The 2015 Laser Atlantic Coast Championship tested competitors both mentally and physically with long courses over shifty winds and current. Eric Reitinger (Brant Beach YC) had consistent finishes near the top nabbed him the Standard Championship while Fishing Bay Yacht Club’s Alexander Hanna put up all top 3 finishes to win the Radial division.
Radial Champion Alexander Hanna
Saturday’s racing saw the sailors racing out in the Chesapeake Bay where the currents of the Rappahannock River and the Piankatank river all converge. Winds started in the low double digits and the first race had most of the fleet racing for nearly an hour and a half. By the time the standards started the second race- the wind eased, the current built and they sailed a shortened 3 leg race in 5-6 while the radials were postponed at the starting line.
By early afternoon the breeze came back for 2 more races. Eric Reitinger, Jon Deutsch (FBYC), Dan Herlihy (FBYC) and John MacCausland (CRYC) all won races in the Standard Fleet. Alexander Hanna and Carrson Pearce won races in the Radial Fleet.
The long day on the water was rewarded by an awesome Alain Vincey dinner followed by raffling some APS and Dynamic Dollies gift certificates and merchandise.
Sunday’s early start allowed both fleets to get in one more race in a dying breeze. Charlie Brewer (Hampton YC) won that race in the Standard fleet while Gage Wilson (LYC/CYC-NC) won the Radial Fleet. Finishing 2nd in the radial fleet in that race was Boyd Bragg (FBYC) sailing his first ever Laser regatta.
Standard Champion: Eric Reitinger
Congratulations to all of the winners and thanks to all of those who travelled from near and far to sail with us. Also thanks to Mike Waters, Rick Kline and all of the folks helping run the races and to Brad Squires and Alain Vincey for the breakfast and dinners.
- Eric Reitinger (Brant Beach Yacht Club)
- John MacCausland (Cooper River Yacht Club)
- Bob Tan (Severn Sailing Association)
- Charlie Brewer (Hampton Yacht Club)
- Mike Russom
- Alexander Hanna (Fishing Bay Yacht Club/Hampton Yacht Club)
- Carrson Pearce (Surf City Yacht Club)
- Gage Wilson (LYC/ESC)
- Leo Boucher (Severn Sailing Association)
- Corinne Peters [1st Radial Woman] (Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron)