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2022 Major North America Events

ILCA-NA has posted a list of major regattas in 2022. Some of which are qualifiers for the World Championships. Here’s what’s coming up in the next few months.

  • 19th Caribbean Midwinters, January 21-23 – Cabarete, Dominican Republic
  • Mexican ILCA National Qualifier, January 28-30 – Neuvo Vallarta, Mexico
  • Florida Masters, February 25-27 – Palm Beach Sailing Club (Palm Beach, FL, USA)
  • California Masters, February 25-27 – Mission Bay Yacht Club (San Diego, CA, USA)
  • Masters Midwinters East, March 1-4 – US Sailing Center – Martin County (Jensen Beach, FL, USA)
  • Midwinters East Championships, March 9-13 (30 GP Points / Qualifier for the 2023 ILCA World Championships) – St. Petersburg Yacht Club (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • Midwinters West Championships, March 24-27 (30 GP Points / Qualifier for the World Sailing 2022 Youth Championships) – California Yacht Club (Marina Del Rey, CA, USA)

And the complete list at: https://laser.org/calendar

2021 FBYC ILCA Series Results

The results for the 2021 FBYC ILCA series have been posted. The season-long series consists of 5 days of racing with Spring, Summer 1 & 2, Fall and Frostbite Regattas. With one day (Frostbite) canceled due to weather the standard fleet sailed 19 races with 21 boats taking part in a race. 5 boats qualified for the series by sailing at least 50% of the races.

Final standings:

  1. James Jacob
  2. Jon Deutsch
  3. Michael Colbert
  4. Britt Drake
  5. Holly Sears

The complete scores can be found here.

We only had a separate fleet of Radials in one event so no series award for Radials this year.

ILCA Member Vote Request – Proposed Changes to the ILCA Constitution

The ILCA World Council and Advisory Council have approved several updates to the ILCA Constitution. In order to implement these changes, according to clause 17 of the ILCA Constitution, approval by two thirds of the membership replying in response to a ballot is now required.

Overview of changes:

  1. The class name has been updated.
  2. Changes to the makeup of the ILCA World Council
  3. It is proposed that all World Council members must explicitly comply with the ILCA conflict of interest policy.
  4. The proposed wording formalizes that the annual accounts are reviewed annually by an independent party prior to publication.
  5. The wording of the disciplinary provisions of the constitution is proposed to be updated.
  6. It is proposed that the voting period for subsequent amendments to the ILCA Constitution is shortened from 6 months to 3 months.
  7. Other grammatical and minor wording changes have been proposed throughout the document to aid in readability and clarity.

Review the complete details and vote online through the ILCA website here:http://www.laserinternational.org/…/ilca-member-vote…/

Voting remains available for the next six months.Please note that only paid ILCA members may vote. ILCA-NA Membership will be verified when the votes are tabulated.

Apprentice Masters – Now Ages 30-44

Promo bumper sticker from ILCA North America (circa 2000).
Rumor has it that an updated bumper sticker is coming soon!

In the near future the ILCA will be formerly announcing an expansion of the Apprentice Masters age group to 30-44 years of age (from 35-44). This will be effective beginning at the 2022 ILCA Masters World Championships in Nuevo Vallarta Mexico (ILCA 7: 5/30 – 6/7/2022 & ILCA 6: 6/9 – 17/2022 – more details online.

The ILCA World Council recently approved this change with the intent to “broaden the tent” by providing the opportunity for more adult sailors to compete in our Masters World championships.

– Andy Roy, ILCA North America Regional Chairman

40th Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Results

Photo by Anna Hubbard

The Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters prove that things do get better with age – both the sailors and the regatta itself which celebrated its 40th annual this weekend. Special guests Happy Hubard and Jim Rodgers were both toasted at dinner along with current competitor and Chef Alain Vincey who all sailed in the very first FBYC Masters regatta in 1981. Alain shared the story of how the regatta was founded – in typical fashion sailors sharing a beer after racing labor day weekend decided to bring their boats and race with only the masters the following weekend and such the event was born. 40 years later the tradition continues and hundreds of sailors have taken part over the years.

Happy Hubard, James Jacob, Jim Rodgers, Kenzie Hubard, Alain Vincey & Anne Rogers Photo by Paul Almany

This year featured 49 sailors, 42 of which hailed from Virginia, Maryland or DC. The largest group was 22 sailors hailing from Severn Sailing Association and they took home a great haul finishing 1-5. This year was also the first year that this event split out the Legends (75+) sub-division from the Great Grand Masters (65-74) and 3 sailors competed for Legend title.

Photo by Paul Almany

Weatherwise the weather was nearly perfect – mid to high 70s during the day, mostly clear and mid-50’s at night. Most of the races were sailed in 5-9 knots of wind out of the SSW. Most races lasted about 55 minutes which left a lot of time to make up for early mistakes and with such a large fleet, finding pressure and clear air were key – but so was being on the right side of the shifts that could come from either side of the course.

Henry Filter (SSA) got out to an early lead with bullets in the first two races.  Bob Tan (SSA) had a solid regatta with all top 10 finishes. James Jacob (SSA), who is no stranger to the podium at this regatta, was fast all the way around the course in Sunday’s race to be a contender again. Ted Morgan (SSA) and Scott Williamson (SSA) both sailed fast to cement top 5 finishes while Jon Deutsch, the top sailor from FBYC, finished 6th.

Dave Waiting (SSA), an apprentice master, won the overall title for his second time with all top 5 finishes. Dorian Haldeman(SSA), Master, won the women’s title for her 4th time and was presented with a newly created Women’s perpetual trophy. The rest of the winners are as follows:

Overall Winner: David Waiting, Severn Sailing Association
1st Woman: Dorian Haldeman, Severn Sailing Association

1st Legend: David Hartman, NOMAD
2nd Legend: James Graham, Potomac River Sailing Association

1st Great Grand Master: Doug Hays, Southern Maryland Sailing Association
2nd Great Grand Master: James Knab, Rehoboth Bay Sailing Association

1st Grand Master: Bob Tan, Severn Sailing Association
2nd Grand Master: James Jacob, Severn Sailing Association

1st Master: Ted Morgan, Severn Sailing Association
2nd Master: Ken Mangano, Eastport Yacht Club

1st Apprentice Master: David Waiting, Severn Sailing Association
2nd Apprentice Master: Scott Williamson, Severn Sailing Association

Rick Klein and a veteran crew of Race Committee members did an excellent job keeping the course square and getting races started and finished. Their patience when the wind wasn’t right ensured we got the most out of the good wind we did have. Alain Vincey with help from John Hubbard, Anna Hubbard and all of the chefs put on a marvelous dinner of Lobster Bisque and Steak Au Poivre that was one of the highlights of Saturday evening.

Finally – thank you to all of the sailors who make this tradition part of their fall calendar. We really do appreciate having you and you are what make this regatta so much fun for the old and the older alike.

RESULTS | PICTURES by Paul Almany, John Hubbard & Anna Hubbard

Laser (49 boats)
Series Standing – 4 races scored

Information is final.
Regatta results last updated: Sunday, October 03, 2021 12:33:00 PM CDT
Click on race number to view detailed race information.

PosSail  Boat  SkipperYacht Club 1  2  3  4 TotalW/ Masters HandicapPos
1  214620  Springbok  David Waiting [Apprentice Master]  Severn Sailing Association  5  2  2  3  12  28  1  
2  211596    Bob Tan [Grand Master]  SSA  8  9  9  2  28  36  2  
3  217593    James Jacob [Grand Master]  SSA  10  6  3  21  40  48  3  
4  210619  Seafood  Ted Morgan [Master]  Severn Sailing Association  6  24  6  1  37  49  4  
5  215737  Buccilca  Scott Williamson [Apprentice Master]  Severn Sailing Association  2  11  12  8  33  49  5  
6  159785  No Quarter  Jon Deutsch [Apprentice Master]  Fishing Bay YC  3  21  4  9  37  53  6  
7  207150  A Little Unstable!  William Lawson [Grand Master]  SSA  4  25  10  7  46  54  7  
8  196141    Ken Mangano [Master]  Eastport Yacht Club  13  14  11  12  50  62  8  
9  166948  Still Looking  Doug Hays [Great Grand Master]  SMSA  26  3  18  13  60  64  9  
10  193965    James Knab [Great Grand Master]  Rehoboth Bay SA  23  16  5  20  64  68  10  
11  218481    Scott Adam [Master]  Brandermill  24  13  1  22  60  72  11  
12  203955  Mrs. Cobia  Dorian HALDEMAN [Master][Women]  Severn Sailing Association  11  8  24  19  62  74  12  
13  188095    DAVID SCHOENE [Grand Master]  Severn Sailing Association  20  7  14  26  67  75  13  
14  198025    Luke Shingledecker [Apprentice Master]  Severn Sailing Association  15  5  17  23  60  76  14  
15  206106  Wild Child  Henry Filter [Grand Master]  Severn Sailing Association  1  1  51/OCS  16  69  77  15  
16  209744  Go NADS  George Slook [Grand Master]  Soon  18  15  22  14  69  77  16  
17  217478  Vintage NADS  Mike Moore [Great Grand Master]  Diego Garcia YC  7  31  7  30  75  79  17  
18  206135  Nobu  Natalie Burls [Apprentice Master][Women]  SSA  12  19  8  24  63  79  18  
19  199916  Geritol Express  David Hartman [Legends]  NOMAD  16  20  19  27/ZFP  82  82  19  
20  188835    Paul LaBossiere [Great Grand Master]  American Yacht Club  22  30  16  11  79  83  20  
21  14850    Bill Kitchens [Grand Master]  Fishing Bay Yacht Club  14  12  23  28  77  85  21  
22  126613  Persephone  Lloyd Leonard [Great Grand Master]  PRSA/WRSC  29  22  27  5  83  87  22  
23  191967  Yellow Tail  Jeffrey Moore [Master]  SSA  17  4  32  25  78  90  23  
24  USA 218475    Michael Colbert [Grand Master]  SSA  21  10  26  32  89  97  24  
25  205405    Steen Byskov [Master]  PRSA  9  28  51/OCS  6  94  106  25  
26  214625  Takaroa  Steven Cofer [Great Grand Master]  Severn Sailing Association  33  27  15  35  110  114  26  
27  216503    Christopher Pfrang [Master]  Hampton Yacht Club  28  37  13  27  105  117  27  
28  158788  Toucanet  James Graham [Legends]  PRSA  41  23  25  34  123  123  28  
29  153006  Flightrisk  Sandy Westphal [Grand Master][Women]  Severn Sailing Association  44  41  30  4  119  127  29  
30  216592  Pony  C POTTS [Apprentice Master][Women]  SSA BTYC  25  32  20  36  113  129  30  
31  189799    Pam Corwin [Grand Master][Women]  Severn Sailing Association  38  38  37  10  123  131  31  
32  152940  Socially Distant  Rob Whittemore [Apprentice Master]  Fishing Bay YC  19  29  21  51/DNS  120  136  32  
33  158718  Pris  Holly Sears [Great Grand Master][Women]  Fishing Bay  37  34  34  29  134  138  33  
34  218491    Rob Emmet [Grand Master]  SSA  27  18  36  51/DNF  132  140  34  
35  184419  Low Freeboard  CHRISTOPHER CHADWICK [Master]  Severn Sailing Association  30  33  35  31  129  141  35  
36  216553    Nabeel Alsalam [Great Grand Master]  Potomac River Sailing Association  34  39  51/OCS  15  139  143  36  
37  160969  piu  Trip Ivey [Apprentice Master]  na  31  17  51/OCS  38  137  153  37  
38  194534  None  Chris Rouzie [Master]  FBYC  32  26  33  51/DNS  142  154  38  
39  203751  AMF  Britt Drake [Legends]  MRYC , FBYC , Laser Fleet 12  42  36  31  51/DNS  160  160  39  
40  199730    Todd Blekicki [Master]  FBYC  40  42  28  39  149  161  40  
41  189783  None  FRANK PATCH [Grand Master]  BBSA  39  43  38  37  157  165  41  
42  174236  Fremojul  Jacques Kerrest [Great Grand Master]  Sailfish Point YC  36  40  39  51/DNF  166  170  42  
43  190205  none  Vince Harris [Great Grand Master]  Marsh Creek S. C.  50/ZFP  35  51/OCS  33  169  173  43  
44  191498    Alain Vincey [Great Grand Master]  Fishing Bay YC  51/DNS  51/DNS  51/DNS  18  171  175  44  
45  204419    David Sweeney [Grand Master]  Laser Fleet 12  46  45  41  40  172  180  45  
46  198035  Elysium  Bryan Reich [Grand Master]  Severn Sailing Association  43  51/DNS  29  51/DNS  174  182  46  
47  200405  no name  edward john [Great Grand Master]  ssa  45  44  40  51/DNS  180  184  47  
48  193364  Lotus  Eric Perkins [Apprentice Master]  Fishing Bay YC  47  47  43  41  178  194  48  
49  171633    Anna Brammer [Apprentice Master][Women]  SSA  48  46  42  42  178  194  49  

The Boat that Ian Built

The amazing success story of the Laser, a thirteen-foot sailboat built by Ian Bruce of Pointe Claire, Québec, and of Performance Sailcraft, the company he formed to produce and market it. Simply designed, durably built of fiberglass, it is a pleasure craft that has brought summer sailing within everyone’s reach on coastal and inland waters around the world.

2021 Crab Claw Regatta NOR

Severn Sailing Association and ILCA Fleet 10 hope you can join us for the annual Crab Claw Regatta, September 18-19, 2021! Aside from the excellent racing on both days, your entry fee includes a regatta sun gaiter to celebrate the 50th year of ILCA, a great dinner and cool beverages after racing on Saturday. Registration is OPEN

https://theclubspot.com/regatta/IlPV27nauC

2021 Rehoboth Bay SA Laser Regatta Results

The weather for the Laser regatta turned out picture perfect. But thanks to the weather man who predicted rain all day we ended up with a small fleet. The moral of the story is don’t listen to the weather man because most of the time he is wrong!

With the exception of Scott Williamson who sailed a perfect regatta the competition was very tight. Congrats to Marilyn Spitz on sailing her first Laser regatta.

Thanks to race committee Dave, Marie, Stew and ground crew Brenda & Don for making this a successful event. After racing we all enjoyed pizza and cold beverages.

Jim Knab

Laser (8 boats) (top)
Series Standing – 6 races scored

PosSail  SkipperYacht Club 1  2  3  4  5  6 TotalPos
1  215737  Scott Williamson   Severn Sailing Association  1  1  1  1  1  [2]  5  1  
2  199937  Len Guenther   FBYC  [5]  2  2  2  2  1  9  2  
3  166948  Doug Hays   SMSA  2  5  3  4  [6]  4  18  3  
4  193965  James Knab   Rehoboth Bay SA  3  4  [7]  6  3  3  19T  4  
5  209698  Rob Emmet   SSA  4  3  5  3  4  [6]  19T  5  
6  214625  Steven Cofer   Severn Sailing Association  [6]  6  6  5  5  5  27  6  
7  184116  JuneRose (JR) Futcher   Severn Sailing Association  [7]  7  4  7  7  7  32  7  
8  215966  Marilyn Spitz   RBSA  [8]  8  8  8  8  8  40  8  

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