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Written by Doug Carlson   
Saturday, 10 August 2013 00:00

Lansing Sailing Club Annual Regatta

August 17, 2013

It's that time again... The Lansing Sailing Club Laser Regatta is just around the corner. On Saturday, August 17th. the Lansing Sailing Club will host our annual District 19 Laser Regatta. We are centrally located in our great state and have been one of the most highly attended events in Michigan for the past few years with between 30 to 40 boats participating. We pride ourselves in running a well-organized and fun regatta that we hope you will consider participating in this year. As in the past we have some great sponsors and will again be hosting our famous "you cook it" steak and chicken barbeque with our expanded menu that includes baked potatoes and grilled corn cooked on our new 6 foot barbeque. It doesn't get any better than good sailing and great eats !!

The Notice of Race can be downloaded here . While it's not necessary, we sincerely appreciate your feedback / notice of your intention to participate in this event to help us with final plans. Just send Doug Carlson a quick email is all that is needed. Also, please send this announcement to all the other Laser sailors you know who might be interested in participating...

We're looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, August 17th. at Lake Lansing !!


Notice of Race - click here

Location - Lansing Sailing Club - 6039 E. Lake Drive Haslett, MI 48840

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 August 2013 09:12
2013 D19 Championships PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ken   


District 19 Championships

June 22-23, 2013

Irish Boat Shop and Little Traverse Yacht Club, Harbor Springs

Here is a link to some photos taken by Gretchen Dorian (click here)



This last weekend, June 22nd and 23rd, Harbor Springs was home to the 2013 District 19 Laser Championship Regatta. This event was hosted by Irish Boat Shop and the Little Traverse Sailors. Top Laser sailors from across the state competed for the district 19 title on Little Traverse Bay. Two days of racing were scored with 3 races on Saturday, 3 races on Sunday and one throw-out. We had a total of 16 boats on the water, a few less than we hoped for, but the talent was high which made for some tight racing around the marks.


In the end, sailing with the Irish Fleet, it was Harbor Springs own Polk Wagner who finished in 1st place and took home top honors. Polk had a low score total of 11 points after the one throw-out was allowed. Another summer resident and Irish Fleet competitor, Mac Jacob, finished in 2nd place with a total of 17 points. 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions were all within one point of each other. With 18 points it was District 19 Manager, Ken Swetka, taking 3rd place and nudging 4th place finisher with 19 points, Aras Karaitis from Kalamazoo off the podium.


The winds were light on Saturday and light to medium on Sunday, but even without heavy winds the competitors enjoyed the venue and were treated to a barbeque and awards ceremony at Irish Boat Shop. Other sponsors we would like to thank and who helped make the event happen were Little Traverse Sailors, Petoskey Brewing, the Bob-In and Shaggy’s Skis.


Laser Racing will continue in Harbor Springs with the IBS/LTS Summer Racing Series starting this Thursday evening. The racing schedule includes a Thursday series and a Saturday series with 14 events over the summer and a possibility of up to 42 races for the competitors. We will also be offering a Sunfish class for anyone interested in getting out and racing on a Sunfish. Again, for more information on this please contact myself or visit Irish’s website at: http://www.irishboatshop.com/laser_racing


The event was so successful and the venue so perfect, that it was decided that next year’s District 19 Championship will be held in Harbor Springs again.


Smooth Sailing,


Boats Only

Tom Trautman

Irish Boat Shop, Inc.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 11:22
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2013 Regattas/Events (see D19 News section for regatta details)

May 11      GTYC Spring Regatta - Traverse City - Tom Babel

May 18-19   District 18 Championships & US Singlehanded Championships Area E Semi-Final - Port Clinton, OH - Kevin Shockey

June 16     UofM Spring Regatta - Michigan Sailing Club - Baseline Lake, just North of Ann Arbor

June 22-23   D19 Grand Prix Championships  - Irish Laser Fleet  - Tom Trautman / George Peet

July 6-7    Sarnia Sailfest - may also have Masters class - Joanne Abbott

July 27  Leland Laser Regatta - Leland Yacht Club - Allen Northcut

August 17  Lake Lansing Annual - Lansing Sailing Club - Doug Carlson

Sep 7-8   Standard and Masters Great Lakes Championships -     Muskegon Yacht Club - Bob Harvey / Bruce Hansen

Sept 15     UofM Fall Regatta - Michigan Sailing Club - Baseline Lake, just North of Ann Arbor

Sept 14-15     Spring Lake Fall Regatta - Spring Lake Yacht Club - For info click here

Sept 28     No Sweat Regatta  - Portage Yacht Club

Sept 28     GTYC Fall Regatta - Traverse City - Tom Babel

Oct 5        Frosty Mug Regatta - Irish Laser Fleet, Little Traverse Bay, Harbor Springs, 2pm start

Oct 12      Pumpkin Head Regatta - Grand Rapids Yacht Club

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 September 2013 15:25
2013 GTYC Spring Regatta PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 May 2013 19:06


2013 GTYC Spring LASER Regatta

May 11, 2013

First Leg of the BABEL CUP


“A three round fight…with a knockout in the third”


The 2013 GTYC Laser Spring Regatta was a memorable event. What started out as a nice afternoon of Laser sailing quickly turned into a quest of survival.


Seventeen skippers were greeted with cold air and water temperatures to West Grand Traverse Bay.  We had a strong representation from our women and men’s High School Sailing Teams from Traverse City.  The standard rig and radial rigs all started together in the scheduled five race/no throw out series.  RC/PRO JORDON OWEN called for windward/leeward courses. This is the first leg of the Babel Cup, which is added to the fall regatta for the over all champion.


Races one and two started in perfect spring time Laser conditions, wind from the southwest at 8-12 kts, flat water, shifty.  JAMIE STUURSMA (GTYC-Defending 2012 Babel Cup Champion) started out where he left off by hitting the first shift in race one and sailing a strong race for the standard rig win. DIRK PHELPS (GTYC-TC Central Sailing Team) came back from an OCS to lead the radial fleet demonstrating his superior tactics and boat handling skills.  In race two, COLTON GERBER (GTYC-TC Central Sailing Team) sailing a full rig, came out “firing on all cylinders”, had a great boat end start and led the fleet for the first lap. Then the fight was on between GERBER and TOM BABEL during the last run to the finish, with BABEL being able to “keep GERBER hooked to the outside” for the win, followed closely by GERBER and STUURSMA.




I’m not sure if any of us (the racers, the crash boats, the people watching from shore) new what was about to hit West Bay. The wind built to the mid to upper teens during the starting sequence with a 40 degree shift to the right, making the first beat a fetch for TED LOCKWOOD (GTYC-Local Laser Sailing Legend) who had won the boat end start.  As the boats converged on the weather mark so did 30kts plus of wind. Because of the right shift, you had to make a 180 degree turn to head back down the reach to the leeward mark. First LOCKWOOD tried the jibe, didn’t get it around, rounded up to weather, ended up tacking which was the move we all should have done. Then BABEL tried the jibe and immediately “crashed and burned to weather”.  As I came up swimming and stood on my centerboard, the fleet was a debris field   getting pummeled by a 30-40 kt blast. The whole scene was reminiscent of  FOREST GUMP, “THEN GOD SHOWED UP”, when Lieutenant DAN was talking to GOD from the crow’s nest, “COME ON, YOU CALL THIS A STORM”!  A couple of boats were able to hang on for the “ride of their lives” back down to the leeward mark. With a TKO declared on the fleet, at some point PRO OWEN hoisted N over H,  All races are abandoned. Further signals ashore.


One of the larger challenges of the day was getting back to the GTYC which was on the windward shore of a 30kt plus gale out of the northwest.  When it was all said and done, all skippers and boats were accounted for. Then the fleet warmed up inside the GTYC while enjoying some hot dogs and refreshments from WARES FROSTY TREAT. The fleet is looking forward to the GTYC FALL REGATTA on September 28.


Special Thanks To:  RC/PRO- Owen,  Crash Boat- Bob Clark & Ned Lockwood,  Support- Commodore Sorbie, Support- David Gerber/High School Sailing Coach,  Support- Crash Boat /David Phelps.




Full Rig -  1) Babel  2)  Stuursma  3)  Colton Gerber


Radial Rig -  1)  Phelps 2) Maddie Fink  3)Alex Anderson


Top Woman – Maddie Fink


Top Master 45+ with new knee – George Peet

Complete Results Attached.


Submitted by:  T. Babel

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LasersLaser District 19 covers all of Michigan.  We have approximately 150 registered laser sailors, 20 fleets and about 12 regatta's per season.  Jr. sailing is strong within our district as well as College sailing. 
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