David was well known at FBYC for his involvement in the Laser Fleet and beyond. David was our fleet captain in the late 90’s and early 2000’s and chaired our Chesapeake Laser Masters Championship during those years including the US Laser Masters that we held in 2000. A quick clip of him from that event. David would serve numerous years on the FBYC board and was Commodore in 2003. Afterward he was a champion for volunteerism at the club.
The Laser Frostbite Regatta was the last event of the year at FBYC and we made it quite easy on the RC by setting a course that allowed them to signal it from the dock. The wind was just the right direction out of the south west where the RC could run the races from the end of the dock. We used a boat to move the weather mark and pin. They had a great time and the proximity to shore enabled the sailors make breaks at the club in between races.
The wind was a little light for this one, but we rolled through the races doing short courses with 10 boats. Charlie Brewer once again sailed incredibly consistently and took the day. I followed in 2nd with Len close behind. What a great way to end the season! – Jon D
It was the 35th Anniversary of the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship and the regatta is finally old enough to be a competitor. The color coral commemorates a 35th anniversary and the shirts we designed turned out pretty cool:
The first day saw medium winds just into the double digits with mostly clear skies. In 5 races we had some close competition up top between Gavin O’Hare and Charlie Brewer who both finished the day tied with 20 points. Mike Schmidt was close behind in the 41 boat fleet.
Alain and his kitchen crew prepared another fabulous me and a tent city popped up full of sailors.
Sunday started out with no wind and we waited ashore as it began to build about an hour later. A little lighter than yesterday we ran a little shorter courses and made it through 4 more races. Charlie and Gavin stayed close and Gavin managed to edge just ahead of Charlie to win the championship.
Thanks to Alain, Rick, Len, Frank and everyone else who helped make this another great Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship. And after 13 years of only being the event chair – I’ll be looking forward to next year where I can both run it and qualify to sail in it!
We had a great day for sailing on Saturday for our Laser Fall Regatta. We had 7 sailors out and we took out 6 Lasers and a RIB. Each sailor took two turns running the races while everyone else sailed. Jon jumped from boat to boat and sailed a different boat each race. We did 14 total races in just over 3 hours right off the dock in a 4-6 kt north east breeze. We used Ruthana Jenkin’s auto horn to run a 3 minute horn start so all the RC person had to do was hit start, call the over earlys, and record the finishes.
Charlie Brewer was most consistent and won the day by 3 points over Jon Deutsch. 3rd was Nicholas Cabell who is a member of FBYC Laser Development team. And a big welcome to Denton Roberts who sailed his first race in a Laser in over a decade and looked sharp and beat some boats in some races.
Following racing, Ruthana Jenkins had some bbq and we all sat around the table and recounted the day of sailing. Thanks Ruthana for the food and the use of your starting horn.
No wind in the morning so we postponed onshore for 2 hours and then went out to catch the sea breeze. The Braun family ran 5 races for us and we had 8 standard rigs and 4 radials out racing. Charlie Brewer sailed a superb day and wasn’t able to be caught taking 5 bullets. Jon Deutsch finished 2nd scrambling to stay ahead of Rob W and Csilla Gal. Big thanks to Matt Braun and Doug Bendura for heading up the RC.
The NOR is now posted and online registration is now open for the 2015 Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship onOctober 17-18.
Fishing Bay Yacht Club will host the 34th Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship this October. FBYC’s Laser Fleet will welcome sailors from around the mid-Atlantic and beyond for great sailing, great food, and great friends.
Alain Vincey will be back to put on another great dinner and our RC team lead by PRO Rick Klein will be back again to put on solid racing.
Visit theNotice of RaceandRegister OnlinebeforeOctober 12to get the early discount. T-shirts will be available to those who register early while supplies last.
The first Laser Regatta of the four event season was held on Sunday, 7 June. The 10 competitors, including two from North Carolina and one from Florida, enjoyed five races in a moderate and tactically challenging breeze. Austin Powers demonstrated that he has not forgotten how to race a Laser since moving on to his Tartan Ten. PRO Mark Stephens and his team did an outstanding job of adjusting the course as conditions changed throughout the day.
As is a long standing tradition with Laser regattas at FBYC, the post race food and beverages were excellent. A variety of gourmet sandwiches prepared by Brad Squires were enjoyed by all.
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.