Sailors Compete for a good start.
Picture by Stephen Wagner

Results of the 2008 Lake Lansing Laser Regatta
Held Saturday, August 23, 2008
at the Lansing Sailing Club

Sponsors: Michigan Brewing Company, Dusty's Cellers,
Environmental Process Dynamics, West Marine, Spagnoulas

Photographs: Stephen Wagner
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Video: Jonathan Ahlbrand
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Lake Lansing Laser Captain: Doug Carlson

Race Committee: John Fishbeck (PRO), Jonathan Ahlbrand, Ian Clemens, John Kolstoe,
Larry Koster, Neil Harrison, Ron Marshall and Julie Pierce.

Special Support: Maribeth and Jim Fletcher

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Regatta Winner Hiroshi Maeda.
Picture by Stephen Wagner

Top Junior Michael Seago.
Picture by Stephen Wagner

Video Highlights
by Jonathan Ahbrand

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Hiroshi Maeda gets a jump at the start
Picture by Stephen Wagner

Maeda Wins August 23 Laser Regatta

Overcoming what were sometimes close to survival conditions for some of the sailors, Hiroshi Maeda, a visitor from Japan, won the 2008 Lake Lansing Laser Regatta by one point over last year's winner Craig Pearson. Michael Seago was the top Junior Sailor among a group that seemed to take a lot of delight in the abundance of capsizing. Not many sailors escaped getting totally wet.

Bringing his own sail, blades and control lines, Maeda borrowed Commodore Pat Dolan's boat and showed how it should be sailed. Winning the first race while '07 winner Pearson death rolled on the downwind gave the Japanese visitor a quick start. Pearson recovered however to win the next two races while Maeda took seconds. At the break, Maeda was leading, but with a throwout undoubtedly coming after six races, his lead was in jeopardy.

After the lunch break, Maeda was back in winning form, taking races four and five while Pearson was second and third. This guaranteed Maeda the championship even if Peason took the final race (which he did).

Other than a 17th that constituted his throwout, Michael Seago sailed a solid 6-(17)-11-11-8-7 regatta and was the top Junior Sailor in a very tough field.

Lake Lansing's Mike Moody, who likes a windy day, got his wish and was the third place sailor - and top Lake Lansing sailor. Mike's day on the water was one of the most consistent with a 2-4-4-(6)-2-2 to show for his effort.

In all, 24 sailors participated in the Regatta including a dozen of Lake Lansing's Laserites.

John Fishbeck led an efficient Race Committee consisting of Jonathan Ahlbrand, Ian Clemens, John Kolstoe, Larry Koster, Neil Harrison, Ron Marshall and Julie Pierce. With the challenges of keeping the race course in line with the wind, they were actively monitoring the many capsizes and assisting sailors.

Maribeth and Jim Fletcher took responsibility for picking up the steak and chicken as well as other good eatin's for the post race "cook-it-yourself" BBQ and the number of LSC Club members that volunteered was fantastic. "I am continually overwhelmed by the number of people that are willing to contribute their time to make this event a success," said Laser Fleet Captain Doug Carlson. "It is truly what makes the Lansing Sailing Club such a special place. Many thanks to the many member volunteers that gave their support to this regatta effort."

Participants were very appreciative of the contributions made by sponsors. Michigan Brewing Company generously provided liquid refreshment, Dusty's Cellers and Blaine Severin's Environmental Process Dynamics donated wine for door prizes. Spagnoula's donated a gift certificate and West Marine provided a bag of goodies sailors always appreciate getting.

Regatta Results

Note: With six races, there was one throwout. The throwout is listed in parens.

Place
Sail No
Skipper
Race 1
Race 2
Race 3
Race 4
Race 5
Race 6
Total
1
JPN 175453
Hiroshi Maeda
1
2
2
1
1
(6)
7
2
137086
Craig Pearson
(10)
1
1
2
3
1
8
3
168586
Mike Moody
2
4
4
(6)
2
2
14
4
179211
Doug Carlson
3
(5)
3
4
4
3
17
5
155254
Olav Messerschmidt
5
3
5
10
(25/DNF)
4
27
6
161001
Mary Vorel
8
6
7
3
6
(25/DNS)
30
7
158743
Jim Meyer
4
12
6
8
(25/DNF)
12
42
8
168586X
Susanna Wagner
9
10
10
5
9
(15)
43
9
187125
Michael Seago
6
(17)
11
11
8
7
43
10
190246
Peter Polgar
7
7
12
(13)
10
10
46
11
188943
Blair Listwan
14
8
14
(16)
7
8
51
12
158712
Steve Wiseman
11
15
8
9
(25/DNF)
9
52
13
176043
Scott Watkikns
(13)
9
9
12
11
11
52
14
57388
Nikiforos Delatolas
(25/DNS)
25/DNS
25/DNS
7
5
5
67
15
188944
Conner Flaska
(17)
13
16
14
12
13
68
16
154524
Roy Toth
16
14
13
15
(25/DNS)
25/DNS
83
17
159941
Blaine Severin
18
(25/DNF)
25/DNF
17
13
14
87
18
137205
Bob Miller
19
11
15
(25/DNS)
25/DNS
25/DNS
95
19
525
David Hendrie
20
16
(25/DNF)
25/DNS
25/DNS
25/DNS
111
20
184396
Pat Dolan
12
(25/DNF)
25/DNS
25/DNS
25/DNS
25/DNS
112
21
176255
Tom Hernick
15
(25/DNS)
25/DNS
25/DNS
25/DNS
25/DNS
115
22
6
John McEnhill
22
18
(25/DNS)
25/DNS
25/DNS
25/DNS
115
23
125228
Jo McGlew
(25/DNS)
19
25/DNF
25/DNS
25/DNS
25/DNS
119
24
138935
Chris Strugar-Fritsch
21
(25/DSQ)
25/DNF
25/DNS
25/DNS
25/DNS
121

Third Place: Mike Moody.
Picture by Stephen Wagner

Some of the Participants, Regatta Crew and Guests.
Picture by Stephen Wagner

Second Place: Craig Pearson.
Picture by Stephen Wagner