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2009 Masters Midwinters East PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 February 2009 03:03

Newcomer Brett Davis takes the overall and apprentice title at the 2009 Masters Midwinters East! Ken Swetka is top Master, Alden Shattuck top Grandmaster and Peter Seidenberg is the top Great Grandmaster - full results at this link. Overally, 83 boats raced in beautiful Sarasota, read the daily reports from Lainie Pardey!

We have a fantastic fleet of 83 Lasers registered for the Masters Midwinters East regatta.

Sailing in SarasotaDay 1 report: After a short wait for wind, and a hard-won battle to set a course with 40 degree shifts, we managed to sail three races today on lovely Sarasota Bay in 73 degrees and bright sunshine. The first start saw 3 General Recalls, the first two due to wind shifts, and we finally started on the 4th try under a black flag. This race was fairly light and shifty throughout. However we'd paid our dues to the wind gods, it seems, and the second and third races saw a nice steady 5 - 7 knot sea breeze filling in fairly well. Results? Well I can sum that one up in one line. Brett Davis, back in his Laser after quite a while, took the fleet to school in all three races.

 

 

Day 2 report:  After another battle with the elements, breeze shifting 40deg. back and forth and dying, we ran 4 more races for our fine fleet of Master sailors on lovely Sarasota Bay. Temps were perfect, but breeze certainly could have been better, although we had between 4 and 8 knots all day.

Brett Davis is still in the lead, and is top Apprentice but did not dominate quite as thoroughly today as he had done yesterday. Ken Swetka leads the Master division by 43 points, but the Grand Master group is separated by only one point with Alden Shattuck edging Peter Branning. Peter Seidenberg is dominating the Great Grand Masters in fine style, sitting fifth in the overall.

Racing action day two of Master's MWE

One more day to go before these old sailors can have a rest. We look forward to a few more races tomorrow.

Final Report: Well, we arrived early, hoping to start racing at 1030 but the wind was AWOL so we waited under postponement ashore until almost noon before it looked like there was breeze across the bay. By the time we got the course set up, it was blowing nicely, about 10 - 12 knots from the south, with crazy thick bands of sea fog blowing down the course just to make it fun for all. Try setting up a weather mark when you can't see the mark boat! Try setting a square line when you can't see the other end. Did you know that a Laser fleet is like a bunch of ball bearings? If you skew the line the slightest bit, they all roll to the favored end.

PRO Cindy Clifton, doing a magnificent job all weekend, went straight to the black flag today and the fleet got a clean start off on the first try. Finally the sailors had a bit of hiking to do, and the wind held up nicely to the finish of this race, with Apprentice Brett Davis battling it out with Master Ken Swetka for the lead. Ken won this race but not by much. Honorable mention goes to Great Grand Master Dave Olson, our hometown boy, for a very sharp sail to 3rd in this race. Super job also by Cindy Taylor, Top Woman, for muscling her full rig up the course. She’s by far the shortest and lightest sailor in this fleet.

Final day action at the 2009 Laser Masters Midwinters East


In the second race, again a clean start was celebrated by the RC as the boats took off in the same nie solid breeze, but it was not to be. The fog returned, the wind shifted right and started to falter before the end of the first beat. Luckily it never died, holding well enough to finish the race and Brett once again showed his magical skills at calling those pesky shifts, coming home in first by a fairly good margin over Ken.

Overall winner and First Apprentice was the youngest fellow in the fleet, Brett Davis, newly turned 35, and not having sailed his Laser since 2006. He may be underweight by about 40lb. (by Laser standards) and says he's "out of shape" but he sure hasn't lost his touch. Second overall and top Master was Ken Swetka who, along with 3rd overall and 2nd Apprentice Steve Kirkpatrick, kept Brett from running away with the regatta. A terrific Fourth overall went to top GGM Peter Seidenberg with incredibly solid finishes and a great regatta. Best of the Grand Masters was Alden Shattuck in 7th Overall, closely battling through yesterday with former World Champ Peter Branning.

A great time was had by all, we ate, we drank, we sailed, we all went home tired! Seems everybody wants to come back to Sarasota pretty soon, and we like hosting the Lasers. I took over 300 pictures over the weekend. As soon as I have them tidied up I will post them for free downloading on my Picasa page. Will notify you soon.            

Cheers - Lainie

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 22:41
 

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