On behalf of Rock Hall YC and the Race Committee we would like to Thank everyone who came out on Saturday 5 October 2013 to the RHYC Hard Rock Laser Master Regatta. Our summer like warm weather with temperatures in the mid 80’s, beautiful blue sky’s and light winds that ranged from 2 – 5 knots provided for easy sailing conditions. All five races on the Windward – Leeward courses kept the fleet of 20 boats finishing within 3 minutes or less of eachother. The light winds and outgoing tide was a challenge on the first race. But during the race the wind filled in from the South and remained steady throughout the rest of the day. Racing in each of the front, middle and back pack was keen.
Susan Taylor a Grand Master was the overall regatta winner. She had very tough competition among the other leaders Had Brick, Mike Schmidt, Jim Knab, Bill Lawson and Rick Landell to name a few. Mike Schmidt the top Master level finisher placed 3rd overall and finished 1st in race #2. Jacques Kerrest as a Great Grand Master who placed 6th overall best finish was 4th in Race #2. Ben DuPont and Faye Flam as leaders of the middle pack used the shifting winds of the 1st race to their advantage coming in 1st and 3rd and finishing 9th and 8th overall. Rounding out the middle pack Dave Magno, Dennis Russom, Jeffrey Moore, Steven Schmidt and Jolie Homsher kept the racing tight and exchanging positions among themselves were hard fought. Fred Scheafer who finished 7th in race #1, Doug Hayes, Chris Bolton, Michael Faubel and Christine Mooney rounded out the back pack where the racing was just as challenging as the front group. Positions changed and David Mooney the youngest competitor as an Apprentice gave the back pack a good run for the money.
After a wonderful day on the water and the quick repacking of boats cool drinks were enjoyed at the club bar, followed by the awards giving by the clubs Commodore Joe Skinner and race’s PRO Dyer Harris.
Photos by J.R. Futcher, Article by Sandy Sponar