2016 Laser Masters World Championships Wrap Up

May 20-28, 2016

ABYC’s Vann Wilson places sixth in the Grand Masters Division and was the top USA Skipper!

ABYC’s Vann Wilson

Check the results also to see how our other SoCal Laser Masters Sailors Peter Drasnin, Chris Raab and Jorge Suarez did.


Sailing Scuttlebutt Special on Vann Wilson

Vann Wilson
Vann Wilson
l to R: Jorge Suarez and Vann Wilson
L to R: Jorge Suarez and Vann Wilson
L to R: Vann Wilson, Peter Drasnin and Jorge Suarez
L to R: Vann Wilson, Peter Drasnin and Jorge Suarez
L to R: Chris Raab, Peter Drasnin and Jorge Suarez
L to R: Chris Raab, Peter Drasnin and Jorge Suarez

2016 IOM NB Classic

May 27-29, 2016   Foster City, CA

SoCal Radio Sailors Mark Golison, Larry Grant, Nick Allen, Craig Mackey and Dennis Rogers traveled to Foster City this past weekend to compete with their International One Meters.


From Larry Grant who wrote up a wrap up piece for the event:

The 2016 IOM NB classic, a local ranking event for the US IOM seeding is now in the books. Seventeen skippers raced on the 2015 World Championship venue at the Leo J Ryan Park pond in Foster City, CA. Because there was only one fleet, there was plenty of racing for all.

The twelve race Saturday portion was sailed in mostly just under to just over mid “A” rig range on the pond’s eastern shore off the skate board park. Jess Atkinson in his V9 displayed his brilliance on the day by leading the event at the Saturday night break.

The seventeen race Sunday portion was sailed on the pond’s north shore to accommodate a westerly in under mid to just under high end “A” rig range. Sunday’s scoring brought about wholesale gains in the standings from Saturday’s positions, including Dennis Rogers moving from 11th to finishing 8th overall, Larry Grant moving from 10th to 7th, Gary Boell 9th to 6th, Craig Mackey 5th to 4th and Mark Golison 4th to 3rd. Also, the event champ John Ebey in his BritPOP! moved up one spot on Sunday to earn yet another reason to beat him next time.

Ron Locke of NB IOM and ODOM stardom directed the Race Management like a champ. Ron’s left and right hands for the event were Kevin Mullnix a NB ODOM and Soling 50 regular plus Jim Bitter a NB & SFMYC ODOM vet. Thanks you guys for sacrificing your Memorial Day Weekend so we could scrutinize your every move.




MAY 26 2016, LONG BEACH, CA – – Timing is everything in sailboat racing. An impeccably timed start gives you an advantage you can extend throughout the entire race. Gauge the perfect lay-line, round the mark first, get the kite up swiftly: you’re in the money!


Timing is everything too, when planning your entry to Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week (LBRW) June 24 to 26, 2016. Line up a primo crew. Book a slip in Long Beach. And get a sweet early entry discount, when you sign up on or before June 6. Register online now at www.lbrw.org and save $50 on entry fees, which include racing, parties, prizes and more.

Something new to keep competitors running on time is the Buzz Bar café sponsored by US Sailing. Racers can get their daily jolt of caffeine between 8:00 and 11:00am outside the Registration area at Long Beach Yacht Club (LBYC). Cappuccino, espresso, latte, mochachino, teas and more will be provided free of charge, to keep teams on their toes. Both host clubs, LBYC and Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) will also have breakfast items for sale each morning.

And you’ve got to act fast so you don’t miss the boat in the Catalina 37 competition. Charters for the Catalina 37 National Championships were snatched up faster than a speeding bullet: only one boat was still available at publication time. This popular one-design fleet is fierce but friendly, with amicable rivalries. Last year’s action saw LBYC’s Dave Hood and team elbow out fellow flag officer at ABYC Chuck Clay, and crew. “With this one design class, the boats are kept very even and you can really see the difference in the teamwork,” said Hood. “These boats amplify all that. If you’re doing really well, you can see it, and if you make a mistake you can see that too.”

There’s still plenty of time to enter other one-design fleets including Viper 640, Schock 35, J/70, J/80, J/105, J/109 and J/120: close of entries is June 21. LBRW also features lively PHRF racing on both windward/leeward and random leg courses. Organizers expect upwards of 140 entries to partake in the fun and festivities of LBRW.

And of course the water taxi between ABYC and LBYC keeps sailors party-prompt: running post-race until 9:00pm Friday and Saturday; ‘til 7:30pm Sunday.

You wouldn’t be late to the race start: so don’t delay your entry! Sign up today and save $50 in entry fees … that’ll come in handy, when buying drinks for your winning crew.

Visit www.lbrw.org for the full schedule, details and online registration. The NOR is posted and registration is open now!


Monday June 6        Last day for early entry discount

Tuesday June 21       Close of entries

Thursday June 23     

12:00-6:00pm             Registration

6:30pm                       Boathouse on the Bay welcome party

Friday June 24

8:00-10:00am             Registration

8:00-11:00am             Buzz Barr

10:15am                     Dave Ullman Weather Talk at LBYC & Skipper’s briefing

12:55pm                     First warning

5:00-9:00pm               ABYC party

Saturday June 25    

8:00-11:00am             Buzz Barr

11:55am                     First warning

5:00-9:00pm               LBYC Mt Gay Rum party

Sunday June 26

8:00-11:00am             Buzz Barr

11:55am                     First warning

5:00pm                       LBYC Prize-giving






2016 Laser Masters World Championships – Day 2 Update

May 24, 2016

ABYC Laser Masters sailors Chris Raab, Jorge Suarez and Vann Wilson continue to duke it out on day 2.

Cumulative Results

Day 2 Photo Gallery

Press Release:

Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico (May 24, 2016) – It was another great day of sailing for the Laser Standard Masters Worlds as the sea breeze once again filled in on schedule and provided two excellent races in pristine Laser sailing conditions.

Starting in a 10 knot, southwest breeze, the day’s first race saw a few shake-ups in the standings. The level of competition is extremely high at this world championship event, and even the best sailors find it hard to come back from mistake.

Brett Beyer of Australia finally showed he was human by finishing 6th place in the first race of the Masters Division, his only race outside of first place in the event. But Beyer soon regained his form in second race as the wind once again built to 14-16 knots.


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