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Scott Ferguson wins New England Masters, on form for Worlds

 
30th Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship Results

Laser Masters sailors from around the bay and beyond descended on Fishing Bay Yacht Club for the 30th Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship for two days of racing in a variety of conditions.  Master Mike Schmidt from Magothy River Sailing Association emerged as the overall champion after 7 races beating Apprentice Master Keith Davids from Mission Bay Yacht Club by just a point.

On Saturday, mother nature delivered winds in the 18-22 knot range with gusts approaching 30 out of the west. While most of the sailors completed the first race, by the later races in the day attrition started to take place in the challenging conditions of the Piankatank River. Most of the fleet opted to sail radial rigs for the day under the rig swap rule that allows sailors to pick standard, radial or 4.7 rigs for each day’s wind conditions and still sail against each other.

Ryan Minth (C-VANE) from Houston Texas, David Schoene (Severn Sailing Association) and Mike Schmidt (MRSA) each had wins in the 3 races that were sailed on Saturday.

After racing on Saturday the sailors and race committee were treated to refreshments and a dinner of Alain Vincey’s pork Osso Buco.

Read more and see results and pictures ......

 
2014 US Masters Nationals

The 2014 US Masters Nationals boasts 90+ sailors on the starting line.  Racing set for September 12,13,14 at Rochester Yacht Club, Rochester, NY.  Follow the link to the complete results.

 
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Master's Sailing in the North American Region

What is Master's sailing?

Master's sailing is for "seasoned" sailors - only those that have reached their 35th birthday by the start of the regatta.GGM Deidre Webster It is still the competitive racing that you remember, but recognizes that while your mind is still young your body might not still be there anymore with the twenty-somethings. And just to keep the playing field level, Master's are broken into four age divisions: Apprentice (35-44 years old), Master (45-54 years old), Grand Master (55-64 years old) and Great Grand Master (65+). At the highly competitive but very fun World Championships you race against competitors only in your age division. In North America the Masters typically race as one fleet but score in their age divisions. An overall winner is also determined using a handicap system where Apprentices add 3 points to their finish position in each race, Masters 2 points and Grand Masters 1 point. The racing, both in age divisions and overall, is extremely close on the water. Off the water the emphasis is on having a great time with all of your fellow Masters sailing friends. If you have a Laser and are over 35 you need to be on the Master's Regatta circuit!!

Sound interesting? Find more information at the links below!

News: Here you can find the latest news on Master's sailing in the North American Region, including regatta reports and pictures from those attending the event.

Schedule: The current Master's Regatta schedule is in the ILCA-NA calendar and can be viewed by clicking on the Schedule link. Once there, click on an event to get more information (e.g. NOR).

Questions: Want to ask questions about Master's sailing? You have two choices, you can go to The Laser Forum and talk to Laser sailors of all ages from around the world. Or sign up for the North American Master's e-mail to automatically receive any messages people send out, or view the archives of that list if just looking for information.

Committee: Master's sailing in North America is, appropriately, looked after by a committee of very active Master's sailors. By clicking on "Committee" you can find contact information for this committee. Send them a message, they would love to hear from you!

Archives: This page serves as an intermediate between the "new" class website, in particular its calendar, news blog and photo gallery, and the original Laser Master's web page created and maintained by John Dawson-Edwards. John's page contains lots of really great history of North American Master's sailing and is a must see for anyone over 35!

 

 

 

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