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2011 Midwinters East Results for D11

District 11 sailors had a great weekend in Clearwater for the 2011 Midwinters East Regatta at the end of February.  10 sailors made the trip.  They were treated to 4 days of warm temperatures and moderate winds.

  • Adam Glass (SSA)
  • Alden Shattuck (SSA)
  • Bob Tan (SSA)
  • Dave Sliom (SSA)
  • Jeremy Herrin (SYSP/FBYC)
  • Jon Deutsch (FBYC)
  • Mike Carr (AYC)
  • Mike Schmidt (MRSA)
  • Scott Houck (AYC)
  • Ted Morgan (SSA)

Results can be found here.

Jon posted this video of his sailing:

D11 Sailors at 2011 Midwinters East

Laser Midwinters EastThis week is the 2011 Laser Midwinters East Regatta in Clearwater Florida.  Not only will some of the best sailors from District 11 be there, but so will some of the best Laser sailors from around the country and around the world. With 194+ boats pre-registered including a 78 in the Standard Rig fleet and 103 in the Radial fleet, it’s bound to be a great regatta.  Now if only the light winds that plagued the Florida Masters Week last week will give way to a little stronger gulf winds.

@JonDeutsch will also be part of the class effort to tweet updates throughout the regatta on the @LaserMWE twitter account so head on over to twitter throughout week for race updates starting Thurdsay.  And while you are at it, be sure to follow @LaserDistrict11!

Making the trip (or sticking around from last week) from District 11 are:


  • Adam Glass (SSA)
  • Alden Shattuck (SSA)
  • Bob Tan (SSA)
  • Dave Sliom (SSA)
  • Jon Deutsch (FBYC)
  • Mike Carr (AYC)
  • Mike Schmidt (MRSA)
  • Scott Houck (AYC)
  • Ted Morgan (SSA)


  • Jeremy Herrin (SPYC/FBYC)

Laser Midwinters East Entry List

Midwinters East Results

The 2010 Laser Midwinters East concluded on Sunday.  Several District 11-area sailors were among the 198 competitors from 30 different countries.

Mike Schmidt (MRSA) was the top finishing District 11 sailor having qualified for the gold fleet.  Check out a glimpse of Mike rouding the windward mark at the 2:30 mark of this Sailgroove video.

Ted Morgan (SSA) and Alden Shattuck (SSA) were both top 10 finishers in the Standard Silver Fleet.  Mike Carr (AYC), and David Sliom (SSA) also competed in the sliver fleet.

Junior Scott Houck (AYC) cruised to a 3rd place finish in the Silver Radial fleet.


Check out photos and videos on Sailgroove

D11 Sailors at Laser Midwinters East

189 sailors from 29 countries have registered for the 2010 Laser Midwinters East including 5 sailors from District 11.

-David Sliom (SSA)
-Mike Carr (AYC)
-Ted Morgan (SSA)
-Mike Schmidt (MRSA)

-Scott Houck (AYC)

The qualifying series starts on Thursday and concludes on Sunday. David Sliom has already posted a couple updates on the event on his blog and plans to post more throughout the event. The NA-ILCA will also be posting updates on their twitter feed.

Good Luck!! GO D11!!

District Sailors at 2007 Midwinter’s East

The weather might not have been very cooperative for sailing in the district 11 area, but several area sailors were in Clearwater Florida for the 2007 Laser Midwinter’s East this past weekend.

Alden Shattuck from Severn Sailing Association sailed in the Laser Gold Fleet. Alden was the top-placing Grand Master sailor.

In the Laser Silver Fleet Cole Allsopp from Severn Sailing Association sailed to a 5th place finish.

Several Annapolis Yacht Club Sailors competed in the Radial Gold Fleet. Alex Bertrand was the top finisher in 17th. Bo McClatchy and Chip Swatta were also in the group.

In the Radial Silver Fleet was Alaina Bussell from the U.S. Naval Academy.

“Sailing World” Ted Morgan and Luke Shingledecker Featured

May issue article about the Midwinters East Laser Regatta did the laser fleet a great thing- The news and elements of the regatta not only featured the “celebrity” laser sailor; he interviewed sailors who make the regatta numbers and add class spirit to the sport. The author balanced out the story on the total laser regatta experience. Sharp closeup picture of Ted Morgan at the helm. It was another huge fleet regatta and a great read on those experiences at the starting line.

Laser Midwinters

This weekend thirteen District 11-area Laser sailors have trekked to Clearwater Florida for the Laser Midwinters.

Alden Shattuck (SSA), Andrew Hotchkiss (USNA), Andrew Vann (USNA), Bo McClatchy (SSA), Bob Tan (SSA), Chip Swatta (SSA), Chuck Fulmer (USNA), Kevin McGill (USNA), Kristen Ullman (USNA), Luke Shingledeck (SSA), Mac Fletcher (USNA) Patrick Kana (Tred Avon) & Ted Morgan(SSA).

Check out the Laser Midwinters East website to see how they are doing.

2006 Laser Midwinters Preview

The 2006 Laser Midwinters are being hosted by Clearwater Yacht Club February 23-26. This is the sixth straight year the regatta has been in Clearwater, Florida. I’ve made it to every one of them except in 2004 so I thought I would share with you some observations I’ve made over the years.

To begin, every year there have been at least 150 boats in attendance, the largest turnout coming last year with 180 total boats. I have a hunch this year will be the biggest. In 2005 the radials came extremely close to having more competitors, 83 versus 89 full rigs. This may be the year when the tables are finally turned. To-date there are 108 boats registered, 54 radials, 48 full rigs, and 6 4.7 rigs….an outstanding 13 of whom hail from District 11 (MD,VA,DE,DC) and we still have 3 weeks to go before the regatta starts.

As you can imagine, the regatta facility is packed to capacity. There isn’t an inch of land that isn’t covered by a Laser – no exaggeration. The good news is that there is a fairly wide beach for launching, so getting in and out of the water is usually pretty easy. The other good news is that about 20 of the older folks from New England have discovered that staying and launching from the Holiday Inn is a lot easier. That has freed up some much needed space. Here is a link to the regatta headquarters/launching site: Clearwater Community Sailing Center

Masters Midwinters 2006

Things you can count on happening include seeing aging west coast rock star Chris Raab score the best parking space day in and day out, somehow while always being one of the last competitors to show up in the morning. Don’t know who Raab is? You will by the end of the regatta. You can also count on finding the Masters crowd handing out at Big Ben, the English pub with very bad Karaoke. Looking for a good seafood meal? Head South on Gulf Blvd for about 2 or 5 miles and go to Keegan’s. It’s on the left. Call ahead as I really have no clue how far it is. Now for the blow by blow from the past 6 years.


11 boats from District 11 attended the regatta including George Panayides from Hampton YC who finished 19th overall. Off-the-water highlights include Valentines Day dinner. We all went out as a group and choose a nice looking joint right in town. The place was full of couples gazing into each other’s eyes. Fleet 10 had spent the better part of the evening drinking a few cold ones poolside at the motel…so we entered looking like quite the motley crew. We were soon banished to the furthest, darkest corner of the restaurant, so as not to disturb the ambiance for the rest of the patrons…such is life when you’re in the Laser fleet. Ken Campbell somehow got his entire boat re-rigged by Andy at the Tackle Shack. He never admitted how much it cost. We’ll never forget breakfast at Brits. All I remember is Mike Davis asking our waitress to repeat the options for toast. “Vheat, vhite, or vrye?”


There were 81 full rigs and 76 radials. 17 boats from District 11 attended. Over in the radial fleet George Panayides (Hampton YC) finished 2nd overall while Ali Meller, fresh from quiting his job at MCI, finished an outstanding 13th overall in the full rig fleet. Little did we know this would be the beginning of a long absence for George – or that Ali Meller would rise up from the ranks of the unemployed. I guess you could say George went out on top of his game! As for Ali – he has seen the light and is once again entering the world of reality. Other highlights include a guy named Philthy G bagging the regatta after two days; Alden Shattuck (30th) beating his son Brendan (33rd) for probably the last time. And who can forget Greg Stevens – Greg, they are still holding your reservation at the Sands Point Motel!


There were 92 full rigs and 69 radials. 11 boats from District 11 attended. Brendan Shattuck was the top local boat in 36th place. New to the midwinter scene was Liz Hancock (MRSA), Roger Bartholomee (MRSA), and Jen Cook (SSA). I took the plunge in the radial fleet and got my ass served up on a platter. Lessons learned: if you are overweight and completely out of hiking shape (as I was in 2003) sailing a radial isn’t going to make life any easier. In fact it is devastating. One day I may try it again but I will be trim and in fantastic shape.

Results: Http://www.clwyc.org/LaserMidwintersEast03/home.htm


There were 90 full rigs and 65 radials. This was a down year for the folks from SSA as many of them opted to attend Miami OCR. I guess you could say we kind of got sick of the hats and we really wanted to go where we knew it would be warmer! Brendan Shattuck once again was the top local boat finishing 24th overall in the full rigs, while Charles Fulmer (USNA) finished 3rd in the radial fleet. A total of 10 folks from District 11 made this trip including a few from Rock Hall Yacht Club (John Snyder, Mitch Grieb, and Nicholas Place).

Results: Http://www.clwyc.org/LaserMidwintersEast04/


There were 89 full rigs and 83 radials this year. I wasn’t going to go but at the last minute my plans for participating in the J22 mid-winters fell through. I wasn’t about to go back to work so I packed up my boat and headed south on I95. It’s hard to believe even now, but after 4 days of racing we only completed 3 races. Again it was a down year for SSA, but there were still 10 competitors from District 11. Top local boat in the full rig fleet was Midshipman Charles Fulmer (34th) followed closely by Ted Morgan (35th). Austin Kana (TAYC) finished 25th in the radial fleet. The great folks from District 10, Dave Breder and Mike Hecky, introduced me to a great greasy spoon that is next door to the sailing center. What a way to start the day!

Results: Http://www.clwyc.org/LaserMidwintersEast05/

That’s all I’ve got for now. I hope this is enough to encourage a few more of you to make the trip to Clearwater Beach this year. It really is an exciting place to sail! Yes, it can get downright cold, but when that sun comes out and the breeze kicks up there aren’t many better venues out there!