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NOR for 2011 ACC in Wrightsville Beach

The Carolina Yacht Club - beach view

The Notice of Race(doc) for the 2011 Laser Atlantic Coast Championship at The Carolina Yacht Club in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina has been posted.  The event will be held over the April 30-May 1 weekend.

Wrightsville Beach NC is an easy drive from all points in District 11 and this is a fantastic facility and sailing area.  Let’s get a big D11 contingent at this event!

The Carolina Yacht Club in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina- host of some of the finest Laser sailing events in North America. You’ve heard about it, now plan to sail at Wrightsville Beach and enjoy the hospitality!

Laser Start at The Carolina Yacht Club

Photos Courtesy of The Carolina Yacht Club

Atlantic Coast Championship This Weekend

The 2010 Atlantic Coast Championship kicks off on Saturday for two days of racing this weekend. With few big regattas on the east coast this year, this is expected to be a big one. Racing will take place at Sayville Yacht Club on Long Island.

District 11 Sailors who have pre-registered:
Bob Tan (SSA)
David Sliom (SSA)
Henry Amthor (HYC)
Luke Shingledecker (SSA)

Notice of Race (pdf)
Entry List

ACC Blog List

This is a list of blogs and articles that I have found that mentioned either the Standard Rig or Radial/4.7 Atlantic Coast Championship.  Some of these are news outlets and others are sailor blogs.

Radial/4.7 ACC Final Results

The Laser Radial ACCs were held this past weekend at SSA in Annapolis. It was a fairly light air event with a total of 5 races held. Even though it was light it was a great regatta and I think everyone had a good time. The radial event was won by Christopher Stocke and the 4.7 winner was Mary Hall.

2009 Laser Radial Atlantic Coast Championship Winners

Here in the US the radial is primarily a junior and women’s boat so there were a lot of young sailors out for the event. Out of the 63 competing radials 32 were juniors including all of the top 5. There were also 8 4.7s racing, all of whom were juniors.

Standing around the keg Saturday night a number of us were lamenting how badly we were being beaten by kids from high school with our only consolation being that we were old enough to drink the beer. I certainly have a lot of admiration for all the younger sailors who were all very fast(more so than your author who finished in the back half).

Saturday we got in 2 races in super light conditions and both races saw big ups and downs as puffs filled in from different sides of the course. The second race was shortened at the 2nd weather mark after the breeze died and then filled in from the right side causing a bit of reversal in the middle of the fleet.

Sunday we had a bit of a sea breeze and got in 3 races in probably 6-10kts. There was a lot of mixed up chop on the course which made keeping the boat moving fast forward and finding clear air key. Overall youth clearly won out over experience – although the honest truth is that a lot of the younger sailors probably had both in their favor having sailed on high school or college teams.

Overall I think it was a great event and I had a lot of fun. I thought it was awesome how far people traveled to sail – I know there were people from Texas and Canada who made the trip. Even though the conditions were tough it was a great weekend to be out on the water.

Complete results can be found here.

This article by James McKenna.  Read more on James’ experience using New Blocks at the regatta and other posts at The Stern Scoop.

Laser Radial/4.7 ACC Day 1 Recap

The Laser Radial and 4.7 Atlantic Coast Championship started off with 2 races on day one in very light and shifty winds. 61 Radials and 8 4.7 were on the line in 2-5 knot winds.

After a short postponement the first race was started in a light northerly breeze. The fleet started cleanly under the I-flag on the first try. The fleet made good progress toward the first mark, but the wind got even more fluky as the race went on. Those who got a good start and clear air got ahead. By the 5th leg the wind was almost undetectable but both the Radial fleet and the 4.7 fleet made the finish before the time limit.

After a brief wait, a sea breeze started to fill in and the course was reset for the light easterly winds. By that time there was a ripping flood current which pulled sailors towards the pin at the start. One general recall and the Radial fleet got started. Eight sailors were OCS and a few sailors got hung up in the pin boat.

Right after the start there was a little more pressure on the left side of the course up the first beat. On the second beat it was best to sail on starboard tack in a puff going against the current, and sail on port while in a lull.

In the Radial fleet Christopher Stoke took two bullets to lead after the first two races. John Wallace is currently in second and Mateo Vargas is in 3rd. Connor Swikart leads the 4.7 fleet and Mary Hall is in second and Matt Schofield is in 3rd.

The forecast for Sunday calls for a little more wind, but it’ll be another day for the lightweights.

Results are posted on the 2009 Laser Atlantic Coast Championship website.

Atlantic Coast Championship Results

2009 ACC Winners

Racing on Sunday at the 2009 Laser Atlantic Coast Championship concluded with different conditions on different days with different winners. Unlike the warm partly sunny conditions from Saturday, today’s racing saw a little more wind and dreary rainy conditions.

We had a wide variety of conditions and a great warm-up for the upcoming season said Eric Reitinger.

Today we got in 3 more races. In the first race the wind started out around 5-8 and built to 10-12 as weather patterns blew across the bay. It also meant the wind was a little shifty and the RC had to keep adjusting the course. The sailors who picked the shifts tended to win out. “With such a massive starting line it was important to know which side was favored” said Kevin Shockey.

Before the second race the fleet decided they’d rather have starting practice than race and it took 5 tries to get the race started under black flag. The adverse current didn’t help either. As the race went on the wind and waves built and the fleet spread out over the 5 8/10 of a mile legs.

“I really enjoyed running the races. It’s really fun being associated with the Laser Class” Said PRO Mike Waters.

With a 2 and a 1 in the last two races Evan Lewis won the event. He was followed by Raul Aguayo from the Dominican Republic. Rob Crane finished 3rd overall.

First Woman was Ashley Love from SSA. The Juniors were led by Tom Ramsham. In the Masters divisions Todd Hiller was first Apprentice, Andy Roy was first Master, Roger Link was first Grand Master and John Gebhardt was first Great Grand Master.

“The food and refreshments after racing great” said District 18 sailor Kevin Shockey. SSA ran a fantastic regatta. Event Chair Dorian Haldeman and her volunteers ran a great event.

Results are posted on the Laser Atlantic Coast Championship Website.  Severn Sailing Association will host the Radial and 4.7 Atlantic Coast Championship June 6-7.

Photos from off the water here.

ACC Saturday Report

This morning sailors from all over the east coast and beyond arrived at the 2009 Laser Standard Atlantic Coast Championship at Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis Maryland.  Following the skipper’s meeting 83 sailors took to the water with winds between 5-10 miles per hour under overcast skies.  The sailors might have wished for more wind, but were thankful for the overcast skies to keep the power boaters from coming out.

After 2 failed starts, the first race was started under black flag. The leaders mostly stuck to the right side of the Olympic course. The first couple mark roundings for the middle of the fleet were a little chaotic as sailors were still adjusting to the big fleet and new rules. The judges kept sailors from violating rule 42 and a half dozen or so sailors found themselves doing turns.

Dave Perkowski took a bullet in the first race followed by Raul Aguayo and Ray Wuff.

The wind picked up a little bit for most of the second race before starting to shift to the east during the last two legs. Again most of the leaders stuck to the right side of the course.

This time Ward Hackett finished first. He was followed by Robert Pickens and Evan Lewis.

Following the second race, the Race Committee led by PRO Mike Waters, waited about a half an hour for the wind to settle in a little more easterly direction. A race was started, but quickly abandoned when it became clear the wind wasn’t going to hold.

The sailors were towed to shore where the Dolly Girls® had the dollies lined up numerically so they could be quickly brought to sailors hitting the dock. Upon hitting shore sailors were provided refreshments and snacks while raffle prizes from SpinSheet, Helly Hansen and APS were given out.

At 6 the sailors were treated to a Steak Dinner courtesy of Dark and Stormy’s and afterward sailors hung around for a while before eventually scattering for the night.

Tomorrow the fleet is looking forward to a little bit more wind in the 5-10 knot range and hoping the showers stay away.

Complete results are posted at the 2009 Laser Atlantic Coast Championship Website.

ACC Friday Evening Report

This 2009 Laser Standard Atlantic Coast Championship this weekend is shaping up to be another legendary event at Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis Maryland.  Sailors trickled in throughout the afternoon and a few took a practice sail in the moderate afternoon winds.

In the evening sailors unpacked their gear and some hung around for dinner at SSA at Dark and Stormy’s.  Sailors came in from as far as New York, Ohio and Michigan.  As the evening registration closed, 75 boats were registered.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is for 5-10 from the north with a 60% chance of rain.

ACC This Weekend

Standard rig event is this weekend – May 2-3. Last chance for early registration discount. Today is the deadline!! So far 56 registered. This is going to be a big regatta!! View the NOR and Register online.

Two days of Regional Championship racing, continental breakfast both days, dinner and beverages after racing on Saturday, snacks and beverages after racing on Sunday, and a regatta T-shirt are included in the entry fee. There will also be a raffle with prizes from our sponsors.

For those of you coming into town Friday evening, registration will be open from 6pm-7:30pm at the SSA clubhouse. Our SSA chef – Dark and Stormys’ cafe will be open for dinner on Friday evening. If you plan on coming to dinner on Friday, please RSVP to David at realfoodssa@gmail.com.

Also, Spinsheet will be providing us coupons for a discount into the “Boatfest” party at Fawcetts Parking lot on Friday May 1 from 5pm to 9pm. If you would like one, please come to SSA and find me. Live music, beer. http://www.mdmaritimefestival.org/boatfest.html

Menu for Regatta dinner Saturday evening: Rib Eye Steak with Jalapeno Butter, Italian Risotto, Mixed Sauteed Vegetables, and Ginger Cake with Ice Cream and Rum Caramel Sauce.

Sunday there will be burgers and chicken sandwiches before the Awards Ceremony.

We will also have an on the water photographer. Her photos will be on display in a slide show during the regatta party and available for purchase.

Thanks to our sponsors- APS, Helly Hansen, Spinsheet, Sailregattas.com, Boatyard Bar and Grill, West Marine and Zodiac.

Check out the regatta website at http://www.laseracc2009.org

Registration for the is open for both events at http://www.sailregattas.com

Questions- email Dorian at laser@severnsailing.org

Hope to see you there!!