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2011 District 13 Grand Prix Championship PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 21:10

Laser District 13 Champions Crowned in Jensen Beach, Florida

On Saturday and Sunday, December 10-11 the US SAILING Center/Martin County hosted 52 Laser Class sailors for their District 13 Championships. The races began at 11am on Saturday after waiting for the rain to subside, and continued Sunday in the Indian River just off the Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach   

Winners of the event were crowned champion of the International Laser Class North American Region District 13, which covers the entire state of Florida, in each of three classes. The Laser is a single-handed boat with the ability to carry three different sailplans, depending on the weather and the size of the sailor.  Two of the three sailplans are used in the quadrennial Olympic Games, the full rig for the men and the somewhat smaller Radial rig for the women’s competition.  The District 13 champion qualifies for higher level championship regattas in the Laser, with the possibility that the winners at this weekend’s event could someday represent the United States in the Olympic Games.

Sailors from as far away as Alaska and New England and many points in between competed in this regatta. This Regatta was sailed under International Laser Class Association (ILCA) rules and officiated by the Race Committee of the US SAILING Center/MartinCounty.

Winner in the 5 boat Laser 4.7 fleet was Sophie Naughton, from Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA;
Winner in the 20 boat Laser Full Rig class was Mike Matan, from New York City, and;
The winner of the 27 boat Laser Radial Class was Ravi Parent, Sarasota Youth Sailing

Full results are available here.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 18:34
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