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NOR Hampton Roads Sailing Fall 2012 Laser series

It’s been a great summer, but now it’s time to dust off the westsuit and booties and get chillin’.

The Sunday Laser and dinghy race series resumes this Sunday, October 28, with a tune-up 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 ro 1:30 p.m. so there is still time to catch the games or get the chores done.

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 are eight boats, and six full rigs. Charters are done on a first come, first serve basis. Cost is $10 per regatta. I also have a spare boat at my house if we run short.

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.

The series will open (in the tradition of last year) with an away-game at Fishing Bay Yacht Club for their annual End-of-the-season Frostbite. So many of our southern bay regulars commit to that great regatta and excellent club. If you haven’t been there, it’s worth the trip and Jon Deutsch is a great host.

The series picks up again at ODU on the following Sunday, Nov. 11, and will continue through Dec. 9.

We look forward to another great year and hope everyone can make it out.

Please feel free to contact me at robert.suhay@pilotonline.com and be sure to spread the word.

Robert Suhay


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Sunday Laser series
Place: Old Dominion University Sailing Center
Time 10:30 skippers’ meeting
Start 11:00
Finish: No races start after 1:30
Dates: Tune up Oct. 28; (Away game opener Nov. 4 at Fishing Bay Yacht Club – NOR available at Laser District 11 website); ODU series Nov. 11, 18, 25, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9. Race starts at 11 a.m. Finish by 1 to 1:30

Hampton Roads Sailing: April 29

Another great season drew to a close for the Hampton Roads Sailing Fleet with some great conditions and great competition. Wind hovered around 10 knots out of the North for the afternoon with some fairly flat conditions, so the racing was fast and fun.

ODU alum David Tunnicliffe returned for the finale and quickly turned the motor on. It’s great to watch someone work the shifts and the waves the way David does, and his skill turned into a top finish. Neil – where were ya????

Mike Moore got his licks in, too, taking a race. Mike also provided the laughs, turning a spectacular toll tack into a roll over while trying to leebow David.

“I saw him coming and I thought to myself: I’m going to make this really good. I gave it a good roll, but I slipped and just couldn’t get to the top,” Mike said.

The regulars were joined by ODU freshman Andrea Luna, making a first appearance with the fleet. She rigged up a radial and showed you don’t need more cloth to go fast – taking a handy second behind Dave in the first race.

It is only fitting to extend a big thanks to Old Dominion University Sailing for all of their support for the fleet. Mitch, Charles, Kara, we can’t do this without you.

Here’s wishing everyone a great summer season. See you in the fall when we pick it up again after the Long Distance Race and the Neptune Challenge.

Following are Sunday’s results:

Pos. Sailor Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total
1 David Tunnicliffe 1 1 2 1 1 6
2 Mike Moore 4 3 1 2 3 13
3 Robert Suhay 5 2 3 3 4 17
4 Ron Thompson 3 4 5 4 2 18
5 Andrea Luna 2 5 4 5 5 21

Hampton Roads Sailing: April 15

Sunday turned out to be some of the best racing of the season, with strong winds out of the southwest at 8 to 14 knots. The tide was running out pretty hard which made for a fairly calm surface. Speeds were pretty fast and we took advantage of the conditions by setting a reach marking and running modified Olympic courses with a downwind finish. The reaches turned out to be pretty exciting and a lot of places changed hands with perfect surfing conditions delivering extra speed to the well-placed – and pumped – boat.

It was a five-way match up for most of the day, with ODU’s Zach Runcie joining in late as sixth-man (and ringer).

The racing was very tight, and the scores show it was really anyone’s game. Som strong gusts coming in put everyone in the drink at one point or another, and I have the ignomany of walking the boat across the line in the 4-foot low tide, having capsized within reach of the finish as I tried to hold off a charging Andrew Newbold – then did a double flip trying to right the boat fast to hold off the others. (I’ll be here all week. Don’t forget to tip your servers.)

Ron Thompson, who always pegs himself as Mr. Inconsistancy, turned in the most consistent performance and edged Mike and me by a point.

A note to racers: There are only two weekends left in the series, so get in on the fun and warm up for the summer. There are charters available through ODU.

This Sunday will also see ODU on the water in force fot the MAISA regatta. We will be running our series upriver a bit toward the Lafayette. If anyone has a little powerboat we can use for committee that would be greatly appreciated.

Pos. Sailor Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total
1 Ron Thompson 3 1 2 3 2 11
2 Robert Suhay 2 5 3 1 1 12
3 Mike Moore 1 2 1 4 4 12
4 Andrew Newbold 5 3 4 2 3 17
5 Jaclyn Hollander 4 4 5 5 5 23

Thanks again for everyone who came out and made the event a success. Ian, thanks for doing RC duty. And thanks again to Old Dominion University Sailing for making it all possible.

See you Sunday, 4-22. Robert Suhay

Hampton Roads Sailing: April 1

Ron and Greg

Well, we are into the home stretch, with only one month left in the series, and the eighth weekend saw the return of several Hampton Roads stalwarts: Richard Biggs, a series regular who was away for a few weekends; Ron Thompson, who just a week before had a solid 5th place finish out of 22 at the Cap City Regatta; Aaron Applegate, who continued to move up the fleet with some very nice finishes and good starts; and Greg Lanese, who reminds everyone looking for adventure this fall to keep the Ocean-venue Neptune race in mind.

And once again, the wind made a pleasant appearance, too, bringing about 8 patchy, shifty knots to the course out of the north and northeast. At least the water was warmish (shorts weather for the frostbite hardened) and the air temperatures climbed up into the 60s. It was the kind of day where you had to stay in the pressure, and the pressure kept moving around. But that made it kind of exciting, with a lot of lead changes and a lot of names in the winner’s circle – if only for one of the five races.

Photo Finish

We ran windward leewards again on a half-mile course, with downwind finishes. This is a really convenient setup for the committee, since it involves setting only two marks, the winward and the pin/leeward mark. And the downwind finishes make for some very interesting battles and close calls. The photo above shows another hotly contested battle at the finish line. Greg Lanese took it to finish third, but it was so close that Ron Thompson and I, who were leeward of the line and watching the action, though Richard had taken it. Oh well, next time, Richard. It was a good race.

There is an excellent video of the racing posted on YouTube by Lisa, who did the honors as race committee and brought her camera along. Check it out here if you have a moment. It’s short.

Pos. Sailor Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total
1 Robert Suhay 1 2 2 3 1 9
2 Andrew Newbold 2 5 1 2 2 12
3 Ron Thompson 6 1 5 1 3 16
4 Greg Lanese 3 3 4 5 5 20
5 Aaron Applegate 4 6 6 4 4 24
6 Richard Biggs 5 4 3 6 6 24
7 James Shook 7 7 7 7 7 35

Thanks again for everyone who came out and made the event a success. And Lisa, thanks for doing RC duty. And thatnks again to Old Dominion University Sailing for making it all possible.