The Moorings 2018 Laser North American Championship Hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club

LONG BEACH, CA  15 July 2018 – – After four days of lively racing – in breezes that built to the high teens Friday and Saturday, before tapering off to more moderate, southerly winds today – The Moorings 2018 Laser Class North American titles have been decided. Charlie Buckingham, USA, has won the Bruce Kirby Cup; with Brenda Bowskill, CAN, the North American Radial Champion.

Brisk conditions kept racers on their toes during the July 12 to 15 regatta, hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC). By Saturday afternoon, at the end Race Nine, ‘the wheels were coming off,’ one observer remarked. There were collisions, general recalls, knock-downs, dismastings … the recipe for adversity ‘one part conditions, one part aggression, one part fatigue’ as rivals tried to unseat the frontrunners, who have had a steady grip on the podium since Thursday.

But it was a classic case of the rich getting richer.

Olympian Charlie Buckingham, USA, who has dominated the Laser Standard division since Day One, triumphed for the 2018 Bruce Kirby Cup. With half his finishes in the regatta first-place bullets, the four-time Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association All-American, from nearby Newport Beach, held off an attack by three-time North American Champion Chris Barnard, USA, and Olympian Bruno Fontes, BRA, who finished second and third.

At the top of the leaderboard in the daunting 80-boat Laser Radial fleet is Olympian Brenda Bowskill, CAN, who never relinquished her clutch on first place. Bowskill sailed for Canada in the 2016 Olympic Games and her exquisite form had opponents noting she was ‘one with her boat.’ Fellow Canadian Sarah Douglas, another Olympic hopeful, took a solid second; followed by Joseph Hou, USA.

Hou, 18, is a member of host club ABYC, a solid competitor and “a really big asset to me, on the water,” said his brother Erik Hou, 15, who placed third in Laser 4.7. “This is my first international regatta, so it’s been great competing against people from other regions and countries, and seeing how they sail,” added Erik. “It’s been really tiring but a really great experience, and I’m having a great time. And my brother helps me out, giving me some tips.”

That paid off – putting Erik on the podium in the closely raced 4.7 fleet.

In that class, Abbie Carlson, USA, and Spencer Leman CAN, were tied or trading places throughout the regatta. In the end, Carlson edged out Leman, for the Laser 4.7 honors.

Today had begun slowly, but not only because competitors were pooped. The final moments of World Cup soccer were being broadcast, and sailors clustered around TVs at the breakfast buffet and race office. As France took the Cup, the weary sailors moved on – with Race Chair Ed Spotskey congratulating French competitors John Bernard Duler and Luc Chevrier for their nation’s win.

Then it was back to business: to wrap up the final day of racing for The Moorings 2018 Laser North American Championship titles.

More than 160 competitors travelled from 26 nations to compete in this well-run event, overseen by Principal Race Officer Mark Townsend.

“What makes me most proud, as Race Chair for an event of this caliber, is all the teams from around the world and the US who make a point to come up and tell us what a wonderful event this is, and how terrific the hospitality is at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club,” said Spotskey. “They truly appreciate being here, competing at and enjoying this awesome venue. That makes us feel pretty special. That’s why we do this.”

Spotskey lauded the competitors, as well as ABYC’s army of volunteers, and sponsors, including title sponsor The Moorings.

Tom White, representing The Moorings, added, “It’s an honor for The Moorings to be a part of the International Laser Class 2018 North American Championship, hosted by the beautiful Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. We could not have asked for a better platform to showcase our yacht charter vacations.” With a global field of people who love to sail, from tweens to septuagenarians, the Laser class an ideal alliance. “All of us at The Moorings look forward to working with the ILCA again in the future.”

Top five finishers in each division are:


  1. Charlie Buckingham            USA
  2. Chris Barnard                      USA
  3. Bruno Fontes                       BRA
  4. Henry Marshall                    USA
  5. Juan Maegli                         GUA


  1. Brenda Bowskill                    CAN
  2. Sarah Douglas                      CAN
  3. Joseph Hou                           USA
  4. Ricky Welch                           USA
  5. Maura Dewey                        CAN


  1. Abbie Carlson                       USA
  2. Spencer Leman                    CAN
  3. Erik Hou                                USA
  4. Katherine Nelson                  USA
  5. Sammy Farkas                     USA

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Cover Photo Credit: Tom Walker

2018 Laser North Americans Day 3 Update


Cover Photo: Tom Walker


LONG BEACH, CA  13 July 2018 – – Day Two of The Moorings 2018 Laser North American Championships at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) saw favorable conditions on the race course off Long Beach, Calif.

Flags waving in the breeze, along ABYC’s breakwater, depicted the 26 nations represented at the regatta. Hailing from Australia to Aruba, from Trinidad to Turkey; more than 160 competitors have flocked to this idyllic venue to compete in four days of tough racing for the 2018 championship title.

“Sailors from Vancouver drove 31 hours straight, to get here,” said Regatta Chair Ed Spotskey, emphasizing the draw of this world-class event. “And our last three registrants were three brothers from Iowa!”

Yes: the Hawkeye State, where David, 17, John, 15, and William, 13 race on West Okoboji Lake, a six-square-mile finger of water near the Minnesota border. In a van laden with SAT workbooks, towing a tier of Lasers, the Alexander family made the last minute road trip to ABYC because of the large field of competitors. All three have their sights set on the Olympics. As David pointed out, “We figured we’d just go out and give it our best shot.” The trio – also a classical music ensemble called The Alexander Piano Trio – has David and William racing full rig Lasers, and John in a Laser Radial.

Another duo using sibling rivalry to sharpen their competitive edges is Jessica McJones, 21 and her 17-year-old brother Gavin, of nearby Rancho Palos Verde. While Gavin has been on a summer sailing circuit – “Youth Champs in North Carolina and Nationals in Houston” – Jessica has just returned from her sophomore year at the US Naval Academy. Competing in the Laser Radial fleet is reminiscent of their Opti sailing days, Gavin said, when his focal point was beating his big sister. “I would just go tack on her,” he laughed, “and I still do.”

But in this 80-boat Laser Radial fleet, he’d be hard-pressed to find her!

“I’ve never sailed in such a large fleet, with so many boats on the start line,” Gavin pointed out. “It makes racing more challenging. You can’t always tack when you want, if you don’t have a clear lane, so you can miss the shifts. And it’s hard to play the waves on the downwind run. It’s way more defensive driving.” Gavin stood 11 positions ahead of his sister at the end of six races.

“It’s all very competitive and I want to do well,” Jessica said, but secretly admitted, “I’m kind of rooting for him.”

In Laser Radials, Brenda Bowskill, CAN, solidified her position at the top of the leaderboard with an impressive 1-2-1-1-1-1 record. Sarah Douglas, CAN, stood in second and Joseph Hou, USA, moved up to third

Charlie Buckingham, USA, continued to dominate the 69-boat Laser Standard fleet with all top four finishes and a total of 12 points, but Chris Barnard, USA, and Bruno Fontes, BRA, continued to nip at his heels. Defending champion Malcolm Lamphere, USA, stood in 10th place.

In Laser 4.7 Abbie Carlson, USA, stepped into the lead by just one point, followed closely by Spencer Leman, CAN, and Erik Hou, USA.

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Join World Champion Eric Doyle For Facebook Live Chalk Talk

On Sail Trim and Tactics for Star North American Championship Success
Trim-for-speed primer slated July 20 1800PST at

July 12, 2018 –  California Yacht Club (CYC) will host North Sails and 1999 Star North American and World Champion Eric Doyle in a Facebook Live Chalk Talk on Sail Trim and Winning in Marina Del Rey July 20 at 6pm (pst) online at, as competitors gear up for the August 14 to 19 Star North American Championships!

The Star North American Championship is a prestigious regatta where the best of the best come out to compete for the Silver Star and Championship title. Past winners include Olympians, World Champions and America’s Cup competitors, mixing bow-to-bow with local champions and racers. Yacht racing at this level brings everyone’s game up, and is why the Star boat is still considered the hallmark of a championship racer.

Doyle will be on site at CYC July 20 to host the live chat on trimming and strategy for racing the Star in the Santa Monica Bay. Doyle is a familiar face at CYC, competing in past events such as the annual King of Spain regatta, Star North Americans (2010), and the Olympic Trials (2008). He knows how to win in this venue!

“I am really looking forward to racing the Star North American Championships at California Yacht Club. The conditions in Santa Monica Bay are ideal for star sailing,” said Doyle. “Cal Yacht Club is famous for their fabulous hospitality and great Race Committee and management, and and the competition will be tight! I hope everyone who has the chance will take the opportunity to join us for some great competition and racing, and hope to see you there next month!”

Dozens of competitors have already entered the August 14 to 19 championship event at CYC.

Many racers will travel from throughout the US and North America, so CYC organizers wanted to create an opportunity for a ‘chalk talk’ available to all entrants – and those just interested in improving their racing skills.

“We thought, ‘Why keep it a local event? Let’s open it to a world-wide audience!’” said Mary Stuyvesant, CYC’s Sail Committee Social Media Chair. “With Facebook Live, racers from all over the world can watch and even ask questions in real time. We think it is a great opportunity for the class throughout North American and beyond!”

“It should be fun – and we know people want to ask Eric questions – as he typically provides answers and comments on his own sail trim, when asked about it on his Facebook photos.”

CYC also welcomed sponsors for the Star Class North American Championship regatta: Platinum Sponsor – Denison Yachting; Gold Sponsors – Helly Hanson and North Sails; and Silver Sponsors – and MAP Strategic Wealth Advisors.

“Denison is excited about the opportunity to support a world-class event with such an unrivaled history and stature among sailing’s elite,” said Denison Yachting CEO Nereus Dastur. “Star Class Regattas are known for bringing together top-tier sailors from all walks of competitive sailing, and the Star North American Championship is sure to be a thrill to watch – full of memorable moments on the water.”


The Star is one of the greatest one-design racing classes in the world, demanding a superior level of competition. Fast and unforgiving, with massive sail area and just 23-ft LOA, they sail comfortably in light air. Mid-breeze requires some adjustment, and heavy breeze demands guts. One wrong jibe can result in the snap of a mast and loss of the massive main sail: NASCAR wrecks have nothing on a Star boat race!

Introduced over 100 years ago, it has undergone various incarnations and innovations, yet this long-standing and elite class of racing keelboat remains one of the most widespread and professionally sailed craft in the world, with over 8,524 boats built; actively raced in 19 districts throughout 27 countries.



California Yacht Club is proud to have been selected to host major Star Class championships over the years: 1983 World Championship; 2002 World Championship; 2005 North American Championship; 2008 Olympic Sailing Trials; and 2010 North American Championship.

California Yacht Club is a three time recipient of the prestigious US Sailing St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy for Excellence in Race Management, including their performance hosting the 2002 Worlds and 2005 North Americans.

Located in Marina Del Rey, California, California Yacht Club has been a mainstay of the Yacht Racing Community since 1922. A modern organization steeped in tradition, its 1,000  members, ranging from neophyte juniors just gaining their sea legs to former Olympic champions, compete in boats ranging from Optis to Mega Yachts  in major sailing regattas around the world.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – Exactly one year from this week, dozens of entries will start Transpac 50, the 50th edition of the Los Angeles-Honolulu ocean racing classic. Already there are 24 entries, the strongest early turnout in the 113-year history of the race.

“We knew the 50th would be popular, and we are preparing many special features to commemorate this race,” said Transpacific Yacht Club Commodore Tom Hogan, “but we had no idea the interest would be so strong so fast. Not only are there many return entries who still find this race attractive, but also newcomers who want to test themselves and their crews on a long 2,225 mile race to paradise.”
Among the newcomers is Heather Furey of Coronado, California, entered along with her husband Chuck Furey with their Santa Cruz 52, Blond Fury.
“We acted quickly. I think we were number 4 on the entry list,” said Heather. “There has been so much talk about this race I wanted to make sure it did not sell out!”
While this is Heather’s first Transpac, Chuck is a veteran of several past races, mainly in the ’80’s and ’90’s during the competitive heyday of the ULDB Sleds. Heather said she’s wanted to do this race for a long time, and now finally has the time to pursue her dream. The Fureys explored the option of chartering a boat, but in the end purchased Rick von Heydenreich’s Paranoia, a Santa Cruz 52 that finished mid-fleet among nine entries in the Fabulous Fifties class in the 2015 race and is a design that fulfills their interests in both speed and comfort.
“Chuck is interested in comfort and I like to go fast,” Heather admits.
Fred Kirschner (far right) and crew enjoying their equator crossing on Kathmandu in TPYC’s 1994 LA-Tahiti Race – photo Tom Fisher

Like many others in Transpac 50, these two are building their crew around a theme of “Friends and Family.” Heather says they plan to have a crew of ten, many of them pals from Coronado YC, with a core experienced group of five encouraged to bring along a spouse or an adult child. This core group, including Chuck, used to race together on Kathmandu, Fred Kirschner’s Santa Cruz 70 Hull No. 2. The Buddah’s eyes graphic on Kathmandu was an iconic symbol of the Sled class era. “We all knew Fred well, so we may adopt this symbol for our team too,” Heather said.

She continues “At this point we’re still working on our roster, but we think this Friends and Family approach will be a nice way to be competitive while having a great time and sharing the opportunity with a few people who may not otherwise have the chance.”
Blond Fury has recently been refitted with new standing rigging, and the Fureys’ priority now is to get to know the systems on their boat, and do some local club racing. Transpac race rules specify that crews must sail together as a group in a race or other passage of at least 150 miles, so Heather says they may do the 2019 race to Cabo San Lucas, or “just take the boat to Santa Barbara and sail down the coast.”
The beautiful King Kalakaua Trophy

Blond Fury and all other monohulls in the fleet will be eligible for the King Kalakaua Trophy, a beautiful silver and koa wood award named after the Hawaiian monarch who in 1886 first proposed this race to build fellowship between his islands and the US mainland. This trophy is one of dozens the Transpacific YC has in an impressive collection of museum-quality trophies dating to the first race in 1906. The names engraved on those trophies represent a who’s who of ocean racing history.

Kialoa II at home in Sydney Harbor

While rumors circulate about who among these legends will return to the race next year, there is one that is confirmed on the entry list now: the Sparkman & Stephens-designed 73-foot yawl Kialoa II, built and raced by Los Angeles-based developer and avid ocean racer Jim Kilroy as a sloop in 1963. She raced in the 1967 Transpac and after being converted to a yawl in 1968, she raced Transpac again in 1971. Kialoa II is now owned by Sydney-based Aussie Patrick Broughton, who sailed her last December in the 2017 Sydney-Hobart Race and is one of numerous entries that over the decades have come up from Down Under to compete in Transpac.


“My brother Keith and I were looking for a classic ocean racer of some provenance,” said Broughton. “We had no idea we would end up with a boat of such heritage as K II. We got a good deal with the previous owner who was supportive of our efforts to sail and race her in her original trim rather than make radical alterations.”
Among Kialoa’s seasoned Aussie crew is Dallas Kilponen, whose father David (aka Fang) was a member of the Kialoa III team that also went around the world of ocean racing in the 1970’s and ’80’s – photo Andrea Francolini

Broughton says his crew will have raced with each other on and off for decades, with over 200 Hobart races between them but only one Transpac. “We don’t have any sailmakers and America’s Cup trimmers, but still our objective is to be competitive and to have fun. Our program with this boat will be to do the anniversary editions of the classic ocean races: the 75th Hobart, the 50th Transpac and the 50th Fastnet, in addition to the Newport-Bermuda. This boat has done these before with Jim, and we’re carrying on the tradition.”


Whether it be a sloop, yawl or schooner, a monohull or multihull, a flat-out ocean racer, a comfortable cruiser or something in between, the Transpacific YC welcomes entries from around the world to join us in this 50th edition of an ocean race classic.


LONG BEACH, CA  12 July 2018 – – The Moorings 2018 Laser North American Championship got underway today, in breeze that built from 6 to 14 knots, with boisterous seas to match. Laser, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7 competitors – 167 in all, hailing from 26 nations – enjoyed three races in the brisk southwesterly breeze on San Pedro Bay.

The four-day event is hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC), Long Beach, Calif. “This is the kind of event ABYC likes to do,” sail Regatta Chair Ed Spotskey, “Our team really puts our best foot forward, to make this a special event for the international sailors.”

“Some of our volunteers go back to the 1984 Olympics and have been running major regattas at ABYC since then,” Spotskey added. “And many look forward to making it to the 2028 Olympics, too!” referring to the Los Angeles Summer Games, slated for 2028.

“One of the things I love about the Laser class, is we cross such an age spectrum, all competing together,” pointed out Sherri Campbell, Laser NA Class Executive Sec’y. Not only does the field of competitors span 50 years – the youngest is 14, the oldest 63 – but it also spans the world.

In addition to the North American Championship, the event also serves as a qualifier for next year’s Pan American Games. Hence, it wasn’t unusual to see Venezuela, Canada, Ecuador, Bermuda, Aruba rounding the marks in unison today, in racing that was tight and challenging, in the lively conditions.

Charlie Buckingham, USA, took an early but slim lead in the 69-boat Laser Standard division, with a 3-2-1 record, followed by fellow American Chris Barnard and Brazil’s Bruno Fontes, both with 7 points.

More close racing, in Laser Radials, saw Canadians Brenda Bowskill and Sarah Douglas separated by just one point. Tied for first place in Laser 4.7 were Abbie Carlson, USA and Spencer Leman, CAN.

As the day came to an end, weary sailors, coaches, family and friends relaxed on the bayfront lawn of ABYC, enjoying steel drum music, burgers and beverages.

Racing continues tomorrow (Friday) through Sunday July 15, starting at 11:55AM daily in the waters off Alamitos Bay.
Spectators can watch the fleet launch from the adjacent beach and parade out the channel to the start each morning – and scream in on the surf in the afternoon. In addition to world-class competition, there are morning briefings and daily post-race refreshments and entertainment. For more information, and full results, please visit

Cover Photo: Tom Walker


LONG BEACH, CA  9 July 2018 – – Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) will shimmer with the glow of over 160 Laser sailors, when it hosts the 2018 Laser North American Championship July 12 to 15. In addition to Laser Standard, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7 titles, some will by vying to qualify for the 2019 Pan American Games to be held during July in Lima, Peru.

As the close of entries approaches tomorrow (July 10), entries have soared, with 26 nations to be represented in the four-day international regatta. In addition to world-class competition and camaraderie, racers will enjoy a morning briefing, daily refreshments, a regatta dinner, and souvenir.

Dedicated dinghy and small sailboat racers have known for decades that “ABYC is the place to be.” Since 1924, ABYC has provided a vital platform for the yacht racing community, fueled by a strong base of volunteers and excellent race management. The club hosts five to 10 championship regattas each year, including regional, national, world and North American championships, such as this; in dinghy, keelboat, and multihull classes. That’s in addition to 14 regularly scheduled regattas, plus an active junior program.

“Alamitos Bay Yacht Club has a long tradition of hosting international regattas, bringing the best sailors in the world to Long Beach,” explained Principal Race Officer Mark Townsend USA, IRO. “ABYC last hosted the Laser North American Championship in 2014. With the Olympic Games sailing competition due to be contested in these same waters in 2028, we are expecting even more of the world’s top sailors to be heading to Long Beach over the next 10 years.”

The Laser NAs will commence with registration at ABYC Wednesday July 11, continuing Thursday; with races starting daily at 11:55AM Thursday through Sunday. A total of 12 races are scheduled, on trapezoid courses held inside the Long Beach Breakwater near the Belmont Pier, or in the outside waters of San Pedro Bay.

With the number of entrants mounting, organizers will likely divide the fleet into Gold/Silver finalists, based on a qualifying series. Prizes will be awarded to the top positions in each fleet; plus, the Bruce Kirby Cup to the highest placing male in Laser Full Rig and the North American Radial Championship Trophy to the highest placing finisher in that field.

Competitors include a strong North American contingent, such as defending 2017 Laser champion Malcolm Lamphere, and runner-up in the 2017 Laser Radials, Sophia Reineke. The world-wide field of competitors also includes many from Central and South America, and the Caribbean, as the regatta will serve as the country qualifier for next year’s Pan American Games. The Pan Am Games provide Olympic style competition for athletes from 41 recognized nations of the Americas – however there are slots for only 16 contenders in the 2019 Games. The ABYC 2018 Laser NA regatta is the second of just three opportunities to qualify.

Optimal conditions are forecast for the North Americans. July is one of the best times of the year to sail in Long Beach, with a westerly sea breeze which builds each afternoon to the mid-teens. The current sunny, warm conditions are expected to continue in Southern California, fueling the prevailing winds and providing thrilling competition.

ABYC is idyllically situated on Alamitos Bay, at 7201 East Ocean Boulevard, in Long Beach, Calif. Its modern waterfront clubhouse facility is located conveniently close to the harbor entrance, with a paved boat yard and excellent access to the adjacent beach, where competitors’ boats will be stored overnight.

In addition to PRO Townsend, Ed Spotskey chairs the event, with Ben Fels AUS, IJ, as Chief Judge.

While online entries will be accepted until July 10, after that date they may be accepted in person: racers are encouraged to inquire. Visit for all details on registration and the event.

Crew of 2 Around Catalina Race

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Event Update from The Log


The Race is back on for July 14-15, 2018 !

The Crew of 2 Around Catalina is South Shore Yacht Club’s signature double-handed 90-nautical mile race around Catalina with a maximum of two skippers on board. A shorter 67-nautical mile course around Ship Rock is also offered.  Below is the registration link for the Crew of 2 Around Catalina Challenge. We are working on updating the Notice of Race.  New for this year, we will be posting lists of “boat owner looking for co-skipper”, and “co-skipper looking for boat owner/skipper” lists to help increase participation.  Those interested should contact SSYC at 678-296-4970. or email


2018 San Francisco Perpetual Challenge Cup

June 30, 2018 – Long Beach Yacht Club

Event Report

AMYA IOM Region 6 Championship – Foster City, CA

June 22-24, 2018

Hosted by North Bay RC Sailing Club


Top Five:

PRO John Ebey (L) with Regatta Winner Mark Golison / Photo Credit Gary Boell

Cover Photo: L to R  Steve Landeau, Dennis Rogers, Barry Donaher, Mark Golison and Craig Mackey / Photo Credit: Gary Boell