floor of the cockpit while sailing. Sailors have been doing this for some time. While it was technically illegal prior to this approval, now it is fully approved and legal. The other rule change allows your centerboard bungee cord to be led around the bow of the boat. It may not be clipped or otherwise attached to the gunwale. This too has been in practice for some time and is now legal. As you can see, these last two changes are minor and rather insignificant in regards to how fast it may make a Laser sail. The point is, and the greatest strength of the Laser Class rules is, that unless the rules specifically allow an action or fitting, that action or fitting is not allowed. 2006 has been a very successful and positive year, and 2007 is looking just as promising. Thank you all for being a part of the Laser family. Best wishes in 2007, and see you on the water.

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Laser Profiles – Jean de Name: BOSCO Bosset ed Merchant O c c u p a t i o n: Retir g teacher & navy Capt., Sailin ner marine chart desig c e : Provence, n i v o r p / e t City/sta Switzerland Age: 7 2 Laser I s a i l a radial rig

Name: S y d n e y B y r n s O c c u p a t i o n: Student C i t y / s t a t e / p r o v i n c e : Saskatoon, Saskatchewan A g e : 18 I s a i l a radial L a s e r I ’ v e b e e n s a i l i n g s i n c e I w a s 6, but racing since I was 12 a n d s a i l i n g a L a s e r f o r 2 years

y dad. I e I w a s 2, with m c n i s g n i l i a s n e I’ve be 113, still r in Switzerland #3 racing. had the first Lase r e a newe hull for us t bu ll, hu e m sa using the L a s e r 80 , I’ve sailed my In the last year regattas. a n d r a c e d i n 45 number of days ling was in my Laser sai t n e m o m t s e i z The cra 15 kts of dle of the Atlantic, sailing in the mid r 36’ cataou l and my wife in wind, 10 foot swel day trans7 a also made I . at bo h ac co maran as d along the itzerland to the Me euro raid from Sw the mast of one beg in front Rhone River. Just ser, capLa y e bank, under m r the and sleeping on th fo nt h, sail acting as te fi mile sized on the beac at go at a, I rescued a bo d and se night. In Barbud ui br t rvived, I go su at go e Th e. or from sh few scratches. the Laser quite a like to day of sailing, I g n o l a f o d n e At the r hour or and sail for anothe stay on the water 2. g y US sailor visitin I ’ d l o v e t o help an h c . t co@boscoyach Switzerland b o s

I n t h e l a s t y e a r , I ’ v e s a i l e d m y L a s e r 56 n u m b e r o f d a y s a n d r a c e d i n 11 r e g a t t a s . T h e l a s t r e g a t t a I s a i l e d i n w a s the PA Annual Regatta , w h i c h was a fun wrap-up to the season. M y h e r o i s Logan Campbell b e c a u s e of his enthusiasm and the way he never gives up. M y f a v o r i t e p a r t o f r a c i n g a L a s e r i s when there is wind enough for me to hike hard on the upwind and surf waves on the downwind. At the end of a long day of sailing, I like to relax and hang out with other sailors. Don’t forget the ice cream! What other Laser sailor has helped you the m o s t w i t h y o u r L a s e r s a i l i n g ? Mark Lammens, also my competitors. I f I h a d a n u n l i m i t e d b a n k a c c o u n t , I ’ d travel the world, making frequent sailing pit stops. I ’ d l i k e t o s e e m o r e L a s e r s a i l o r s come out to the prairie events- we get some of the best racing conditions one could hope for.

Name: K r y s t a R o h d e O c c u p a t i o n: high school student c i t y / s t a t e / p r o v i n c e : Richmond Hill, GA Age: 17 I s a i l a radial and full rig L a s e r I ’ v e b e e n s a i l i n g s i n c e I w a s 7 a n d s a i l i n g a L a s e r f o r 2 (1/2)years I n t h e l a s t y e a r , I ’ v e s a i l e d m y L a s e r a lot a n d r a c e d i n 14 r e g a t t a s . T h e l a s t r e g a t t a I s a i l e d i n w a s Cressy High School Singlehanded Nationals a n d it blew 50 and we only got 3 races in, but it was fun anyways. M y h e r o i s Mr. John McIntosh Sr.b b e c a u s e he is always positive and at 82 is still out there cheering us on - we keep him young and he helps us grow up. M y f a v o r i t e p a r t o f r a c i n g a L a s e r i s getting bow out on the start … and seeing everyone! At the end of a long day of sailing, I like to take a shower W h a t o t h e r L a s e r s a i l o r h a s h e l p e d y o u t h e m o s t w i t h y o u r L a s e r s a i l i n g ? John Potter

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Laser Profiles Name: Renee Ruais O c c u p a t i o n:

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I s a i l a Full, Radial sometimes L a s e r I ’ v e b e e n s a i l i n g s i n c e I w a s 1 2 a n d s a i l i n g a L a s e r f o r 5 years In the last year, I’ve sailed my Laser

40 number of days and raced in 5 regattas.

T h e l a s t r e g a t t a I s a i l e d i n w a s Wurstfest (District 15 Circuit Regatta) a n d I lost a close finish because I shot the line too early and had to power back up to actually cross the line. M y h e r o i s Anyone who makes a living off of sailing related activities! b e c a u s e Corporate desk jobs just aren’t as much fun M y f a v o r i t e p a r t o f r a c i n g a L a s e r i s knowing that for almost every person who kicks your butt locally, there are 10 more that can kick his butt at the next level (or even locally J). At the end of a long day of sailing, I like to relax at the lake and enjoy the post-race beverages. What other Laser sailor has helped you the most with your Laser sailing? I can’t name one…I’d have to say mostly the new sailors who ask me questions and make me think….I’ve never learned so much as when I tried to teach or explain things to someone else. I f I h a d a n u n l i m i t e d b a n k a c c o u n t , I ’ d love to launch a serious campaign, get really fit for sailing, get some professional coaching and see how far I could take it. I ’ d l i k e t o s e e m o r e L a s e r sailors traveling to District Circuit and other regattas.

Name: R J G r aef O c c u p a t i o n: Student City/state/pr o v i n c e : Zion sville, IN 4607 Age: 1 5 7 I s a i l a full an d radial L a s e r I’ve been sa iling since I w a s two year s old a n d s a i l ing a Laser f In the last ye o r 5 years ar, I’ve sailed m y L a s e r 97 n umber of day s and raced i The last rega n 15 or so r e g tta I sailed i attas. n w a s Laserlip but I got first s in Columbus a on radial. n d It was cold M y h e r o i s An with shifty win na Tunnicliff b d e c a u s e she st arted sailing ou t of district 18 My favorite p art of racing a Laser is a screaming reac h with a death At the end of roll at the end. a long day o f sailing, I lik What other L e t o hang out w aser sailor h ith my friends. as helped yo Andrews, my u the most w dad, Wayne M ith your Lase yers r s a i l i n g ? Ty ler If I had an u nlimited ban k account, I’ d buy everyo ne in the world I’d like to se a laser. e more Laser s a i l o r s hold m ore regattas.

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Technical Tips MICHAEL KALIN Growing up in Kingston, Ontario, I was blessed to learn how to sail in great SW thermal breezes and a nice 3-foot chop. I loved surfing waves downwind, planing at high speed on reaches and I didn’t mind hiking the boat down upwind. In short, heavy air became my reason for sailing. When the wind dropped and the hiking stopped, this all changed. I would lose concentration, get aggravated, frustrated and tell myself: “this is not even sailing, why are we doing it?”. I was probably just like any typical teenager. I seldom practiced my light air skills and would rather go and lift weights so I could get bigger and stronger in the breeze. I hated light air sailing, detested the “pinners” and “lightweights” and would dismiss shifty conditions as a “crapshoot”. It wasn’t until years later that I realized that light air sailing is not about luck, bad karma or your bodyweight — it is all about your attitude. If the three words that I just mentioned, or variations of those words (plus curse words), come out of your mouth when talking about light air game, I’m sorry to say that you are already defeated in the light stuff, my friend. There have been many great articles on light air sailing and technique. Light air technique is covered very well in Ben Ainslie’s book and Ben Tan’s book (the best book written on Laser sailing, in my opinion). Here are some of my brief observations on light air sailing: Imitate, imitate, innovate – plagiarizing is legal in sailing! Watch the best and copy EVERYTHING about their sailing style – how they hold the tiller, how they tilt their head, the way they bend their knees, their posture, their body language and how they shift their weight when sailing. Study their rigging and set-up and always try to match it. Watch how much they trim their sail and move their tiller. It may not make sense at first why panhandling the tiller extension is fast, but once you get a knack for it, you will reap the benefits, then be able to put your own little twist on it and make it your own. Mental skills – Intensity, concentration, focus – light air should be every bit as mentally taxing and exhausting as any other condition. Body weight and physical training – a fit 180lb body will perform in the breeze, but will also be able to throw the boat around in boat-handling maneuvers. Aim for this bodyweight and you will perform in all conditions. Read World Champion

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Light air, Tech Dinghies and the Zen of Sailboat Racing Michael Blackburn’s book – it is the best book written on sailing fitness. Cross training – find the best onedesign fleet in your area and race in light air! The lessons learned and techniques honed in V15s , Tech Dinghies or even Flying Sidewalks will go a long way to improving your Laser technique. Reading the wind on the water – essential to assessing what wind direction and speed is about to hit the fleet. I break down my wind reading into three categories: 1) Long range planning (strategy) – scanning the water color one mile upwind. This will help you plan a strategy for the first beat and thus your starting strategy. Knowing what phase (leftie or rightie) and pressure you are likely to be sailing in ten minutes from the start is key information and must be obtained as close to the start as possible. 2) Medium term planning (tactics) – scanning the color of water and wave angle 50200 yds upwind. This will help you place yourself tactically amongst the fleet to determine how best to execute your strategy and beat out the boats with a similar plan as

you. 3) Short term planning (boatspeed) – scanning the direction of the ripples within 10-50 yds of the boat. This will give you advance warning of windspeed changes and windshifts so you can adjust your mainsheet, body trim (hiking), and boat angle (steering) to give yourself maximum height and speed. These visual skills are acquired through practice and constant assessment and reflection. Also, a good pair of polarized sunglasses (Kaenon Kore are the best pair for this) and a visor will help shield your eyes so you can see the subtle ripples that will cue you into what is coming next.

Conquering your mental demons: It wasn’t until I started coaching at MIT

and sailing in the Tuesday night summer race series on the infamous “Rivah Chuck” that I developed a love for flexing my light air muscles in the venerable Tech Dinghy and matching up with New England’s finest sailors from all walks of the sailing world. What I noticed over my years of coaching is that every good college sailor will come into Boston and freak out about the sailing conditions on the rivah and the 13’ bathtub dinghy that I happen to think is the greatest sailing invention ever. But, there are few rare exceptional sailors that can turn on a switch in their attitude, rise up to the challenge and learn to love the madness, skill and concentration it requires to excel in the whacky stuff and actually love the technical aspects of the 13’ highly tunable racing machine. There are many lessons that I have learned from the Charles and the Tech Dinghy and these lessons and skills have gone a long way in helping my overall sailing game and, crazy as it might sound, they have helped me become a better person. Here is a summary of these attributes and skills: Maturity: The most important mental skill needed for light air sailing. The realization that your job in light air is threefold: risk management, calculating probabilities, and executing well-rehearsed boat handling maneuvers. You are not playing Weather God and trying to control the wind’s unpredictable fate. You neither curse the wind and your “bad luck”, nor do you celebrate your “good fortune” and your innate and God-like ability to predict the wind. An emotional attachment or reaction to outside factors (wind shifts, other competitors, race committee blunders, motorboat wake, weed) is just a waste of mental energy and will affect your ability to rationalize and effectively process variables on the water. You can tweak your risk management model and learn new lessons about

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District Reports District 2 Denys Deschambeault Trois Rivieres, Quebec Hello to all the district laser and radial sailors.This is the time of the year when the clubs publish their annual report;most of the clubs show a slight increase in activity. For the class the membership is up slightly mostly due to junior programs and female radial racers.As for the senior and masters sailing next year will lprobably not have any improvement as far as the numbers of regattas is involve.I’m now working to change that by trying to create a new gold cup type of events. I have talk with laser dealear to work out a prize system like what they have in district 3 with the hull exchange program.To accomplish that we need to have at least 5 new venues or club to hold a laser regatta .I have contacted a few clubs that have not yet held a laser regatta , that means regional clubs that have sailing programs but only a limited amount of personnal and management it looks promising but it might not be completed in time for the 2007 season.On the same subject another good news is that district 3 is willing to exchange regatta; for exemple they could hold one of their regattas in D2 and we could have one of our regatta in their district with the points counting in each gold cup,or sailors from either district could attend the other’s races and have points counted in their system. More to come on that as we are still working out the details. Thanks to Bradley Green we now have a web site d2.laserforum.org of course there is no information yet so it is up to you to send me infos, pictures article or anything you think would interest your bodies.

District 3 Nigel Heath Heinz Gebauer Paul Muldoon Ontario, Canada The District 3 executive have been busy scheduling events for the 2007 sailing season. It can be a major challenge trying to fit so many regattas into our relatively short peak sailing season, while minimizing the conflicting events within the district and with major regattas in neighboring districts. By the time you read this everything should be in place, but if you know of another event that you want posted on the District 3 website (www.d3.laserforum.org), send an email to Paul Muldoon (paul.muldoon@ert.gov.on.ca). All our contact info is available on the website. We will be introducing some new concepts for the Gold Cup events in 2007. Firstly, we will be holding “District 3 Debriefs” whereby the winning sailor(s) will be asked to talk briefly about what went well and not so well for them during the event. The aim here is to have a short Q&A session and give everyone a chance to learn from the winner’s successes. Ultimately, we hope this helps enable the mid-fleet sailor to move up to the top-of-the-fleet, and enable the deep-in-the-fleet sailor to become a mid-fleet

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sailor. While this is not exactly a new concept, it is designed to help improve the competitiveness of District 3 sailors overall. Secondly, the laser class winner of each Gold Cup event will be awarded with another “prize”: he/she will be volunteered to write a regatta event summary for the Laser Sailor magazine. If you have other realistic and reasonable ideas on how to improve events within the district, send us a note (a dozen Tim Horton donuts for the winner probably won’t work, although it may even out the fleet). Just a reminder that Fogh Marine has agreed to once again provide 3 hulls (in exchange for existing hull) to the District 3 Gold Cup Series winners for the 2007 season. They will go to the top laser, radial and junior (16 & under in radial fleet) sailors, as per rules set out on the website.

District 4 Tim Felbel Winnipeg, Manitoba

2007 is also the Western Canada Summer Games, hosted at the Wabamun Sailing Club, one of Alberta’s best sailing venues and Race Management Teams. The 4 Western provinces, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba will have teams in 17 and under Radial and 19 and under Laser for the Boys and 19 and under Radial for the Girls. Other classes include the 17 and under Byte and 19 and under 29er for the Girls and the 19 and under 29er for the boys. Contact your provincial association regarding each provinces qualifications, this event is a limited closed event. The dates are August 3rd 7th. District 5 sailor Keamia Rasa has qualified for the Canadian Sailing Team again for 2007. She has a very busy year planned; a week ago was in Hawaii training with American Daniel Myrdal and is presently in AUS at the Sydney regatta. District 5 sailor Mike Simms, who finished 2nd in the 2000 Olympic Trials has moved back to Calgary with his child bride Lee and 2 young kids. Mike, a lawyer has agreed to sit on the CYA appeals committee for the 2008 Canadian Olympic Trials.

Although there is still snow on the ground and ice on the lake, I can sense the weather slowly beginning to change. With the days getting longer and the cold milder we can only hope for another early spring. This year the 2007 District 4 Championships will be held at the Falcon Yacht Club in conjunction with Sail West & WISC (July 12-15). The event is expected to attract additional numbers as it will also serve as the qualifier for the Canadian Youth Championships. Make sure to check out the 2007 regatta schedule for all racing information, www.sailmanitoba.com. Good luck and happy racing.

District 5 Mark Lammens Saskatoon, Saskatchewan ‘Sail West’, the multi class CYA title event for Western Canada has changed its format for 2007. It has been the Western Canadian Championships in the Canada Games classes, with the 1999 event being the first. This year it will also be the Western Canadian Championships for the different age groups. In 2007 the 16 and under, and the 18 and under will be included with ‘Sail West”. The plan is to try to make this a Sailing Festival with youth, open and masters sailing for the Western Provinces. This year’s Sail West will be hosted at the Falcon Lake Yacht Club in Manitoba, July 13-15 with a training camp for the Provincial Teams before the event. The first Sail West was hosted at the Lake Diefenbaker Yacht Club in 1978, the brain thrust of the late John Merz. Might be a good idea to host the 2008, 30th anniversary event back at Elbow, SK. 1978 Sail West was also the National Laser Championships, the first big win by Terry Neilson, who went on to win a few more Nationals, Laser Worlds and an Olympic Medal in the Finn.

More details in the new years as we get the dates for the Districts, the different Provincials and Western Canadian Masters determined in the New Year

District 6 Andy Hunt Vancouver, British Colombia The regatta season but not the club season is over in District 6 for 2006. The Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle and to a lesser extent, the Royal Victoria Yacht Club will be having winter racing programs for the next few months. CYC has taken over as the place to be for winter racing from the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. There will be racing in Seattle on January 7, 21 and February 18, 2007. There has been some windy regattas the last few months. Here is a report on some recent regattas. The Fall Dinghy Championships and Octoberfest were held on September 30 and October 1 at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club and at the Corinthian Yacht Club / Sail Sand Point. The Fall Dinghy Championships was one of those regattas that had lots of wind on one day and considerably less on the other day. On September 30, the winds were gusting at around 20 knots. Lots of the sailors either did not go out altogether or tried to race and decided to retire. On October 1, the winds were a lot less (5-8) with some holes and the race committee decided to move the course closer to the yacht club. There were 34 full rigs and 23 Radials. There were seven races in total. The top ten in the full rigs were: Abe Torchinsky, RVAN,

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11.00; Kevin Grierson, RVAN, 17.00; Luke Ramsay, RVAN, 21.00; Bob Britten (M), RVIC, 25.00; Andrea Biagioni, Italy, 34.00; Maurice Bond, RVIC, 35.00; Ben Scott, RVAN, 42.00; Geoff Abel, RVIC, 44.00; Jacek Suski (GM), JSCA, 47.00; Ryan Cutting, WVYC, 48.00. The top ten Radials were: Jen Spalding, RVAN, 7.00; Jon Scott, RVAN, 15.00; Alanna Vitteray, RVAN, 20.00; Alexander Heinzemann, RVAN, 30; Catherine Richards, RKYC, 34.00; Chris Tulip, RVAN, 41.00; Ricardo Montemayor, RVAN, 42.00; Robert Berry, RVIC, 45.00; Adrian Passier, HSC, 57.00; Sebastien Fritz, RVAN, 59.00. For Octoberfest, there were 6 full rigs and 29 Radials. I have been unable to find the wind conditions but there were 5 races for each of the Laser fleets. The results of the full rigs are as follows: John Tenneson, 6.00; Zach Forcade, 10.00; James Rhyne, 12.00; Johan Jorna, 16.00; Hugh Runyan, 21.00; Alex McClanahan, 21.00. The top ten Radials were: Madeline Jackson, 6.00; Molly Jackson, 7.00; Elliott Drake, 14.00; Matt Pistay, 18.00; Josh Larsen, 20.00; Casey Tone, 31.00; Monica Mader, 31.00; Nate Karle, 34.00; Emma Hartmann, 41.00; Erica Vranizan, 44.00. The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club was host for the 2006 Laser and Laser Radial CYA National Qualifier Regatta. Whoever was top youth, would qualify for the 2007 ISAF Youth Worlds, to be held in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 2007. Also on the line, was funding from CYA. Sailors started showing up early to get in some pratice. The actual regatta ran from Thursday, October 12 to Sunday, October 15, 2006. Most of the sailors were out practicing on the Wednesday which was sunny, warm and had moderate breeze. The same conditions prevailed on Thursday. The winds picked up on Friday and peaked at 16 knots. It was a complete reversal on Saturday and the race committee got in one light air race. The winds came from the west on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday. However, on Sunday, it was an easterly wind at around 16 knots with lots of rain. There were 10 races in total and there were 36 Lasers and 26 Radials. The top five Lasers were: Luke Ramsay, BC, 17.00; David Wright, ONT, 19.00; Mike Kalin, ONT, 30.00; Michael Leigh, BC, 33.00; Abe Torchinsky, BC, 38.00. The top male youth sailor was Robert Davis from Ontario who had 78 points. The top five Radial sailors were: Danielle Dube, NS, 16.00; Lisa Ross, NS, 24.00; Jen Spalding, BC, 34.00; Keamia Rasa, BC, 35.00; Victoria Crowder, ONT, 39.00. The top female youth sailor was Isabella Bertold from BC who had 55 points. The West Vancouver Yacht Club was host to the Pumpkin Bowl on October 21 and 22. There were 6 races and one throwout race. The Radials outnumbered the full rigs 29 to 17. The top ten Radials were: Jon Scott, RVAN, 11.00; Michael Schalka, SYC, 11.00; Ricardo Montemayor, RVAN, 23.00; Robert Berry, RVIC, 25.00; Kelsey Shugg, RVAN, 26.00; Byron Roehrl, RVAN, 30.00; Chris Tulip, RVAN, 33.00; Alanna Vitteray, RVAN, 36.00; Alexander Heinzemann, RVAN, 40.00; Adrian Passier, HSC, 53.00. The top seven full rigs were: Elliott Drake, WSC, 22.00; Abe Torchinsky, RVAN, 23.00; Geoff Abel, RVIC, 23.00; Kevin Grierson, RVAN, 31.00; Ryan Neilson, RPSA, 36.00; Andy Wong, RVAN, 36.00; Ryan Cutting, WVYC, 36.00. I tried to find the results of the Bluenose Regatta but they have not been posted on the website of the Kitsilano Yacht Club. The winds were moderate

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both days, November 4 and 5. I was on the race committee on the second day and I think that most of the sailors seemed to enjoy themselves. I hope to be able to get the results posted on the District 6 website ASAP. The last regatta for 2006 was the Turkey Bowl, hosted by the Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle. Unfortuneately, there was no wind on the first day and so much wind on the second day that only one race was completed. There were 18 Lasers and no Radials. Top ten Lasers were: Dan Falk, CYC, 1.00; James Johnston, CYC, 2.00; Todd Willsie, CYC, 3.00; Jacek Suski, JSCA, 4.00; Michael Cenname, CYC, 5.00; Dalton Bergan, SYC, 6.00; Michael Schalka, SYC, 7.00; James Lyle, CYC, 8.00; Jay Winberg, CYC, 9.00; Pat Schrimer, CYC, 10.00. The Laser and Radial sailors of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club benefit immensely from the coaching of Al Clark and Tine Moberg-Parker. Michael Leigh, Luke Ramsay and Hayley McLean all received prestigous CYA awards. Details can be found on the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club’s website: www.royalvan.com. Please visit the District 6 website for the 2007 schedule and more information. Finally, the Jericho Sailing Centre will be host for the 2007 Canadian Laser Master Championships on September 1 - 3, 2007. Details to follow.

District 7 Sally Sharp Enfield, New Hampshire Here in the northeast it’s been unusually mild the last couple of months. Maybe that’s why the New England area frostbite fleets have been seeing record attendance this fall: Cedar Point (Westport CT) had 116 sailors registered, and 51 qualified for series awards – terrific! Newport RI always has a large and really competitive fleet, and other growing fleets include Stamford YC (CT) and Cottage Park YC (Winthrop MA). Check out the D7 fleet list on nalaser.org or on the D7 website (d7.laserforum.org) – there’s bound to be a fleet near you-! And this year it’s more important than ever to gets lots of practice in before the summer regatta season hits. We’re incredibly lucky to have TWO majors in D7 in 2007: the North American Championship will be in Hyannis MA in mid-June, and the US “Nats” are coming to Malletts Bay (Lake Champlain VT) August 10-12. On top of that, in mid-September Cedar Point YC will host the Last-Chance Olympic Trials Qualifier, which will also attract a ton of talent. Finally, Newport RI will be the site of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in early October. D7 is definitely the place to be in ’07-! The full (preliminary!) 2007 schedule is printed elsewhere in this issue. There are still some open weekends, so regatta hosts - please send me your regatta date if you don’t see it on the list. Again this year there will be a three-regatta Radial championship series (sail two to qualify). The new Laser (full rig) series will be similar: 3 regattas, sail 2 or 3: one northern regatta (at a ME/NH/VT venue), one central (MA or RI), and one southern event (CT or RI). We sure hope this will lead to much better participation than the six-regatta series has had lately. And the plan is to also have a separate “D7 Northern Series” - sail 2 of 3 regattas in

ME/NH/VT. Details on these series will be provided in the Spring issue of TLS and on our D7 website. Happy New Year to all – have a great winter and train hard for all the big events coming up next summer!

District 9 Chas Williamson Ithaca, New York There has not been much racing recently, but there has indeed been some sailing around these parts surprisingly so - right into December! We have not yet had a really cold period up here, and in fact some of our hardy fleet at Ithaca YC have still been sailing right up to this last weekend 17 Dec 2006, just like the sailors at Willowbank do !! Well done lads ! One thing I would like to say is how excited I am that Ithaca YC is building up its fleet from almost no older sailors 3 years ago, to a good number of us now. Much of this increase is due to my prodigy Wade Leftwich, who is older than me, but looks out for the “Yeehaaa” weather as he calls it. White cap city ! He just adores flying off the waves at top speed, and is a salt of the earth sailor. We now have a bundle of sailors coming out each week for friendly sparring on the water, normally Wed nights and Sundays. Good job to Jim Scarpulla who just bought a Laser from Hobart William Smith (Scott Ikle). So we now have our Commodoro Byrne O’Brien, Wade Leftwich, Jim Scarpulla, Chas Williamson, Clare Fewtrell, Pedro Gould, Dave Filiberto out there sailing together. Pedro went to around three regattas last season. Things are happening - Thanks to you great sailors. This ground roots growth can happen at any club. Now we need to get more of the younger sailors out there like 5 years ago. One of our youth sailors of 2000, now a product of Scott Ikle’s HWS College national championship winning team, namely John Pearce, has been on the US National Team for the past two years, and we wish you the very bext in this coming season Johnny P! We think of you often ! I also want to say how fantastic some of the characters are that you meet sailing Lasers. Of course we all love Peter Seidenberg, Tracy Usher, Chris Raab and Sally Sharp and many other super sailors like that. But some of the younger sailors are so superb, and I think now of Kurt Taulbee. (OK - He is not recently a school-leaver, but “young” in comparison). I called him amd Meka up before a conference in November 2006 in Tampa, and he and Meka said straight away “Great to hear you - Yes there will be a boat waiting for you” - I had a most fantastic time sailing with Kurt in 25 knots plus in Clearwater (Florida) after three days of intense stuffy fluid dynamics seminars at the Tampa conference. Lamimar Academic fluids transitioned to the practical turbulent fluids experiments. The main point here is that Kurt and Meka are magnificently friendly and I count myself lucky to have met them through sailing the Laser. That’s what it is all about! Congratulations on your totally cute little boy !

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World Championship

ISAF Worlds Cascais, Portugal

ISAF Worlds Cascais, Portugal

ISAF Grade 1

July 2-13

July 2-13

NA Championship

Hyannis YC, MA

Hyannis YC, MA

Hyannis YC, MA

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June 14-17

June 14-17

Austin YC Austin, TX June 1-3

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Canadian Championships

Buffalo Canoe Club, ON

Buffalo Canoe Club, ON

Jerico Sailing Center

www.buffalocanoeclub.com

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Vancouver, BC

30 GP Pts. ISAF Grade 2

June 22-24

June 22-24

Sept. 1-3

US Championships

Colchester, VT www.mbbc-vt.org Aug 10-12

Wrightsville Beach, SC

30 GP Pts

Colchester, VT www.mbbc-vt.org Aug 10-12

CORK

Kingston, ON

Kingston, ON

May 18-20

www.cork.org

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30 GP Pts. ISAF Grade 1

August 18-22

August 18-22

Midwinters East

Clearwater, FL

Clearwater, FL

Clearwater, FL

Clearwater, FL

www.clwyc.org

www.clwyc.org

www.clwyc.org

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30 GP Pts. ISAF Grade 1

Feb 22-25

Feb 22-25

Feb 22-25

Feb 17-18

Midwinters West

California YC, CA

California YC, CA

30 GP Pts., ISAF Grade 2

March 23-25

March 23-25

Miami, FL

Miami, FL

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ISAF Grade 1

Jan 22-27

Jan 22-27

Atlantic Coast Championships

Jensen Beach, FL USSCMC May 26-27

Jensen Beach, FL USSCMC May 26-27

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Rolex Miami OCR

25 GP Pts. ISAF Grade 2

Pacific Coast Championships

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

25 GP Pts., ISAF Grade 2

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August 10-12

Gulf Coast Championships

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Rock Hall, MD

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Kingston Ontario, Canada Sept. 28-30

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No Coast Championships 25 GP Pts, ISAF Grade 3

Great Lakes Championships 25 GP Pts., ISAF Grade 3

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District Reports - continued from page 17 I look forward very much to a fantastic season for 2007 - more concrete details will emerge in the next Laser Sailor magazine.

District 10 Skip Moorhouse Medford, NJ District 10’s fall regatta schedule started the weekend after Labor Day at Surf City’s 57th Annual Regatta. 17 full rigs and 4 radials raced over the 2 days. Conditions were great over the two days with the winds ranging from 12-25, causing a short postponement on Sunday. Royce Weber from Island Heights Yacht Club sailed well winning all but 2 of the races and dominating the regatta. Eric Reitinger from Brant Beach Yacht Club was second and a point behind was Rich Warren from Surf City Yacht Club. In the Radials, Tyler Menninger from Barnegat Light Yacht Club won with Doug Brown from Hunterdon Sailing Club second. Brant Beach Yacht Club hosted a 3 weekend fall series going from the middle of September to the beginning of October. 9 Lasers competed with Eric Reitinger winning overall, Skip Swikert from Shrewsbury Sailing Yacht Club was second and Dennis Russom from Greater Wildwood Yacht Club third. Multiple short course races were run each day in only in a few hours time and then the sailors were treated to a wonderful hot dog lunch after just in time to watch some football. The weekend after the end of the BBYC Fall Series, the first annual (and will continue being run every year) Laser Radial Mid-Atlantic Championships were held at BBYC. 20 sailors arrived on Saturday to a blow out, with breeze reaching up to 25+ miles per hour. This gave the sailors a chance to socialize and enjoy Long Beach Island. The next day arrived a brisk temperature and 12-15mph of breeze. 6 races were sailed with half of them raced in the 12-15mph and the rest in a dying 5-8mph. At the end of the day Brenden Faria from Ida Lewis Yacht Club and FAST prevailed, being more consistent than Eric Reitinger, winning by a point. Dan Nickerson from Ram Island Yacht Club and FAST was third, Nicole Heinl from team FAST won a tiebreaker for 4th beating out Mike Hecky from Riverton. Big thanks go out to Brant Beach Yacht Club and the Kovacs for running a regatta that the Laser Class decided to make it an annual event. Every November sailors come together to frostbite Lasers at Cooper River Yacht Club in Collingswood, NJ. For 5 days (including Thanksgiving morning) sailors tackle the tough conditions where on any given day, anyone can win a race. As with any series, consistency pays off, not being too aggressive going for the win, yet being able to stay up in the front pack most the time. A combination of boat speed and boat handing are important to help get you to the top of the fleet. Many of the sailors come from different backgrounds, from club sailors, to regional travelers, to Olympic hopeful. The racing is always close which makes everyone mentally tired after racing due to the constantly changing conditions. The first day started out slow, with a short postpone-

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ment due to lack of wind which ended quickly when a light breeze crept in. The races were short and after the 4 races, Eric Reitinger from Brant Beach took the day with Mark Oberg from Cooper River a close second and John MacCausland from Cooper River third. The second weekend we had warm weather and better breeze resulting in more races and longer courses, once again Eric Reitinger won the day with Mark Oberg close behind again and Dave Breder from Cooper River third. The third day had the course near the route 130 bridge allowing for some crazy auto tack conditions and lot of pileups at mark roundings. Consistency paid off once again for Eric with Mark taking second and Dylan Rogers from Greater Wildwood in third. Thanksgiving brought the coldest and windiest conditions of the series with the winds 5-20 out of the NE. Bob Oberg from Severn Sailing came up for Thanksgiving from Annapolis and walked away with the day, winning 4 of the 6 races. Mark Oberg finished 2nd and John MacCausland third, bringing the overall series points closer. Going into the final day with the max amount of throw outs, Mark was only 1 point behind Eric. The last day had the biggest turn out of the series, causing some condensed starting lines and crazy mark roundings. Consistency paid off once again and Eric took the day with John MacCausland second and Carl Oberg from Cooper River third. Overall, for the series, Eric was first, Mark second and Rob Seidelmann from Cooper River third. Dylan Rodgers was first junior, Dave Oberg from Cooper River the first Grandmaster and Faye Flam from Cooper River the first female. There were several young first timers for the series with some picking up the conditions well, so we hope to see them back in the coming years and as always the sailors who have been there year in and year out have always been the ones to lend a helping hand and help push everyone to get better each race. Come and sail at one of the most challenging places to sail in NJ. A big thanks goes out to Jim Greenfield, for without him, we would not have someone to run the races. He is always out there doing such a great job and we all thank him for it, because without him this series would not be there. Look for some big events in District 10 in 2007 including the Laser, Radial and 4.7 ACCs. We also have a new District secretary, Skip Moorehouse, who will be trying to get more involvement out of our District in terms of overall scheduling and results posting. So keep a lookout on the Laser class website and here for a complete schedule as well as results from every regatta in the district.

District 11 Jon Deustch Glen Allen, VA I’d like to start by thanking JR Futcher for her service to our district. Her work has been greatly appreciated by many of the sailors of our district. I’m excited to be taking on this new role. First let me introduce myself. My name is Jon Deutsch. I’m

a somewhat recent college graduate living and working in Richmond, Virginia. I sail out of Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville, Virginia. I started sailing a laser in 1994 at Chautauqua Lake Yacht Club in western New York and later moved to Richmond where I’ve sailed ever since on the Chesapeake Bay. I am on my second laser which is a 1996 Blue Olympic Laser. We’ve had a great season with many sailors participating in quite a few competitive events. Wrapping up our fall sailing the 25th Annual Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship saw 39 competitors on the waters of the Piankatank. They got in 11 races in two days and between that and the fabulous dinner Saturday night, it was a great weekend. Severn Sailing Association saw a competitive fleet for their Crab Claw regatta in October. There were 27 sailors there and Keith Davids took top honors followed by Chris Legg and Mike Waters. Our District Championship was marred by a Northeasterly storm that came through Friday night and Saturday scaring many sailors away for the weekend. The storm surge and high tides made the bayside road to the club impassible for much of the day on Saturday. Sunday the weather and tide was cooperative and despite a later start than planned a full 6-race regatta was held. Henry Amthor from Hampton Yacht Club took the championship. He was followed by Mike Waters (SSA), Ted Morgan (SSA) and Mike Schmidt (MRSA). Our radial winner was Jerry Tullo (MAST) and our first female was JR Futcher. Frostbiting is well underway this winter. Four of our fleets have weekly frostbiting and a couple more fleets have less-regular frostbiting. Severn Sailing Association, Potomac River Sailing Association, Havre de Grace Yacht Club and Rock Hall Yacht club all have frostbiting every Sunday. Check out the district website for links to photos, articles and videos of frostbiting as well as details on where and when all of this frostbiting is taking place. Next year our district has several big events planned. Our District Championship Regatta is planned for May 5-6, 2007 at Severn Sailing Association. The 2007 Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship will be held at Fishing Bay Yacht Club September 89. And finally, Rock Hall Yacht Club will be hosting the Atlantic Coast Masters Championship September 29-30. Mark your calendars now as you won’t want to miss these great events. The rest of the District calendar is starting to come together. There will be laser events around the bay and throughout the district nearly every weekend from March – October. Keep an eye on the district website: http://www.laserdistrict11.org/ and join our email list to say informed.

District 12 Arland Whitesides Wrightsville Beach, NC Glenn Walker won the fifth of our Championship Series (best 3 out of 5 events) in Beaufort, SC in October. In doing so, he won the D12 Overall Championship trophy. Congratulations Glenn. Many thanks to Rob Bowden for putting on a great regatta.

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Training on both coasts we have Brad Funk who has brought in two sailors from Poland. Also on the west coast we have a group of Canadian sailors who have made camp in Clearwater and have brought in Sailors from Britain and Mexico. Joining in on all of this training is also Andrew Campbell from San Diego. Our local sailors are really getting a treat watching all of this high caliber training going on. Some of them have even been lucky enough to go out a few times with some of these sailors. In the midst of all of this we had out D13 Championships. What a great regatta! We had an entry fee of only $20 and everyone was invited to watch the Christmas boat Parade on Saturday night. This event is meant to bring out the old, young, beginner and novice and I think we really achieved that. With 24 full rigs, 40 radials and 10 4.7’s we had some great fleets. We had sailors come from Orchard Park, NY, Houston, TX, San Diego, CA and Annapolis, MD. Thank you to those sailors for traveling all that way to come sail with us. In the Full rig fleet we had two of the top sailors in North America join us. Andrew Campbell and Mike Kalin battled it out until the end just giving us an example of what they can do. For a better blow by blow please visit http://www.campbellsailing.com/. This will explain what really goes on up in the front. At least at this regatta! We had some of our regulars at the Treasure Coast series, like David Hartman and Cindy Taylor. These guys are out there all the time just for the pleasure of sailing and after all that’s what it should be about. Also sailing was our father and son team of Buzzy and Ian Heausler and a real novice Greg Barrett. Way to go Greg! What a great group of people he had to learn from this weekend. Let’s not forget our coaches like Brett Davis, Ian Lineberger, Kurt Taulbee, Marek and all of the others who were there. Thanks for encouraging your kids to participate and for adding to the success of the regatta. There were 6 races in total with one drop race. On Saturday we started in the afternoon and got three races in. That night there was the Christmas boat parade for everyone to enjoy. Then on Sunday we started bright and early and got another three races in and had an early finish so everyone could get home. Below are the results from each Fleet. Thank you again to everyone for making this such a great event. I hope you all enjoyed it and are looking forward to another great D13 Championships in Miami next year. Next up is the Orange Bowl in Miami followed by the Miami OCR and Master and Open Mid-Winters East. D13 is in full swing and looking forward to a great season! Wishing everyone smooth sailing in the year to come. Happy Holidays.

Myers and Katie Williams. Bill Hanson from Dayton was there, and Peter Huston returned home after a very long absence. The rest of the gang was filled in by fourteen intrepid sailors from Leatherlips, including a few who hadn’t touched a Laser in many a year. Before lunch, Scott Graham set three windward/ leeward races, with the West club mark as windward and number two leeward, and we sailed twice around starting from the cove. We managed three more races after lunch with a triangle offset to the north added to the formula for some broad reaching. As any seasoned ‘Lipper knows, wind from the West creates swirling air coming off the trees. With the breeze already likely at 15 with higher gusts, the first race was excitement itself. There were intense expressions even before the numerous capsizes. Those without proper attire made sure in some way to never do that again. Some did it with extreme athleticism to get over the gunwale to stand on the centerboard. Others did it by retiring after the first race. That is a shame because the air actually eased as the day went on. Only one sailor needed assistance throughout the day. Wayne Myers loved the conditions, saying they were great for catching a shift and getting up from behind. For some of us, it led to the opposite outcome. On at least one leg I lost four or five boats by tacking too soon on a shift, numerous times. Yikes! In the next races I held on for a bit to make sure that it was a true shift. I’ll take that lesson to the bank, but this sailor did experience the joy of starting near last in one race and rounding the windward mark fourth. At least I know to stay with a steady lift. The funniest moment was to witness the slowest capsize ever. As I approached the windward mark, I saw a sailor who shall remain nameless trying to round. However, he was heeled to windward with his bum in the water. And if he was making an effort to get up to the high side, it was not apparent. His backside dipped out of sight, and he and his boat ever so slowly tipped over to a full capsize. I had to make an extra wide rounding. He most certainly would have made a heroic effort to avoid the dunking if he hadn’t been wearing a full dry suit. Later, he said he just couldn’t get his body to move because he hadn’t been on a Laser in years. Keith Cruickshank took First, and he was also First Master sailor. Dick Harmon was Second and Wayne Myers Third. R.J. Graef was First in the Radials and First Youth, Tyler Cruickshank was Second Radial and Second Youth, and Cameron Borkowski was Third Radial and Third Youth. Anne Filbert was First Woman. At the end of the day we ate fried chicken and had a drawing for prizes donated by Dieball Sailing of Toledo and also Strictly Sail of Cincinnati. Special thanks to Marla Cruickshank for the wonderful Expresso at breakfast.

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Laserlips Regatta, submitted by Janet Rupert. The morning of October 14th was just above freezing, with the water temperature at 58 degrees, and a West wind. We had 23 boats, including a delegation of young people from Eagle Creek Sailing Club from Indianapolis. They were led by their coaches Wayne

District 21 again thanks Pat Flood for his outstanding organization and execution of D 21’s Grad Prix event at the Okoboji Yacht Club. But, he overdid the winds. Last year had 20pmh down to almost calm, with rain and fog. But this

District Reports - continued from page 19 56 Boats. Everyone had a great time despite the very difficult sailing conditions. Some of the teenagers were chanting/spelling out “Glass” regatta. We had such a current pushing us over the starting line and the wind just decided to not show. Since that was our first D12 event since June, everyone was catching up on each other’s news. It was more like a reunion. D12 Fun Police showed up with the fun awards. Rob Bowden deserves a long winter’s nap for all of his hard work to get us all there and make it such a fun event. Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club was a great host. Congratulations to all our other D12 championship series winners: 1st Overall: Glenn Walker 1st Junior: Krysta Rohde 1st Female: Krysta Rohde 1st Radial: Ryland Martin 1st Master Overall: Glenn Walker 1st Apprentice Master: Glenn Walker 1st Master: Martin Willard 1st Grandmaster: John Fragakis We are grateful to all of the 5 sailing clubs and event chairmen who hosted our races and made it a great year for D12. We are working on some new changes to our great series for 2007. Next year we will determine the overall masters using the Masters handicap system. Why not tighten up things a little for the masters? We also hope to offer a separate Grand Prix for the fulls and a separate Grand Prix for the radials. So many of our fulls now own radials, so why not put them to the test? As of the printing deadline for The Laser Sailor, we do not have the official confirmation on the radial Grand Prix location, so be sure and watch the D12 site. Check the D12 site for all of the frostbiting planned for the winter. Y’all must be crazy. The Laser Masters US Nationals will be held at Carolina Yacht Club-NC, May 18-20. Show up a day early on May 17 and you can get in on the practice race in the Atlantic. CYC-NC was host for the US Nationals in 2005 so many of you will be familiar with the venue in the Atlantic. Great place to bring your families as this is a family/sailor friendly club and beach. Our thanks to Charlie Usher, Mark Aspland and Martin Willard for their help in being the schedule committee. Several of us will head to Laser events in Florida in Feb. Check the D12 site and email list for who’s going where. We wish to thank all of the National Laser class officers for their help in this our first year finished as D12 secretaries.

D13 Report Meka Taulbee Dunedin, Florida Things are really heating up in our district this winter. WE have some of the best sailors in the world training here. On the East coast we have Anna Tunnicliffe who has brought in sailors from Britain, Mexico and Canada. On the West coast we have Paige Railey who has brought in sailors from Lithuania, Britian and her coach from Poland.

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year it just blew and blew some more. 20 to 25 mph, gusting to 30 to 35 mph. My mental image of Okoboji is one just like the cover picture on my just delivered copy of the Laser World with the title “Typhoon Dominates Worlds”. That is not what one expects on an Iowa lake, at least not me. And, I doubt if the Laser World’s article on “Avoiding a Death Roll in a Laser” would have helped either. I don’t think I avoided any death rolls. Ben Coutts (The Couts name may be familiar to those who follow the America’s Cup. It is the same family) did seem to avoid death rolls. He claimed the pin end of the line, sailed almost to the lay line, then port tacked the field, rounded first and then improved his position. That tactic gave him 5 straight bullets. Dave Schmitt was second and Bruce Martinson was a point behind in third.

Dinghy Regatta. The see breeze kicked in late in the day, but it was worth the wait. Racing on the City Front is always an unforgettable experience. On the first day, the Stanford Sailing team was there with Emery Wager, as well as his dad Wayne from Seattle. SFYC sailing coach John Pearce also competed Saturday. Results – Full Rig: 1) Vince Porter, 2) Mehmet Sevnic/D. LaPier, 3) Tracy Usher; 4) Bill Symes, 5) Walt Spevak (30 Boats) Results – Radials: (1) Nicholas Dugdale, (2) Katie Maxim, (3) Evan Brown. (4 Boats).

In much lighter winds, D21 finished the season with the traditional Thanksgiving Day races, The J boat was already in storage so 8 boats used rabbits starts and completed 6 races in tome to make it home for family festivities. Participants ranged from race founder Lars Hansen to high schooler Eric Bowers. Eric was fast and did not show any deference to his elders on the course. We hope to see more of Eric next year.

In addition to great racing for at every level, our goal for the district in 2007 is for more opportunities for everyone to build their skills. My friend Tom Burden said, “Lasers are easy to sail, but hard to sail well.” As dingle-handed sailors, many of us are motivated to do our very best and continually improve. It’s true whether we are teen-agers, masters, women or men. Plus it’s so much fun to compete in a large and diverse community of sailors, and its fun to practice too. With this in mind, we are going to try to have clinics and practice days with coaching added to our calendar.

Evening racing starts next year at the end of April at Wayzata YC. The first D21 event will be the “Heckl” at White Bear in early May.

Next year, we plan to hold the district Grand Prix again. Treasure Island Sailing Center will host the Laser Pacific Coast Championships on the great racecourse that is just south of the Berkeley Circle. It should be excellent sailing and a great party too.

District 25 Nils Andersson SoCal 2006 was great for our class here in Sothern California. We are anticipating a very good 2007; although we don’t have any International regattas this year. I lot of new boats have been sold here during the fall. I know because I got one of them. It all starts with the Southern California Yachting Association Midwinters hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) February 17-18, 2007. A Masters event has been added to that regatta. www.abyc.org . The same date MBYC will also host the Lasers for SCYA Midwinters. Then we have the Laser Midwinters West on March 23-25. Host club is Cal Yacht Club. www.calyachtclub.com On April 14-15 we will sail California Masters and the California Women’s Radial Championship. It’s a joint event hosted by Mission Bay Y.C. www.mbyc.org The CWRC is open to any age; you just have to be a Laser class member.

District 24 David Lapier NorCal It was a great season for District 24. We increased our participation with larger fleets and more events. We have lots of new boats and I hope that translates into more fun for all levels and ages of competitor. The inaugural Northern California Grand Prix series consisted of 9 regattas spread across the district, with racing on the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco Bay, and several of California’s beautiful lakes. Congratulations to the winners: 1st overall - Walt Spevak 2nd overall - Simon Bell 3rd overall - Tracy Usher 1st woman - Taylor Robinson 1st radial - Nick Dugdale 1st master - Walt Spevak Best Participation - Walt Spevak - 7 of 9 events attended Many thanks go out to Svendsen’s for sponsoring the event and supplying fantastic awards and a beautiful perpetual trophy. The series would never have happened without the effort of Ralph Pombo. He conceieved of the series and provided the organization and scoring. Ralph really contributed a lot this year: driving the district series, actively particpating at Treasure Island, hosting the TISC party, and fostering communication on the website and mailing list. There are many other volunteers to recognize around the area, incuding Roger Herbst who keeps the Shoreline fleet going. Our season wrapped up at the Saint Francis YC Fall

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Olympic Outlook ISAF Radial Rankings

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Anna Tunnicliffe

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Michael Leigh

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Paige Railey

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Bernard Luttmer

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Lisa Ross

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David Wright

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Victoria Crowder

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Andrew Campbell

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Keamia Rasa

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Brad Funk

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Jen Spalding

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Mike Kalin

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2008 World Qualification System Senior Worlds Basic Assumption: The North American Region will be allocated at least 12 berths to the 2008 Laser World Championship in Australia to be held in February, 2008. The Canadian Yachting Association and US Sailing will each be permitted to allocate one berth by November 1, 2007. Overriding Rules: 1) Competitors qualify for the 2008 Laser World Championship through the first berth for which they are eligible. For example, a competitor who wins the Laser Mid-winters East and is first in the Laser Grand Prix rankings qualifies through the Mid-winters East berth. 2) In order to qualify for a berth at one of the ILCA-NA regattas listed below in Opportunity #1, the competitor must finish among the top-six ILCA-NA members, except that this rule will be relaxed to the top-nine for the North American Championship. Qualification Opportunities: 1) Berths will be awarded at the following 2007 ILCA-NA major regattas subject to overriding Rule #2: One berth at the Rolex Miami OCR. One berth at the Laser Mid-winters East. One berth at the Laser Mid-winters West. One berth at the Laser U.S. National Championship. One berth at the Laser Canadian National Championship. Two berths at the Laser North American Championship. One berth at CORK. (a) At the completion of each regatta, the first eligible competitor(s) will have 14 days in which to accept his/her spot at the Worlds. If this, or subsequent competitors declines the spot, the class office will continue to contact eligible competitors up to a maximum of 28 days after the event. If no eligible competitor(s) accepts the spot(s), it(they) will be awarded at a later date according to opportunity #2. (b) If a competitor who has accepted the spot within the original 28-day period subsequently decides not to use their spot that spot will be awarded according to opportunity #2. (c) Competitors who decline a spot through either, scenario described in 1(a) and 1(b) may still qualify for the Worlds, but it must occur at an event after the date on which they notify the class office of their intent not to attend the Worlds. 2) Any berths not allocated though Opportunity #1 and #2, and any additional berths awarded to the North American Region beyond the twelve mentioned in the Basic Assumption above, will be allocated using the 2007 Laser Grand Prix rankings as of October 31, 2007. If necessary, these berths may be allocated to ensure that the ILCA-determined country quotas are satisfied.

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2008 World Qualification System Women’s Radial Worlds Basic Assumption: The North American Region will be allocated at least 6 berths to the 2008 Laser World Championship in New Zealand in March, 2008. The Canadian Yachting Association will allocate one berth and US SAILING will allocate one berth by November 1, 2007. Overriding Rules: 1) Competitors qualify for the 2008 Women’s Radial World Championship through the first berth for which they are eligible. 2) In order to qualify for a berth at one of the ILCA-NA regattas listed below, the competitor must finish among the topfive female ILCA-NA members. Qualification Opportunities: 1) Berths will be awarded at the following 2007 ILCANA major regattas subject to Overriding Rule #2: Two berths at the Women’s Radial North American Championship. One berth at the Laser Mid-winters East. One berth at the Laser Mid-winters West. (a) At the completion of each regatta, the first eligible competitor(s) will have 14 days in which to accept her spot at the Worlds. If this, or subsequent competitors declines the spot, the class office will continue to contact eligible competitors up to a maximum of 28 days after the event. If no eligible competitor(s) accepts the spot(s), it(they) will be awarded at a later date according to opportunity #2. (b) If a competitor who has accepted the spot within the original 28-day period subsequently decides not to use their spot that spot will be awarded according to opportunity #2. (c) Competitors who decline a spot through either, scenario described in 1(a) and 1(b) may still qualify for the Worlds, but it must occur at an event after the date on which they notify the class office of their intent not to attend the Worlds. 2) Any berths beyond the six mentioned in the Basic Assumption above, not allocated through the Qualification Opportunities above, will be allocated using the 2007 Laser Grand Prix ranking as of October 31, 2007. If necessary, these berths may be allocated to ensure that the ILCA-determined country quotas are satisfied.

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Masters Sailing Masters World Championship 2006

Jeju Island, Korea PETER SEIDENBERG If it hadn’t been for the last day of the regatta, the 72 Masters sailors (33 Standards and 39 Radials) from 13 countries would have left the venue hating it. However, 3 races on the last day in a perfect 15-20 mph ESE sea breeze with big waves made up for the almost daily onshore postponements and several unsuccessful racing attempts. The wonderful sailing conditions on the last day also explained why this venue was chosen in the first place. Whereas the Seniors were plagued by too much wind due to a nearby typhoon, the Masters were suffering from too little. Every day, a south-easterly sea breeze was trying to overpower a weak north-westerly gradient wind. For three days, this battle produced a virtual stalemate with winds too light or too shifty to start or, in one case, continue a race. On two days, the fleet was called out to the race course only to be sent in again after several starting attempts and several hours of waiting for the wind to stabilize. On one day, the boats never left the beach. A sufficient number of tents with tables and chairs in them provided shelter from the sun while passing the postponement time. One of the tents accommodated a Korean field kitchen so that nobody had to suffer from hunger or thirst. After two races on the first day, one shortened race on the second day, no races on the third, fourth and fifth day, a crisis meeting was convened by the PRO, Jeff Martin, to seek the competitors’ agreement to allow the regatta to stand with only three races instead of a minimum requirement of four, as announced in the Sailing Instructions. As it turned out, this rule change was not necessary due to the three races run on the sixth and last day for a total of six with one discard. The US team of 11 sailors was the sec-

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ond in numbers to the Australian with 21, but the most successful team in terms of medals: 4 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze. Brodie Cobb, Tracy Usher and Mark Bear swept the medals in the Standard Rig Masters division, Doug Peckover won gold in the Standard Rig Grand Masters, Bruce Martinson won silver in the Radial Rig Masters division, Alden Shattuck won gold in the Radial Rig Grand Masters, and Peter Seidenberg won gold in the Radial Rig Great Grand Masters division. For the results go to: http://www.laserinternational.org/W2006/Results/Standard. HTM and http://www.laserinternational.org/W2006/R esults/Radial.HTM

TRACY USHER REPORTS The opening ceremony for the Masters Worlds was nothing short of spectacular with a traditional Korean folk dancing show. The next day we headed to the beach to rig before the first race, as shown in the picture below. Note the sunny skies and lack of wind, a trend for the first half of the regatta (3 races in 3 days!!!).... Racing has been tough. The first day saw two races in 7-9 knots of wind from the Southeast but shifting through 15-20 degrees and, as the day progressed, a 2-3 knot current running West to East. The second day saw a long onshore delay after which we waited on the water while the wind clocked from around 210 to 125 before settling in long enough to get in one race. Day three saw another long shore delay followed by the promise of a seabreeze which never really materialized once on the water. Three more days of racing start tomorrow! Thursday morning saw the eager Master sailors hit Hwasun beach early in anticipation of getting in some good racing. The North American Masters were undaunted.... they decided to get together for a team photo while waiting for the breeze. Here is that it looked like: In the end we hit the water and started a race in about 5 knots of wind (which is a generous estimate). Brodie jumped off the line well and sailed

out to a big lead, followed by Andre Martinie but with all the other “players” either deep or OCS. Unfortunately, the wind shut down and the race was abandoned.... Friday is another day! Once again, the faithful set off for Hwasun Beach with dreams of getting in a solid day of racing. The really truly faithful held out until 4:00 pm when it was clear that the day would be lost: No racing on Friday. The Sailing Instructions have been modified to move the start time ahead one hour, the latest race time back a half hour and to allow for the series to be completed after only three races. The really and truly faithful believe we will have three races on Saturday. Stay tuned! On Saturday we all arrived early to Hwasun Beach for the 10:00 am start time. Things looked pretty grim, with no wind. However, as you can read from the reports on the championship website, this turned out to be the very best day of racing with 3 races in winds ranging from 15-18 knots! The regatta was completed with 6 races and the North American contingent fared really well with: 1st Master Standard Rig: Brodie Cobb 1st Grand Master Standard Rig: Doug Peckover 1st Grand Master Radial Rig: Alden Shattuck 1st Great Grand Master: Peter Seidenberg Congratulations to the NA Region’s World Champions! The end of the regatta also saw another major milestone: the retirement of Bob Spillman from actively campaigning a Laser. Bob is 75 years old and felt that he wanted to retire from racing Lasers while he was still feeling good about it. Bob has attended numerous Master’s World Championships, including 4 of the last 5. He, and all the Great Grand Masters, serve as an inspiration to all the “youngsters” in Masters sailing. We are sad to see him go but fully understand his reasons and wish him the best of luck in whatever he chooses to pursue next!

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Winter Storage Tips

The ILCA-NA office has received some requests on how best to store your Laser over the winter. We took a poll of some of our more noteworthy winter residents and here is Bruce Martinson, Minnesota: their sage advice: I actually have 7 or 8 Lasers, but who’s counting. Some are very old and will be scraped. The good ones go inside a shed out in the cold, stored on their side. The OK ones get stored on their side outside with a cover on the top and bottom in an area where the snow won’t build up on them. I’ve never really inspected a boat to see if its shape has changed. It probably would be best to store them with support under the rails like the good Laser trailers do, but that would take a lot of space. Probably the most important think is to make sure there is no water in the hull or mast step. You probably want to keep the inspection ports on so animals don’t nest inside. I let people borrow my Lasers all the time so I’m not too particular on keeping them perfect. As far as the Laser in the basement… that one was set up on a rack held by the rails so I could practice hiking…Nancy would come down and throw a glass of water at me….big wave! I’ve now bought a nice hiking bench and varnished up nicely and have it upstairs in the living room to use when I watch TV with her. Ben Richardson, Massachusetts: My boats have always been in Florida on my van…. “Buy an extended wheel-base van and insert Laser.” Chas. Williamson, Upstate New York: I simply keep the boat on the dolly, using the strap rather than the Seitech wedges at the side of the dolly. I like the idea of almost uniform stress around the hull rather than the point contacts. I also undo the hatch (I have one to the side of the centerboard.) I cover the boat to keep off dust of course. Sitting on a Seitech dolly the whole winter inside the garage is very comfy for my nice new boat !! Not so nice for the Honda Odyssey...... Dave Abbott, Wisconsin: Rule #1: Keep it dry, store it dry Being a fat guy (over 200), I always attempt to have a boat that is dry on the inside. I figure, after a while water gets inside the hull while sailing. I used to always put an inspection port in a boat as soon as I bought it so that I could dry it out between sails. Driving with the boat on top of your car w/ 1 or 2 inspection ports uncovered has to be the fastest way of drying out a damp boat! Chicago Laser ace Adam Bowen suggested that ports always leak so put it on the driest part of the boat. So I put my port on the rear deck close to the traveler line (see picture #1). I used to put it next to my centerboard trunk but have found that my boat stays much dryer because Adam was right! I also put extra clothes, lunches, ect. in the port when racing so I have easy access and I am less likely to have a wave come into my hull when open between races. The worst thing that could happen to your boat is to store it with water or dampness that is at the hull-deck seam and your boat is exposed to freezing temperatures. I have seen major leaks develop from this. Especially if the boat is stored on its side! So again, before you store it for the winter make sure the boat is drained and kept dry. If you store the boat outside in the elements, you may want to make sure the hull is absolutely dry and then put the inspection port back in. I have experience a dry boat getting moisture in it via condensation when stored with ports open outside in the elements – even upside down and several feet off the ground (like on a rack). Rule #2: Support the boat on the deck, where it’s the strongest. If you must store the boat on it’s side, support it at as many places along the gunwale as you can. Usually, a couple of tires will suffice. The best way to support your boat is upside down, flat on the deck. A 2x4 with carpet on it makes a nice support. My favorite way to store the boat for winter is the way I do it whenever I am not sailing or storing it on the dolly, and that is to suspend it from the ceiling of my garage so that when the ice breaks, I just drive underneath and drop it on my car top carriers. I used to rig pulleys and ropes and then one Father’s day, my wife gave me the Harken Hoister that makes life very easy! This rig comes with a magic cleat and ball bearing blocks. It does for car topping what the new vang /outhaul setup does for sailing – easy and fun! Well that’s everything I know. It’s time to pray for cold weather and no snow so I can race my DN!

The Final Word – VANGUARD - NED JONES The strongest part of a Laser is the deck, and I recommend storage on a rack upside down with the biggest cross section of padded rack bar that is reasonable. It is best not to use a rack pad that will hold moisture. If storing inside, say in the garage, a Harken hoister type system is nice. Using two rack bars, the aft bar is just forward of the back edge of the cockpit, and the forward bar is across the deck near the mast step. Avoiding snow build up is recommended and covers are always nice, but be sure water and animals do not make their way inside. Always make sure the hull is as dry as possible and avoid any water from pooling in the bailer cavity on the bottom. If you are motivated, removing the bailer prior to long winter storage can be done to preserve the plastic from the cold, and prompt you to replace the bailer o-rings prior to installing in the spring. Place a dab of silicone in the bailer mounting screw hole after removing the bailer. It is important to avoid water or moisture form pooling in any voids, cracks, hull/deck separations, etc. Expanding ice in these areas can cause further damage. If the boat must be moved in frozen conditions, be extra cautious to avoid bangs and bumps as the hull will be more susceptible to fractures when temperatures are extra cold. If the boat must be stored on a dolly or otherwise right side up, cover the boat with a standard cover then add a tented tarp to keep water/snow from pooling on the deck. I have made a tented tarp using a standard hardware store “blue tarp” over a top mast section that is resting on wood blocks on the deck to raise it up a bit. Tension the tarp with tarp clamps and line to the dolly or trailer. Tarp clamps are available at Home Depot. Make sure the hull is supported at the rails, and clean off any large accumulations of snow as soon as practical. To avoid any of the above mentioned hassles, go frostbiting!

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Going Back to Work – The Monday Morning Tactician Blog Review US Olympic campaigner Andrew Campbell has come up with a unique approach to reviewing the weekend’s racing. As Andrew states on his website: “To keep the site up to date and active, I’m adding a column called “Monday Morning Tactician” in which I will attempt to hash out the blunders and victories of the weekend’s racing. Monday morning usually seems to be the best time to be sitting back at the desk and have a light bulb switch on suddenly in your head leaving you saying “I wish I’d done that better,” or “We probably should have done this instead.” Even when I was sailing at school at Georgetown, there was never enough time to talk through the thousands of mark roundings, starts, leebows, ducks, and mistakes. My teammates and I could sit and talk sailboat racing for hours Sunday night all through Monday and still not come to real conclusions before practice started again Tuesday afternoon. Once the week’s practice began, there was hardly any point worrying about the previous weekend because a hundred more situations had materialized while sailing at practice. This column will be a small attempt to get some of those situations figured out and on the table. Contexts may be broad or detailed, but all within the experience of winning in sailboat racing.” MMT is a make you think lesson in hindsight. Or better, after a restless night of sleeping on “why did I do that bonehead move,” Andrew has given those of us who want to live

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vicariously through an Olympic campaign and be involved in “on the race course” tactics a chance to be involved!

How it Works Andrew outlines a situation from assorted regattas and analyzes what could have been done differently/better/worse. He engages other sailors’ views, offers discussion and the MMT’s view. The neat part is that Joe Sailor then can jump into the fray providing different views to the situation. Andrew’s website provides the opportunity for feedback from a multitude of Monday Morning Tacticians. What a concept! Andrew is currently on MMT #8 with the previous topics: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8

First Race of the Pan Am Trials at Third Beach, RI Jr. Commodore’s Regatta, MBYC, 1994 Juries & Umpires Vocabulary How do I get Around the Weather Mark in a Laser? Getting the Most out of Practice Matchracing Tactics in Fleetraces Simple as Windward/Leeward? Think again…

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And the winners are.......

Top Three 1. Mike Kalin - LS Metalite Top 2. Anthony Bouielh - Trapeze Zipper boots 3. Kyle Rogachenko - LS Rash Guard Top District Finisher Rick Rothenbuhler - Magic Marine Tool Bag Top District/Regional Finisher John VanTol - Seitech Hiking strap Iron Man - Sean Kelly - Vanguard Duffle Bag LASER

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Michael Anthony Kyle David John Royce Luke Abe John Conner Derick Michael Fred Zeke Andrew Sean Evan 5 Luke John Josh Matt Thomas Brendan Bernard Cam Rick Steven Brad Peter Gordon Zack Kevin Paul Graeme Lee Dave Bruce Caleb Ben Tracy Chris Mitch Vann Brodie Michael

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RADIAL Top Three 1. Victoria Crowder- LS Metalite Top 2. Colin Smith- Trapeze Zipper boots 3. Ian Sutherland- LS Rash Guard Top District Finisher Nick Dugdale - Magic Marine Tool Bag Top District/Regional Finisher Justin Doane - Seitech Hiking strap Iron Man - Philip Crain - Vanguard Duffle Bag

LASERS Leigh Tee Drasnin Elliott Fidler Peckover Plutenko Spector Sterett Tullo Childs Hebert LeConey Symes Strilky Toole Keane Crane Tautz Hernandez Minth Shockey Amthor Raney Holtze Patin Thompson Coleman Fuller Hegstrom Potter Beck Bugiak Greene Morgan Schmitt Brown Shockey Tripp Dyer Feaver Brooks Byrns Fox Weiksnar Wilton

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Brousseau Scott Buffaloe Bryan Conlin Thomas Donat-Pierre Luigi Elliott David Emmer Willem Haverstock John Koci Rob Lammens Mark Melander Scott Miller John Parker Dick Phelan Peter Putnam Josh Avery Fletcher Deermount Adam Hewitt Lindsay Hodson Robert Jackson Greg Legg Chris Mahoney Michael Nighswander Tristan Oteruelo Lewis Pawlyshyn Mick Poor Tex Sevlnc Mehmet Van Schoor Colin Bernard Andreas Cremer Ted Enger Chris Flood Pat Knab Jim Magno Dave Maxim Rob Spevak Walk Zurinskas Martine Baker David Cenname Michael Cook Brady Frechette Robert Hartranft Randy Heath Nigel Hutcheson Curtis Lapier David Pasley Larry Rutledge Mike Shingledecker Luke Young Scott Zinn Jack Bowen Adam Brochard Colin Burzycki Zig Cottrell Brian Gebauer Heinz Gould Peter Hahl Greg Kosacz Stephan Kubicik Bill Link Roger Palmer Marty Pickford Ben Simon Eric Wright Brett Andersson Nils

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Simon Had Paul Cleve Tim Jorge Charlie 1 Tom Bill Peter Phillip Carl Peter Lauren Paul Bruce Bill Mike Peter Alain Rich George Andy Don Robert Geoff Jon Rick Austin Richard Stephen Craig Janet Robert Bailey Jack George Patric Cameron John Daniel Tim Seth Jim Leland Dave Rich Ros Doug Eric Terence Jeff David Matthew Mac Randy Graham Jim Austin Stephen Gavin Sam

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Last, first Name Crowder Victoria Smith Colin Sutherland Ian Griffin Genoa Tullo Jerry Doane Justin Crain Philip Bertold Isabella Schalka Michael Tunnicliffe Anna Shea Maggie Norris Phillip Lihan Sarah Dennis Claire Dube Danielle Himler Tedd Spalding Jennifer Ross Lisa Maxim Katie Dugdale Nick Padnos Sam Railey Paige Smith Cory Hartranft Randy Bertrand Alex Prioleau Carolyn Archibald Matthew Porter Clifford Palmeter Alex Howard Will Lezin Ben Scanlon Alex Rasa Keamia Cameron Rex Drake Elliot Byrns Sydney Lombard Jessica Barnard Chris Bonneau-Marcil M Merry Claire Brosky Tom Muhleman Jake McNay Stuart Prokop Joanne Forrer Juan Kestenbaum Erin Haeger Annie Schmitt Simon Billing Emily Lark Lauren Brennan-Myrdal D Cordero Eduardo Davis Robert Hoeven Ryan Kriedt Rogan Peterson William Cullman Cam Smutny Tanja LeConey Travis Witkowski Kim McLean Hayley Abels Fred Clunies Gregory Conrad Edward Bussin Isaac Norwood Carlisle Thompson David Kiss Mitchell Danielle Dube Deermount Adam Furnary Scott Hern Ian Raab Chris Russom Mike Taylor Chris Toole Oliver Wilson Morgan Buckingham C

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GRAND PRIX RADIAL RESULTS Davis Michelle Drake Ryan McLaughlin Dirk Richards Catherine Bestoso Alexa Corrin Paloma Dexter PF Merry Ingrid White Brady Cremer Christian Gagnon Maxime Swatta Chip Zacher Tim Boylan Brendan Clark Al Kiss Alex Leon Collin Summers Cameron Chimney Catherine Ferber Lee Hornett Sarah Liebl James Thomas Chris Van Middlesworth Kari Declerq Robert Grierson Kevin Kiss Morgan Lepis Joe McLaren Jocelyn Subramanian Ravi Wefer Paul Wright Caroline Zuber Andrew Barry Elizabeth Byrnes Michael Cowan Chris Donnelly Saraid Fisher Hannah Renehan John Ross Kyle Strebel Jeff Boardman Emily Craz Geoff Jones Sydney Kana Austin Koubrak Olga McLaughlin Kyle Reichenfeld Lesley Ryan Shawn Alley Philip Christopher Jim Deardorff Scott Driver Jon Frey Linda Harrison Luke McClatchyBo Muller Kate Robitaille Paul Rohde Krysta Rudolph Gavin Scott Ben Vallette Norman Blouin Sam Denison Paul Easton Kate Ewanchuk Robert Friedman Cory Leibowitz Ben Martin Billy Muselet Caroline Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Riordan John Van Shie Corey Wands Chris Bernard Andreas Freidman Cameron Herbst Roger Hill Charlotte Laube Kevin

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Regatta Reports

2007 HighSchool Singlehanded Cressy Championship ROB HURD

Saturday’s report: The day started with 30+ kts of winds, rolling seas, and a postponement ashore. The weather forecasters were predicting a mid-afternoon window where the breeze would die down to 15-20 kts, so we braced and prepared. After weathering a squall line on the water, the RC was able to squeeze in three races per division before the front cleared and brought with it strong WNW winds. Sunday’s report: Even with an arrival time of 0700, the weather did not cooperate. Winds gust consistently in the 25-35 kt range prevented any sailing. The RC waited until 1000 before abandoning for the day. Indian Harbor YC treated the competitors, their coaches, and their families to a wonderful awards lunch compete with a raffle (compliments of Vanguard) and pictures for all of the competitors (from photoboat.com compliments of the IHYC membership). Complete results are posted on the Indian Harbor website: http://www.indianharboryc.com/cressy07.htm Great pictures can be found at: http://www.thephotoboat.com/ Special thanks to Jonathan and Karin Nye (Event Chairs), Jeff Merz (PRO), Ron Hopkins (Chief Judge), and the many other volunteers and staff from the Indian Harbor YC. Full Rig: Radial Rig: Blake Warner Calvary Chapel School 8 Joe Morris Severn School 8 Caleb Paine Pt. Loma High School 14 Brendan Faria Providence CD 12 Cam Cullman The Hotchkiss School 15 Philip Crain St. John’s School 18

2006-2007 ICSA Singlehanded Nationals Race Day 1: Friday, November 3 Conditions were optimal for the first day of the Singlehanded National Championships. Chilly 8- to 12-knot winds shifted between the northwest and southwest throughout the day’s races. The action began at noon and finished at 4 p.m., and no protests were filed during the day. One course three windward/leeward/windward (WLW) was set up for the first race, and then four W5 (WLWLW) courses were sailed to end the day with a total of five for both the men’s and women’s divisions. The current, which is typically strong in Mount Hope Bay, was slack at the beginning of the day but came in strong by the last race. The top sailors in both divisions were the most consistent racers on today’s course. Kyle Kovacs of Harvard University had a spectacular showing in the men’s division, his worst finish being a fourth. The point spread in the women’s division is much narrower after five races, with Charlotte Hill and Allison Blecher tied at the top with 27 points. Race Day 2: Saturday, November 4 Light breeze shifting again from the northwest to the southwest in the morning made for busy work for the race committee. Only three races were completed before the 12:30 lunch break. After lunch, the wind cooperated and generated a solid westerly that held for Races 8 through 12. No protests were filed during the day’s action. In the men’s division, Emery Wager of Stanford stepped it up, posting two bullets and three second-place finishes to climb atop the standings at the conclusion of Day 2. Shannon Heausler of the College of Charleston edged into first place today in the women’s championship after finishing in the Top 10 consistently throughout the day. Race Day 3: Sunday, November 5 The final day…and not much action: Insufficient wind kept competitors on land until 12:30, when the sailors finally got their boats on the water. The Race Committee attempted to complete a race in each division, but a dying breeze forced them to abandon. Eventually, they cancelled all races for the day. That left yesterday’s leaders, Emery Wager of Stanford in the men’s division and Shannon Heausler of the College of Charleston for the women’s divisions, as the champions. Congratulations to the two winners, the entire group of competitors and to Matthew Barry and Kendall Reiley, who won the Team One Sportsmanship Award for the event. Men’s Singlehanded Emery Wager Trevor Moore Clay Johnson Kyle Kovacs Chris Branning

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USVI Championship Regatta Report C-VANE SAILING STAFF Early in 2006 and just after the ISAF Grade 1 winter regatta series of SoFL, Tim Pitts (2004 USVI Olympian, Laser) invited me down to his home island of Saint Croix for a week of training. I accepted, but how little did I know what was in store. Our first day (which followed directly after the BVI Spring Regatta, nuts fun) was an epic day that easily covered fourteen or more miles of sailing; beginning at Saint Croix YC, over the reef at high tide (scary), beyond the eastern-most point of US territory, then downhill forever to the Jones Maritime Marina facility in the city of Christiansted. It even included a forty minute break to sail inside the Buck Island Marine Garden (where the white sand makes it appear that one is sailing bladeless). Sea turtles everywhere! Tim stated a number of times that the Laser Worlds should be held in Saint Croix. It did not take me long to agree with him and even add “SOON!” And that was only Day One. When presented with the opportunity to help out with this year’s USVI Championship Regatta, hosted by Jones Maritime, I jumped at the chance. The only hurdle was convincing mom and dad that I would be enjoying Thanksgiving Day deep in the Virgin Islands and not at my parent’s by then chilly north Texas home. Boo hoo. The event format is fantastic: A one day sailing clinic incorporating boathandling, upwind/downwind, and starting drills, with full video debriefing; followed by a two day regatta. Video coverage of each day’s racing was also available with commentary for everyone. The improvements made over the long weekend were certainly carried away by each sailor from the event. Equally as impressive was the amount of gear handed out at registration by Jones Maritime: a huge draining mesh

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back-pack wet-gear bag, rash guards, tshirts, hats, Cadillacs, and small USVI villas were carried away by all. Seriously, look for the USVI Champs logo on all of the gear dolled out at your next event (the SUVs and villas won’t be there, too hard to carry off the island). Before the first race on Saturday, the participants of the clinic held a weather briefing (for those that have shoveled snow recently, suffice to say it included “warm with great racing breeze”) followed by a short skipper’s meeting. Everyone then launched and sailed out the channel, hoping to time the neighboring sea-plane’s arrivals/departures from their landing strip just boat lengths away. The area around Saint Croix in embedded by reefs that easily could wreck havoc on a Laser, making navigation is important. The channel in and out of Christiansted Harbor is no exception. Fortunately though, the visibility through the water is seemingly measured in miles, not feet, and areas of reefs are easily identified. The RC set up both days west and just north of the Buccaneer Resort, tucked into a picturesque cove close enough so that those on the beach could view the action at the weather mark. With the wind passing overland, staying in phase was critical. After the third race, it was clear that getting near the starboard lay-line with about 150 meters to the mark was critical, as most all beat winners were coming from that top-right corner. Staying in phase to get there though was even more important, as many outsmarted themselves by getting right too early and just getting hammered. Beecher Higby, the longest-standing Laser sailor of the USVI, when able to con-

nect the areas of pressure while staying in phase, was able to post some impressive races with huge leads. Higby won the event overall and the Laser class. Still more impressive were the number of times where numerous Radial sailors (and even a 4.7!) were able to find their way to the front at the first mark when the Laser sailors were way less than perfect up these tricky beats. This was no regatta for a cornerbanger! Chris Schreiber, sailing a Radial, posted a fantastic Sunday score-line moving him from third to first in the Radial Class. William Bailey, sailing a 4.7 rig in his first Laser event, scored all bullets against a

hard charging Dante Hodge from the BVIs. If you think that the frostbiting weather in the Northeast has been great, you owe it to yourself to get down to the USVIs and go sail a Laser! Actually, no matter where you sailed in 2006 (save for Andrew Lewis, the Myrdal/Brennans, or longstanding D-

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Laser Standard Beecher Higby III, St. Croix, USVI Josh Curtis, St. Croix, USVI James Woods, Tortola, BVI Sam Woods, Tortola, BVI

Laser Radial Chris Schreiber, St. Croix, USVI Peter Stanton, St. Croix USVI Sydney Jones, St. Croix, USVI Jae Tonachel, St. Croix, USVI Tyler Rice, St. Thomas, USVI Morgan Bryan, St. Croix, USVI Max Nickbarg, St. John, USVI Felice Quigley, St. Croix, USVI Christopher Schreiber, St. Croix, USVI Ryan Murphy, St. Croix, USVI

Photos from Rob Jones More photos available on www.robjones.smugmug.com

Laser 4.7 William Bailey, St. Thomas, USVI Dante Hodge, Tortola, BVI

Sec Guy Fleming in Hawaii), it just does not get better than this when aboard a Laser. Imagine sailing with every perfect condition of your favorite venues. The nice ocean swells of SoCal (MWW), the great summer sea-breezes of the northeast, the perfectly warm weather of RMOCR, the stunning backdrop of The Bay, all in the crystal-clear water

of the Caribbean. While there, it seems that it will NEVER get any better than this. Ever. The USVI Championship Regatta is scheduled during a nice gap between big NA events, normally near Thanksgiving. Contact Jones Maritime http://www.jonesmaritime.com/ and see how easy and economical it can be to get down and sail in the absolute greatest venue in our NA region. More event coverage and photos may be found on ISAF URL and its links: http://www.sailing.org/default.asp?PID=19802.

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Laser Florida Championships - December 9-10 setting in led to a few death rolls.

Back on shore prizes were awarded to the top five finishers in each fleet as follows . SSS sailors also shown: We had a great turn out for the Laser Florida Championships on December 9-10. I’d expected 60 Lasers maximum but by the time registration was completed we had 74, and best of all there ten 4.7 rigs which qualified them for their own start. Racing started on Saturday at around noon with an easterly wind, typically shifty, in the 10-14 knot range. Three races were held in these conditions on triangle windward leeward windward courses. Saturday evening was fun for those who stuck around to see the Christmas boat parade – my favorite this year was the “leaping dolphins”. Sunday we started at 9:30 am with all the fleets on the line – quel surprise. Three more races were held in conditions similar to Saturday on windward leeward courses and with the completion of the fifth race competitors were allowed to discard their worst result. In the last race the wind was as heavy as we’d seen it all weekend which combined with the leeward legs and fatigue

Laser 4.7 (boats): 1. Cam Hall, St Pete’s, 6pts; 2. Eric Lawrence, Jupiter, 10pts; 3. Mason Willett, Seminole, 14pts; 4. Jason Kuebel, Clearwater, 19 pts; 5. Alex Woolston, Ft Myers, 27 pts. Laser Radial (40 boats): 1. Colin Smith, Ft Lauderdale, 6pts; 2. Jerry Tullo, Staten Island, 9pts; 3. Lames Liebl, Titusville, 16 pts; 4. David Mendelblatt, St. Petes, 23pts; 5. Genoa Griffen, Tampa, 23 pts; 10, Dalton Tebo, SSS, 46 pts; 32. Rheanna King, SSS, 160 pts; 36. Victor Wettergren, SSS, 173 pts; 39. Jasper Curry, SSS, 184pts; 40. Ian Nora, SSS, 186 pts. Laser Full Rig (24 boats): 1. Mike Kalin, Clearwater, 7 pts; 2. Andrew Campbell, San Diego, 7pts; 3. Luke Lawrence, Jupiter, 14pts; 4. Zack Marks, St. Petes, 26pts; 5. Dave Hernandez, iami, 27pts; 6. Zeke Horowitz, SSS, 29pts; 7. Jeff Olson, SSS, 35pts; 8 Chris Enger, SSS, 38pts; 18. Dave Olson, SSS, 89pts; 21. Phil Karcher, SSS, 101pts.

I’d like to thank the following whose work made the regatta a great success: Pat Murphy for making sure the breakfast food was at the club; Wanda Purzycki for making sure the breakfast was laid out and the coffee ready, Lainie and Marshall Pardey for setting marks and helping with scoring; Bill Brandenberg, Freddie Sambolin, Tom Tullo from NJ, Tom Barrett from Clearwater for providing me with their excellent experience on the race committee boat; and my wife Jocelyne for registration and scoring. Allan Broadribb RC Chair.

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Scrivan Wins Cedar Point Fall Series The final day of the Cedar Point Laser Fall Series turned around the standings. Although Andrew Scrivan, serving his RC duty, held on to win the Series, Charles Stanley leaped into 2nd overall, passing juniors Alex Weiksnar and Scott Furnary, leaving Paul Craine in 5th. Former champion Marc Jacobi missed the day and lost a throwout, dropping him all the way back to 6th overall. Blake Marriner’s win for the day raised him from 18th to 10th overall. If we have any protests in the Spring Series, we should have no problem convening an International Jury. Yesterday we had competitors from England, Sweden, Hungary, Russia, Israel, Spain, and France! One eager sailor has been commuting from Toronto several weekends, a 17-hour round-trip. The age range of our 116 registered sailors is 13 to 66, and 23 different people won at least one of the 53 races. Records were set in most of our statistical categories. The 116 registered for the Series were 25 more than last Fall, with a total of 136 people sailing at least once. The 51 qualifiers (50% of races sailed) beat last Fall by 4. Our average participants in each race were up to 52.8! Adam Szabo continued his Ironman streak, now up to 333 consecutive frostbite races. Next up is the 25th Annual Hangover Bowl on Monday, January 1. Our Spring Series starts on March 11.

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Top 10 Reasons to Join the North American Laser Class 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.

to be a card-carrying member to anxiously await my quarterly copy of The Laser Sailor to give my 2¢ worth on the Laser Forum to vote my opinion oN the proposed rules changes to swap stories around the keg after racing to experience the “fire hose” on a screaming reach because the deck feels better than my couch coming up with a new excuse each Monday morning for my sunburn to earn Grand Prix points and be eligible for the cool prizes at seasons end because Laser sailors are the best and I’d rather support ILCA!

Laser Sailors!!! We hope you take this opportunity to cut these membership applications out and hand them to your fellow sailors in the boat yard. There are lots of other reasons to join the class - send us your favorite!

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Top 10 Reasons to Join the North American Laser Class 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.

to be a card-carrying member to anxiously await my quarterly copy of The Laser Sailor to give my 2¢ worth on the Laser Forum to vote my opinion oN the proposed rules changes to swap stories around the keg after racing to experience the “fire hose” on a screaming reach because the deck feels better than my couch coming up with a new excuse each Monday morning for my sunburn to earn Grand Prix points and be eligible for the cool prizes at seasons end because Laser sailors are the best and I’d rather support ILCA!

Laser Sailors!!! We hope you take this opportunity to cut these membership applications out and hand them to your fellow sailors in the boat yard. There are lots of other reasons to join the class - send us your favorite!

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MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

ILCA of NA, 2812 Canon Street, San Diego, California USA 92106 619-222-0252, Fax 619-222-0528 admin@laser.org, www.laser.org

Name_______________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________ City ___________________State / Prov. _____Zip / postal code ________ Phone ____________________ E-mail____________________________ Sail # ______________DOB (month/day/year) _____________Sex ______ Boat sailed

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Current 2007 Membership Fees All amounts are in US dollars. Canadian checks must be in US dollars. Regular - $40 for one year or $75 for 2 years Junior - $35 (Member may not turn 18 in 2007), or $65 for 2 years (Member may not turn 18 in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;08) Family, 1 year - $40 for the primary members and $25 for each additional member Family, 2 years - $75 for the primary members and $45 for each additional member Please provide family members names, DOB, boat type and sail number on an additional sheet of paper.

International - $50 (any member not living in the US or Canada), one year only Amount enclosed __________________US$

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All amounts are in US dollars. Canadian checks must be in US dollars. Regular - $40 for one year or $75 for 2 years Junior - $35 (Member may not turn 18 in 2007), or $65 for 2 years (Member may not turn 18 in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;08) Family, 1 year - $40 for the primary members and $25 for each additional member Family, 2 years - $75 for the primary members and $45 for each additional member

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Sailing Fit MEKA TAULBEE ACE CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER SAILFIT INC

Getting Ready A large part of my job is to just observe. You learn a ton by just closing your mouth and watching and listening. That being said, I have been doing just that and it has lead me to this next article. My question to you is what do you do to get ready for a regatta? Do you prepare mentally or physically or do you just go out there and let it rip and hope for the best? How far in advance do you start preparing? These along with many other questions made me think that this is something that I would like to point out to everyone. I am fortunate enough to live in a place that has a lot of high caliber sailors as well as a lot of club sailors and I am also fortunate enough to have the pleasure of knowing a lot of sailors in the laser class. Over the years I have been able to watch a variety of different training styles. Needless to say everyone has their own “Method of Madness”. Right now there are a handful of sailors who are camped out in Florida all training for that next big event. For some that event is a month away and for some it

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is a few months away. In either case these will ask them all the same questions: sailors are spending hours in their boats Ask yourself the same questions and working on specific skills to make •Do you do anything specific to prepare for a regatta? them better. They have brought in •How far in advance do you start preparing? training partners who will challenge them and whom they can •How many hours do you spend in your boat on average? learn from. These training partners are getting the same in return. •When you practice do you have specific things you Aside from spending want to work on each time? time in their boats I have noticed •Do you like to train with a partner/group/coach or some great workout routines that would you rather train alone? are implemented on a regular basis and some routines that are rather •What do you do physically to prepare? sporadic. Some are concerned with •Do you work on your fitness goals regularly or just their nutrition every day and some before the regatta? are just worried about it during a •How about Nutrition? Do you work on this regularly regatta. Some are making sure that or just before the regatta? they are mentally focused on their goals and again some don’t give it •Do you do anything to Mentally Prepare? any thought. These sailors are all •Do you like to keep your training program secret or do great sailors no matter how they you share with anyone who asks? choose to get ready. What works for one may not work for another, but we see how your answers compare to other can all learn from each other and maybe sailors you may be competing against. If even find something we would like to you’d like to hear from someone in particuincorporate into our own program. lar let me know. I’ll see if I can get them to What kind of sailor are you? participate. What kind of sailor do you want to be? I I’m always here to answer any ask Think about this a little. Over the next questions you may have on any topic. If few weeks I have decided to interview a you want me to address a certain topic, let variety of sailors in North America. Some me know and I’d be happy to. You can of the sailors are highly competitive and always reach me at www.sailfit.com or some are weekend warriors. They will meka@sailfit.com. range in age from junior to Master and I

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No One Ever Got So Good They Outgrew A Laser.

Just ask the world-class sailors who race them. The Laser is the one design high performance boat that adapts to you, no matter what your level. It provides you three different mast and sail options â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the 4.7, Radial and Laser. Each perfectly suited to bring out the best in you. www.teamvanguard.com

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