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Laser Treasure Coast #7 Melbourne YC.
If you didnít come, you missed a great day on the water.
It just didnít seem like a TC series day without lightning or light
air. Instead we had a beautiful sunny day with winds from the WSW at 10
knots with gusts to 16. Typical for the Indian River, the west wind came
with 30-40 degree oscillations just to keep everyone on their toes.
After the light air summer, the sailors were just not used to real wind
and everyone had at least one capsize except for Michelle Davis.
Michelle proved that Lasers are much faster with sails in the air and
made a clean sweep with 5 bullets.
Newcomer to Lasers, Shannon Fox managed to capsize only a couple
times and finished second for the day with Jack Clark 3rd. Dick Tillman
who wrote the book on Laser sailing demonstrated how to crash in the
most spectacular fashion possible and finished 4th.
After sailing everyone enjoyed snacks and liquid refreshments before
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Palm Beach Sailing Club
2008 Treasure Coast Laser Series September 13,
THE EUSTIS LOTTERY by Sam Chapin
The Treasure Coast Laser Regatta- at the Lake
Eustis Sailing Club and limited to the afternoon, but we got three races
in the light and circling wind. There were 19 sailors, with two women,
four youth in 4.7 rigs, and one youth in radial.
Although it was a lottery to get in and out of the "no wind " holes,
three managed really good scores.
James Liebl (2008
Apprentice Master Laser Radial Champion , sailed in Australia) with a
1-1-2 which doesnít much sound like chance.
Dave Chapin 2-3-1 and
Randy Rea (Last years TCS
overall winner) with 4-2-DNF. The DNF was because he had to leave for a
Ray Laguna, multi
class sailor in Florida, was third.
David Hartman, the key to all this, was fourth.
Rob Krentel was fifth after tie break with Hartman.
Glenda Libby, who has
scored well in Treasure Coast races before, came back to sail with us.
She was the first Woman and the only Grandma to sail. She had the
biggest lottery drop with best race a 4 and worst an 11. Local hot shot
Alejandro Illera sailed
into the " same sized hole" with a 3 and 10 finishes (seven points
between best and worst).
The second place woman was 13 year old
Caroline Ladley sailing
Our local Ben Getchell
dominated the 4.7 fleet with three firsts. We were lucky to be able to
talk him into a 4.7, because when he sails a full rig in light air is
trouble up at the top of the fleet.
We were pleased to have had three sailors from the Halifax Sailing
Association. Ten year old Andrew
Clark sailed with the 4.7 and his brother 14 year old
Ryan Clark sailed the
only radial entered. If we had this to do all over again we would have
loaned him a 4.7 to sail. I donít know how David Hartman will handle the
over all scoring, but Ryan will probably pick up four boats in every
race. We had the 4.7s finishing at one lap so we could get another race
off quickly. Jeff Robbins
on loan from the Buffalo (New York ) Canoe Club and hanging out with the
HSA folks had the mid fleet spot of 10.
Charlie Yost was the
first in the 80 year old group. This was his first time out for several
months. Good job Charlie.
Rob Krentel and Dean Grimes teamed up for the trophies with
woodworking and computer stuff, very professional.
We hope that sailing slow for so long was not that miserable. Maybe
what we have learned 1) Keep the boat moving. A lot of changing gears in
the different wind strengths. 2) Watch that wind indicator the tell
tales and the sails. In the light lake winds there a lot of swirls
(changes of direction) and what happens 6 or ten feet off the water can
be a lot different. 3) While you are doing all that, keep "your head out
of the boat", and see what is happening to the wind and boats around the
course. 4) "In light winds, if you are comfortable, you are not sitting
far enough forward." It is against the rules to sit in front of the
mast. 5) Work on the roll tacks and roll gybes. 6) It is sitting quiet
with proper sail trim the rest of the time. 7) Sailing in really light
wind takes practice. Maybe you learned something else besides wishing
for you own private gust more than once.
Say, did you guys know that after you left and on Sunday we had great
10 MPH wind all day?
PS. Did you want to know about the other four that came? Jack
Clark and John Fox
that came from Melbourne and held up the middle of the fleet.Ė
we couldnít have done it with out you.
Arlen Bensen is our heavy
weather sailor came out for the first race anyway.
Max Barten was the Junior
that dropped out early. He was OK after he got ashore and had some more
water. On the hot days bring some water with you in the boat, but also
drink some before you go out. And then THANKS to our regular RC
Joan Bryant and
Marjorie Chapin, to
Martin Zonnenberg who was
taking "action" pictures and Richard Kinnie who did the group
with trophy pictures.
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