Lansing Sailing Club
2016 Laser Regatta and
Laser District 19 Championship
August 20, 2016
Click here for pictures from the Regatta courtesy of Stephen Wagner.
August 20, 2016. By Doug Carlson. Strong and building southerly winds welcomed 37 sailors to the Lansing Sailing Club for its Annual Laser Regatta Saturday morning. It was a special event this year in that this was also the District 19 Championship! The registered fleet consisted of four past LSC regatta winners which set the scene for an exciting day of racing on Lake Lansing.
The normal race schedule is to run three races with a lunch break followed by three more races. But with the looming weather forecast of rain and thunderstorms, the committee boat was stocked with water and Gatorade to distribute to the sailors on the water setting the stage for sailing six races back to back before the afternoon storms arrived.
The first race got off after two general recalls by an anxious fleet with winds blowing 12mph to 15mph. After everyone seemed to find their groove and things settled down, it was Tom Labelle from Rochester Hills, MI (three time LSC regatta champion) who edged out a win in the first race. But this seemed to be like poking a sleeping bear as EJ O’Mara, who finished 7th in the first race went on to place in the top 3 places for the next 5 races (including three 1st place finishes) to go on and easily win the 2016 LSC Regatta and District 19 Championships.
This was a special win for EJ and many LSC Club members who remember EJ first competing in the LSC regatta when he was just 11 years old. The student has now become the teacher and is the District 19 Champion! Making a strong statement with the biggest lead and win in the final race was Chad Coberly from East Grand Rapids, MI (two time LSC regatta champion) who finished the day in 2nd place. Tom LaBelle continued to sail well throughout the day and rounded out the top finishers in 3rd place for the 2016 District 19 Championships.
There was special recognition this year for the eight Radial competitors. Alex Johnson from Grosse Point Park, MI topped the group finishing 9th overall in the regatta. Ben Finkelstein from Ada, MI finished 11th to take the second Radial spot. Additionally Susanna Wagner from Haslett, MI led the six women racing this year to finish 8th overall.
For a third year in a row Gil Chesbro led the Race Committee supported by LSC members John Fishbeck, Daniel Hamilton and Stephen Wagner. The entire team did a great job keeping the races moving and enabled the fleet to sail all six scheduled races before the afternoon storms arrived.
Once back on shore, LSC’s big grills were fired up and it was time for the regatta’s traditional “you cook-it” BBQ which gave everyone an opportunity to make new friendships and discuss all the on the water excitement while gathered around the grills! Everyone enjoyed huge steaks, chicken breasts, corn on the cob and all the fixings. No one left the regatta hungry! The BBQ was made possible because of a lot of time by LSC members Brenda Maynard and Julie Pierce who again picked up all the food and prepared the entire layout. Afterwards regatta awards were presented and the door prizes provided by Avon Sailboats of Rochester, MI were passed out to the lucky ticket holders.
As always this regatta was supported by many LSC members who deserve a great deal of thanks for their help in getting the facilities ready for hosting this annual event. Complete race results can be found below. In addition, click here to view over 300+ pictures of the event taken by LSC Photographer Stephen Wagner.
Thank you to all our participants. Without you we could not have had such a fun day!
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R.C.Chair: Gil Chesbro
Scorekeeper: John Fishbeck