Monday, May 17, 2010

May 15 and 16, 2010.. Lasers had six boat out on Saturday for five races and seven boat out of Sunday for five races with a total of 9 sailors.

Rob Krentel 1-1-1-1-1+ 2-2-2-2-2=15
Sam Chapin 2-2-2-3-2+4-3-3-3-4= 28
Tom Rhodes 3-4-4-4-3+5-5-5-5-6=44
Marc Solal 5-5-5-5-ns+3-6-6-6-3=51
Alejandro Illera 50+1-1-1-1-1=55
Cameron Smith 4-3-3-6-ns+50 =73
Jack Delaney 50+6-4-4-4-5=73
Luke Yates Ns-ns-ns-2-ns+50 =80
Alan Edelberg 50+50 =100

Alan Eldelberg, the fancy tiller guy, has not sailed with us for a while and then the wind was up on Sunday and that combination sent him home early. Thanks to Scott Tillema and another MC guy that came out in motor boat and helped him get his act together.

Jack Delaney, our Cleveland snow bird friend, sailed with us again and was changing places regularly with Marc and Tom. He may be back Memorial weekend, but is about ready to head back North.

Cameron Smith was our first youth, sailed the full rig on Saturday and did a great job. When he gets the super vang stuff down better, he will be a real terror to us older folks.

Luke Yates came out at 11 o’clock on Saturday with the radial rig. Our super race committee took time and he corrected out to second place 0.05 minutes ( that is about 2 seconds) ahead of Sam. Good work Luke.

Marc Solal got a bailer put in his boat on Saturday afternoon. The bailer has been changed just a little– it is harder to put in now. Marc is one of our most regular coming sailors and often is the last one at the finish. So be sure to tell him how much he means to rest of us, and what a good fellow he is. OUR FAVORITE SAILOR. Now he really is sailing better, with a third place twice on Sunday and in the mix at the windward mark.

Rob Krentel won all the races on Saturday by starting better, better upwind, better mark rounding, and better down winds. He is our regular mark setter. If you don’t like the course, tell him about it.

When Alejandro Illera came back on Sunday , he and Rob did the twins thing again. Always right together. Rob had him beat a couple of times, but let him slip by at the last minute.

It was a great weekend to finish off the official 2009-2010 season. Trophies and stuff on Memorial Day weekend in two weeks.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Laser sailing the first of May. Eight races on Saturday and seen races on Sunday.

Finishes below have been corrected for “time”.
Alejandro Illera 1-1-1-1-2-1-1-2+2–1-1-1-1-1-1 18
Rob Krentel ns-2-3-2-1-2-2-1+1-2-2-2-2-2-3 33
Marc Solal 2-ns-ns-3-5-3-3-3+4-4-3-4-4-4-4 58
Sam Chapin 3-3-2-4-3-ns-ns-ns+3-3-5-3-3-3-2 61
Cameron Smith 4-ns-ns- ns-4-4-3-4+ns 93
Jack Delaney ns+6-6-4-5-5-5-5 100
Charlie Jensen ns+5-5-6-ns-ns-ns-ns 111

Cameron Smith and Sam both worked out in 4.7 rigs. Alejandro cleaned up as usual, but Rob was always right with him and always managed to win some of the races.

Cameron sailed on Saturday and started out with the Radial rig which was the right choice, but came in after the first race and changed to 4.7 making it back out for the last four races. On corrected time he jumped from 5 to 4 in race 5, stayed 4 in R6, jumped to 3 in R7, and held onto 4 in R8. We will try to get Cameron to share a little of how it feels to shift from radial to 4.7.

Jack Delaney, lawyer from Cleveland, Ohio, that winters in Edgewater came and sailed with us on Sunday. He visited us last year and sailed this year at Mt Dora Regatta. Jack likes our club, sailing the full rig and is really good at righting the boat. We hope he hangs out in Florida a little longer this year.

Charles Jensen, the very first LESC Laser sailor, came to sail with us again Sunday. He and Mary have a bigger boat, grandchildren and all those interruptions. We hope we can see him more this Summer. He broke something and missed the last four races.

Now we are down to our four regulars. Marc, Sam, Rob and Alejandro. Marc had a second place in Saturdays’s first race. Then he missed a couple of races Saturday to fix some rigging problems. He scored out third on Saturday and for the week end. Good work Marc. We hope to get you name in the sports section of the paper.

Sam chickened out on you folks. On Saturday with the full rig after the first hour he was just tired and figured it was time to go home. On Sunday he was putting up the full rig and looked up the lake and saw all the white caps forming– and went looking for the 4.7 rig. I think that was my first time sailing the 4.7 in races. Of course the boom is much lower and really low with super vang, so I left the vang off going up wind to make it a little easier getting under the boom. The tacking angle seems to be much greater in that kind of wind and I tacked too early several times closing on the windward mark. I tried to sail my own race, planning to just be close at the finish and hope that the time correction would let me in from of some. Actually I was beating people boat for boat, probably because we just need more practice when the wind is up like that. Down wind is when the smaller sail made it tough to keep up. Maybe the hardest thing for me was to power up the sail and not be stalled out, when I hit some of the soft spots.

With the time correction Sam jumped to 3rd in the first two races, stayed at 5 in the first triangle and finished in third in the rest of the races except in the last race he corrected to second.

Rob Krentel continues to push Alejandro and the two are together usually all the way around the course. Rob had set up the Arlen Bensen Triangular course and we sailed it twice.

Alejandro Illera continues to dominate even in the higher winds. He is super vanging, keeping the boat flat in spite of giving height and weight to Rob. Keep it going you two, and we will try to get Ben Getchell and Dave Chapin back to sail with you this Summer.

Don’t forget one more weekend racing in this last series before the Memorial Day Series. We will try to continue racing every other weekend during the Summer so stay tuned.