Massapoag YC Laser Regatta – 16 June 2012

by laserd7

Thanks to Judith Krimski for this report on the Massapoag Regatta…

It was a windy day of sailing at Lake Massapoag on Saturday, June 16 for the 11 laser and 11 sunfish sailors who attended the regatta.

After a short skippers meeting in which no less than 6 courses were described—fortunately the racers only need remember two of them—racing commenced at 10:30 with WL courses the call of the day. The morning treated sailors to a shifty NE wind from 12-15 knots. True to Lake Massapoag the breeze changed dramatically from the bottom of the course which featured right oscillations, to the top which featured oscillations to the left. The morning’s call was to play the shifts up the middle of the course and not get lured to a side.  Racing was tight with many crossings upwind and full-on planing downwind. Sailors who could connect the puffs from the right to left and end up on the port layline made huge gains. Those who committed to the right saw their initial gains disappear as the breeze shifted left. Before heading in for lunch sailors called for a triangle course. RC obliged and everyone was able to get their reaching fix in.

The afternoon breeze moderated somewhat so those who elected to use Radials wished they’d changed up. The challenges of the lake remained. Even so the seasoned race committee was quick to move marks around and keep races going with little or no delays. Eight races were run for the day. It’s safe to say that the fleet was well satisfied (and exhausted) as they sailed in for a delicious barbecue.

Thanks to everyone at MYC for running a really efficient fun regatta and thanks to good ‘ole Mother Nature for obliging us with great breeze. After a season of having to deal with high school students who foul and don’t do their circles it is worth noting that everyone on the course showed great sportsmanship. Fouls occurred, some were discussed on the water; “Did I foul you? Yes you did.” Penalty turns were taken.

Top five finishers:
1. David Gilman – 9 (David’s throwout was a second place finish!)
2. Eric Aker – 16
3. Gary Werden – 23
4. Judith Krimski – 35
5. Derek Stow – 38