2017 ECU Football vs Tulane

With only one more ECU Football game left for the season the game against Tulane would be the final one of the season for the entire group. The night game made it so we could hang out and tailgate all afternoon and Jess joined me for the trip to Greenville. The main item on the menu was frogmore stew. The game got interesting at the end as it went into overtime, but alas ECU wasn’t able to put points on the board and lost.


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2017 ECU Football vs BYU

It was a great fall evening for watching football as Brigham Young University was in town to play the Pirates in football.  ECU won the late evening contest and some of us even made it downtown to celebrate.


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2017 Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship: Sunday

Day 2 at the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship saw a little stronger wind that yesterday out of nearly the opposite wind direction. In 3 more long races I was able to move up one spot in the Apprentice Division while only falling one spot overall finishing 12th.

Ahead of the first race I did my prep, checked the wind current, favored side of the course, etc. I would learn pretty quickly in the first race that I was exactly wrong on all of it. I also managed to hit a mark, did my turn and then on the 2nd beat I flubbed a tack and capsized.  So much for dropping the 23 from yesterday, I’d now have a 32 to drop.

As the wind picked up to light hiking conditions I did much better to get a good start and hold my lane up the first beat.  I rounded 10-12 and held my own downwind.  On the 2nd upwind I made some good moves and passed some boat holding onto 5th the rest of the way around the course.

In the 3rd race of the day the wind eased back to 8-10.  I had a good first lap rounding in the top 6, but I picked some bad shifts on the 2nd beat and lost 10 spots.

All in all I was pretty happy finishing near the top 1/4 of the fleet.  The regatta ran as smoothly as it could have and I have the members of FBYC’s Laser fleet as well as Rick Klein and our race committee to thank.  I can’t wait to finish grad school and have some more time to do more masters events.


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2017 Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship: Saturday

Starting mark.

We had a busy morning checking in 44 competitors and making sure our RC and safety boats had all of their equipment – on top of rigging a boat.  But it all came together for the first day of the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship at Fishing Bay Yacht Club and we were able to sail 4 races in light conditions out of the North. Approaching the club was a challenge – the tide was very high and most vehicles drove through 6-8 inches of water on Fishing Bay Road.  Never had I seen a line at the hose stations to wash the salt water off the cars.

Car was station.

At the skippers meeting this morning I was made a marked man with a shirt to wear for sailing making it very clear it was my first time sailing the event.

Jon and his masters 1st time shirt jon getting a shirt

Out on the water had high 60’s air temp, 72 degree water and cloudy skies with winds 5-7 out of the North.  Occasionally we’d get some 8 or 9 and occasionally it also die out to 3. We were sailing in area B and given the super high tides we’re having, there was a lot of water flowing out of the river going left to right across the course at almost a 90-degree angle.

The first race was a slow H3 on a course that was just under a mile in length.  I didn’t follow my plan to go left and despite a decent start – worked my way out to the right, was the wrong side and paid for it never really  being able to climb through the fleet and finished 23rd.

The 2nd race was a two lap race and I did better playing shifts in the middle of the course to stay just behind the lead pack.  Going left downwind was paying well and I picked up a few boats there on both runs and wound up 10th.

Jon sailing downwind

Jon sailing downwind

The 3rd race was a similar but just 1 lap.  With the first beat being over 20 minutes long there are definitely passing lanes and the fleet spreads out a bit up wind.  I was top 5 0r 6 around the top mark, but this time the left didn’t pay off as well.  I lost some boats downwind, but picked a couple upwind and settled for 9th.

In the 4th race I started to worked the middle on the first upwind and found myself in the mid-teens around the top mark.  Downwind I held my spot down the middle. I rounded the right gate – took a hitch to the right to clear my air and then banged the left corner going into the current, but doing it in the lee of a shore.  When I came back on the port layline I crossed all but the top 3 boats.  That position held for the rest of the race finishing 4th.

Given the forecast and the possibility that it was going to die – we were very happy to have gotten in 4 races and we weren’t in until 4pm making it a rather long day.

Jacque Kerrest, Luke Shingledecker, and Gavin O’Hare were all consistently at the top of each race and are on top of the leaderboard.  Tomorrow’s forecast had been for more wind, but that might not be true anymore so we’ll see what happens in that one especially after the drop.

Eating Dinner

Alain prepared another fabulous meal of ribs, crab cakes, and mac and cheese.  Everyone hung out for a couple hours and finally turned in.  Over half of the fleet is camping at the club.


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2017 Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship: Friday

This has been the most anticipated regatta I have ever been a part of.  Back in 2005 I was the event chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship for the first time.  I got put in charge then because I was the most active fleet member at the time who couldn’t sail it yet. It would be 12 more years before I finally aged into being able to sail and something we’ve been discussing ever since.  I got a taste of masters sailing earlier this year when I went to Florida Masters Week and I can’t wait to finally be able to participate in an event I have put so much effort into over the past nearly 20 years I’ve been a member at FBYC.

Jon getting registrations into the scoring system

The last two days have been a whirlwind of pulling all the details together.  Being the 13th edition of this event I’ve chaired – the script for it is pretty well established, but it is a bit of a 48 hour mad dash to get all of the food, trophies, souvenirs, and other gear plus my own sailing equipment loaded, transported and readied at the club for the weekend.

some went for a sail friday afternoon

Throughout the day sailors began to arrive and some went for a sail in the mid-teens wind and light misty rain.  Later we piled a bunch of folks into the van and all went into town for dinner.

High high tide

I also got to check out Rob’s new setup.  He now has a sprinter van loosely modeled after my setup – so now there’s two laser sprint vans on the circuit.

Rob's Sprinter

Each year one of the preparations is to make a breakfast casserole that can be easily heated up and served for breakfast.  I make 4 of these a couple days before the regatta and keep them refrigerated.  Here’s the recipe I’ve been using:


  • 1/2 role breakfast sausage
  • 1/3-1/2 bag cubed potatoes
  • 3-4 slices of bacon
  • 18 eggs
  • 13×9 pan
  • 2 cups of cheddar cheese


  • preheat oven to 325
  • Brown breakfast sausage
  • Cook strips of bacon, once cool – crumble into small bits
  • Cook cook cubed potatoes
  • eggs into a large mixing bowl and mix
  • Add potatoes, salt, pepper, mix
  • Add sausage, bacon, mix
  • Add all but 1/8 of the cheese, mix
  • Pour mixture into a pam-sprayed tin
  • Bake 45 minutes
  • Add remaining cheese over the top, bake another 6 minutes, let cool.
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2017 USF vs ECU Football

Another ECU tailgate – this time just the guys and the kids.


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2017 Richmond Kickers vs Rochester Rhinos

Last Kickers game of the year that we got to go to and it was a win! The Octoberfest theme was fun too.

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2017 Virginia Tech vs ECU Football

VT is always a tough game for the pirates – lucky for us it was a little later and gave us plenty of time to tailgate!


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2016 ECU Football White Tiger Tailgating

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2017 ECU Football Tailgate Playlist

Been a few years since I posted my football tailgate playlist and quite a few updates have been made.  Here’s our current ECU Football Tailgate Playlist:

Song Artist Album
A Pirate Looks at Forty Jimmy Buffett Songs You Know By Heart [1990]
Achy Breaky Heart Billy Ray Cyrus 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billy Ray Cyrus
Acting Our Age Cale Dodds People Watching – EP
All I Do Is Win (feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & Rick Ross) DJ Khaled All I Do Is Win (feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & Rick Ross) – Single
All Right Now Free 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Free
All Star Smash Mouth Astro Lounge
All Summer Long (Vocal Version) Hit Masters All Summer Long – Single
Any Way You Want It Journey Journey: Greatest Hits
Back In Black AC/dB AC/DC Tribute: Best of Back In Black – EP
Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater Revival
Blow Your Mind Ohana Bam Blow Your Mind – Single
Body Like a Back Road Sam Hunt Body Like a Back Road – Single
Celebration Kool & The Gang Funk Essentials: Celebration – The Best of Kool & the Gang 1979-1987
Centerfield John Fogerty Centerfield
Chicken Fried Zac Brown Band The Foundation (Deluxe Version)
Closing Time Semisonic Feeling Strangely Fine
Club Can’t Handle Me (feat. David Guetta) [From “Step Up 3D”] Flo Rida Club Can’t Handle Me – Single
Comin’ to Your City Big & Rich Comin’ to Your City – Single
Cotton Eye Joe Rednex Sex & Violins
Cruise (Remix) [feat. Nelly] Florida Georgia Line Cruise (Remix) [feat. Nelly] – Single
Cut To The Feeling Carly Rae Jepsen Cut To The Feeling – Single
Danger Zone Kenny Loggins Top Gun (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Special Expanded Edition]
Do Something Crazy (feat. Cook Classics) Outasight Do Something Crazy (feat. Cook Classics) – Single
Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey Journey: Greatest Hits
Don’t Stop the Party (feat. TJR) Pitbull Global Warming (Deluxe Version)
Drink In My Hand Eric Church Chief
Drinkin’ Town With a Football Problem Billy Currington Summer Forever
East Carolina University Victory 1999 ECU Marching Pirates
ECU Alma Mater
Eye of the Tiger Survivor Survivor: Greatest Hits
Free Fallin’ Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits
Friends In Low Places Country Heroes The Complete Tribute to Garth Brooks
GDFR (feat. Sage the Gemini & Lookas) Flo Rida My House
Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams) Daft Punk Random Access Memories
Gettin’ Down in a Pirate Town Jesse Rice The Pirate Sessions
Glory Days Bruce Springsteen Born In the U.S.A.
Gonna Fly Now (Theme from “Rocky”) Bill Conti Rocky Balboa: The Best of Rocky (Remastered)
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) C+C Music Factory C+C Music Factory: Super Hits
Good Feeling Flo Rida Wild Ones (Deluxe Version)
Good Time Owl City Good Time – Single
Happy (From “Despicable Me 2”) Pharrell Williams G I R L
Heart of a Champion Nelly Sweat
Hells Bells AC/dB AC/DC Tribute: Best of Back In Black – EP
He’s a Pirate Klaus Badelt Pirates of the Caribbean (Original Soundtrack)
Hip Hop Hooray Naughty By Nature Greatest Hits: Naughty’s Nicest
I get knocked down Smash Mouth
I Gotta Feeling Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)
I Love Rock ‘N Roll Joan Jett & The Blackhearts I Love Rock ‘N Roll (Remastered)
I’m the One (feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne) DJ Khaled Grateful
It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffett Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
Jock Jams – Ya’ll Ready For Th Jock Jams –
Jump Van Halen The Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1
Legends Are Made Sam Tinnesz Legends Are Made – Single
Let’s Go Trick Daddy Let’s Go – Single
Let’s Groove Earth, Wind & Fire Earth, Wind & Fire: Greatest Hits
Livin’ On a Prayer Bon Jovi Cross Road
Margaritaville Jimmy Buffett Songs You Know By Heart [1990]
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye Steam 45’s On CD – Volume III (’66-‘
Nothin’ But a Good Time Poison Nothing But a Good Time (Remastered) – Single
Now or Never Outasight Now or Never – Single
Parking Lot Party Lee Brice Hard 2 Love
Party Rock Anthem (feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock) LMFAO Sorry for Party Rocking (Deluxe Version)
Pirate Fanfare and E.C. Victory East Carolina University Marching Pirates 2001 and 2002 ECU Marching Pirates
Pirate Flag Kenny Chesney Life On a Rock
Pour Some Sugar on Me Def Leppard Hysteria
Purple & Gold (East Carolina University) Udon Cheek
Purple Haze Jimi Hendrix Experience The Ultimate Experience
Red Solo Cup Toby Keith Clancy’s Tavern (Deluxe Edition)
Right Now Van Halen The Best of Both Worlds
Rock and Roll All Nite KISS Dressed to Kill (Remastered)
Rock And Roll, Part 2 Gary Glitter The Hey Song (The Greatest Hits)
Shake It Up The Cars The Cars: Complete Greatest Hits
Sirius The Alan Parsons Project Eye In the Sky
Some Nights Fun. Some Nights
Something Just Like This The Chainsmokers & Coldplay Memories…Do Not Open
Start Me Up The Rolling Stones Jump Back – The Best of the Rolling Stones ’71-’93 (Remastered)
Summer of ’69 Bryan Adams So Far so Good
Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Neil Diamond
Sweet Child o’ Mine Guns N’ Roses Greatest Hits (U.S. Version)
Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Lynyrd Skynyrd
Take Me Home Tonight Eddie Money The Best of Eddie Money
The Boys of Summer The Ataris So Long, Astoria
This Is How We Roll (feat. Luke Bryan) Florida Georgia Line Here’s To the Good Times…This Is How We Roll (Deluxe Version)
This Is Our House Bon Jovi This Is Our House – Single
Thunderstruck Thunderstruck Thunderstruck
Toes Zac Brown Band The Foundation (Deluxe Version)
Tonight Is the Night Outasight Tonight Is the Night – Single
Turn Up The Heavy Hurt & the Merciless
Two Tickets to Paradise Eddie Money The Best of Eddie Money
U Can’t Touch This MC Hammer Greatest Hits
We Are The Champions Queen Greatest Hits
Welcome to the Jungle Guns N’ Roses Greatest Hits (U.S. Version)
Whoomp! There It Is Tag Team Whoomp! There It Is
You Give Love a Bad Name Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet
You Really Got Me Van Halen The Best of Both Worlds
You Shook Me All Night Long AC/dB Greatest Hits of AC/DC Tribute – EP
Young Forever High Valley Dear Life
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