Laser Masters 2008 Midweek Madness Report

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  1. Ryan

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    Master’s Midweek Madness Regatta – 12/13 February 2008
    US Sailing Center – Martin County, FL


    Forty-two Laser Masters descended upon the US Sailing Center in Jensen Beach, FL. Fresh after a full lay-day of recovery from the Florida Masters Championship regatta, the Indian River greeted the sailors with more of the same solid mid-teens sailing, this time under sunless skies. PRO Don Lasky ran a quick skipper’s meeting and then it was off to the races. With a weather shore near to the left side of the course, much of the front of the fleet for race one’s first beat came from this side working its lefties and flatter water. As the top mark neared, a mid-twenties blast with monsoon-like rain plastered the fleet, wreaking its havoc. DOM-coded sails must stand for “dominate”, as Ari Barshi and countryman Jorge Abreu lifted off and away on the reaching legs of the twice-around triangle course. By the bottom mark (for the peloton), the top boats were gone, as was the breeze. The fleet completed their second lap in well under ten knots, Barshi and Abreu one-two’ed with prior weekend-winner Mike Matan third. For race two, the breeze switched back on to mid-teens and John MacCausland found the left-side’s sweet spot and cruised to the bullet, with Matan and Barshi in tow respectively. Race three’s ticket to the left-to-left-middle went to Ryan Minth, with Matan scoring another deuce and Brian Raney rounding out the top three. Barshi scored what would be his drop-race, a four, while MacCausland drifted back to twelfth. Four quick lightning bolts just past the top mark and resounding thunder sent the fleet in a bit earlier than anticipated. At the end of the first day, Matan and Barshi had clearly established themselves at the top of the heap, with the NA Master’s handicap helping Barshi to the top spot.

    Day two, Wednesday, looked to be lighter and more from the west. But by the time the first race got off it was almost a look-a-like from the prior day. SIDE NOTE: It rained almost the entire time. Sometimes dropping visibility to less than forty meters. Amazing that this had not been noted prior, as it was prevalent enough that some sailors were complaining about the watered down beer. Anyway, it rained, heaps. The look-a-like conditions duped many into looking for the left-side sweet spot. Trouble with that strategy was that it was all about the right side, all day long. Minth wised up to this first, partially thanks to getting to the starting area BEFORE the one minute gun, and clicked off his second consecutive bullet. Of course, big guns Barshi and Matan were right behind in order. Matan reportedly sailed through the finish line which according to the Sailing Instructions was “closed”, which heightened tensions. Race two, with all the secrets of the right now in plain view, found the regatta’s leaders going down in order, Barshi (M), Matan (AM), and MacCausland (M). The monsoon only increased with the breeze and the thoroughly soaked sailors found their way blindly back to the US Sailing Center for a no-throw-out, five race series. David Frazier (GM) scored a consistent 4-7-6-9-16 to win his bracket and fifth overall while host/founder David Hartman (GGM) took his regatta ending 6-9 scores to eight overall and top Great Grand Master. The protest committee granted Matan redress, agreeing that “closed” was ambiguous, while the remainder of the fleet drained the remaining beer under cover (to keep for watering down their beverages). Another great event held by USSC-MC, led by Director Peter Strong. All Masters in attendance are looking forward to drying out.






    Results from
    http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubm...ults.php?regatta_id=1667&show_laser_masters=1

    Masters Midweek Madness 2008
    US Sailing Center - Martin County | February 12-13, 2008
    Laser (43 boats) (top)
    Series Standing - 5 races scored
    Information is provisional and subject to modification
    Regatta results last updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 1:54:13 PM CDT
    Pos Sail Boat Skipper Yacht Club 1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    Total W/ Masters Handicap
    1 187994 Ari Barshi
    [Master (M)] Laser Training Center 1 3 4 2 1 11 21
    2 185888 Mike Matan
    [Apprentice Master (M)] Cedar Point Yacht Club 3 2 2 3 2 12 27
    3 187820 John MacCausland
    [Master (M)] Cooper River YC 8 1 12 5 3 29 39
    4 175520 Brian Raney
    [Apprentice Master (M)] Cedar Point YC 11 5 3 4 8 31 46
    5 161100 david frazier
    [Grand Master (M)] fbyc 4 7 6 9 16 42 47
    6 173988 Jorge Abreu
    [Master (M)] Avela 2 8 8 8 15 41 51
    7 184559 Fred Abels
    [Master (M)] Seawanhaka Corintian YC 5 10 10 16 7 48 58
    8 181836 David Hartman
    [Great Grand Master (M)] na 12 20 13 6 9 60 60
    9 00 Freddie Sambolin
    [Master (M)] DST 13 12 15 7 4 51 61T
    10 170776 Gary Orkney
    [Grand Master (M)] Wadawanuck Club 9 15 5 13 14 56 61T
    11 41411 Joe van Rossem
    [Great Grand Master (M)] Water Rats 10 19 9 14 19 71 71
    12 175581 Ryan Eric Minth
    [Apprentice Master (M)] C-VANE SAILING 44/DNF 6 1 1 5 57 72
    13 189804 Mike Hecky
    [Master (M)] Riverton YC 14 9 20 17 10 70 80
    14 190308 Peter BRANNING
    [Grand Master (M)] COCONUT GROVE SAILING CLUB 7 4 44/OCS 10 12 77 82
    15 185307 Bruce Snelling
    [Master (M)] Wraysbury Lake Sailing Club 17 17 21 12 11 78 88
    16 184550 Ted Morgan
    [Apprentice Master (M)] Severn Sailing Association 18 13 11 25 13 80 95
    17 181606 Rene Bright
    [Great Grand Master (M)] SKBUe 19 14 17 23 23 96 96
    18 187844 amnon gitelson
    [Grand Master (M)] c.p.y.c 44/DNC 11 16 15 6 92 97
    19 158648 Henry Dewolf
    [Great Grand Master (M)] Royal Turkey 16 22 25 19 17 99 99
    20 173712 Eric Robbins
    [Master (M)] Cedar Point YC 22 16 23 11 18 90 100
    21 183826 Bob Tan
    [Master (M)] SSA 15 18 14 26 24 97 107
    22 189701 Jack Pearce
    [Great Grand Master (M)] Barrie Yacht Club 21 26 19 28 30 124 124
    23 178612 Sally Sharp
    [Grand Master (F)] Shaker Village Sailing Club 20 27 26 20 28 121 126
    24 172971 Newt Wattis
    [Great Grand Master (M)] Surf City YC 23 25 18 30 32 128 128
    25 188139 Bill Mitchell
    [Grand Master (M)] Austin Yacht Club 24 31 29 21 21 126 131
    26 187848 Rob Koci
    [Master (M)] Water Rats Sailing Club 6 21 7 44/DNC 44/DNC 122 132
    27 168594 George Sechrist
    [Great Grand Master (M)] ODC 27 29 27 31 20 134 134
    28 189774 Finn Hassing
    [Grand Master (M)] none 26 28 22 32 25 133 138
    29 182395 Al Russell
    [Grand Master (M)] MBBC 29 23 31 27 33 143 148
    30 189470 Richard Leland
    [Master (M)] none 30 30 33 22 29 144 154
    31 155255 Douglas Bargar
    [Master (M)] Chautauqua Yacht Club 28 35 30 29 27 149 159
    32 186517 Edward Rickard
    [Great Grand Master (M)] Cedar Point 32 24 32 40 34 162 162
    33 166998 Mike Taylor
    [Master (M)] N/A 25 34 28 35 38 160 170
    34 191918 John Fox
    [Grand Master (M)] Melbourne YC 31 36 34 38 31 170 175
    35 185852 Charlie Buller
    [Master (M)] Lake Charles YC,Lake Charles, La 44/DNC 44/DNC 44/DNC 18 22 172 182
    36 166970 Cindy Taylor
    [Master (F)] N/A 33 33 36 37 37 176 186
    37 125088 Marvin Pozefsky
    [Great Grand Master (M)] Cedar Point Yacht Club 44/DNC 32 35 39 40 190 190
    38 181220 John Weiss
    [Master (M)] White Bear Yacht Club 44/DNC 44/DNF 24 33 36 181 191
    39 177668 David Keane
    [Grand Master (M)] White Bear Yacht Club 44/DNC 38 37 34 39 192 197
    40 188672 Gabriel Porzecanski
    [Apprentice Master (M)] US Sailing Center Miami 44/DNC 37 44/DNC 24 35 184 199
    41 185485 Andrew Buller
    [Master (M)] Lake Charles Yacht Club 44/DNC 44/DNC 44/DNC 36 26 194 204
    42 156684 Hollis Caffee
    [Grand Master (M)] N/A 44/DNF 39 38 41 41 203 208
    43 177349 Janet Rupert
    [Master (F)] Leatherlips YC 44/DNF 44/DNC 44/DNC 44/DNC 44/DNC 220 230


    Notes
    - Scoring System is ISAF Low Point 2005-2008
    - Finishes in [brackets] denote throwouts
    - Click on race number to view detailed race information.
    Information is provisional and subject to modification
     
  2. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    Great report, Ryan. You make me glad I didn't go out the second day. I hadn't realized it rained that much, as I spent a good deal of the time in a seafood restaurant drinking iced tea and eating salad and yakking it up. I do a recall a skies opening up downpour.

    I talked to Mike Matan to get the story on his protest. We were given oral instructions at the skippers meeting that the finish line was closed. He was present, but he had just been asked to give a short talk on sail trim for the expected conditions, and he was thinking about what he would say. He won his protest, not because it was ambiguous about what closed means, but because it was not written in the Sailing Instructions. For anything to be binding, it must be in writing in the SIs (only saying it won't do). Since Midweek Madness is supposed to have a coaching aspect, I think it would be cool that when/if there's a protest, that the RC explains the protest afterward as a teaching tool. My 2 cents.

     

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