It was the 35th Anniversary of the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship and the regatta is finally old enough to be a competitor.  The color coral commemorates a 35th anniversary and the shirts we designed turned out pretty cool:

Regatta tshirt

The first day saw medium winds just into the double digits with mostly clear skies.  In 5 races we had some close competition up top between Gavin O’Hare and Charlie Brewer who both finished the day tied with 20 points.  Mike Schmidt was close behind in the 41 boat fleet.

Alain and his kitchen crew prepared another fabulous me and a tent city popped up full of sailors.

Sunday started out with no wind and we waited ashore as it began to build about an hour later.  A little lighter than yesterday we ran a little shorter courses and made it through 4 more races.  Charlie and Gavin stayed close and Gavin managed to edge just ahead of Charlie to win the championship.

Thanks to Alain, Rick, Len, Frank and everyone else who helped make this another great Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship.  And after 13 years of only being the event chair – I’ll be looking forward to next year where I can both run it and qualify to sail in it!

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92 Gavin O'Hare

In October I once again played event chairman for FBYC’s Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship – this the 34th running of this event and there’s only one more year I won’t be old enough to sail in it.   As always we had a great group of sailors number 45 in total.  Saturday was a bit light allowing us to get in one race before the wind shut off and then didn’t settle down.  Dinner by Alain Vincey was fabulous as well.  On Sunday the wind held in better allowing us to do 4 more races.  Congratulations to Mike Hecky winning this one for his first time – well sailed!

207152 Mike Hecky

This years photos were probably the best I’ve ever gotten.  The sun was just right and my boat driver Mike Russom knew just where to put me to get the good angles.

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168317 Robert Suhay

Saturday at the USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival-Chesapeake Bay Open started out a bit windy.  I was on a safety boat on the course and ended up having to sail a Radial in after the sailor turtled and couldn’t right the boat with a mast that had become filled with water.  Eventually the wind eased off, some of the clouds lifted and I got some great photos of the Laser Radial, 420, and Opti racing.

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name tags for dinner!

This weekend I was the event chair for Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship at Fishing Bay Yacht Club.  This is the 9th year I’ve been the event chair and by now I’ve gotten a pretty good gameplan and a great team of volunteers to help execute it.  And of course it could not have gone more smoothly from the food to the race committee to the social activities – everything went off without a hitch for 42 competitors.

A complete wrap-up of the event can be found here including more pictures and results.  I’ll have some videos of the sailing and the paddle board competition later this week.

Some of my favorite pictures:


watching the America’s Cup on the screen I rigged up.

A photo of mine from the 30th Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship back in October was selected for the cover of the International Laser Class Association – North American Region newsletter: The Laser Sailor.

Winter 2012 The Laser Sailor Cover

The photo features David Schoene and Keith Davids in a close finish during the 1st race on Saturday.

I had an awesome weekend in Deltaville.  It started with the Inaugural Deltaville 5k.  With zero training I ran the whole thing and had a respectable finish of 26:07.

Jon at the Deltaville 5k

I took the weekend off from sailing to heal a minor wrist sprain and so  I went right from the 5k to doing race committee at Fishing Bay Yacht Club for the offshore Cut Channel Race.  I got a lot of great pictures of the offshore fleet here.

downwind during the Cut Channel Race

Saturday night was 4th of July partying, fireworks and swimming.  For Sunday’s racing we thought it was going to be a bit windy so I jumped on a Front Runner as a 3rd crew member, but halfway through the race the wind died and I sat out the next two light wind races and instead went sailing on a Byte in the afternoon.  Saturday night we again watched Fireworks.

Fireworks as seen from Fishing Bay Yacht Club. On the left is a firework from Stove Point while in the background are fireworks from Matthews County.

Monday was FBYC’s One Design Long Distance Race.  I normally would have sailed my Laser in this, but again I was sitting out to rest my sprained wrist.  I went out for the start and the first two legs to get some photos.  The entire collection is posted here.

Front Runners and a Mobjack sailing downwind in the One Design Long Distance Race