Hello my dinghy and Laser friends.. It’s was a long hot summer and wild-weather fall. But frostbite sailing time is here at last.
Clip from the Hampton Roads Laser fleet who started their fall series today:
Fall series at ODU Sailing center runs through the first week of December. Racing starts at 11. Email robert.suhay [at ] pilotonline.com for more info.
he six-week fall Laser series kicked off with perfect weather and a great turnout on Sunday. A shifty wind blew 10 to 13 knots out of the northwest, with clear skies, mild temps and water still holding onto a little summer heat – well mostly.
Eight racers turned out and the racing was really competitive and fun. Old Dominion University ace Joe David was a step ahead on the shifts, locking up a string of firsts. Close on his heels was fleet newcomer Dixon Smith, back in the Laser for the first time in two years and definitely right back on the bicycle. Mike Moore mentions he was a star at the Naval Academy and he showed a lot of that form all day, especially on the downwinds were he put shoe to posterior.
Daniel Blunt was undaunted in his second outing with the Elizabeth River crew and Richard Armstrong, Jim Shook, Frank Patch and Mike and I had some tight battles behind the leaders.
Lisa again took on the race committee duties and got some more great pictures of the racing. Take a look here: https://plus.google.com/photos/106793374418440005415/albums/5936900939500979361
It’s all the more impressive because the very lumpy conditions at the beginning of the day caused a little stomach distress, but with her usual gracious aplomb, Lisa put on a brave face and kept the action going.
Races were held on a short, four-leg, windward-leeward course of about a half-mile with downwind finishes. Races took about 15 to 20 minutes apiece. I can recommend the two-ball, fast-racing format for dinghy racing if you are looking for a lot of starts and snappy tactics. The fast pace also cuts the pain when there is a wide range of speeds through the fleet and gives everyone plenty of chances to fight back and consolidate race lessons.
Thanks to everyone who participated. You guys made it a great Sunday. Thanks to Old Dominion University Sailing for all of your support and help. And thanks to my wife, Lisa, who took care of the committee duty.
Here are the results from 10-20-13: A little water blurred some of the numbers on race one, so if there are any errors, please let me know and I will adjust the series records.
|Place / sailor||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Race 5||Race 6||Race 7||total|
|1 Joe David||4||1||1||1||1||1||1||10|
|2 Dixon Smith||2||2||3||2||4||2||2||17|
|3 Robert Suhay||1||4||4||3||2||4||3||21|
|4 Mike Moore||3||3||2||4||3||3||4||22|
|5 Richard Armstrong||5||6||5||5||5||5||8||39|
|6 Frank Patch||8||5||6||7||6||7||5||44|
|7 Jim Shook||6||7||7||6||7||6||6||45|
|8 Daniel Blunt||7||Dnf||8||8||Dnf||Dnf||7||57|
Hope to see everyone out next Sunday.
Here are the details for the series again: Racing is at the Old Dominion University Sailing Center, off Powhatan Avenue in Norfolk, Va.. The center will be opened at 10 a.m., skippers’ meeting at 10:30 and racing will begin around 11 a.m. Racing will finish by 1 or 1:30 p.m.
The six-week scored series begins in earnest on Oct. 20, same time and details as above. The series will run for six Sundays, endingNovember 24 with some awards and such. One note, the ODU Monarchs are hosting a regatta on the weekend of Nov. 3-4, so we will be running without a committee boat unless someone can help us out there.
Robert Suhay from the Hampton Roads Laser Fleet is taking a quick survey on behalf of Old Dominion Sailing head coach Mitch Brindley about a one-day Laser clinic in the first full weekend of December.
Mitch is trying to gauge how much interest is out there for a clinic and whether it would be preferable to hold the clinic on Saturday or Sunday.
The clinic would be run by Mitch and the Old Dominion University coaching staff and would involve classroom time and on-the-water drills weather permitting. The fee for the one-day clinic would be $75. Bring your own lunch. Debrief snacks and drinks will be provided at the end of the day.
Could I get a simple show of hands of who is interested and whether Saturday or Sunday would be better? A quick email would do.
Thanks very much for helping out with this. Should be a great event to cap the fall season.
It’s been a great summer, so let’s keep the momentum going and head out for some great dinghy racing with what I think we can now safely call our annual fall Laser and dinghy classic.
The Sunday Laser and dinghy race series resumes with a tune up race on Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Old Dominion University Sailing Center. The center will be opened at 10 a.m., skippers’ meeting at 10:30 and racing will begin around 11 a.m. Racing will finish by 1 or 1:30 p.m. so there is still time to catch the games or get the chores done.
There will be a one-week by-week due to a prior commitment, then the racing gets into full swing starting Oct. 20, same time and details as above. As suggested by several of our regular crew, the series will run for six Sundays, ending November 24 with some awards and such. One note, the ODU Monarchs are hosting a regatta on the weekend of Nov. 3-4, so we will be running without a committee boat unless someone can help us out there.
Mitch Brindley, head coach at ODU, has given the green-light for the series, so there will be Lasers available for charter for competent sailors. There will be some changes, though, this year, in order to help ODU keep their Laser fleet more tidy and organized. There are four boats set up for full rigs (the four on the top shelves) and four rigged for Radial sails (on the bottom rungs). Mitch has asked that we keep the boats standardized as they are in the racks.
With four full rigs for use this year, I will ask those wishing to charter a boat each week to send me a message so we can allocate boats fairly. I also have a spare hull at my house that I can trek down for use and I am pretty sure with a little advance warning we can muster enough for all those who want to sail. (At least, I will do my very best to get everyone out on the water) And those wishing to use my backyard (two blocks from the sailing center) as a depository during the regattas are still welcome to do so.
As in the past, the charters are done on a first come, first serve basis. Cost is $10 per regatta (thanks Mitch for fighting inflation).
A note for newcomers: Fall and winter are beautiful times on the water, but it is going to get cold and with that, comes risk. The series annually attracts a wide range of abilities, but we ask that participants have at least fundamental skills in dinghies and proper attire for the temperatures.
We look forward to another great year and hope everyone can make it out.
Post it on the fridge:
Sunday laser series
Place: Old Dominion University Sailing Center
Time: 10:30 skippers’ meeting
Finish: No races start after 1:30
Dates: Tune up Oct. 6; a by-week, then 6-regatta ODU series on Oct. 20 and 27, and Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24 with awards and a toast.
Racing is free. Laser charter is $10 per regatta (limited number available so drop me an email)