The Bill Heintz Annual Regatta is this coming weekend.
The Notice of Race is here:
Online registration is here:
The Bill Heintz Annual Regatta is this coming weekend.
The Notice of Race is here:
Online registration is here:
The West River Sailing Club (WRSC; Galesville, MD) hosted the Dave Irey Memorial Regatta the weekend of June 1/2. I was ‘tasked’ with writing a report. It’s mostly for the new(er) sailors in our fleet. As a Laser newbie myself, I find it useful to go over the mistakes that I make racing this quirky boat. The write-up has gotten rather lengthy; do not despair (and keep reading; hopefully some useful tips).
The WRSC is situated quite beautifully on a creek that connects to the Bay. And the clubhouse has showers! Highly appreciated, as the story will tell. Driving distance from my home in Gaithersburg is about 75 minutes, and should be less from the Washington Sailing Marina when the traffic is reasonable. Fortunately, in the early morning hours on Saturdays and Sundays, it typically is.
There’s a lawn to rig with a fair amount of shadow. To launch, one needs to cross a sandy slope/mini beach. One does need help getting the boat back up the hill at the end of the day.
The Lasers were the biggest group in this year’s event with a total of 13 entries; Albacores were 12. In addition, seven A-cats and seven Flying Scots. A big PRSA presence, not just in the Laser group (Peter Kossakowski, Dan Miller, Steve Parsons, Frank Tamborello and me), but also among the Albacores (Nich Allen, Farley Will, Barney Harris). Bob Bear, who used to frostbite with us, was in an Albacore as well.
Although one can race Lasers just fine right in front of the club, with so many boats we had to go out quite a distance. It took about 30 minutes with a gentle breeze from astern to reach the racing site. But once we were there, the racing started promptly at 11 and we kept on going with almost no delay in between races. Great; just enough time to drink something because it was hot (high eighties). The RC did five minute rolling starts with the Lasers last. The line was long enough to prevent minor ‘touches' between the more aggressive sailors (aren’t we all?). I thought that the boat end was favored most of the time and tried for a good spot over there. On Saturday all races were W/Ls (2x), about 40 minutes long.
The conditions were very different from the ones on the Potomac. The water was choppy; a light chop from the wind and a big chop superimposed from traffic, although the traffic is not as heavy as around the SSA in Annapolis on weekends. And there are no ‘easy’ nearby landmarks to see if you are headed or lifted. I had mounted a ‘cheap' compass, but the numbers were too small for my old eyes to be of much help. The wind, around 5 mph, provided an advantage to lightweights such as me. Clearly, it takes real focus to keep the boat going in the light air and wavy stuff. I tried to heel the boat to leeward just a bit because I have seen some of the better SSA sailors do this in their environment, typically also choppy. Obviously one also has to be aware of the shifts and figure out where the stronger breeze is. I don’t know about the other PRSA sailors, but I guessed right in the first two races and was able to stay with the leaders. The first one was won by the youngest sailor in the fleet, Leo Boucher (13 yrs). Keep this name in your data box. He was on the US National Opti team and very promising. Second place went to the only lady among us (Jolie Homsher) and I was third, a few boat lengths behind. In the second race I found myself way ahead rounding the upwind mark the second time. I had gone right and it paid! Now there was just a long downwind leg (~10 minutes) to the finish. But it was not to be. The wind was even lighter and first one boat (Leo) passed me on the left and then another (Jolie). To make matters worse, a third boat passed me, way on the right (Roger Link). I almost jumped out of the boat in despair. Why didn’t the breeze come through the middle of the leg? A sad excuse, you may think and you could be right. Should I have sailed more of a curve?
The next two races didn’t go well for me and I finished somewhere near the back of the fleet. The third race was painful for Steve Parsons as well because we both went for the wrong upwind mark. How could that be? The RC had changed the course after the second race and, in our defense, there were at least two racing buoys in the upwind area. The lesson learned is to look around to see where the majority of the fleet is going. I can’t recall what happened in the fourth race, but I was getting tired and happy when the RC called it quits. It took almost an hour to get back to the club, but the sights all around were pretty. As mentioned, the shower felt great after this long hot day on the water and then having to de-rig. After these four races, Leo Boucher was in first place (three bullets).
On Sunday I had to get up early again (ouch). The first start had been moved forward to 10 because of a predicted storm later in the day. In fact, the prediction was for strong winds (15-20 mph) early in the day as well, but once I got to the Club, the breeze looked manageable, even for an old guy. I decided I might survive sailing my full rig. It turned out that I was the only one left racing from the PRSA Laserites. After launching, another long sail out to the racing site. Trickier than yesterday; I kept one knee on the floor of the cockpit and the board up only a few inches to steady the boat because with the waves and the breeze from the back it was easy to loose control. I also tried to keep the sail out at less than 90 degrees to prevent mishaps. But once at the Committee boat, just in time to sign in, I death rolled anyway. Not a good start!
We ended up sailing three long races of about 40 minutes in winds that turned out lighter than predicted (around 10 mph, maybe a bit more initially). Two of the courses were just like Saturday’s W/L (twice around), but the second one was an Olympic one (five legs). But the winds weren’t strong enough anymore to plane on the reaches. With respect to the results, I didn’t have a good day. Largely my own fault! In the first race, I didn’t get the timing right and was about 30 seconds late across the line. Consequently, I sailed pretty much in last place the whole race. The sports psychologists tell us to forget the last race and focus on the next one. I tried doing just that. But right after the start of the second race, with a bunch of us possibly ‘over early’, I heard a double whistle and stopped. This was the General Recall that wasn’t (huh?). I looked back and saw that the RC waved me on. I guess the whistle was a mistake. By now I had some twenty boat lengths to make up as most of the others had kept on going. I could have protested the RC or asked for redress, but who wants to do that? In what turned out the be the third and final race, I was over early and had to go back. No excuse and another poor finish.
I was glad the RC called it a day after those three races. Getting back tacking against the wind took another forty minutes or so (and more hiking).
Roger Link (Fleet Captain of the WRSC Laser Fleet) was the winner. Roger had three firsts the second day and beat Leo Boucher by just a point.
|4th||Laser||191967||Jeffrey Moore||5.0||12.0||4.0||2.0||3.0||(14.0 DNC)||2.0||42.0||28.0|
|7th||Laser||166892||Jolie Homsher||2.0||3.0||9.0||4.0||8.0||(14.0 DNC)||14.0 DNC||54.0||40.0|
|9th||Laser||178857||Adam Glass||7.0||9.0||7.0||6.0||7.0||(14.0 DNF)||14.0 DNC||64.0||50.0|
|10th||Laser||58136||Dan Miller||6.0||5.0||6.0||11.0||(14.0 DNC)||14.0 DNC||14.0 DNC||70.0||56.0|
|11th||Laser||181107||Peter Kossakowski||12.0||10.0||12.0||10.0||(14.0 DNC)||14.0 DNC||14.0 DNC||86.0||72.0|
|12th||Laser||138655||Frank Tamborello||13.0||8.0||13.0||12.0||(14.0 DNC)||14.0 DNC||14.0 DNC||88.0||74.0|
|13th||Laser||148708||Steve Parsons||10.0||13.0||10.0||(14.0 DNS)||14.0 DNC||14.0 DNC||14.0 DNC||89.0||75.0|
Labor Day weekend is the West River Sailing Club Annual Regatta – for more information see the NOR.
WRSC, in Galesville, MD, is offering a FREE Laser/Laser Radial Racing Clinic to all junior sailors on Friday 29 July. Kyle Swenson, WRSC’s Laser/Laser Radial coach with extensive racing experience will be running the clinic. Sailors must provide their own boat and be rigged and ready to start at 09:30. The clinic will be both on and off the water and end at 16:30. Sailors should bring a lunch and water.
All sailors are invited to stay for the Friday Night Racing off the club house dock, starting at 18:00 and ending by 20:00.
WEST RIVER SAILING CLUB
FRIDAY EVENING RACE SERIES
NOTICE OF RACE
Schedule: The series will be sailed each Friday evening from May 6 through August 26, 2011. The first race will start at 6:00 pm. Racing is usually finished by 7:15 pm.
Rules: The series is governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing, and the rules of the Laser Class, except that a 360 penalty (rather than 720) will be in effect for any rules infraction. No protests will be heard (Do your 360 turn).
Class: The series will be sailed in Lasers (full and radial rig).
Starting Time: The first race will start at 6:00 pm sharp. All sailors should pass close to the committee boat before the start to have their name and sail number recorded.
Starting Signals: A three-minute starting sequence will be used.
Course / Marks: The course will be windward-leeward with the start and finish in the middle. The start and finish line will be the same line. The course will be set using round red balls. There will one or two laps. Before each race the race committee will verbally designate the number of laps to be sailed.
Awards: The JOY of sailing a small boat in the West River in front of West River Sailing Club, providing entertainment for those on the lawn and patio.
Dinner: Dinner and drinks are available for sale at the club after racing.
Roger Link Carl Berninger
The NOR for the Dave Irey Regatta at West River Sailing Club on May 22-23 has been posted.
NOTICE OF RACE
1.1 The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) for 2009 – 2012, the prescriptions of US Sailing Association, and the WRSC General Sailing Instructions.
1.2 Any change to this NOR or the West River Sailing Club General Sailing Instructions will be posted prior to 9:30AM the day of the race.
2 ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY
2.1 The regatta is open to all boats of the Laser, Laser Radial, Flying Scot, A-Cat, and Albacore Classes.
2.2 Eligible boats shall register onsite (cash or check only) at WRSC on May 22, 2010, during the prescribed registration period.
2.3 Three boats must be registered for a class to be eligible for separate starts and to receive trophies.
3.1 Required fees are as follows:
All $40 racing fee for 2 days of racing
$5 additional fee if you are not a US Sailing member
NOTE: If you are a US Sailing member, you MUST supply your member number at the time of registration to avoid the additional fee. BRING IT WITH YOU!
3.2 Other Fees
Dinner will be served after racing on Saturday and can be purchased at the time dinner is served. The cost of the dinner is $10, cash only. Light breakfast fare and post-race snacks and soft drinks are available free on Saturday and Sunday. Beer and wine are available at the bar for a small charge.
NOTICE: WRSC will not be supplying bottled water to the competitors. Please bring water or fill your own bottles from our faucets.
Onsite registration will take place at WRSC between 8:00AM and 9:30AM on May 22, 2010. Only cash or checks may be used for onsite registration.
4.2 Dates of racing:
May 22, 2010 All Classes eligible to participate per this NOR
May 23, 2010 All Classes eligible to participate per this NOR
4.3 Number of Races: The total number of races will be at the discretion of the Race Committee. The anticipated number of races is 3 races on Saturday and 2 races on Sunday.
4.4 Times & Skippers Meeting:
Skippers Meeting will take place Saturday May 22, 2010, at 9:40 AM at the WRSC Flag Pole, or inside the club pending weather conditions.
The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race each day is 11:00AM. The Race committee will determine the order of class starts. Subsequent races will be held at the end of the previous race. Follow-on races for a class may start immediately after that class finishes.
No race will start after 3:30PM on Sunday, May 23, 2010.
Each boat shall have satisfied all class requirements for measurements and specifications.
6 SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Sailing instructions for this regatta will be available at the WRSC clubhouse during registration. WRSC General Sailing Instructions can be located on the WRSC Web Site
The Host Club is the West River Sailing Club, located in Galesville Maryland. Directions to WRSC are located on the WRSC Web Site
The general sailing area will be on the West River in the vicinity of the entrance to West River.
8 THE COURSES
The courses to be sailed are described in the 2009 WRSC General Sailing Instructions
There will be one racing area utilized during this event each day. The location of the racing area will be selected by the Race Committee near the entrance of the West River, between the Rhode River and Parrish Creek, as shown in Attachment 1.
The types of courses will be a windward-leeward or a windward-leeward-triangle. Refer to the General Sailing Instructions for official course description and to the Notice Board for any changes. Different classes may sail different courses and different numbers of laps.
9 PENALTY SYSTEM
9.1 For the A-Cat class rules 44.1 and 44.2 are changed so that only one turn, including one tack and one gibe, is required.
10.1 The scoring system is as follows Low Point Scoring System found in Appendix A of the RSS.
10.2 One race is required to be completed to constitute a series.
10.3 (a) When fewer than 6 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.
(b) When 6 or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.
11 SUPPORT BOATS
Support boats may be marked with the letters WRSC.
12 RADIO COMMUNICATION
A boat shall neither make radio transmissions while racing nor receive radio communications not available to all boats. This restriction also applies to mobile telephones, but does not apply to any communication received or transmitted to request or render assistance to a vessel in distress.
Prizes will be given as follows:
Prizes to the First, Second, and Third Place finishers in each class with 9 or more participants.
Prizes to the First and Second Place finishers in each class that has 5 to 8 participants.
Prize to the First place finisher in classes with 3 to 4 participants.
The Dave Irey Memorial perpetual trophy will be awarded to First Place Finisher in the class with the largest number of registered competitors. Ties between/among classes will be broken by considering the largest number of finishers in the first race of the regatta, second race of the regatta, and so forth until the tie is broken.
14 DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.
By registering for this event, each participating boat certifies that they are insured with valid liability insurance with a minimum coverage of $300,000.
16 FURTHER INFORMATION
For further information please contact:
Sue Hauser at email@example.com or 301-949-2695.
The 2009 Laser District Championship was held September 12-13, at West River Sailing Club in Galesville, Maryland. Thirty-three Lasers and 11 Laser Radials from six states raced a six race series on the Chesapeake Bay. There was a perfect 12 knot breeze for four races on Saturday. Sunday the wind was lighter and more shifty, but still good racing. Eric Reitinger (BBYC) was first in the full rig, with Bob Tan (SSA) second, and Mike Schmidt third. Dylan Finneran (TRYC/GPYC) won the radial division with all firsts. Austin Powers (FBYC) was second, and Matthew Mollerus (LYC) third. Kyle Swenson (FBYC) finished fifth and was the top junior. Karen Long (SSA) was the first woman.
View the complete results.
There are also some photos posted on the D11 Facebook Page.