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Tracy Usher Chairman PO Box 370701 Montara, CA 94037 Phone: (650) 340-1129 Eric Faust Vice Chairman 821 East 53rd Street Austin, TX 78751 Phone: (512) 791-8218

Clay Johnson Treasurer 26 River Bend Dr. Toms River, NJ 08753 Phone: 732-330-7281

Lauralee Symes Secretary 3576 SW Mt. Adams Drive Portland, OR 97239 Phone: (503) 274-2818

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District Contacts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

President’s Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

Membership Stats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

Fleet Review - Park City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Member Profile - Clay Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 2009 Event Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 2009-2012 Significant Rule & Game Changes . . . . . . .16

Laser World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .center Olympic Gold Medalists Training Camp . . . . . . . . . . .18

The Importance of Aerobic Base Training . . . . . . . . . .21 Regatta Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-25 No Coast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Monmouth Fall Regatta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22

ABYC Boxing Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Laserslips Inland Classic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 ISSA Championships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 ICSA Championships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

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Membership Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Sailing Fit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40

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District 1

District 9

District 2

District 10

Brian Mills, 71 Bristol Street, Fredricton, NB E3B 4W2 506-457-1580, Denys Deschambeault, 5120 Du Havre, Trois Rivieres, PQ G8Y 5Y9 819-372-0842

District 3

Robert Koci, 804 Sammon Ave. Toronto, ON M4L 2E8 647-407-0754. D3 website:

District 4

Kyle Ross, 106 River Pointe Dr. Winnipeg, MB 2RM 5N6 204-803-3834,

District 5

Mark Lammens 510 Cynthia St. Saskatoon, SK S7K 7K7 306-975-0833.

District 6

Andy Hunt, 111-2260 W 8st Ave, Vancouver BC, V6K 2A7 604-733-9663. Hotline: 206-525-5788.

District 7

Sally Sharp, 39 Caleb Dyer Lane Enfield, NH 03748 603-632-4192. D7 Newsletter Chris Morin 207.775.5485

District 8

Ted Cremer, 7 Maple Street Blue Point, NY 11715. 631-363-8830,


District 18

Chas Williamson, 9 Lagrand Court Ithaca, NY 14850 607-272-0630.

John Shockey 614-256-2254

Eric Reitinger New Jersey

Sean Fidler Michigan

District 11

Jon Deutsch 411 N. Blvd. Apt. 2, Richmond, VA 23220 804-305-1244,

District 12

Glenn Walker Doug Sherwood: Wrightsville Beach, NC

District 13

Meka Taulbee & Michelle Davis Dunedin, FL 34968 727-631-7005,

District 19 District 20

Dave Abbott, 2129 West Shore Dr. Delafield, WI 53018 262-303-4084.

District 21

Mike Elson 2235 West 21st Street Minneapolis, MN 55405 621-377-8903

District 22

Mike Gilbert, 1620 Gerald Ave. Missoula, MT 59801 406-327-7855,

District 23

District 14

Larry Arbuthnot PO Box 132, Nederland, CO 80466

District 15

David Lapier 408-525-6396,

Cal Herman, 7038 Catina St New Orleans, LA 70124, 504-282-1770 Renee Ruais 512-266-7088

District 16

Tim Fitzgerald, 2322 Bromfield Circle Wichita, KS, 67226, 316-650-3636

District 17

John E. Coolidge, Jr., 1113 Hanover St, Chattanooga, TN 37405, 423-309-1926

District 24 District 25

Nils Andersson, 6929 Wyoming Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942 619-463-6001.

District 26

Guy Fleming, 44-392 Olina St. #6 Kaneohe, HI 96744-2617 808-955-4405.


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President’s Notes TRACY USHER

The past few years have seen a tremendous increase in worldwide interest in the Master’s World Championship with more people from more countries wanting to attend each year. This year’s event in Halifax, Nova Scotia, continues that trend with over 450 applications for entry from some 31 countries, including over 200 applications for entry from the North American Region alone! While this is clearly a great indicator of the health of our sport, accommodating such large fleets is no easy task and, at some point, limits have to be placed on the event, in particular a limit to the overall number of entries. This entry limit is not really new but in the past there has been no berth allocation, instead leaving it to a worldwide first come, first serve system where those who entered early were assured a berth. Indeed, in recent years several Master’s Worlds have hit their entry limits soon after entries opened and left some sailors sitting at home, or hoping for a last minute opening from someone else who had to drop out (examples include Hyannis, Forteleza, Roses, Terrigal, etc.). Still, for a long time this system has “worked” in that there has always been a reasonable distribution of countries represented... at least until the 2008 Master’s Worlds. That event made it clear that the time had come for ILCA to introduce some sort of allocation system in order to insure a more equitable worldwide representation at the Master’s Worlds. The system ILCA chose to introduce this past Spring is identical to what is used for the other ILCA world championships, in particular the Laser Senior and Radial Women’s Worlds. Under this system a country (for historical reasons both Canada and the US are treated together as the North American Region - something that tends to work to our advantage) is allocated berths according to its ILCA membership, with all recognized countries getting at least one berth. With the Laser and Radial both Olympic Classes, the number of recognized countries has grown considerably to something in the neighborhood of 80-85, meaning that any individual country won’t get many berths in the initial allocation. However, since it is common for some countries to not fill their allocation, or for sailors to drop out, etc., when berths


become available they do get reallocated to countries with large memberships, with some consideration often given to the host country. It is important to note that ILCA only sets the allocations, it is left to the individual countries to then determine who qualifies for those berths. In North America we have a well developed system for qualification to the Laser Senior and Radial Women’s Worlds, but not for the Master’s Worlds. The Master’s Worlds represent a challenge for developing a qualification system - in particular the single “Master’s Worlds” is actually comprised of 11 different championships: Laser Apprentice, Laser Master, Laser Grandmaster, Radial Apprentice, Radial Master, Radial Grandmaster, Great Grandmaster, Women’s Apprentice, Women’s Master, Women’s Grandmaster and Women’s Great Grandmaster with each needing its own qualification system. Unfortunately, to date in North America, we tend to sail with a rig swapping rule which blurs the line between Laser and Radial, and don’t make any attempt to categorize sailors as Radial or Laser in those events. Another unique aspect to the Master’s Worlds is the people who attend. While many treat this as a serious World Championship and spend considerable time, effort and money on preparing... not all do. A significant number of sailors at the Master’s Worlds look at the event as a great vacation opportunity, often in unique locations and most have their families in tow with an eye towards having a great time. This aspect of the event cannot be forgotten in any “qualification” scheme that is developed. Ignoring 2008, past Master’s Worlds can be studied and some common trends determined. When the event has been outside of North America our region has always been well represented, but in numbers typically consistent with the initial allocation given to us by ILCA for 2009 (35 entries). Host regions tend to dominate entries, typically representing half (or more) of the entries (except when the event is held in a low participation area - e.g. Jeju), with Hyannis the most recent demonstration case for North America. Given this,

it was assumed that after berth reallocations the North American Region should end up placing 175-200 sailors into the Master’s Worlds – this when the maximum for Halifax was at 350 (it has since been raised to 400). Of course, what this analysis couldn’t reasonably predict was how many people would actually apply and prudence suggested that that some minimal qualification system be developed – just in case. Given the late notice given by ILCA for the quota system, and even later notice on our initial berth allocation, and taking into consideration the issues discussed above, it was felt that putting together a last minute regatta based qualification procedure would not be in the best interest of all sailors. Instead, it was felt that a loose filtering system would be more appropriate, one really aimed at insuring recent Master’s Worlds attendees and active master sailors would be able to gain entry while pushing “tourists” towards the end of the list. The result is a very simple system which divides sailors into three groups: the first group are those that have attended a Master’s Worlds in the recent past, the second group are those that can show master sailing activity in the recent past and a third group which is presumed to be those that are just jumping into the boat because there is a World Championship “nearby.” Ordering within each group is then simply by order of sign up - just as it has always been. The system was set up as insurance against having more entries than berths but, in the end, several factors are combining to eliminate the need for it: the organizers have raised the entry limit from 350 to 400, external factors like the economy and changing currency rates are causing some people to drop off the applications list, etc. ILCA has begun to reallocate all unused berths to North America and, at the time of writing this, the event should be able to accommodate all North American’s on the entry application list who want to go. What about the future? The ILCA allocation system is here to stay and ILCA-NA needs to maintain a “qualification” system for future world championships. Considerable thought is going into a system for 2010 with the details coming out in the winter. At this point it looks like it will be a hybrid, with a fraction of berths awarded based on a regatta performance system, some awarded on participation and some left open to “first come, first serve”. There are details to address in terms of how many spots to reserve for the different groups, how to score regattas for those wishing to sail Radial, etc. Watch for the system to be announced this winter.


Age Categories: • 585 Juniors (not 18 in 2009) • 1276 Masters (35+)

Regular Junior Family, 1 Family, 2 Family, 3 International Total

ILCA-NA Membership

1618 451 280 75 8 0 2432

As of December 15, 2008

Gender Categories: • 2077 Male • 347 Female • 8 “undisclosed”

Complimentary Honorary New Renewals Yacht Club

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Park City Laser Fleet District 23

Fleet Captain Geoff Hurwitch

Sailing Venue

The Jordanelle Reservoir, a lake that is 5 miles outside Park City, Utah. The Jordanelle is a State Park and the lake is 6 square miles at 6200’ elevation. The Jordanelle was created in 1995 and is a future water supply for Utah.


In just our first season we have seen some outstanding growth! We’ve had as many as 12 on the starting line for a Tuesday night race with nearly 30 different racers having participated throughout the season. Over 40 sailors are members of our Yahoo user group which allows communication for race updates, boats that are available and for sailors to schedule weekend get togethers to train and help each other improve. We have a total of 42 Lasers in the fleet at the end of year one including 9 brand new boats that were bought through a Fleet Purchase program with West Coast Sailing in Portland, OR. In July, we hosted The Park Record, the local newspaper, which wrote a great feature article from which we are still being contacted by dormant sailors unaware of the new startup fleet. This was a great boost to the fleet taking it from 10 boats and 20 members at the time to its current set of stats, 42 boats and over 60 members. We have a number of sailors still in the hunt for a new or used boat in order to participate in the Spring. Much of this growth was through the effort of the sailors in the fleet, including the use of a small aluminum fishing boat as our first Race Committee boat. A resort town like Park City hosts a unique crowd. Most are transplants from around the nation and as we see so many times in other locations like Lake Tahoe, skiing and sailing seem to go together. We have sailors who



have competed in the 505, Star, J24, Etchells and Snipe Worlds as well as some who have just picked up the sport in the last couple of years. With such a mixed crowd we plan to hold some clinics and/or information symposiums that would help the newer sailors reach the next level. Park City is also very familiar with the Olympic spirit, having had many of the current members as volunteers for the ski events during the 2002 Winter Olympics.

As the Park City Laser fleet continues to grow, we have incorporated ourselves as the Park City Sailing Association (PCSA) in order to allow growth into other areas of the sport. With the assistance and support of the Jordanelle State Park staff who are excited to be hosting a sailing fleet such as ours as well increasing the community involvement in the Park, we have a very bright future in Park City. On tap for the 2009 season which gets underway the first Tuesday in June and continues until the last Tuesday in September, is the hosting of the No Coast Master’s Championship on September 26/27th which we hope to combine with the District 23 Championships. The fleet is also in the process of not only increasing the boat storage area at our own venue at the Jordanelle but we’re also in the process of building a custom trailer to allow our sailors to support other events in Colorado, California and the Columbia River Gorge.


Member Profile Clay Johnson

This past October Clay Johnson was elected the Treasurer of the Laser Class. Here’s a little bit of information about him.

What are your thoughts on being the Treasurer of the Laser Class? I’m very excited to be the Treasurer of the class. I’ve sailed Lasers for about ten years now, and I have had the opportunity to race in many local, national, and international events. I’ve met countless people, sailed in some really cool places, and met lifelong friends. I’m glad that I can give back to the class that I’ve enjoyed so much of over the past ten years. As a member of the Executive Committee, I want to ensure that the class continues to grow and prosper in the future. I want everyone to appreciate Laser sailing as I do, and I’d like to help to make that a reality.

Where did you grow up, and when did you learn to sail? I grew up in Toms River, NJ. My dad taught me to sail when I was five years old in a home-made Toms River Pram. I got an Optimist Dinghy the next summer and sailed that until I sized out when I was thirteen years old. While sailing Optimists, I qualified for two South American Championships and went to Ireland for the 1996 World Championships. While the Optimist Dinghy might not be a “high-performance” boat, I appreciated the sailing opportunities that it presented to me at such a young age. The Optimist is similar to the Laser in that is does not discriminate against skill level and experience – everyone can enjoy it.

How did you get into Laser sailing? After trying to squeeze my 5’6”, 143 lb. frame into an Optimist for too long, I jumped into a Laser Radial for two summers. As someone who was comfortable in a single-handed boat, the transition to a Laser was a natural progression for me. In the summer of 2000, I formed a radial team with Andrew Campbell, Vincent Porter, Stu McNay, Streett Silvestri and Ward Hackett. Led by coach Bernard Luttmer, we travelled around the US and Canada competing all summer. It was an awesome experience – definitely one that I won’t forget. One of my favorite memories from that summer occurred while we were training in Kingston, Ontario. A local television sta-


tion came down to interview Bernard for his recent sailing success. Half way through the interview, Vincent Porter put on his serious face and interrupted the reporter to ask Bernie if he would rub him down with sun tan lotion before our afternoon sail. Bernard’s face went white, but after he got over the initial shock, he couldn’t stop laughing for the rest of the interview. Needless to say, he was not on TV that night, but we laughed over that for a few days.

That summer was great. I was able to hang out with my close friends, travel to different parts of the country, learn some important life lessons and responsibility— and I got to do all of it while sailing Lasers. We worked hard and had fun. It’s pretty cool that three of those guys (Andrew, Stu, and coach Bernie) would make it to the Olympics. Since then, I haven’t slowed down. I’ve done three Laser World Championships, three Olympic Trials as well as many other national and international regattas. I’ve sailed Lasers as much as I could and plan to sail Lasers until I physically cannot do it any longer.

Where did you go to college? I graduated from Toms River High School South (same high school as Gary Jobson!) in 2003 and went to Harvard College. While at Harvard, I was a member of the Varsity Sailing Team and was the captain my senior year. Harvard was a great experience and it was fun to be in Boston. While I focused mainly on the collegiate dinghies at school, I still sailed most singlehanded events and a few Laser regattas outside of college. My experience at Harvard was truly enriched by my amazing teammates and coaches. As a Laser sailor, what made me appreciate the school that much more was the fact that the Assistant Coach, Bern Noack, was a long-time Laser sailor himself. I still remember getting

woken up at 9 AM (early for college time) by Bern asking if I wanted to drop my afternoon plans (i.e. classes) and go Laser sailing on Boston Harbor. Even though I had to rationalize with him for half an hour that it was the middle of December and I had an exam the next day, I appreciated the invitation. When it was time to sail Lasers – in the fall, leading up to the Singlehanded New England Championships and Nationals – Bern was an indispensable asset in preparing for Laser regattas. The Laser is a great boat because people of different sizes and ages can still be competitive with each other. I graduated from Harvard in 2007 and would go back in a heart-beat.

What do you do now? After I graduated, I did an abbreviated Olympic campaign from June until the Olympic Trials in October 2007. Based out of my house in NJ, I sailed as many regattas as possible and trained with Ben Richardson, Emery Wager, John Pearce, Kyle Rogachenko and a few other sailors. We had a great time and it was a nice tran-

sition from college to the “real world.” After the Trials, I took a job as a commodities trader in Wilton, Connecticut at a company called Louis Dreyfus. I was placed on the corn desk and did everything from research projects to preparing presentations to trading the futures markets. Last summer, I even went out to Illinois for two weeks where I conducted a crop tour. I traveled around the state from point to point, making observations about the crop and reporting back to the office. I would have rather been sailing… This year, I hope to do some more Laser sailing. I’m planning to go to the Miami OCR in January and as many regattas as vacation days I can afford this summer. The Laser Class is a great sailing class that has been a huge part of my sailing experience, and I look forward to sailing the boat my entire life. I’ll see you on the water!



World Championship ISAF Grade 1

NA Championship 40 GP pts. ISAF Grade 1

North American

Women’s Radial Champs ISAF Grade 1

Canadian Championships


St. Margaret’s Bay, NS

August 17-26

Crystal Beach, ON

2009 Schedule


Laser 4.7 Buzios, BRA

St. Margaret’s Bay, NS

July 24-31

August 27-Sept. 5

Karatsu, Japan Women: July 25-Aug 2 Youth & Men: Aug. 3-10

Crystal Beach, ON


Ft. Lauderdale, FL February 13-15

June 25-28

Vancouver, BC

June 25-28

Vancouver, BC

Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

US Championships

Brant Beach, NJ

Brant Beach, NJ


Kingston, ON

Kingston, ON

30 GP Pts. ISAF Grade 2

30 GP Pts, ISAF Grade 2

30 GP Pts. ISAF Grade 1

July 3-5

August 7-9

August 22-26

July 3-5

August 7-9

August 22-26

Midwinters East

Clearwater, FL

Clearwater, FL

Midwinters West

Marina del Rey, CA

Marina del Rey, CA

30 GP Pts. ISAF Grade 1

30 GP Pts., ISAF Grade 2

Rolex Miami OCR

Feb 19-22

March 27-29 Miami, FL

Feb 19-22

March 27-29 Miami, FL

Crystal Beach, ON June 25-28


Vancouver, BC

Wabamun SC

July 3-5

June 19-21

Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

Brant Beach, NJ

August 7-9

Kingston, ON


Clearwater, FL

Sarasota, FL

Feb 19-22

Marina del Rey, CA

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March 27-29

25 GP Pts. ISAF Grade 2

Annapolis, MD Severn Sailing Assn June 6-7

Severn Sailing Assn

25 GP Pts., ISAF Grade 2

July 17-19

Pacific Coast Championships Gulf Coast Championships

25 GP Pts, ISAF Grade 3

No Coast Championships

25 GP Pts, ISAF Grade 3

Great Lakes Championships

25 GP Pts., ISAF Grade 3

Cascade Locks, OR

Cascade Locks, OR

July 17-19

Annapolis, MD June 6-7


July 17-19







Macatawa Bay, MI

Macatawa Bay, MI

Macatawa Bay, MI

June 13-14

June 13-14

Feb 13-15

Annapolis, MD Severn Sailing Assn May 2-3

Atlantic Coast Championships

Monterey, CA August 14-16

August 22-26


Jan 25-31

May 15-17


Jan 25-31


ISAF Grade 1


San Francisco, CA

www.2009seniorgames. org

August 7-9 Ft. Walton Beach, FL July 11-12

Park City, UT Sept. 26-27

June 13-14



The following is a list of the significant changes in the 2009-2012 edition of The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS). These are changes from the 2005-2008 edition of the RRS. NOTE: These brief summaries are not intended to be actual representations of the rules; nor is this a complete list of all the changes in the 2009-2012 RRS.

For a complete explanation of The Racing Rules of Sailing, read Dave Perry’s book “Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing” available from US SAILING at: or by calling 1.800.US.SAIL.1.

Rule 17.2 (On the Same Tack; Proper Course) has been deleted. This means that a windward boat or a

boat clear astern no longer has a proper course limitation when sailing near other boats. She can sail below her proper course if she wishes, for instance to make it more difficult for a boat astern to pass or establish an inside overlap nearing a mark. Windward boats must still keep clear of leeward boats under rule 11 (On the Same Tack, Overlapped).

Rule 18 (Mark-Room)

Instead of saying “room at the mark,” there is a new concept called “mark-room.” “Mark-room” is the space a boat needs to sail to the mark in a seamanlike way; and then when she’s at the mark, the space she needs to sail her proper course around the mark. The primary differences are that the previous rules did not specifically require outside boats to give inside boats room to sail to the mark; and once at the marks, inside boats were required to sail very close to the mark even if it slowed them down, even though most outside boats were more forgiving. There is not much game change here. In the previous rules, rule 18 began to apply when the boats were “about to round or pass” the mark. This vague and subjective phrase has been removed. Rule 18 now begins to apply to boats when one of them is in the “Zone.” This will clarify more precisely when outside boats need to begin giving mark-room to inside boats. The “Zone” has been enlarged from two hull lengths to three (see the definition Zone). This is intended to provide inside boats and boats that are clear ahead at the Zone the time and space they should need to prepare for and execute their rounding maneuver. Note that the sailing instructions for a race or event can change the Zone to two or four lengths (rule 86.1(b)); and match and team racing will continue to use a two-length zone (Appendices C and D) and radio-controlled boat racing will continue to use a four-length zone (Appendix E). Under the previous rules, most overlapped outside leeward boats began giving room before the two-length zone, so the only real game change here is that boats clear ahead at three lengths from the mark are safe from being overlapped on the inside, whereas under the previous rules they weren’t safe until two lengths away. Under new rule 18, if a boat entitled to mark-room sails outside the Zone for any reason, even if she is giving mark-room to boats inside her, rule 18 ceases to apply; and it is a fresh start under rule 18 when she re-enters the Zone. When a leeward “gate” is being used (two leeward marks close to one another that boats pass between and exit in either direction), rule 18.4 does not apply. That means that when a boat is approaching a gate mark on the inside with right of way over other boats, she does not need to sail her proper course around that mark for as long as she remains the right-of-way boat. She may sail farther from the mark than needed to sail her proper course before she gybes, even if she has no intention of sailing over to the other gate mark. Outside keep-clear boats will need to keep clear of her under rules 10 or 11.


Rule 19 (Room to Pass an Obstruction)

“Obstructions” no longer have a “zone” around them. If boats are overlapped when they get to an obstruction, outside boats must give inside boats room to pass the obstruction, even if they weren’t overlapped before arriving at the obstruction. The only test for establishing an overlap between a boat and an obstruction (other than a continuing obstruction) is whether the outside boat is able to give the inside boat room after the overlap is established. At a continuing obstruction (such as a long dock, shore or seawall), a boat astern (B) that has the right of way is now allowed to establish an inside overlap between the boat ahead (A) and the obstruction even when there is not room for her to pass between them in safety; and A, as the keep-clear boat, must keep clear of B. Right-of-way boats in a race can still be “obstructions” but they are never “continuing” obstructions (see definition Obstruction). For instance, on the starting line, a boat astern (B) can now establish an overlap between a leeward boat (L) and a windward boat (W) even if there is not room for her to pass between them in safety, provided B complies with rule 15 when she becomes overlapped to leeward of W, and with rule 16 if she then luffs, and provided W can give B room to keep clear of L from the time the overlap begins (rule 19.2(b)). The same will be true on a downwind leg when B approaches two boats ahead (L and W).

Rule 20 (Room to Tack at an Obstruction) is previous rule 19. It now clarifies that when a boat is

hailed, she must respond by tacking or hailing “You tack,” even when the hailing boat has hailed when safety did not require her to make a substantial course change to avoid the obstruction, or if the obstruction is a mark that the hailed boat was fetching. This is for safety. However, in that case the hailing boat has broken rule 20.3 and must take a penalty, and can be protested by the hailed boat.

Rule 23.2 (Interfering with Another Boat)

has been changed to say that a boat is allowed to interfere with a boat taking a penalty or sailing on another leg as long as she is sailing a “proper course.” This makes this rule the same for fleet, match and team racing.

Rule 28.1 (Sailing the Course) now includes the language needed to require boats to pass through a “gate,” such that sailing instructions no longer need to write this out.

Rule 29.1 (Individual Recall) clarifies that when rule 30.3 (Black Flag Rule) is in effect, and a boat is OCS at the start, the race committee does not have to signal the OCS with flag X and a sound signal. WINTER 2009

Rule 30.2 (Z Flag Rule) clarifies that if a boat receives a 20% Scoring Penalty and there is a general recall or abandonment after the starting signal, and the boat is in the triangle on a subsequent start of that race, she gets an additional 20% Scoring Penalty.

Rule 32.2 (Shortening or Abandoning After the Start) now requires the race committee to signal a shortened course before the first boat crosses the finishing line.

Rule 40 (Personal Flotation Devices) now refers to “personal buoyancy” as “personal flotation devices.” When personal flotation devices are required to be worn under this rule, the rule permits such devices to be taken off briefly while changing or adjusting clothing or personal equipment. Now sailing instructions referencing this rule do not need to include that language. Rule 42 (Propulsion) now permits sailing instruc-

tions to specify certain circumstances when a boat can be propelled by an engine or other propulsion method, provided the boat does not gain a significant advantage in the race.

Rule 44 (Penalties at the Time of an Incident) now contains the One-Turn Penalty for touching a

mark. Old rule 44.4(b) regarding penalizing a boat that has already taken a penalty has been moved to new rule 64.1(b).

Rule 51 (Movable Ballast) clarifies that sails that

are not being used are considered “ballast,” and as such they must be properly stowed and cannot be moved for the purpose of changing a boat’s trim or stability; and it clarifies that bilge water may be pumped out.

Rules 60.2 & 60.3 (Right to Protest; Right to Request Redress or Rule 69 Action) now per-

mits a race committee or a protest committee to protest a boat based on a self-incriminating remark made by that boat. Rule 60.2 now prohibits a race committee from protesting a boat based on information in a request for redress, which is the same for protest committees (see rule 60.3).

Rule 62.1(a) (Redress) now prohibits a boat from requesting redress from a protest committee decision when that boat was a party to the hearing.

Rule 62.2 (Redress) now requires requests for redress to be delivered to the race office, which makes it the same as for protests (see rule 61.3, Protest Time Limit). Rule 63.4 (Interested Party) now requires members of a protest committee to declare any possible self-interest as soon as they are aware of it. Rule 64.1(b) (Penalties and Exoneration)

now clarifies that a boat that has taken an applicable penalty, whether on the water or ashore, cannot be further penalized for that incident, unless the penalty for the rule she broke is a disqualification that is not excludable from her series score. Note: a turns penalty is not applicable if the boat caused injury or serious damage or gained a significant advantage in the race or series by her breach (see rule 44.1(b), Penalties at the Time of an Incident).

Rule 69.1 (Allegations of Gross Misconduct; Action by a Protest Committee)

now requires a protest committee to reschedule a rule 69 hearing

if the competitor provides good reason for being unable to attend the hearing (rule 69.1(a)). Furthermore, if the competitor does not provide good reason for being unable to attend the hearing and does not come to it, the protest committee may conduct it without the competitor present (rule 69.1(d)). And if the protest committee chooses not to conduct the hearing without the competitor present or if the hearing cannot be scheduled for a time and place when it would be reasonable for the competitor to attend, the protest committee shall collect all the available information and, if the allegation seems justified, make a report to the relevant national authority (69.1(e)).

Rule 70.3 (Appeals and Requests to a National Authority) requires that, if boats will pass through

the waters of more than one national authority while racing, the sailing instructions must identify the national authority to which appeals or requests are to be sent.

Rule 70.5 (Appeals and Requests to a National Authority) now contains a US SAILING prescrip-

tion that requires race organizers to receive approval from US SAILING before they can deny the right of appeal from an event.

Rule 79 (Classification) is a new rule that says if a notice of race or class rule state that some or all competitors must satisfy classification requirements, the classification must be carried out as described in ISAF regulation 22, Sailor Classification Code. Rule 86.1(b) (Changes to the Racing Rules)

permits sailing instructions to change the “zone” around a mark to two or four lengths, provided the number is the same for all marks and all boats using those marks. They must refer specifically to the definition Zone when making this change.

Rule 86.1(c) (Changes to the Racing Rules)

requires, as of January 1, 2011, that when a class rule changes one of the rules listed in rule 86.1(c), it refers specifically to the rule and states the change.

Rule 87 (Changes to the Class Rules) is a new rule that permits sailing instructions to change a class rule only when the class rules permit the change, or when written permission of the class association for the change is displayed on the official notice board.

Rule 88.1 (National Prescriptions) clarifies that the prescriptions that apply are the prescriptions of the national authority with which the organizing authority is associated. However, if boats will pass through the waters of more than one national authority while racing, the sailing instructions must identify any other prescriptions that will apply and when they will apply. Appendix BB (Experimental Kiteboard Racing Rules) is a US SAILING prescription that applies to ‘round the buoys’ kiteboard racing.

Appendix P (Special Procedures or Rule 42) is the appendix that pertains when rule 67 (Rule 42 and Hearing Requirement) permits judges to penalize boats during the race for breaking rule 42 (Propulsion). Now, if a boat is penalized a third time in a regatta, she does not have to retire from the regatta. Her penalty is to retire from the race and be scored disqualified (DSQ), and she cannot drop that DSQ from her score. The Appendix now also states that a boat is not entitled to redress from the action of a judge penalizing her under rule P1 (Signalling a Penalty) unless that action failed to take into account a race committee signal or class rule.



Olympic Gold Medalists Training Camp, Caberete, DR

Previous to the Olympics in Beijing, I was invited to coach at a training camp in Caberete, DR with the Canadian Radial Team. Also at the Camp was CAN Laser team, GBR’s Paul Goodison and the top USA Laser couple, Anna Tunicliff and Brad Funk. The 2 Olympic Gold Medalists, Paul and Anna, were at this camp. Here are some observations on how they train, the standard of their preparation, and their attitude about training and winning.

First about the venue. Caberete is just a short taxi ride east of Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. It is the foremost training venue, warm, wavy and windy with high quality Lasers and coach boats. It is the ultimate “fly in fly out setting”; just bring your sailing kit and sun block. This venue is also the Mecca of kiting, when the breeze is on, the sky is full. Upwind of the kites are the lasers that are there that week, Youth, Masters, or International. Rulo, also known as Javier Borojovich, the Caberete Sailing Center coach is the most knowledgeable yet personable coach. He was also on the ARG National Team in 470. He is trained as a medical doctor but has decided to continue with his coaching. He can relate with all types of athletes, the intellectual, or the energetic. He has the eye, and can be candid yet discuss performance issues in a pleasant manner. He is also a master of shooting video in extreme conditions. Video is an excellent teaching ad and Rulo has a superlative collection of elite sailor video, including this camp. It speaks volumes that 18 sailors that competed at the 2008 Olympics also trained here in Caberete, DR.

Paul Goodison was at the camp with his federation coach, Chris Gowers. The GBR program is well supported at the elite and development levels, and this coach/athlete relationship is very professional. This is a long term; 10-year mature relationship between them and the positive professional relationship ensures both are involved in keeping things going forward. Chris was also an elite sailor, and Paul uses him as a sounding board. Paul was very committed to his improvement after he finished 4th at the Olympics in 2004 in Greece. Paul had a renewed clarity of purpose and had been practicing doing the right thing towards the end of a regatta. He would rather go into the last day ahead then behind, and ensures


his speed and tactics give him a better chance. He has worked at being clear and logical. As Chris Gowers said “He is more thorough in everything, always looking for a little bit more. In any condition or any leg of the course he never thinks he has cracked it…... He just realizes how there is still improvements to be made all the way round.” Gowers continues, “ with a slight change in conditions Paul is probably the best at finding the right answer, more thorough taking the logical answer rather the emotional option a bit more.” When Paul was at the Olympics, Gowers commented about his sailing “it is almost automatic these days to be honest” Watching Paul at this training camp, he might be beaten to a windward mark, but then he would do a perfect or near perfect mark rounding, like always, and get on the wave quickly and pass that training partner. He might not be first, but he was always close and when someone made a mistake in speed or tactics, Paul passed them very rapidly. He is a master of ‘the pass’, and he can do it many ways, mostly the tried and true way, sailing better.

For Anna, she had to beat the ISAF Rolex Sailor of the Year just to get a chance to represent the USA in China. She has occasional coaching with a private coach and some time with a federation coach. For Anna, a large development component was her relationships with high quality-training partners. Her training partners, Lisa Ross, CAN and Tania Elias Calles Wolf, MEX are also in the middle of their Olympic Campaigns with their respective countries. They also have similar goals; to get better, faster, and fitter, and qualify for the Olympics and win a medal.

I watched many days as Anna worked her boat. She never, ever took a drill off. When they did their drills; upwind pyramids, Argentinean drill/taking sterns, or downhills, she was always at her very high game pace. She is always training as if she was coming into the finish line of the last race of the Olympics, always at full speed. Anna is a strong advocate of train like you compete. Her relationships with her training partners are such that they share information, push each other very hard but also support each other. They can have highlevel discussions about everything they do.

Paul and Anna were very committed to having a positive relationship with other like-minded athletes and coaches. They surround themselves with resources that would help them succeed at the Olympics. Their training partners have mutual respect for each other and always worked very hard, for every drill. They were focused on doing it faster, better, developing and advancing their racing skills with other high quality sailors. There are many different yet connected components to being a successful elite athlete; Physical Prep, Technique, Racing Skills, Mental Skills and Equipment. Paul and Anna ensured that they did all of the things, in the gym, on the water in training and especially in racing that would help them go very fast, get ahead of boats and allow them to use their fitness, their speed, or their skill to pass and cross the line before other high quality fast boats.


Meet Laser Sailors by Rick White

ACROSS 1 Muscle that might cramp when hiking 5 One who didn’t win a regatta 10 Abba-___-Do, cheer by Fred Flintstone 14 Buffalo 15 ____ Usher, President of the Laser Class 16 Toward the mouth or oral region 17 Civil rights college organization, Students for Nonviolent Coordinating Committee 18 Alternative to satellite 19 Certain tide 20 One who takes the bait 22 Flowery welcome necklace 23 Some ducks 24 Place over 27 Baby food 30 Kind of windshift that hurts you 31 Ed. Bldg. 32 Summer hrs. 35 Smooths out clothes with flat head 37 Gamble 38 Really go fast on a reach 39 Acnes, sp? 40 The Old Man 41 (Islam) a black stone building in Mecca that is shaped like a cube and that is the most sacred Muslim pilgrim shrine 42 ____ Railey, Laser sailor that took a Silver Medalist in the Finn Class 43 Could be green or herbal 44 _____ Campbell, Editor of “The Laser Sailor” 45 Cigar end 46 Medical practitioner, lovingly 47 “Play it again, ____!” said Rick 48 DC Vip 49 Type of lie 52 A sailing area, perhaps 55 ____ Lineberger, Former President of the Laser Class 56 Capital of Morocco 60 Wings 61 Some can be poison 63 Attended a regatta 64 The 10th letter of the Hebrew alphabet 65 Vice-__ 66 Blue color 67 Sew up the eyelids of hawks and falcons 68 A sharp narrow ridge found in rugged mountains 69 Expresses of pleasure, when a regatta is over

DOWN 1 Fish for bass with a rod 2 ____ Tunnicliffe, Gold Medalist in the Laser Class 3 ____ in your legs sailing a Laser downwind 4 Eve had many 5 Lieutenant Colonel, for short 6 Took a tough exam 7 See 33D 8 The sun and the moon have done this 9 Deli choice 10 Receiver of donations 11 Sailing venue 12 Semitic fertility god 13 Automatic data processing system 21 Bumpkins

23 Sound of distaste 25 Dance step 26 Mos. when most sailing ends in the north 27 Most don’t like anchovies on it 28 Songs from Operas 29 Blow a mark rounding by sailing a Pinwheel 32 Beloveds 33 Cavalry-sword 34 Work hard toward winning a regatta 36 Highest degree 37 Complaint from the lea 38 Initials of the discoverer of electricity 40 Wrongdoer 41 Mon-Khmer 43 Rocky hill 44 Anatomical bag 46 Marino of the Dolphins 47 Most rational 49 Jerelyn ____, Editor of “The Laser Sailor” 50 Old festival 51 Capital of Bangladesh 52 Sailing areas, perhaps 53 Soothing plant for skin rashes 54 Evil Count de ____ 57 Weaver finch 58 Female domestic 59 The most beautiful women 61 ____ mind to slap you 62 Car mechanics group

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INTRO Now that temperatures are dropping and many boats are being readied for the winter season, it is time to start thinking about off-season training and setting goals for 2009. For many of us, fitness goals are on the mind after reviewing the past season. For many readers I am sure that in some way these goals involve improving endurance or fitness, whether it is in terms of hiking or just in terms of general fitness. The following article is to help you kick off your off-season training by explaining the benefits of aerobic base training.

WHAT IS IT Aerobic base training is the best way to start your off-season training. It is called base training since it will help to develop your cardiovascular endurance, which will serve as a base to build upon for the rest of your off-season training. Once your aerobic base is developed and this segment of your training has been completed, it is easy to maintain your gains while you move on to higher intensity training.

HOW IS IT BENEFICIAL Studies have shown that regular aerobic exercise has numerous benefits. Aside from reducing your risk for Type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease1, regular aerobic training will also help you stay competitive from the start of the first race until you finish the last race, no matter what the breeze, by increasing your body’s efficiency and ability to handle the stresses of Laser sailing.

So now that I have peeked your curiosity, here is how it works. By regularly raising your heart rate and demanding continual work from your heart and muscles for over 30 minutes at a time, you stress your body. Since the body naturally responds to stress and adapts (evolution at its finest) your heart and muscles will become more efficient1,2. What does it mean to be more efficient? Primarily, you require less energy to do the same amount of work. From the standpoint of an athlete this is a huge plus, especially if a competition lasts for multiple hours over multiple days. By training your body to be more energy efficient, your muscles will use fat as a primary energy source for a greater range of work intensities3. As fat is a more energy dense nutrient than carbohydrate, this is a natural choice for your muscles. This change will

help to spare your muscle’s glycogen stores (stored carbohydrates), which there are less of than fat stores2,3. Since glycogen is heavily relied upon during higher intensity activity this is very beneficial. When working at higher intensity levels, your muscles will produce less lactic acid and be able to remove it from the muscle more quickly3. Also, training helps to store more energy, both fat and glycogen within the muscle, enabling you to compete for longer2.

Aerobic training helps to decrease resting heart rate and resting blood pressure by strengthening the heart muscle and increasing the amount of blood pumped to the body with each beat1. While hiking the legs are fairly static. As a result, blood pressure must increase so that your working muscles can get the oxygen they need to keep hiking.

In summary, aerobic base training will enable your body to use energy more efficiently and store more energy within muscle. This will result in more energy on and off the water and help you recover more quickly. Also, you will be better able to handle long and windy days on the water, ultimately helping you to improve your performance by allowing you to focus on racing and not how tired you are. HOW TO / HOW OFTEN So you can see all the benefits aerobic base training can provide, but now it is a matter of getting the heart rate up and doing the training. Research shows that by training at least three times per week at 5070% of your age predicted maximal heart

rate (220 – your age) you will see significant improvements in your aerobic endurance1. Aerobic base training should last about six to eight weeks and a great way to start a major training cycle. Following this period, increase the intensity of your aerobic workouts and use ‘base’ intensity on recovery days. To complement your base aerobic training, add endurance resistance training into this period.

In terms of how to train, pick aerobic activities such as running, swimming, rowing or cycling which you enjoy doing. Switch the modes, distances, pace and route so that you do not get bored and try training with a friend. As your endurance improves try to incorporate one long workout of 1 – 2 hours into your schedule. For those just starting up your training, remember to ease back into it, especially if it has been a while since your last training program. Nothing puts a damper on the beginning of training like a pulled hamstring or being sore walking the next day. Remember to properly warm up, cool down, rehydrate and refuel. Below is a sample two-week workout schedule to help start your training. Vary duration and frequency based on ability.

Please send questions and comment to

Evan is a MSc candidate at the University of Toronto where he is studying muscle health and aging and is a NSCA Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Cycle 30 min

Week 1 Week 2

Row 45 min

Run 30 min

Swim 40 min

Cycle 50 min

Long Cycle 1-2 hr

Long run 1 h+


1) American College of Sports Medicine - Position Stand. Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. vol 30, 6, 1998.

2) LeBlanc, J.P., Howarth, K.R. Gibala, J.M. Effects of 7 wk of endurance training on human skeletal muscle metabolism during submaximal exercise. Journal of Applied Physiology vol. 97 pp. 2148-2153. 2004. 3) Spina, R,J. et al. Mitochondrial enzymes increase in muscle in response to 7-10 days of cycle exercise. Journal of Applied Physiology. vol. 80, 6, pp. 2250-2254.


Regatta Reports

No Coast Championship

Lake Lanier Sailing Club in Georgia held the No Coast Championship on October 11-12. We were greeted with great food, strong wind, and awesome racing. Martine Zurinskas organized the regatta and fed the sailors with the best of the south including a steak dinner followed by peach cobbler and big breakfasts full of eggs pancakes and more. The sailing was great with 15-20 knots on Saturday and 15-25 on Sunday. The wind was shifty but very predictable and tacking on the shifts was key. On the first day Jeremy Pape of LLSC led the Full Rig fleet of 39 boats with a 1, 2, 2 followed by Shawn Burke of LLSC which clocked a 2,3,3. In the Radial fleet I sailed aggressively but I guess too aggressively because in the 1st race I was disqualified for a rule 42 violation after leading the whole race. Finn Hassing of ODC finished the race with a first and ended the day with a1,3,2. The second place finisher on the first day was Jack Swikart of Shrewsbury Sailing Club who got a 3,2,4. There was a tie for 3rd place between Skip Swikart and Emma Kofmehl, but the tie was broken by Emma’s 2nd.The rest of the day I was more conservative and I finished with a dsq, 1, 1 putting me in 5th place. I was disappointed with my position especially because I was called for pumping and disqualified. That night we had a huge steak dinner with anything you could think of. There was also a raffle sponsored by Zhik and Layline and they gave out a lot of good stuff. The next day the fleet awoke to howling winds and chilly air. After breakfast was served we sailed out to the course and banged two races off which I placed a 1,1 in. We immediately went in after that and were fed another great meal. The awards followed with full rig sailors Jeremy Pape winning, the only junior full rig sailor Cleve Hancock in 2nd, and in 3rd place was Harumitsu Yamamoto. In the Radials, with no drop it prevented me from winning the regatta with straight bullets but the winner was Finn Hassing, in 2nd was Jack Swikart, and in 3rd me, Dylan Finneran. Overall this regatta was extremely well run and the sailors well fed. I strongly recommend this regatta because it was a great time and good sailing. The full results are available online at

Monmouth Fall Regatta

MONMOUTH BOAT CLUB RED BANK, NJ OCT. 18TH, 2008 \GLEN DICKSON Monmouth Boat Club (MBC) celebrated the recent revival of Laser Fleet #9 by hosting 33 Lasers for its second annual fall regatta, an event regatta organizer Dave Watts described as the biggest Laser turnout in years for the Red Bank, N.J.-based club. MBC, a hotbed of Laser racing in the 70s, 80s and early 90s, has brought Laser sailing back to the Navesink River in a big way in the past couple years by organizing frostbite racing that starts in November and continues on through the winter. Occasional ice is the only thing that breaks up the action, which routinely draws 20-plus boats in the fall and still sees 15 or so hardy souls mixing it up in midFebruary. The racing is open to all comers, not just club members, as are invitational regattas in October and May. This year’s fall event had a healthy showing despite a sharp cold front that brought bright sunshine along with morning temps in the upper 40s and a cool east-northeast breeze pumping at 15 to 18 knots. 25 Full Rig and 7 Radial competitors hit the river to enjoy five races on relatively long windward-leeward courses set east of MBC. With the ENE breeze pretty much aligned with the main fetch of the river, the wind was steadier than usual for a Monmouth event, with most shifts in the 10- to 15-degree range instead of the 20-degrees-plus swings common on the Navesink. The cool gradient breeze



over relatively warm water made for big alterations in pressure, however, particularly as the fleet approached the weather mark set close to the river’s north shore. The breeze frequently dropped as low as 8 knots and sometimes piped over 20 knots in the puffs, especially later in the day, placing a premium on boathandling and quick adjustment of the sail controls. The racing was tight, as it usually is on the Navesink. Capsizes were also frequent from the front to the back of the fleet, which made the throw-out welcome to many competitors. Matt Smith of the host club showed off his local knowledge by posting a bullet in the first race, edging out Mark Schneider of Riverton Yacht Club in a see-saw battle. Mike Hecky of Riverton took the second contest, outmaneuvering Monmouth’s Dan Neff on a shifty last beat to get the gun by perhaps a foot. Glen Dickson of Bay Head YC then won the third race ahead of Watts, with Hecky third. Dickson, who suffered a slow start to the day that included a rather intimate encounter with the leeward mark (see photo), won the next two races in the building breeze and finished first overall ahead of Smith, who closed strongly with a second in the last race. District 10 Secretary Eric Reitinger of Brant Beach Yacht Club was consistently in the lead pack and never posted a big number, and finished third. Close behind was Hecky, who was fast upwind all day but had an untimely death-roll in the last race, and Schneider. First Master was Dan Vought of MBC in 8th place, while first Junior was Cole Barney, also of MBC, who scored an impressive sixth in the last race. First Radial was Anita Waters, who edged out John Gearon by a point, followed by junior Catherine Baricevich in third. Principal Race Office Dale Barney and his large crew of volunteers manning the mark and chase boats did a great job of setting square lines and fair courses, and the video boat with Doreen Luisi and photography boat with Art Petrosemolo captured all the action, for better or worse. Upon returning to shore, MBC put on a great barbecue for the weary competitors, much appreciated after a long day on the water, and Colie Sails donated some door prizes awarded to sailors deserving special recognition, such as best death roll. A great day on the Navesink, and I’m sure all who came are looking forward to MBC’s spring regatta. Top five Full Rigs: 1 Glen Dickson 6 pts 2 Matt Smith 13 pts 3 Eric Reitinger 16 pts 4 Mike Hecky 17 pts 5 Mark Schneider 19 pts Top three Radials: 1 Anita Waters 5 pts 2 John Gearon 6 pts 3 Catherine Baricevich 11 pts * Check out for complete results, and for videos.

2008 Alamitos Bay Yacht Club Boxing Day Regatta


Nine Laser and Radials rigged and launched December 27th to compete in the 2008 Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) Long Beach CA Boxing Day Regatta. Despite clear blue skies and pleasant mid-winter Southern California temperatures, racers faced challenging sailing conditions. Using handicap ranking, classes started in reverse order with slower classes starting before swifter designs. This meant Radials and Lasers started between or behind keelboats and others with larger rigs and made finding clear air, in the light to drifting conditions, a necessity. With a variety of 63 boats crowded into a meandering course around Alamitos Bay, sailors were bound to have a cheerful close encounter with nearly everyone at one time or another that afternoon. The sheer variety of boats and competitors made for a fun low-key event as kids, parents and children doubled up on Lasers and Radials while some keelboats were packed to the gunwales with crew. The turn-out of 63 boats and crews, speaks volumes for the popularity of this event run by ABYC’s Mark Townsend (PRO of the 2008 Laser Nationals) and his group of volunteers. Despite or maybe because of the zephyr-like winds, time of year, unique format and discouragement of protests, Boxing Day goes to show the fun isn’t always in the winning, but just competing and enjoying a wonderful day on the water with friends and family.


Laserslips Inland Classic, 2008


Four out-of-town sailors joined eleven from Leatherlips Yacht Club for the Laserlips Inland Classic and learned about the puffs and shifts on a narrow reservoir lined with trees. We got in four 45-minute windward/leeward races on Saturday with wind from the south clocking to the southwest as the day went on. There was civilized breeze from 6 mph gusting to 15. Keith Cruickshank and Mark Hess dueled with two bullets each. We retired to music and pleasant weather on the clubhouse porch and enjoyed a fried chicken, mac and cheese, cole slaw, and pie and ice cream dinner. For the two races on Sunday there was plenty of growing breeze from 10 to 25 with the remnants of hurricane Ike approaching. These were very tricky and paradoxically slow conditions as it was difficult to beat in the chop, velocity shifts, and rogue wind from the west coming over the trees. Keith Cruickshank took a bullet and Mac Jacob shined in the worst conditions. Many sailors dropped out of the last race, including both Tyler Cruickshank and Matt Givens, who had outhaul problems and had to retire. Keith Cruickshank was first over all, Mac Jacob second with his consistency, Tyler Cruickshank third, Mark Hess fourth and Howard Miller fifth. Tyler was first youth, and Anne Filbert was first woman. After racing, several club members remained to watch the wind on the water. As the afternoon went on and winds grew to 40, 50, and more, gusts blew spray off the tops of the whitecaps. When the spray reached a bend in the river, it spun in miniature waterspouts, or “spray spouts.� Awesome. Thanks to all the people who made this a successful regatta. Race committee was John Rupert, John Lawmon, Mike Clowes, Tyler Eltringham, JP Clowes, Pete Yeh, and Amy McEntire. Christie Whitt compiled the scores. Marla Cruickshank, Bonnie Ransom, and Kathy Muentz prepared and served the food. Keith Cruickshank created and acquired the trophies. Anne Filbert and Mark Ransom helped with clean up

ISSA - High School Cressy Trophy 2009 Cornell University & Hobart William Smith Colleges October 17-19, 2008 Merrill Family Sailing Center at Cornell University Ithaca, NY


TOT 1. Luke Lawrence 2. Caleb Paine 3. Will Howard 4. Cleve Hancock 5. Tom Fink 6. Matt Gowell 7. Dan Nickerson 8. Wade Hatton 9. Andrew Fox 10. Max Hutcheson 11. Patrick Mignon 12. John Renehan 13. Matthew Schoene 14. Mac Mace 15. Peter Flood 16. Gabriel Salk 17. Griffin Orr 18. AJ Murphy

56 90 106 112 119 133 138 151 157 159 176 177 183 184 223 232 253 259


Martin County HS Point Loma HS Lake Forest HS St. Petersburg HS Ransom Everglades School East Greenwich HS The Williams School Newport Harbor HS Pine Crest School Francis Parker Morristown Beard School Garfield HS Broadneck HS Sage Hill Flour Bluff HS Providence Country Day McQuaid Mercy Willow Bank Academy

TOT 1. Christopher Stocke 2. Ian Heausler 3. Chris Barnard 4. Oliver Toole 5. Edgar Diminich 6. Kevin Laube 7. Mateo Vargas 8. Claire Dennis 9. Michael Schalka 10. William Haeger 11. Max B.W. Lopez 12. Chase Shaw 13. Nathan Fast 14. OJ O'Connell 15. Eliza Richartz 16. Kyle Swenson 17. Jack Swikart 18. Justin Bell

85 105 113 118 119 126 130 142 155 163 164 179 191 203 206 217 227 261

Sarasota HS Plant HS Newport Harbor HS Santa Barbara HS St. Edward's School Point Loma HS Lakewood HS Woodside Priory Dartmoor School Lake Forest HS Tabor Academy Clear Creek HS The Williams School East Lyme HS St. George's School St Stephans & St Agnes School Rumson-Fair Haven Regional Gunston Day

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Cy Thompson Kyle Rogachenko Rob Crane Fred Strammer Thomas Barrows Charlie Buckingham Juan Maegli Zeke Horowitz Zach Marks Billy Martin TJ Tullo Paige Johnston Michael Menninger Ryan Lashaway Kevin Campbell Glen Stellmacher Jim Costakis Jonathan Atwood


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Annie Haeger Krysta Rohde Jane Macky Maggie Shea Lauren Knoles Allie Blecher Stephanie Roble Sara Morgan Watters Morgan Wilson Christine Porter Kim Witkowski Megan Watson Molly Jackson Carolyn Prioleau Taylor Grimes Shannon Heausler Kelly Crane Laura Stamets

ICSA Collegiate Singlehanded Nationals Cornell & Hobart William Smith October 24-26, 2008


Roger Williams Univ Old Dominion Hobart and William Smith Brown Yale Georgetown Universiyt College of Charleston College of Charleston USF Boston University Stanford California Maritime St. Mary's College University of Toledo University of Wisconsin University of Washington Northwestern University Texas A&M Galveston

75 75 85 87 105 107 133 137 165 169 177 177 223 225 234 286 300 322

FINAL RESULTS Boston College Coast Guard Yale Connecticut College Michigan State Univ College of Charleston Old Dominion St. Mary's College Old Dominion University of Wisconsin USF Harvard Western Washington U Stanford Stanford College of Charleston Hobart and William S Texas A&M Galveston

45 95 103 112 131 139 158 160 164 185 187 193 207 217 221 225 229 315

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US SAILING Announces New Olympic Training Pipeline US SAILING’s Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) is proud to announce a new Olympic sailing training pipeline, which will help guide talented sailors from youth programs to the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program. As part of the new pipeline, the OSC will launch two new teams in 2009: The US Sailing Team – U18 (Under 18) and US Sailing Team – U23 (Under 23). As a long-time supporter of youth racing, LaserPerformance has signed on as the official sponsor of both teams. US SAILING will provide the teams with elite-level coaching, as well as educational, administrative and logistical support throughout the year. The country’s top youth sailors will gain invaluable experience by competing at major national and international regattas, learn how to campaign for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team AlphaGraphics and choose, prepare and maintain equipment. Formerly known as the Elite Youth Development Team, the US Sailing Team – U18 and US Sailing Team – U23 were created for athletes who have been identified as future Olympic prospects. The US Sailing Team – U18 will include the top sailors in the Laser Radial (boys), Laser Radial (girls), 29er (open) and I420 (boys or girls) classes, who were born after January 1, 1991. The OSC will accept up to five boats in each class for the U18 team. The US Sailing Team – U23 will consist of the top two sailors born after January 1, 1986 in each of the Laser (men) and Laser Radial (women) classes. Members of the U23 team may also compete concurrently at the college level. Team members must be available to train and compete for a minimum of 65 days a year.

The Teams 2009 US Sailing Team - Under 18 (U18)

The newly-launched US Sailing Team - U18 includes the top sailors in the Laser Radial (girls), Laser Radial (boys), 29er (open) and I420 (boys or girls) classes, who were born after January 1, 1991. Laser Radial (girls) Emily Billing Arielle deLisser Marissa Lihan Emily Stubbs

2009 US Sailing Team - Under 23 (U23)

Laser Radial (boys) Chris Barnard Mitchell Kiss Drew Shea Mateo Vargas John Wallace

The newly-launched US Sailing Team - U23 includes the top sailors in the Laser Radial (women) and Radial (men) classes, who were born after January 1, 1986. Laser Radial (women) Claire Dennis Sarah Lihan

Laser (men) Charlie Buckingham Robert Crane Cam Cullman Luke Lawrence Kyle Rogachenko Derick Vranizan





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2008 Laser Performance NA Grand Prix Results Final Standings RADIAL 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30.


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Barnard Chris 6 Vargas Mateo 7 Alley Philip 4 Merry Claire 6 Lezin Ben 5 Swikart Jack 7 Wallace John 4 Finneran Dylan 5 Lihan Sarah 4 Dennis Claire 4 Dugdale Nick 4 Stocke Chris 5 Leon Colin 5 Cloutier-Beaudoin C. 4 Hope Kristyn 5 Billing Emily 3 Bertold Isabella 3 Bougie-Bastien G. 3 Railey Paige 2 Scott Jon 4 Kiss Mitchell 4 Adams Sky 3 Prokop Joanne 5 Heausler Ian 3 deLisser Arielle 4 Mace Sally 4 Dube Danielle 2 Hoeven Ryan 2 Vittery Alanna 5 Crain Philip 2 Smith Colin 2 Lihan Marissa 3 Bastet Nicole 4 Alfonso David 3 Snow Nevin 3 Toole Oliver 2 Soto Julian 3 Archibald Matthew 3 McClatchyBo 2 Taylor Christopher3 ZonnenbergMichael 3 Hassing Finn 2 Robitaille Jean-Luc 2 Smutny Tanja 3 Spector Ben 2 Doane Justin 2 Clark Allan 1 Lopez Max 2 Russom Michael 2 Summers Cameron 1 Schalka Michael 1 Curry Jasper 5 Shea Maggie 1 Wefer Paul 2 Samson-DoMyriam 2 Wright Caroline 1 Coudert Lexi 2 Merry Ingrid 3 Renehan John 2 Nickerson Dan 2 Paine Olin 3


136 131 116 110 109 100 95 89 88 83 79 79 78 77 77 73 71 71 70 69 67 66 66 65 64 61 59 59 58 57 53 52 51 50 47 46 45 44 44 44 44 43 43 42 42 41 40 40 40 39 38 37 37 37 36 36 34 34 34 33 33

Last First # of Name Name Events Swikart Skip 2 Rafuse Erin 2 Anderson Alec 1 Bertrand Alex 2 Hartman Colleen 2 Stubbs Emily 1 Abel Geoff 1 Haegar Anne 1 RichardsonHeather 1 Scanlon Alex 2 Dallaire-Lagace V. 3 Shea Drew 1 Bussin Isaac 1 Lawrence Eric 3 Wright Dominique1 Blouin Sam 1 Lawrence Luke 1 Spalding Jennifer 1 Baab Kaitlyn 2 Zimmermann A. 1 Hill Emily 1 Bone Jamie 2 Cremer Christian 1 Kofmehl Emma 1 Laube Kevin 1 Meyrick Tyler 2 Abels Fred 1 Arrington Patrick 1 Morgan Caroline 1 SeidenbergPeter 1 Wettergren Viktor 4 WhitesidesBenton 1 Coolidge John 1 Holtzworth Ian 2 Montemayor Ricardo 1 Richards Bruce 1 Voss Nick 1 Carson Ira 1 Morris Matthew 3 Spevak Walt 1 Boome Chris 1 Burke Jane 1 Leverich Kent 1 Menninger Tyler 1 Norwood Carlisle 1 Racine Dominique1 Rafuse Ben 2 Roble Stephanie 1 Christopher Jim 1 Hagood Nancy 1 Hatton Wade 1 Love Ashley 2 Mori David 1 Samson Paule 1 Hache Anais 2 Herbst Roger 1 LaPier David 1 Longerstaey Oriane 1 Post Alex 1 Power Rebecca 1 Sullivan Ryan 1

Total 33 32 31 31 31 30 28 28 28 28 27 27 26 26 26 25 25 25 24 24 23 22 22 21 21 21 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 19 19 19 19 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 16 16 16 16 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 15

Last First # of Name Name Events Botti Cassi 1 Bove Domenic 1 Devlin Sloan 1 Runci Zach 1 Wismer Sean 1 Zupon Matthew 1 Kelchner Zack 1 Larsen Josh 1 McGlynn Kelly 1 McNab Alan 1 Roberts Neil 1 Ryan Judge 1 Saunders Michael 2 Sowers Kyle 1 WhitesidesArland 1 Cabassa Blake 1 Dair Greg 1 Jensen Drake 1 Kaschak Nick 1 Richards Catherine 1 Roehrl Thomas 1 Cloutier-Beaudoin P. 1 Hagood Derrill 1 Michas Jason 1 Poler Ariel 1 Stein Connor 1 Ahearn Cullen 1 Bowskill Brenda 1 Donnelly Saraid 1 Hall Corey 1 Keller Laura Ann 1 Lark Lauren 1 Lebel Noemi 1 Mitchell Karl 1 Vranizan Erika 2 Weitzman Cindy 1 WhitesidesChip 1 Demone Andreas 1 Ewanchuk Robert 1 Gagne Renee 1 Jordan Carsten 1 McDonald Tyler 1 McGlynn John 1 Sones Michael 2 Spencer Mackie 1 Sullivan Matthew 1 Usher Christy 1 Belfrage Aiden 1 Dowd Mike 1 Fast Nathan 1 Galdi Vincent 2 Kelly Billy 1 McKinney Molly 1 Pro Nicolaus 1 Schmidt Mike 1 Alldian Robert 1 Barry Daniel 1 Berry David 1 Deardorf Scott 1 Heinl Nicole 1 Lepert Chloe 1

Total 14 14 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 21 12 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7


2008 Laser Performance NA Grand Prix Results Last First Name Name Swetka Ken Barrett Greg Belfrage Ryan Bonneau-Charland L. Han Lloyd Hecht Matt Pospisil Ryan Rosenthall Hunter Brennan Chris Feik Colin Howes Quinn Leuck Dave McKiney Molly Peacock Brian Vincent Hanna Bader George Flower Will Fritz Sebastian Ikeda Ian McNaboe Ryan Montemayor Natalia Rea Samantha Swenson Kyle Ahearn Justin Booker Michael Cada Amy Chen Gina Dubovik Elizabeth Peacock Jacob Schmitt Simon Searle Emily Swatta Chip Carolus Patrick Hause Randall Hughes Emma Neuman Austin Porter Davis Reilly Kendall Shevitz Carly Kearney Alex MacMillanDaniel Malarkey Burgess Radtke Corina Vaught Alex Woodworth Curtis Bowman Eric Han Anna Jorgensen Jack McDonald Chloe

# of Events 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0

Total 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0

Last First Name Name Hall Cameron Featherston Abby Swikart Jack Wallace Caroline Ranum Alex Montemayor Natalia Chen Gina Hartman Colleen Thompson Daniel Rossi Annie

# of Events 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1

Total 99 93 92 67 34 33 32 31 29 28

4.7 - final results 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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Rubin Nate Gibson Kayla Strammer Teal Hayes Megan McDonald Tyler Kendrick Marten Patterson Al Keenan Henry Richnow Cody McKinney Molly Hernandez Laura Woodworth Curtis Landeau Derek Hall Mary Farrell Dugan Pierce Chalmers Griley Patrick Willett Mallory Frost Christi Gray Allie Warner Danielle Akers Conner Rivera Carmen Reuss Wendy Koppernaes Finn Wood Ryan

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1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

28 27 27 26 26 25 25 24 24 24 23 22 21 21 20 20 19 19 18 17 16 14 13 12 11 10

STANDARD 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30.

Last First Name Name Dold Chris Lewis Evan Grierson Kevin TorchinskyAbe Parkhill Lee Ramsay Luke Wong Andrew Vranizan Derick Brikis Paul Kelly Sean Clunies Greg Heinzemann Alexr Lamphere Gordon Hancock Cleve Bourdow Stephen Wilton Brendan Clark Alan Crane Rob Rogachenko Kyle Fox Andrew Paine Caleb Plutenko Roman Porter Vincent Davis Robert Montemayor Ricardo Shockey John Funk Brad Lawrence Luke Boueilh Anthony Howard Will Scott Ben Shockey Kevin

# of Events 5 6 7 4 4 4 5 4 6 6 4 7 6 5 3 6 3 3 3 5 3 4 3 3 4 4 2 3 3 4 5 3

Total 129 128 117 116 111 105 102 100 99 97 89 88 88 81 80 78 78 77 77 76 75 73 69 68 67 66 63 62 60 60 55 55

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Matan Mike 3 Usher Tracy 3 Buckingham Charlie 2 Brosky Tom 5 Coolidge John 3 Hoeven Ryan 3 Gagnon Maxime 3 Reynolds Mike 3 Brick Had 3 Robitaille Dominique3 Anderson Niklas 3 Norwood Carlisle 3 Hillmyer Dave 4 Schmid Mike 3 Himler Tedd 2 Horowitz Zeke 2 Roberts Carlos 2 Wright David 1 Luttmer Bernard 1 Yamamoto Harumitsu 2 Marks Zack 2 Raney Brian 2 Holtze Kurt 2 McLaughlin Evert 3 Robitaille Martin 2 Summers Cameron 2 Hatton Cole 2 Neilson Terry 2 Strilky Rick 2 Hartman David 2 Reitinger Eric 2 Cutting Ryan 5 Richardson Benjamin 1 Breder Dave 2 Dakin Kyle 3 Gagnon Vincent 2 Pegel Susan 2 Vessella Peter 2 Wurtzebach Paul 2 Davids Keith 1 Hernandez David 1 Lozier Philip 2 Davis Michelle 2 Pape Jeremy 1 Woodworth Matthew 3 Bowers Erik 1 Hahl Jeff 2 Minth Ryan 1 Palmeter Alexander 1 Swetka Ken 2 Weber Royce 1 Hemming Rob 2 Abel Geoff 2 Burke Shawn 1 Ouellette Travis 2 Rodriguez Ernesto 1 Roehrl Byron 2 Deschambault Denys 2 Duke Alistair 2 Fuller Sam 1 Grossman Perry 1 Hartrandt Randall 1 McMahon Terry 2 Paschal Will 1

Total 53 53 51 50 50 49 48 47 46 45 43 42 41 41 40 40 40 40 39 38 37 37 35 35 35 35 34 33 33 32 32 31 29 28 28 27 27 27 27 26 26 26 25 25 25 24 24 24 24 24 24 23 22 22 22 22 22 21 21 21 21 21 21 21


2008 Laser Performance NA Grand Prix Results STANDARD Results - continued Last Name

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Toole Pat 3 WhitesidesChip 2 Biskaborn Brad 2 Faust Eric 1 Lenkeit Mike 1 MacCausland John 1 Morgan Ted 1 Oetgen Eric 1 Tee Barry 1 Tulk Eric 1 Bugiak Mark 2 Christopher Jim 1 Garber Josh 2 Hesse Erich 1 Kern Doug 1 Morris Wheeler 1 Willard Martin 1 Brown Don 1 Hansen Lars 1 Hart Doug 1 Kiekens Jean-Pierre1 Reinke Eric 1 Sevinc Mehmet 1 White Bailey 1 Abels Fred 1 Elson Mike 1 McCormack Scott 1 Mineev Alex 1 Peckover Doug 1 Pierce Chalmers 1 Roy Andy 1 Swenson Kyle 1 Deutsch Jon 2 Drysdale Brennan 1 Elliot Ian 1 Fink Tommy 1 Gray Allie 1 Kirk Jim 1 Martinson Bruce 1 McAndrews Brendan 1 Reddaway Mark 1 Tulip Chris 2 Weston Jonathan 1 Ahlquist Erik 1 Bell Simon 1 Carlson Michael 1 Cruickshank Keith 2 Leibowitz Ben 2 Rudolph Gavin 1 Usher Charles 1 Boylan Brendan 1 Cremer Ted 1 Dexter David 1 Hahl Don 1 Lammens Mark 1 LaPier David 1 Martin Niall 1 Shingledecker Luke 1 Wolf Bob 2 Bowers Michael 1 Burke Nick 1 Elliot David 1 Gilbert Matthew 1 Graef RJ 1 Hewitt Lindsay 1 Link Roger 1


Total 21 21 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 13 13

Last First Name Name Lojek Chris Phelan Peter Pierre Jasmin Porter Clifford Renehan Jay Schroth Fred Shatford Leland Sherwood Doug Tillman Dick Tripp Chuck Burke Robert Gallagher Trey Gilbert Mike Hatton Wade Hughes JT Kalin Michael Lepis Joseph Mazin Nikita Rutledge Mike Schroeder Kurt Thomson Evan Blumberg Michael Cave Nicholas Cressy Jonathan Douglas Roby Fogh Morten Hecky Mike Keller Andrew Lalancette Marc Lazzaro Michael Long Karen Marriner Blake Morgan David Plaxton Bill Pullen Nick Robbins Eric Schalka Michael Sliom David Suski Jacek Corgard Conner Gamble Peter Harrison Luke Herbert Gregg Heussler Brendan Jesberg Peter Landt Tim Marks Ed Paice Ian Ryder Matthew Andersson Nils Aronsson Peter Back Felix Dahlman Tony Darroch Oliver Giffin Gerry Grogono David Mazin Rodion McLaughlin Kyle Schmitt Simon Stang Chris Weiss John Yelland Steve Doyle Terry Fields Erick Graef Rick Johnson Tom

# of Events 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Total 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8

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Lindeman Danielle Mader Tom Nickerson Dave Pesch Ryan Quinlan Liam Ryan Shawn Stankevitz Chris Wenner Peter Clare Sean Crawford Ken Doran Patrick Elliot Ian Hutcheson Max Leonard Craig Mitchel Art Stubbs Robin Tan Bob Wilson Iain Wood Alex Drake Elliot Hennessey Keith Hungerpiller John Juranek Mark Lucas Rick Luebker Oliver McCormack Bob Moore Bruce Palmer Joni Woytkowiak Peter Bennett Ross Fox Shannon Goodvin Jim Hinsch Holger Martin Billy McCormack Gavin Mitchell Bill Mumma Butch Muru Rob Ramshaw Tom Robitaille Jean-Luc Smith Colin Ward Stephen Beauregard Louis Buller Charlie Collins Michael Fesenmeyer Dan Koci Rob Mathew Jay Petit Bob Samson-Do Thierry Shattuck Alden Woodworth Don Blanco Bob Elliott Ian Ford Anthony Fragakis John Hopkins Ken Prior Trevor Steele Donna Sutherland Ian Taylor Mike Woodbury Tyler Brooks Ward Cook Brady Dexter Benjamin Feik Colin

# of Events 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Total 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2

FALL 2008

Haldeman Dorian Leuck Dave Miller Howard Nowell Eddie Phillips Andrew Real Jon Schreiber Michael Slater Scott Vinet Jean-Francois Zimmerman A. Archibald Mathew Brochard Colin Cianciarulo JB Couranz Kimberly Drasnin Peter Gargula Mark Guedry Warner Hassing Finn Polgar Peter Round Phillip Silverman David St Onge James Vinet Laurent

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Total 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

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You want to be a part of this! We had seventy seven different competitors enjoy seven days of sailing in a nine day period in Florida in 2008 This year, without the draw of The Worlds in Australia, you could be having fun sailing with a hundred or so of your closest friends. And if you are really dedicated, and wise, you’ll also sail in the Caribbean Laser Midwinters in Cabarete. That will make you eligible to be King of the Masters for 2009.

The circuit starts in Cabarete with the 7th Caribbean Laser Midwinter Regatta The three other events are Florida Masters at Palm Beach Sailing Club , Midweek Madness at USSCMC, Jensen Beach , and Masters Midwinters East at Sarasota Sailing Squadron, . Each event will run under the Master handicap system. Sailors will be allowed to alternate between Radial and Full Rigs as specified for Masters events. The ‘King of the Masters’, will be the sailor with the best overall position in the four events. The King (or Queen) will be crowned at the last event, the Masters Midwinters East held this year at Sarasota Sailing Squadron.

Several Masters sailors have expressed desire to have a Radial only fleet. If we can get 15 pre-registered Radials by January 21, a separate start will be organized for the Radials. This will not affect the rig swapping rule in the Standard fleet.

Dates for the events are: Caribbean Laser Midwinters Jan 16 – 18 Florida Masters Feb 7 – 8 Midweek Madness Feb 10 - 11 Masters Midwinters East Feb 13 - 15 Notice of Race (NOR) for each event with additional local information will be on the ILCA – NA website as well as each sponsoring organizations site.


District Reports

District 1 Brian Mills New Brunswick

It is safe to say that here in Atlantic Canada, Laser sailing is over except for the very hardy frostbiters who have access to unfrozen water in such places as Halifax and Saint John.

However, do not despair. For those who wish to remain active over the winter months, there is plenty one can do to improve your sailing, tactical and mental skills as well as physical fitness.

Here are some suggestions that you might find helpful. First, start a list of all the regattas you would like to attend in 2009. Now, based on your 2008 sailing season, make a list of all the skills you would like to improve upon at those regattas in 2009. My list will include better downwind performance by better use of the waves, and maintaining a better focus on the second beat by improving my physical fitness. While you are at it make a list of all the skills that you improved upon over the past season so as not to get too discouraged from the long want to improve list. There are plenty of books specific to Laser boat handling and race course tactics in general that you can you can buy, find at the library or on the Internet. Get them, read them. Then study and analyse them. Next, mentally see yourself, in great detail, successfully performing the maneuvers you wish to improve. In other words, visualize yourself sailing well and perfectly executing all maneuvers. You have to see it in your mind’s eye to make it happen automatically in actual practice and on the race course!

As for the physical aspect of Laser sailing, all of us have the whole winter to maintain or improve our cardio and strength conditioning. Many sailors join a gym or work out at the school gym. It is always very helpful to show personal trainer pictures of Laser racing in big winds and then ask the trainer to design a conditioning program so you can maintain the effort required for an hours race. For those who do winter sports such as hockey, skiing, work extra hard at it. Think of it as part of your sailing training for the upcoming season. On another topic, I would like to thank Brian Todd, Bill deNiverville, Peter Gregson, David Richards and David Wells for agreeing to be contacts for Laser sailors visiting the Atlantic Provinces. Brian and Bill are former Finn and Laser sailors, now retired, but are giving back to the sport of sailing by helping out.

Speaking of champion sailors, the 2008 Canadian Masters Laser Championships held in St Margaret’s Bay NS, was a who’s who of former World Champions and Canadian Champions. Do the name Terry Neilson and Andy Roy ring a bell?? The best District 1 sailor in the regatta was David Wells from Rothesay NB, who finished 5th overall. Not too shabby!! Phil Gow and Gordie Anderson from Nova


Scotia were 10th and 11th respectively. Brian Mills was 18th, Judy Lugar 24th, Peter Gregson 35th and Bob Crinion 36th.

If you have been looking at the District’s Class Association memberships, you will notice they have skyrocketed this year. The increase from 25 to 59 so far in 2008 is spectacular. I remind all of new and existing members to renew for 2009 as the racing will be bigger and better than ever. Particularly in the Masters fleet. If anyone has any suggestions for 1) when and where the 2009 District Championship i.e. Grand Prix and the Atlantic Canada Masters regatta should be held, 2) information or data you would like to read in this report or, 3) any other input, please, I say, please send me an email, or call 506 467 1580. All the best to everyone in 2009.

District 2 Louis Beauregard Denys Deschambeault Canada

We are actively planning a spring training camp to be held at Pointe- Claire Yacht Club in late May. Interest in the camp is high with attendance doubling in 2007. Strong coaching and intense on-the water drills mean a great start to your season... and a great weekend of fun! Consult our district website (including RSS feed) at For more information. You can also join our distribution list to have news delivered directly to your inbox! Finally, we are trying to put together a group of masters sailors to attend the midwinter circuit in Florida in February. You will find more details on our website...

District 4 Kyle Ross Manitoba

The sailing season for District 4 has come to an end after much success. We began with WAVES in Vanouver and the Grouse Grind, followed by Sailwest in Victoria. The trip to the West Coast was followed by the beginning of the regattas within the district. It began at the Zig Zag Yacht Club in Clearwater Bay, ON where howling winds and ominous weather limited the Saturday to only 1 race. Sunday was no better, and races were called early without any races sailed. Laser sailors had the next week off while the focus was preparing Opti sailors for the Manitoba Games. Laser sailing resumed in Kenora, ON at the Royal Lake of the Woods Yacht Club with two days of training, coached by Keamia Rasa. This was followed Richardson Regatta and the District 4 Championship. After a day of great winds and races, light winds caused less than ideal race conditions. Congratulations to the District 4 Champions Scott Brousseau, Laser; Rob Ewanchuk, Laser Radial; and Talia Thompson, Laser 4.7.

The final event before heading East for the Youth National Championships was in Victoria Beach, MB. Once again light winds made races difficult, but after 2 days of races, the boats had to leave for Halifax. Congratulations to Austin Ross who was

the Youth National 4.7 champion, and to John-Grey Thompson who placed 3rd also in the 4.7. The last sailing for the year was the Manitoba Provincial Championships, held in Gimli, MB, where Rob Ewanchuk captured the Laser championship, and Andrew Fast was the Laser Radial Champion.

The season concluded with the Manitoba Sailing Association Awards. Congratulations to the Charles Flemming Memorial Award recipient for the best 19 and under male sailor in Manitoba Rob Ewanchuk, the Susan Mezaros recipient for the best 19 and under female sailor in Manitoba Julia Bailey, and the 2008 Sailor of the Year in Manitoba Tanja Smutny.

Thank you to all those who helped with the sailing season this year, especially those who made the regattas possible: Derryl Stewart for the Zig Zag Open, Graeme and Sara Thompson for the Richardson Regatta, and Penny McMorris for the Victoria Beach Race Camp. The biggest thanks goes to our coaches: Brigitte Smutny and Craig Baker. Without them we could not have such a great summer.

District 6 Andy Hunt Vancouver, BC

There are no more regattas for 2008 left in District 6. That does not mean that there will be no more sailing as some sailors will continue to battle the elements during the frostbiting season. I will give a brief summary of results (and conditions if I know what they are) for the following regattas: Bellingham Bay One-Design Regatta, Seattle Fleet Championships, Bluenose Regatta and the Turkey Bowl. I could not find results for the RVicYC Fall Dinghy Championships or for Octoberfest. The Dale Jepsen Bellingham Bay One-Design Regatta was hosted by the Bellingham Yacht Club on September 20 and 21. There was a turnout of 13 Lasers and 3 Laser Radials. Sailors in the Laser Class came from Seattle, Portland, Bellingham and Surrey. All of the Laser Radial sailors came from Bellingham. There were 6 races in total. Top five Lasers are: Doug Honey, SSC, 11; Daniel Falk, CYC, 18; Michael Cenname, CYC, 21; Alexandre Mineev, CYC, 21; Miles McFall, CYC, 23. Laser Radials: Robyn Lesch, BYC, 5; Clara Reid, BYC, 9; Cassie Rea, BYC, 14. The next two regattas on the District 6 schedule were the Fall Dinghy Championships and Octoberfest. Despite my best efforts surfing the web, I had absolutely no luck in finding results for those regattas. The next big regatta on the schedule was the Seattle Fleet Championships. This regatta was held at the Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle on October 4 and 5. As usual with most Seattle area regattas, most of the sailors were from the host club. There were 24 Lasers, no Radials and the race committee managed to get off 8 races. Top 10 sailors were: Michael Schalka, CYC, 27; Daniel Falk, CYC, 30; Michael Cenname, 39; Todd Willsie, CYC, 41; Michael Johnson, CYC, 43; Michael O’Brien, CYC, 46; Doug Honey, SSC, 48; Joe Burcar, CYC, 56; Mark Orme, CYC, 60; Becker (first name not listed in results), CYC, 66. The West Vancouver Yacht Club


hosted it’s annula Pumpkin Bowl Regatta on October 18 and 19. This regatta had 24 Lasers and an amazing 42 Laser Radials. I would like to thank all the Laser Radial sailors who made the effort to show up at the Pumpkin Bowl (that many sailors, most of them juniors, sailing in October is something they should be proud of). Sailors in both fleets came from all over BC. Top ten Lasers were: Geoff Abel, RVICYC, 9; Ricardo Montemayor, RVANYC, 12; Thomas Roehrl, RVANYC, 13; Alexander Heinzemann, RVANYC, 13; David Berry, RVICYC, 18; Philip Round, RVICYC, Andrew Wong, RVANYC, 21; Ian Elliott, RVICYC/CALGARYYC, 27; Chris Tulip, RVANYC, 29; Matthias Heinzemann, RVANYC, 30. Matthias is a master while the other sailors are either youths or open. The top ten Laser Radials were: Jon Scott, RVANYC, 11; Becky Powers, RVANYC, 21; Isabella Bertold, RVANYC, 22; Gina Chen, RVANYC, 24; Jamie Bone, 29; Reid Cannon, RVICYC, 37; Joanna Moore, RVANYC, 37; Sebastian Fritz; RVANYC, 43; Alberto Rengifo, RVANYC, 46; Jen Spalding, RVANYC, 48. The last regatta in BC for 2008 was the Bluenose Regatta. This regatta is hosted by the Kitsilano Yacht Club and is also the first regatta of the District 6 Frostbite Series. tle short handed on Saturday, November 8 and as a result, one of the start sequences was mishandled. That said, the sailors did not seem to mind so much. There were 4 races on November 8 and 2 races on November 9. 8 - 12 knots for the majority of the races. However, one of the races had to be shortened due to concerns about the time limit. were: Richardo Montemayor, RVANYC, 5; Luke Ramsey, RVANYC, 15; Peter Wall, LSC, 18; Tony Martin, JSCA, 20; Alexander Heinzemann, RVANYC, 22. Top five Radials were: Alanna Vittery, RVANYC, 5; Joanna Moore, RVANYC, 15; Natalia Montemayor, RVANYC, 18; Jamie Bowan, RVANYC, 20; Alberto Rengifo, RVANYC, 22. The last regatta of 2008 was the Turkey Bowl regatta. This regatta was hosted by the Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle on November 22 and 23, 2008. and cold with light winds on November 23. Despite the light winds, there were 10 races in total with two throwout races. The Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle and the Jericho Sailing Centre, along with other clubs, have evening racing scheduled in the Spring, Summer and Fall.s want their results reported in The Laser Sailor, please send me an email with the results and I will make sure they are included in the District 6 report. The CYC had four separate sessions, Spring, Interm, Summer and Fall. Each of the sessions were scored separately. ael O’Brien, Michael Johnson, and James Johnston. Top 8 sailors for the Interm session were: Michael Schalka, Daniel Falk, Kurt Hoehne, Dave Watt, Todd Willsie, Michael Johnson, Michael Cenname and Jay Winberg. James Johnston, Michael Cenname, Todd Willsie, Michael O’Brien, Daniel Falk, Barry Curtin and Gary Smith. Top 8 sailors for the Fall session were: Michael Cenname, Kurt Hoehne, Mark Orme, Jay Winberg, Jeff Tinker, Miles McFall, Gary Smith and Alexandre Mineev. Complete results can be found on the following website: At the Jericho Sailing Centre, there were 20 Tuesday Nights scheduled but three were cancelled due to lack of wind. Sailors were scored each day and there were 3 throwout days. Lasers and Radials were scored together. There were 32 Lasers scored in the JSCA Tuesday Night Series. Top ten sailors were: Jacek Suski, Sebastian

Centmayer, Isabelle Belanger, Tai Kuo, Peter Graham, Sascha Smutny, Tony Martin, Robin Avery, Anthony Collett and Trevor Skutezky. Summer and Fall (Sunday Racing) and in October (Fall Penquin Cup). Complete results can be found by going to: in November and December. There has been a turnout of about 12 Lasers. Thanks to Bob Britten for taking the lead in Victoria. In the last edition of The Laser Sailor, Al Clark was mentioned twice. I would just like to add my congratulations to Al for having a phenomenal season racing in both Laser Full Rigs and Laser Radials. The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club is lucky to have Al as their head coach. In closing, I would like to thank all the LaserPerformance dealers in District 6. They are: Bosun’s Locker (www.thebosunslock;, Glenmore Sailboats (www.glenmoresail;, Marine Servicecentre (; and West Coast Sailing (www.westcoastsail; Please visit the new, upgraded District 6 website ( Many, many thanks for the work Michael Johnson did as webmaster and welcome the new webmaster, Michael O’Brien.

winner of the D7 Super Series - congratulations Peter-! Peter Seidenberg nipped Nick Burke for second spot by a mere .003 point (complicated scoring system - many thanks to Mark Nowakowski for doing the calculations!). The participation award was won by Doug Merrill for sailing 22 races in 4 (of 5) regattas. A huge vote of thanks goes out to Bob Adam of Vanguard Sailing Center of RI for sponsoring both the 2008 Super Series and the Radial Series, his support was much appreciated!

Season’s greetings from New England. Frostbiting is now in full swing here, with emphasis on the Frost, man have we had some wintry weather! But nothing deters these crazy coastal sailors. My suspicions were confirmed when I read Steve Kirkpatrick’s Words of Wisdom (?) following Thanksgiving Sunday’s races in Newport RI: …”I do find racing in driving sleet and rain in 35 degree temperatures and a squirrelly 10-15 knot breeze a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.” Yikes. And clearly *many* folks share his enthusiasm Newport has over 80 sailors racing in the fall series! Not to be outdone, the Cedar Point fleet in Westport CT shows 78 sailors in their series scores after nine weeks of racing, plus a brand new fleet of 35 Radials-! The early December leaders in those fleets are Andrew Scrivan and Sarah Hatsell. Other frostbite fleets still going strong in the region include Essex and Stonington CT, Cottage Park YC in Winthrop MA, and possibly a brand new fleet sailing Saturdays out of Eastern YC in Marblehead MA. If you’re looking to join the action, check out the D7 fleet list on or on the D7 website (

The Youngstown YC regatta (5 July) was missing several of us who were away, but had some hot shots - Kevin Doyle, Richie Wait and Doug Bargar shared first places. Kev, who is a brilliant J22 - J24 sailor, took first place overall emphatically with three wins, but actually the consistency of Charles Palame ensured second overall in front of Richie, who was going fast, in front of Doug.

District 7 Sally Sharp New Hampshire

The 2008 D7 Super Series had a grand finale in late October when the RI guys hosted Fat Boys at Bristol YC. It was a tough fleet racing in tough conditions - the strong southeasterly just kept building all afternoon, shrinking the 40-boat fleet down to 24 for the final eighth race. Ben Richardson dominated with a string of seven bullets, with Andy Pimental a strong second. Peter Follansbee’s 11th place finish combined with first and second place finishes at the Champ. of Buzzards Bay and the Sunapee Open earlier in the season to make him the

Work has started on the 2009 regatta schedule, in fact it’s filling up fast (see below). Regatta organizers - please send me your regatta dates as soon as you can so Chris can post the complete 2009 schedule on our website. Happy New Year to all - have a great winter.

District 9 Chas Williamson New York

We have had a good second half of our season in upstate New York in 2008. This report is a brief version of a report for later, with complete sailor placings.

At Newport YC, back on 21 June, Mark Sertl topped the fleet with Jamie Moran and Kirk Reynolds just behind, according to the reports of PRO Jim Cuddihee. Winds came from several different directions, but all were a brisk 12-15 knots.

The District 9 Championships at Sodus bay YC was a welcome back to the fleet for Empire State games winner from 2005 - Jake Muhleman - who now sails for MIT! He counted two race wins, and convincingly won from Scott Possee, Katie Evans and Chas Williamson. Back also in the regatta were Stuart Grulke and Morley Flynn of the Faudree (Liam) Team. We also saw John Faudree in a Laser for the first time for several years. He is now a wonderful Youth Sailing Director at RYC. In the final two races of the five-race series, John got it together in the harder breeze with a 3rd and 4th, and we were seeing the old John, who won ESG in 1997. The 2008 Empire State Games were held at Lake Cayuga, Ithaca, over three days 24-26 July 2008, and we were treated to some light wind shifty winds, with a lot of weed, which had just been freed from the south end of the lake by two storms. The beautiful Merrill Family Cornell Sailing Center had almost been completed and we were allowed to rig up our Lasers in the lee of this impressive new building. The regatta was truly a study in highly shifty sailing, and in avoiding the weeds. Chas Williamson won the first race by 9 minutes, in conditions that had some boats trailing weed, and led to a variety of ways to cope with the conditions. Scott


Meyer from Saratoga sailed consistently to a second overall, with Allan Miller (Chair of Sailing for the Games) in third, pipping Merritt Moran (Jamie’s sister) of Rochester YC into fourth. Luke Miller was the youngest in the regatta (14 Years), finishing in 8th place. Father, daughter team of James and Sarah Nichol of Saratoga also had a wonderful time at the regatta. Many thanks are due to Carl Boller of Willowbank who ran a superb event as PRO, and to Peter Gould who helped me to run local matters. At Seneca YC, Bill Wilson put on a good event (16 Aug), and in light weather it was won by Aaron from Hobart, and he was followed by Doug Bargar, and Bill’s son Chris Wilson, who has just graduated up from Opties. Dave Filiberto and Luke Miller Of Ithaca YC came 4th and fifth overall. Joe Miller (papa of Luke) came 11th in the 13 boat fleet. In the final regatta of the year (6 Sept 2008), Ray Cudney won the Deathroll regatta at his home club, Willowbank YC, with four first places out of five races ! He beat his local rival Dick Mitchell into second place, and they were followed by speedy Peter Bushnell, and Peter Fleckenstein, with Eric Magnuson (Cornell) in pursuit. Tom Shaw, Peter Webster and Luke Miller were the top 3 Youth sailors in 8-9-10 positions. It is great to see father and son or daughter teams coming out onto the water in this region. Well done everyone and see you on the water in 2009!

District 10 Eric Reitinger New Jersey

It was an active fall season for District 10. Brant Beach held its annual fall series for 3 Sundays in September and the first Sunday in October. There were a total of 15 full rigs and 6 radials that sailed over those 4 weekends. In the full rigs for the overall series, Eric Reitinger (Brant Beach YC) was first, Patrick Mignon (Bay Head YC) was second and Christopher Lojek (Little Egg Harbor YC) third. In the Radials, Courtney Hanscom (Ocean City YC) was first, TJ Heist (Ocean City YC) was 2nd and Willie Jungels (Ocean City YC) third. There were some new faces this series and hopefully they will come back next year and bring more friends. The goal was 6 races a day with hot dogs and nachos waiting when we got in. Full results can be found at Brant Beach’s site ( Marsh Creek hosted their annual fall regatta on October 4th. 19 boats arrived to a glassy lake. In the next hour or so there was enough wind on the lake, and provided tricky conditions for the group. Jim Irwin (Riverton YC) won the series with Eric Reitinger (BBYC) in second and Marsh Creek’s own fleet captain Tony Iacono in third. The regatta had a great old school vibe with food being served from the tailgate of a mini van including homemade soups and oatmeal. Cooper River had their fall regatta on October 19th. There were 9 boats sailing 7 races with John MacCausland (Cooper River YC) in first, Mark Oberg (Cooper River YC) in second, and Jon Burnham (Cooper River YC) in third. Monmouth Boat Club’s frostbite


series is going on every Sunday as long as the river hasn’t frozen over and ends March 29th. Check out ( for info and for continuous results and videos. Cooper River hosted their annual frostbite over 5 days (4 Sundays and Thanksgiving), 21 races with 23 different full rigs and 10 radials raced 21 races. Day 1 had 19 boats in a nice 10-15mph out of the west. Radials (8 total): Austin Neuman (Riverton YC) Nick Pro (Riverton YC) Peter Lane (Corinthian YC of Philadelphia)

Full Rigs (11 total): John MacCausland (Cooper River YC) Jon Burnham (Cooper River YC) Mark Oberg (Cooper River YC)

Day 2 was canceled; the wind was pretty steady over 20mph with some big gusts which doesn’t work well on the small river. Andy Oberg provided some entertainment for the crowd when he went out for a few minutes. After 2 tacks, a nose dive and an almost botched gybe, he came in and reaffirmed the decision not to race.

Day 3 was another 5-15mph out of the west with 15 total boats. Radials (5 boats): Austin Neuman Nick Pro Tyler Nemsdale (Brigantine YC)

Full Rigs (10 boats) John MacCausland Jim Irwin (Riverton YC) Dave Breder (Greater Wildwood YC)

Day 4 was the biggest turnout when family members and college kids came back and raced before a big Thanksgiving dinner later in the day. 22 total boats sailed in a great 10-15mph west/southwesterly breeze which provided some great shifty conditions over 6 races. Radials (5 total): Austin Neuman (Riverton YC) Nick Pro (Riverton YC) Tyler Nemsdale (Brigantine YC)

Full Rigs (17 total): John MacCausland (Cooper River YC) Nick von der Wense (Severn Sailing Assn.) Eric Reitinger (Brant Beach YC)

The final day was shortened slightly due to conditions, but 3 races and 12 boats completed in a 512mph breeze out of the north east. Raidals (5 total): Austin Neuman Tyler Nemsdale Nick Pro

Full Rigs (7 total): Eric Reitinger John MacCausland Clint Neuman (Riverton YC)

Overall though the 4 days of racing John MacCausland defended his title and Austin Neuman

is the new Radial champion. Radials: Austin Neuman Nick Pro Tyler Nemsdale

Full Rigs John MacCausland Eric Reitinger Jim Irwin After racing we all gathered in the clubhouse with some great homemade soup, drinks, soft pretzels and football (GO EAGLES!!). Huge thanks go out to Jim Greenfield who is always there to run races for the frostbite. He has run things for quite some time and always does a great job. This year thanks also goes out to Beth Reitinger who also was out there with Jim helping move marks and score. Hope to see some more new people next year. The radials came back in great numbers again, helping start a new tradition.

District 11 Jon Deutsch Virginia

District 11 finished up our fall season with several regattas around the district. Frostbiting is well underway and planning for next year will be complete by the time you read this. We also have a few new fleet captains and their contact information has been posted on the fleet page of the district website.

Looking ahead to 2009, District 11 will be hosting the Atlantic Coast Championship in the spring at Severn Sailing Association. This event is being divided into two weekends with the standard rigs sailing on the May 2-3 weekend and the Radials and 4.7s sailing on June 6-7. We’re glad to have the opportunity to host these great events in District 11 and look forward to racing with great sailors from up and down the east coast. We would also like to thank the SSA Laser Fleet and SSA Junior Program for hosting this event and for all of their hard work on these events. District 11 will also be hosting the Laser Masters Atlantic Coast Championship at Rock Hall Yacht Club the first weekend in October.

In September Severn Sailing Association hosted their Annual Crab Claw Regatta. 40 boats sailed 3 races on Saturday on a shifty day before the wind died out entirely. The sailors were treated to crabs, dinner and frosty beverages. On the Sunday the breeze never arrived so racing was abandoned after an on-shore postponement.

Mike Matan from Cedar Point Yacht Club in CT was our champion. He also received the Super Gas Guzzler (for furthest traveled) and First Master honors. Bob Tan (SSA) placed second, followed by James McKenna (SSA) in third. Meredith Dodd (SSA) had a great regatta winning the third race and placing 6th overall as well as winning the First Woman trophy. Matt Scheone (SSA) was our first Junior and 8th overall. In the radial fleet the ladies


dominated. Lauren Schoene (SSA) placed first, followed by Danielle Prior in second. Rock Hall Yacht Club hosted 10 Lasers at their Annual Hard Rock Laser Masters. On a raining day the fleet saw some competitive racing. Mike Schmidt (MRSA) took the overall honors followed by Terry Clarence and Mitch Grieb (RHYC). West River Sailing Club hosted their fall regatta in mid-September. Kyle Swenson (FBYC) led the 10-boat fleet followed by Roger Link (WRSC) and Mike Heffernan. We are looking forward to a great 2009. Keep an eye on the District 11 website at for our schedule as it becomes finalized in January/February. Thanks for a great 2008. See you soon in 2009!

District 12 Glenn Walker Doug Sherwood NC-SC-GA

D-12 had a fantastic year. We ended the year with our 5th championship regatta at the Carolina Yacht Club (S.C.) on October 26th. Weather was balmy with light winds and strong current. Charleston local and former long long time ago D-12 champion David Loring made an appearance. In fact we had 4 former D-12 champions on the starting line at the same time. Competitive spirits were running high to say the least. Saturday proved the most productive, by getting in three back to back races all nestled in behind castle rock Is. Loring had the early lead only to hand it over as he realized he missed the offset mark. Returning to round the mark placed him squarely midfleet with no chance of winning the race. Unless of course at the leeward mark he picks up a lefty shift that came out of nowhere that he rides all the way back to 1st place, to win race # 1. Classic Loring luck, skill, karma, call it what you will. Other than the 1st race Loring used his great skills and knowledge of the currents to control the fleet. More of Loring’s prowess can be seen in his regatta write-up available on the D-12 web site: DISTRICT 12 - CHAMPIONS FOR 2008 We crowned 3 new champions for our 2008 season! 1st Junior and Radial Champion is Foster Marshall sailing out of Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club, S.C. 1st Grandmaster is Chip Whitesides sailing out of Carolina Yacht Club, Wrightsville Beach N.C. 1st Standard rig, Apprentice Master, and Master Champion, winning the championship series and leaving no doubt who we will chase next year, Eric Oetgen sailing out of Savannah Sailing Center, G.A. Eric won the series with three bullets having locked the top spot in the first three regattas! Way to go Eric. Congratulations also go out to our returning Champions, Benton Whitesides 1st Female, sailing out of CYC-NC and some lake in Georgia. 1st Great Grandmaster once again is Ken Hopkins sailing out of LNYC, Lake Norman N.C. CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTA SCHEDULE 2009 (as it stands now 12/1/08)

April 18-19, 09’ LNYC. Lake Norman N.C. May 15-17, 09’ Masters North American Championships Carolina Yacht Club, Wrightsville Beach N.C. Masters NA championship website: http://www.carolinayacht Boat Charters avail. at: or Call SAYRE Sailing 843-534-0560 August 1-2, 09’ CYC, Wrightsville Beach N.C. September 26-27, 09’ CSC, Lake Murray S.C.

Visit our website for all the latest musing on what’s happening in our district! See Ya on the water

District 17 John Coolidge Chattanooga, TN

2009 Laser Frostbiting is about to start. There is no better way to ring in the new year!

Harbor Island Yacht Club, near Nashville, TN will host their 2009 Frostbite series starting January 11th and racing every Sunday with the last race on March 1. Races will be held if the forecast high on WSMV is 34 F or above. Loaner boats are available. Starts are at 1:00pm. Contact William Hofmeister

Lake Lanier Sailing Club hosts Atlanta’s official 2009 Frostbite beginning at 1:00 pm January 4th. It will be sailed every Sunday, through February. Despite rain or shine, sleet or hail, fire or brimstone! Come prepared! F.B. dates are: Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22. The series culminates the 7 & 8 of March, with the Laser Southerns. Non-club members are invited to leave their boats at LLSC. Cost is $30 for the series or $5 per day. Contact Robert Burke for additional info.

Announcing the 2009 Championship Series! For the New Year, we are planning to revive our districts series. Using your best 2 regatta finishes of 3 qualifying regattas, we plan on announcing a district champ! See NOR below.

The following are our D-17 Regattas for 2009: *March 7-8, Laser Southerns, Lake Lanier Sailing Club March 21, Super Saturday, Atlanta Yacht Club *September 19-20, Lotsa Lasers, Harbor Island Yacht Club October 10-11, Georgia State Champs, Lake Lanier Sailing Club *November 14-15, No More Turkey GrandPrix, Atlanta Yacht Club *Qualifier Our pre-frostbiting dates have already been set, so mark your calendar! November 1, 7, 22, 29, 2009 Frostnip Series, Atlanta Yacht Club

District 21 Mike Elson Minneapolis, MN

This year’s Didtrict 21 Grand prix event drew 19 sailors, two from Florida. Unfortunately their long trip was rewarded with light to even lighter winds. The PRO, Chris Boylan, was able to get off 5 races

under very difficult and frustrating conditions. Kurt Holtze finished first, Wheeler Morris, a junior sailor, finished second and Lars Hansen finished third. I hope Wheeler’s great finish will encourage more of the junior sailors to participate in next year’s events. D21 would like to thank Zhik for donating hiking straps, boots and PFDs for prizes. Hi Tempo, the local Laser dealer, also donated gift cards for prizes. The prizes were determined by drawing to spread the goodies around more. It did not work as planned: Kurt won the first drawing. This year’s frostbiting season finished with the annual Thanksgiving Day regatta at Lake Calhoun. Only 4 boats participated this year. The temperature was above freezing so the mainsheets ran smoothly. The sailors were rewarded with 6 rabbit start races that had some up on plane for part of the runs. The spectators were rewarded with the sight of mature bald eagle circling the launch area and then diving to pick up a fish from the shoreline, right in uptown Minneapolis. One sure date on next year’s schedule is August 29/30. That will be the District 21 Grand Prix regatta at Lake Okoboji, IA. The group at Okoboji always put on a well run regatta, do an amazing job of arranging accommodations and throw a great party. Mark your calendar now.

District 22 Mike Gilbert Montana

No Laser activity right now in D22, although the lake doesn’t freeze and it is possible to get out there, with water temps in the low 40’s. There is planning underway for some weekly racing next summer on Flathead Lake through the South Flathead Sailing Association on Dayton Bay, in coordination with their big boat fleets. We would like to plan a Laser clinic or two as well. The D22 District Grand Prix will be held midAugust, most likely on North Flathead Lake. Plan early for your summer vacation to beautiful NW Montana!

We may have a Laser start as part of a bigger regatta on Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint, Idaho. There is a regatta with Finns, I-14’s, scows, etc on Canyon Ferry Lake near Helena, Montana as well. Call or write and we’ll go for a New Year’s Day sail on Flathead!

District 24 David LaPier Nor Cal

Big Dinghy Regatta The Richmond YC Big Dinghy Regatta is a two day fun event, which draws several hundred sailors in a range of classes from El Toro’s to 49ers. Lasers raced out on the bay in a moderate westerly. Radials and Full Rigs raced together. Dominic Bove was the top Radial. Results: 1) David LaPier, 2) Mike Bishop, 3) Brian Vanderspek, 4) Mark Halman, 5) Simon Bell, 6) Steve Orosz, 7) Drake Jensen, 8) Peter Jesberg, 9) Roger Herbst, 10) Ian Simms.


St Francis YC Fall Dinghy Regatta We had great conditions at the Fall Dinghy Regatta on the City Front this year, we often have to wait for the sea breeze, but not this year. Plus we had a big ebb tide; it was an excellent end to a great season. Claire Dennis and Tracy Usher dominated their respective fleets.

Full Rigs 1) Tracy Usher, 2) David LaPier, 3) Mike Bishop, 4) Walt Spevak, 5) Derek Webster, 6) Roger Herbst (16 Boats). Radials: 1) Claire Dennis, 2) Kaitlyn Baab, 3) Daniel Thompson, 4) Ariel Poler, 5) Cloe Lepert (6 Boats)

BAYS Bay Area Youth Sailing (BAYS) sponsors a series of regattas throughout the year. Claire Dennis led the way at the St Francis event. Results: 1) Claire Dennis, 2) Domenic Bove, 3) Jessica Bernhard, 4) Peter Jesberg, 5) Kaitlyn Baab (7 Boats)

Svendsen’s District 24 Grand Prix Thanks to Svendsens Marine sponsors our District 24 Grand Prix, with scoring across our 14 regatta calendar. Special thanks to Ralph Pombo who manages our website and scores the Grand Prix. Over 200 different sailors competed in the events. Results: 1) David LaPier, 2) Richard Leland, 3) Roger Herbst, 4) Mike Bishop, 5) Tracy Usher, 6) Drake Jensen (1st Junior).

Shout Out for our Volunteers I am sure that I am forgetting many names, but I want to recognize some of our volunteers that make Laser sailing in California so great – including Tracy Usher, Christy Usher, Shawn Svendsen, Ralph Pombo, Roger Herbst, Mark Halman, Steve Orosz, Mike Kalin, Ken Crawford, Garth Hobson, Gail Yando, John Jensen, Dan Hauserman, John Super, and many others. Thanks for a great season!

District 25 Nils Andersson So Cal

The big regatta season is over here in So Cal, but that doesn’t mean that the racing is over. It really never ends here. An example of that is a report from ABYC’s fleet captain, Steve Smith, from the Halloween regatta at the end of this article. This is a report from the SCRA and MBYC fleet meeting here in San Diego: SCRA and MBYC Laser Fleet Meeting November 9, 2008 In attendance: Dave Leuck, Dennis Key, Jimmy Richardson, Keith Sternal, Joe O’Leary, Ken Wild, Barney Rickett, John Real, Jim Hecht, and maybe others (sorry if I missed you). 1. The proposed dates for the SCRA races that will count towards the 2009 SCRA high-point awards were approved as listed on the agenda. It was decided that the events on Sunday March 8 and Sunday April 5 would be sailed out of San Diego Yacht Club as part of their One Design Weekend series. The race course for those two SCRA dates will be in the ocean off of Coronado, south of Zuniga Jetty, run by SDYC, sharing a course with the I-14 fleet. 2. Next year we are going to try to encourage


Laser sailors to come out for events in addition the once-a-month SCRA race series. The following events will be promoted: The SDYC One Design races on Saturday January 10 and Saturday February 7 to be sailed in San Diego Bay off of Tom Ham’s Lighthouse. The Coronado Yacht Club Small Boat Regattas on March 28-29, and October 17-18. Laser Midwinters West, Cal Yacht Club, Marina del Rey, March 27-29. California Laser Masters, MBYC, April 25-26. Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (Long Beach) Memorial Day (May 23-24), Labor Day (September 5-6), and Turkey Day (November 21-22). The MBYC Laser Fleet Captain will work to switch dates with another fleet if we are scheduled for MBYC race committee duty for the above dates. All of the MBYC Club Races, including TNTs. We are going to look into summer evening races once a week. For the “away” events, many members of the Laser Fleet have trailers that can carry two boats and roof racks. We will coordinate transport for those who don’t have a way to get their Laser to other venues.

Here is Steve’s report from the Halloween Regatta: 2008 Halloween Regatta Gray morning fog, greeted a small group of Laser and Radial sailors for what turned out to be a beautiful day, for the Halloween Regatta. Our Race Committee wisely postponed on shore for wind and was rewarded with lifting fog and a nice breeze to get underway with a minimal postponement.

Following A-Cats, Etchells and Cal 20’s, the combined Laser and Radial fleet set off on a oncearound windward-leeward course. Reaching the first weather mark was a close group with ABYC’s Jorge Suarez leading your author and Michael Bradley from Long Beach YC. Also in the hunt was young Morgan Matthews from Bahia Corinthian YC proving a well sailed Radial can keep up with a full-rig Laser in a breeze. Morgan won the first race followed by ABYC’s Palmer Luckey sailing a vintage Radial complete with multi-colored sail. A nice breeze keeping everyone hiking hard continued for

two more races. Race Committee Steve & Jennifer Kuritz along with Joe Riddick and the rest of the race committee volunteers, kept the action moving. Race two was a twice around affair and Jorge did a horizon job on us while Morgan notched another win in the Radial fleet. In race three, Michael Bradley wisely noted a committee boat line favor and got launched with a nice port tack start. An interesting twist occurred as we raced upwind when the race committee dropped an orange tetrahedron mark half-way up our weather leg. Overcoming my confusion and generous advice from Jorge, we continued to the correct mark further upwind. Turns out a HUGE tanker had slipped inside the breakwater and anchored in our race area, blocking the course for the Etchells and Cal 20’s, hence their course change. I mean that tanker was big…unbeknownst to me, the tanker had anchored between races and when I looked up to see it head-on, my heart skipped a beat. The bow had to be twelve stories high, blotting out the sun! Despite the excitement, your author did manage to slip ahead and finish the last race in first, followed by Jorge who just nipped Michael at the finish. Morgan continued his winning ways with three bullets in the Radial fleet, consistently hanging in with the full rig Lasers all day. Other ABYC racers competing in the Radial fleet, finishing in order where; Andrew McLean, Dugan Farrell and Kate Bishop. Jorge finished the regatta first in the full-rig fleet followed by your author, Michael Bradley and ABYC’s Bob Anderson making his welcome second appearance in the Laser fleet this season.


District Schedules

*only a few Districts submitted readable schedules for 2009. Check the website for updates.

District 5

Dick Degner District 5 Ranking Events ***, Best 3 events to count, 1 min per province, Scoring reflective of fleet size, 1st in 18 boat fleet =18 pts North American Grand Prix Points from District Championships Events may change, please contact host club May 16 Regina SC, Wascana Short Course SK Regina SC, Icebreaker Annual Regatta SK May 17-18 *** May 23-24 *** Calgary YC, Icebreaker Annual Regatta AB DISTRICT 5 CHAMPIONSHIPS, Laser/Radial, May 30-31 *** Wabamun SC, Wabamun Open, AB WESTERN CANADIAN MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS, June 6-7 Blackstrap SC, Mountain Madness Regatta, SK SK Event #1 June 13-14 Glenmore Short Course, AB June 19-21 Wabamun SC, CANADIAN MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS, AB Saskatoon SC, Annual Regatta, SK June 27-28 SASKATCHEWAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, SK Event #2 WAVES, Canadian Nationals Laser/Radial/Waves July 3-5 July 17-19 *** CYA SAIL WEST, WESTERN CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS Battleford’s SC SK August 1-7 CYA Canadian Youths, Victoria, BC Aug 15-21 CANADA GAMES, PEI Aug.23-27 CORK. Canadian Olympic Regatta, Kingston World Masters, NS Aug 27-Sept 5 Sept 4-6 PASC Annual Regatta, SK Laser Masters and Youth Provincials Sept 4-6 *** Wabamun SC, ALBERTA CHAMPIONSHIPS Sept 12-13 *** SSC Short Course Championships SK Event #3

District 7 March 29 April 26 May 9 May 30 June 6 June 6-7 June 20-21 June 27 July 11-12 July 11-12 July 25 July 31-Aug 2 August 1 Aug 7-9 Aug 8-9 Sept 12-13 Sept 13 Sept 19 Sept 26-27 Oct 3 Oct 10

Beverly YC Spring Frostbite Series begins (10 Sundays, 9 am-noon). Marion, MA. Contact: Gian Luca Fiori 2009 Peter Milnes Memorial Regatta - Newport, RI - Fort Adams State Park. Host: Newport Laser Fleet 413. Radials & 4.7s welcome (no separate starts). E-mail: Website: QYC May Madness Laser Regatta - Wakefield, MA - Quannipowitt YC. Contact: Jay Livingston Website: Sail Salem Spring Regatta - Winter Island, MA. Contact: Chris Hufstader 978-807-5083 Website: Lake Sunapee Open - Sunapee, NH. Contact: Dave Cook 603-526-4637 RIISA / Leeds Mitchell Regatta - Barrington, RI. Laser & Radial fleets. Contact: Leeds Mitchell 401-396-5033 (H), 401-965-2699 (cell), 401-245-9589 (fax) Saltmarsh Trophy / Championship of Buzzard’s Bay - New Bedford, MA - New Bedford Community Boating. Contact: John Bentley 508997-1985 (H), 508-992-0104 (W) Massapoag YC 2nd Annual Small Boat Regatta - Sharon, MA. Contact: Diane Kampf’ Gary Werden 2009 Coastal Living Newport Regatta - Newport, RI - Sail Newport. Laser, Radial, 4.7 fleets. Contact: Kim Cooper 401-846-1983 Lipton Cup - Quincy, MA - Squantum YC (617-770-4811) Laser, Radial & 4.7 fleets. Contact: Dick Casey 617-472-0502 Website: New England Women’s Radial Championships Stone Horse Laser Regatta - Harwich Port, MA - Stone Horse YC. Laser & Radial fleets. Contact: Jeff Ward Hyannis Regatta - Hyannis, MA - Hyannis YC. Laser, Radial & 4.7 fleets. Website: Ipswich Bay Laser Championship - Gloucester, MA - Annisquam YC. Contact: Bruce Welty 617-803-2892 Buzzards Bay Regatta - Beverly, MA - New Bedford Community Boating, New Bedford. E-mail: Website: YRALIS Championship Regatta - Greenwich, CT - Indian Harbor YC. Lasers & Radials. Contact: Jonathan Nye Website: Massapoag YC 60th Annual Multi-class Regatta - Sharon, MA. Contact: Diane Kampf Gary Werden Ponce de Leon Laser & Radial Series (#1) - Marblehead, MA - Eastern Yacht Club. (#2 on 9/20, #3 on 9/27) Contact: Wayne Colahan 617957-6240 Lake Mascoma Fall Regatta - Enfield, NH. Contact: Sally Sharp 603-632-4192 Radial / 4.7 starts if enough New England Masters - Newport, RI - Third Beach. Contact: Peter Seidenberg 401-846-2618 Sail Salem Founders’ Cup Regatta - Winter Island, MA. Contact: Chris Hufstader 978-807-5083 Website: QYC Last Blast Laser Regatta - Wakefield, MA - Quannipowitt YC. Contact: Jay Livingston Website:



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Putting the Pieces Together

I don’t know how many times I have heard something to this effect ”If I only did well in a race then I would feel more motivated to keep sailing”. To a small extent I can understand this, but for the most part I think it is all backwards! The motivation to practice and race needs to come from places other than the finish line. Once that happens then you will start being the first to cross that line. Whether it’s sailing or your fitness plan the goals you set for yourself need to be attainable yet challenging. There is no way that you are going pick up a dumbbell or use a smith squat machine perfectly the first time you ever use it. Some of you probably don’t even know what a smith squat machine is! It may take you many times and many years before you are able to use weights correctly and in a way that gives you the most benefit. The same goes with sailing. While there are some exceptions to the rule most of you are not going to go out there rig your boat right and win the race the first time you try. It takes years of practice to learn to get your boat to go fast. Not only do you have to know how to sail it, you have to get your body, brain and the boat to work together. It’s like putting a puzzle together. Without each piece it is incomplete. If one is missing then the pieces don’t fit together tightly. Let’s look at some of the pieces we need to get the results we want. Mind, Body, Boat. Mind. Are you in the right frame of mind to achieve your goals? Maybe better said would be are you setting realistic goals? It’s great to set big goals for yourself as long as you are breaking them down into smaller goals that will help you attain the big picture. Make sure you are constantly adjusting your goals to make them challenging. Once you attain some of the smaller goals you may be doing better than you imagined so you need to adjust so you can keep challenging yourself and improving. Most importantly are you telling yourself that you are a great sailor and you will get to the level you want. A positive frame of mind and attitude are everything. Body. Do you know what to do to get to the fitness level that is best for


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your shoes. Like I said before no one has been perfect the first time they tried something. On the flip side make yourself available to help others as well. Now put all of these pieces together and you are a force to be reckoned with. Practice, practice , practice, that’s the only way to make yourself better. If you notice the guys and girls who spend the most time practicing on the water and in the gym are the ones who are getting better and better and passing you on the race course. Whether you are practicing with a team or by yourself you are still taking the time to improve yourself. Put a little thought into your game plan on the water as well as and you will begin to see that what is motivating you is actually putting the pieces together not just the finish line. Your success is now defined by the smaller goals and challenges you set for yourself rather than an imaginary line between two buoys. As always, if you want to hear about a certain topic or have any questions feel free to contact me. You can always find me at or email directly to I look forward to hearing from you


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