District 15 enjoyed a hot summer in Texas by kicking things off with the 2019 Summer Solstice Regatta at the Seabrook Sailing Club on the Gulf Coast. Competitors were greeted by windy conditions and fun waves for surfing. Out of the nearly 20 boats participating, the regatta was won by Raleigh Christman with Craig Berleme and Griffin Orr rounding out the top 3.
Next, sailors escaped the Texas heat to participate in the Colorado Laser Championships held on Grand Lake. Though not in the Texas district, we managed to convince 8 Texas sailors to make the 14 hour trip and brought back First (Griffin Orr, Third (Eric Roman), and top master (Craig Berleme)
Moving into the fall, we have two circuit regattas scheduled. First and new to our calendar is the HOOD regatta hosted by the Houston Yacht Club on September 21st and 22nd. This is new to the circuit following HYC’s hosting of the Nationals last year.
Last, but not least is the Wurstfest Regatta, our district championship, held on Lake Canyon the first weekend of November. We will be having a brief district meeting Saturday after racing. Sail Fast!
District 15 started out the spring season by sailing at the Austin Yacht Club Easter Regatta hosted by the one and only Fred Schroth! Lake Travis was once again 100% full to the delight of the sailors! Day 1 was light and shifty with a few good runs of wind lasting the race day. Sunday was a very different story with high winds peaking into the low thirties. The “Fred” course (Windward-Leeward-Windward-Reach-Windward-Leeward-windward), provided quite the challenge for all sailors involved. After one race, the race committee decided to call it as a great number of boats were either upside down or damaged. Ryan Minth came out victorious with a fantastic regatta.
Next, we moved on to the Seabrook Summer Solstice where sailors were once again greeted with fantastic conditions with 10-20 knots of breeze both days. Raleigh Christman was unstoppable the whole regatta, finishing with nearly half the scores of second and third!
Next up, we head to HOOD at HYC on September 21/22, Arlingtons Laserpalooza on October 5/6 and lastly our district championship, Wurstfest, on November 3/4! On a side note many from Dallas will be attending the Colorado Laser Championships on August 16/17 to avoid the grueling summer heat of Texas. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more.
The Texas District 15 finished off 2018 strong with two great events! The first was Arlington Yacht Clubs LaserPalooza featuring AeroRama. This was held at the beautiful Lake Arlington at Richard Simpson Park with over 20 boats in attendance. Unfortunately the wind was light Saturday with puffs of 5-8 coming down a course that was otherwise only about 3 knots. The strategy was to find the dark water and sail to it fast! There was no racing Sunday as there was even less breeze, though there were some fun pirate games under AP. Christopher Breland finished first followed by Griffin Orr and Eric Roman.
Next up, we travelled to Wurstfest on Lake Canyon near San Antonio. Here, Sailors were greeted by the most spectacular winds of the season, averaging 25 knots and gusting to 35!! Capsizes were a plenty, but most of the fleets still managed to finish every race. In all, four races were held Saturday with another 2 in much lighter conditions on Sunday. First in the Full rigs was Bryan Trammell and Lillian Meyers in the Radial Fleet!
Next up, we start the year with the Annual a Rock the Ice Regatta out of the Corinthian Sailing Club in Dallas. This will be held the last weekend of January (26/27)Expect a strong group of sailors, warm hospitality and cool temperatures for this one!
Come join us at our next district event, Alington’s Laserpalooza September 15/16th on Lake Arlington hosted by Arlington Yacht Club.
Check out the Regatta Page here: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/17477
The Seabrook Summer Solstice was a resounding success with great wind both days, providing all sailors an exciting challenge! Top finishers were Doug Peckover, Craig Berleme, and Fred Scroth! Full Results Below:
Also check out the Dallas Laser Fleets writeup of the event:
Dallas Sailors made their way to he a Seabrook Summer Solstice on Galveston Bay this past weekend to sail in exceptional conditions against some of the top sailors in Texas. In attendance from DLF were Griffin O, Alex G, Tim P, Christof B, Eric R. On day 1 conditions were winds from the south at 15-20 with 1-3 foot waves which provided some very exciting reaches and downwind legs offered by the Olympic courses. Wipeouts were a plenty across the fleet, with those able to sail a clean race all but guaranteed a top half finish. Day 2 was much the same with two more Olympic courses with some more drastic shifts that made no lead guaranteed.
There were a few incidents, however, with Christof cutting his leg on day one which put him out of commission for the rest of the regatta. (Infections are to be avoided at all cost on Galveston bay). Alex showed up with a tiller extension that looked like a banana and despite calls from competitors to find a better one, he proceeded to sail out and break it in half on the last leg of the first race!! Lastly Griffin was sailing out to the racecourse on day two when his gudgoen fell off. Thankfully, he was able to sail in and fix the issue before making it back out to make the second start with 3 minutes to spare!
The Lake Conroe Spring Fling is fast approaching on April 28/29th. Please see the Latest NOR below! Excellent sailing, camping, and company will be found at this event! See y’all there!
Registration: URL: http://conroeyachtclub.com/race/registration/
The D15 Laser Sailors had an Absolute Blast at this years Easter Regatta hosted by the Austin Yacht Club and the Easter Bunny himself!
April Fools Day Fun!