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

Come Sail your Laser!!!

The Next District Laser Regatta is 9/10 at Conroe Yacht Club. We have several people travelling to the regatta.

The Easter Laser Regatta hosted by the Austin Yacht Club was a very fun event. The weather provided a variety of conditions.  21 full Lasers and 9 Laser Radial Rigs competed in the two day, 8 race regatta.  Winds on Saturday were medium out of the South.  The races were about 45 minutes in duration.  The Dallas Laser Fleet represented itself well.  The second day brought a 180 degree shift with winds out of the North and the velocity ranging from 20 to 25 knots with gusts up to 30 knots.  The challenges were daunting.  Half the fleet retired after the first race.  The race committee continued running the races until we completed three very challenging races. The results are posted on Fred Shroth’s website.  DLF had three out the top five and six out of the top 12.  Skylar dominated in all conditions to easily take first overall in style.  Alex and Jody managed a 4th and 5th overall, Griffin 7 B with Bruce and Forest 11th and 12th respectively.  Complete results are also posted.

Check the schedule for your next opportunity to be Race Committee on Wednesday night. We had about 12 show up for the first scored Wednesday night race. Unfortunately we had to abandon the races due to an impressive display of lightening and high winds.  We retired to eat dinner nearby and tell great stories and listen to Brigg sing a few rap songs. After dinner and sunset about five decided to go out for a nice smooth evening of Laser sailing. It was truly a blast to sail in star light.

Come sail with us. The weather is amazing and the camaraderie is spectacular.

Sail Flat, Sail Downwind, Sail Fast, Sail Lasers!!!!

March Newsletter

February ended after 29 days of great weather and some fun sailing and the best race committee duty ever! We are having great weather!  2016 is off to a great start for Sailing!

We have a time change to the start of Saturday races. They will start at 10:30AM.  We have had nice participation.  Please note the change in time – we don’t want to start without you!!!

Daylights savings time is March 13th.  The first Laser Wednesday night race will be March 16th.  The scored series will begin March 30th.

The Regatta schedule is out! Please save these dates. We will have several members going to these regattas. Let us know if you plan to attend and we will work on establishing a Laser caravan.  Not quite as easy as Uber but much more fun! The Month will be capped by the Austin Yacht Club Easter Laser Regatta.  Several Dallas Laser Fleet Members plan to attend the regatta.  It is worth the trip to sail in a big fleet of very friendly and competitive Laser Sailors.  This is a good year for Lake Travis since the lake level is up to normal elevation.  Let us know if you are going to the regatta!

By the way we had four Lasers (Alex, Eileen, Bryan and Jody) out on the lake on the 2nd for Death Roll practice.  With 20+ knots of wind it went very well!!!  Practice makes perfect!

Regatta Schedule:

March 26/27 Easter Laser Regatta, Austin Yacht Club

April 9/10 Lake Conroe Regatta, Conroe Yacht Club

April 30/May 1 Laser Regatta, will be held at Rush Creek as part of Dinghy Fest

June 18/19 Summer Solstice, Seabrook Sailing Club

August 27/28 Cannonball Run, Palacios Yacht Club — Reserve a room at the Luther Hotel before it is too late!!! (361) 972-2312

October 1/2 Laserpalooza, Arlington Yacht Club (New location on the Fort Worth side of the lake)

November 5/6 Wurstfest, Lake Canyon Yacht Club



Remember the races this Saturday, March 6th start at 10:30AM.


Sail Flat! Sail Fast! Sail Lasers!



2016 Laser Regatta Schedule

2016 Laser Regatta Schedule:

March 26/27 Easter Laser Regatta, Austin Yacht Club — DLF had 9 members attend the regatta!

April 9/10 Lake Conroe Regatta, Conroe Yacht Club — Next Up!  We have several people going!!!

April 30/May 1 Laser Regatta, will be held at Rush Creek as part of Dinghy Fest

June 18/19 Summer Solstice, Seabrook Sailing Club

August 27/28 Cannonball Run, Palacios Yacht Club — Reserve a room at the Luther Hotel soon  they may book soon.  (361) 972-2312

October 1/2 Laserpalooza, Arlington Yacht Club (New location on the Fort Worth side of the lake)

November 5/6 Wurstfest, Lake Canyon Yacht Club

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