Roundup for Week of April 19, 2018 (Wow!)

What a week for the fleet! Spring weather has arrived, and with it, wait a minute, WIND! Woo hoo! So much has happened in a week, this will be longer than normal. Read on!

Recap of Last Night’s Racing

It was a PERFECT evening to be on the water! Warm wind, cool water, and a great turnout. Sailing were Brian Blumner in a loaner, back-to-Dallas from Portland David Valentine, Christof getting his feet wet, Alex, Griffin, Chris, Jody, Brig, Tim, Jack, Eric Ro., Aublin, and Forest. Mike M. and crew set great courses for the four races held. Cleansweep 11 swept up for the night with two firsts, so the Young Wizard had his mojo working. His wand (tiller) must have an unusual feather in it that conjures magical wind seeking powers as he continued his love affair with the west side of the course to his advantage. Awesome! Alex won a race in a borrowed, unfamiliar boat, and Brig won a race in the battle of the olds, just nipping Jody.

The wind was a far cry from what it had been the prior week — there were times to actually not hike hard! And the competition was fierce! The shifts and pressure changes meant going from hero to zero. And the level of competition has increased with our additions!

After racing, the gang went to Lake House for its fine cuisine. Going to dinner afterwards is often the highlight of th evening. It was SO nice outside where we sat that Eric Ro. noted that the heaters weren’t on! Simply marvelous.

Dateline — CSC, Thursday, April 12, 5 PM
Wind was smoking and Griffin, Eric Ro. and Alex rigged up and sailed in winds gusting in the 30s. The Young Wizard was using his dual Gopros and caught some amazing off wind action with the best of it being Eric’s stunning DEATH ROLL. Please see screen capture here, but for viewing pleasure, Click Here: There was some serious smoke coming off those boats!

Dateline — Viridian (located in deepest, darkest Arlington), Saturday, April 14, 10 AM
7 intrepid sailors visited Viridian in Arlington to sample the club’s Aeros. Winds were ranging from 15-30 with capsizes a plenty before racing was cut short after Mark Babb’s boat decided to boot its skipper and try to sail itself!! Oh, and Eric Ro. applied the leather to the fleet and won the abbreviated regatta going 1, 2. Death roll, shmeth roll, says he!! Way to go Alex, Eric, Andrew, Mark, Zach, Griffin, and Jack for representing the Dallas Laser Fleet well!

Dateline — CSC, April 16, 6 PM
Five sailors, including Eric Re., Porter, Christof, Jim, and Taylon, rigged up for a clinic run by our fleet captain, Griffin, who put Cleansweep 11 aside to work with our folks on the basics. He was ably assisted by Alex and Tim. While the wind was a bit on the heavy side (see headline of this newsletter!), Griffin told one and all to show up. The fleet loaners were pressed into service with radial rigs to make them more forgiving. Well, there were still a few capsizes, but smiles aplenty! This is the first of three to be held before the No Coast, so be on the lookout for more dates!

Goings on Week of April 9, 2018

The second Wednesday Night series group of races were held last night in winds that were very up and down as well as streaky and shifty. Kind of like last week, but on steroids!! Average wind speed likely in the teens, but there were some big blasts, too. We had Griffin, Chris, Tim, Brig, Alex,Eric Ro., Eric Ri., Cullen, and Jack out for the four races run. Zach and Alex had boat issues; Zach had to make his way in with a leaky boat that didn’t allow him to get back out on the course, and Alex broke both his gudgeons while still on the dock. Alex hopped in a loaner, missed the first race, and then applied a whooping to the fleet in the last two races.

As the sailors rigged, Chris opined that the wind conditions were such that one’s boat handling abilities would be tested. He was right! Most people turned over at some point. Having flipped in the double digits, I can report that the water wasn’t too bad after the initial shock!

The last race was epic. Eric Ro. rounded first with Chris on his tail, and Brig rounded with Alex and the Young Wizard in a pack. Alex and the Wiz split with the others and went hard right to the west shore where they found a major, major streak that had them plane all the way to the leeward mark. Chris asked “how the heck did those guys get up there?!” It was an incredible sight seeing those two have their way with the wind, going from 20 yards behind to 100 yards ahead! Such is the power of being in pressure!!

Thanks to Forest’s group for running the races. The third race was a two lapper, and it destroyed the old fart sailors. When the last race was changed to a one lapper, the sexagenarian likened Forest to a Biblical character, so happy was he to not have to do a two lapper!! It was really a fun, fun time to be on the water. It was a reminder that being in some sort of physical condition is a good thing!!

Upcoming Events

Aero Saturday Our own Jack Hattendorf has invited our group to sample the Veridian club’s Aeros this Saturday, the 14th. Jack has a post on our DLF FB page. Supposed to blow this Saturday, so come see the facilities, give the boat a whirl if you’re up to it, and have fun with your friends. It’s BYOB apres sailing.

Commodore’s Cup This event will be held at CSC April 21 and 22. Please sign up on the club website. ALWAYS a fun time! And for those so inclined, there is generally a keg of adult libation available (all in moderation!!).

Conroe Spring Fling Regatta The third stop on the District 15 Laser Circuit will be held April 28 and 29. Contact the Laser District 15 Secretary and Fleet Captain of the DLF, Griffin, for more info.

No Coast Regatta This is OUR regatta of the year, to be held the weekend of May 19 and 20. Please sign up (link on the DLF FB page (no, signing up on the FB page will not put you in the NSA’s cross hairs!)) to help our regatta staff plan. Griffin is reaching out to his buddies in NY to come down and sample the club hospitality, so let’s all make them feel welcome by having a great regatta. A great regatta starts with us signing up.


Dues Please get $50.00 to Greg Wallace for this year’s dues. Several social events are on the calendar, and they should be high tone given the social chairman now drives a freaking Mercedes! So the money is well worth it as it also supports the loaner program.

Wednesday Night Duty

Mike M. and John E. are on the schedule for duty next week. We will have a revised schedule soon to account for the need of a third.

Boat Call Up Only 55 days until our bang up attempt to break 33 boats on the line for a Wednesday night. That’s June 6, 2018. Tell your buddies to dust their boats off!!

Clinic!! The Young Wizard has taken the step to hold a clinic for folks new to Lasers or who have recently purchased boats. This will be GREAT as it will accelerate one’s learning on these nicely performing boats. He will cover boat balance, sail trim, and little tricks of the trade. The date is Monday, April 16, at 6 PM. Contact Griffin via the fleet email if you’re interested. This will be the first of what we hope will be several this year to increase one’s enjoyment of the boat and sailing in general.

2018 Season Planning Begins with Elections over Fajitas

Last night we had a meeting to elect our new fleet officers. Griffin, our young wizard, will work his magic on the fleet in his new role as Fleet Captain. He takes over from Tim whose service is greatly appreciated!

The 2018 Laser Board:

Fleet Captain: Griffin Orr
Scoring: Tim Ponter
Communication: Brig North
Loaner Program: Eric Roman
Treasurer: Greg Wallace
Race: Greg Wallace
Social Chair: Alex Goldberg

Griffin was also announced as our fleet champion for 2017, followed by Jody Smith, and Tim. Good job, guys!

A Mail Chimp post went out announcing the start of local fleet racing, but again, here are the dates:
March 14 — practice (6 pm horn)
March 21 — practice (6 pm horn)
March 28 — racing! (6 pm horn)
More to come on that front….

As has been posted here before, we have two big events in the offing, the opening circuit regatta, the Easter Regatta, to be held the weekend of March 31 and April 1 hosted by our pal, Fred Schroth, and the BIGGIE, the No Coast Regatta which will be on our lake May 19 and 20. Jody is heading up that huge effort, and I know he would very much appreciate your signing up early to give him a leg up on planning.

The three methods of communication I will use in descending order from most to least: FB, email blasts, and the web site. Please keep visiting here as it’s the most expedient method of communication, and I promised to write something every week!

By Brig North

Winter Series

The scored Winter Series is underway! Come out Saturday and sail with us. First gun is 10:30am until December. Then, it is noon. We will sail three races with the Butterfly fleet. The season will continue until Spring.

Season well underway!

Series 1 of our local Dallas Laser Fleet racing concluded, and it was a success!  The weather even cooperated more for us than for many with only one rain/flood out!  Scores are in process of being updated, but it does point out that our scorer, Owen, needs to get a copy of the score sheet from the responsible race committee person ASAP upon completion of their obligation.

A few of our folks have traveled to D15 events thus far, which are always fun.  These regattas provide a different environment than good old White Rock, and they afford us an opportunity to meet new sailors, which is the most fun of all!  The next event will be in Palacious  August 22 and 23, so take note and give it a whirl.

One point needs to be hammered home: We as a group and individually need to be mindful of the weather.  Going sailing when storms are in the area without a rescue boat in the water, manned and ready to go, is not sensible.  Be aware of the radar and check for thunderstorms before you go out.  Also, we are in the summer season, and it is HOT on the water.  Make sure you have plenty of water on your boat, and drink it whether you’re thirsty or not.  If you wait until you’re thirsty to drink water, you’re already a bit behind the eight ball.

Series 2 of our local series is well underway, so come on out!  Looking forward to seeing each of you on the water soon.




Season Starts soon!

The schedule Wednesday night racing schedule is up.  First gun is 6:30.

Series I             April 8  – June 3
Series II            June 10  – August 5
Series III           August 12  – October 7

The District 15 schedule is up too.  

Regatta Host Club Dates
Easter Regatta Austin Yacht Club April 4-5
Laser Regatta Corinthian Sailing Club April 18-19
Chocopalooza Rush Creek Yacht Club May 16-17
Summer Solstice Seabrook Sailing Club June 20-21
Cannon Ball Palacios Yacht Club August 22-23
Laserpalooza Arlington Yacht Club Sept 20-21
Wurstfest Lake Canyon Yacht Club Nov 7-8

Annual Meeting

Brig North and his wife will host the annual business party at their home on January 21st starting 6:30pm. An evite will be sent out shortly so we can get a headcount. The theme for the potluck will be “no theme potluck”. Bring what ever you like to share be it a wheel of cheese, chips and salsa, egg rolls, pizza….. The fleet will provide the plates, napkins, and cutlery. As always, BYOB.

The fleet will be electing new officers, set the racing schedule, and discuss any other business matters. Below are the fleet positions that will need to be filled with a short description. Please review the list and consider participating. If you have any questions about the positions, contact Greg Wallace at

  • Captain – Smile and look handsome.
  •  Scoring Coordinator – Inputs the weekly scores into the online service.
  •  Communications – Sends weekly emails to the fleet with upcoming events and news.
  •  Loaner Boat Program Coordinator(s) – Manages the boats and helps people get rigged. Reservations are made online.
  •  Webmaster – Maintains the website and post news and updates. The site uses WordPress to create and update pages.
  •  Treasurer – Collect dues and reimburses members for fleet expenses.
  •  Executive Race Committee – Schedules fleet members to race committee for the weekly series. The fleet also has quarterly assignments for both Sunday and Saturday races.
  •  Regatta Host Committee Chair – Organize the annual Laser regatta which is a district circuit stop.
  •  Social Chair – Organize the fleet dinners after each series as well as annual parties.
  •  Women/WOW Program Chair – Promote women in sailing by organizing activities and outreach events.

End of Year Awards

It has been a great year for Dallas Laser Fleet.  We have new members joining CSC.  We have members of WRBC joining us for Wednesday night racing.  The new dock is under construction which will supply 16 more boat pads.  Future is looking bright.

Here are the winners in 2014.

Series 1 Winners
Mark Babb, 1st
Forest Atkins, 2nd
Owen Bushaw, 3rd

Series 2 Winners
Griffin Orr, 1st
Mark Babb, 2nd
Forest Atkins, 3rd

Series 3 Winners
Sklyar Bayman, 1st
Briggs North, 2nd
Owen Bushaw, 3rd

2014 Overall Winners
Owen Bu​shaw, 1st
Forest Atkins, 2nd
Greg Wallace, 3rd

Top Junior  Skylar Bayman
Top Woman  Crista Hvidsten
Most Improved  Greg Wallace
Corinthian Sailor  Mark Babb
Top Rookie  Don Silva
Turtle Award  Don Silva
Turtle Award  John Oliver

Wurstfest Regatta

There were 16 Lasers in Full rig plus two more in 4.7 making the fleet the largest in the regatta. The fleet was assigned its own race course. On Sunday, it was a fast beam reach to and from the course in 15+ winds and waves. Great way to start and end the day. Mildtemperatures and sunny skies made for a beautiful weekend on the lake. On Saturday, when the winds where very light and shifty, we got 6 races in. High winds on Sunday challenged every skipper to keep the boat under control. The regatta was a good overall test of skill. Everyone had their glory moment.

Some folks managed to get out and see Cody Bryan Band at Gruene Hall. Check them out

Regatta scores are posted here. District 15 standings will be posted shortly.

Does this picture look familiar?