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SOCAL Sailors Gibbs/Weiss Clinch Gold in Pan Am Games – Charlie Buckingham Scores a Bronze

Racing has concluded in six of the seven 2020 Olympic class sailing events at the Pan American Games Lima 2019. Team USA had representatives in all six Medal Races and delivered Medals in four of the five that were sailed. Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.) and Anna Weis (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) clinched a Gold Medal in the Nacra 17 fleet. Charlotte Rose (Houston, Texas) and Pedro Pascual (West Palm Beach, Fla.) earned Silver Medals in the Laser Radial and RS:X fleets, respectively. Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) won the Bronze in the Laser fleet.

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2018 Laser North Americans Day 3 Update

Standings

Cover Photo: Tom Walker

LEADERS SOLIDIFY POSITIONS AT THE MOORINGS LASER NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP AT ABYC

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.

For complete results please visit www.abyc.org.

COVER PHOTO: TOM WALKER

 

CHALLENGING DAY ONE AT THE MOORINGS LASER NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP AT ABYC

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 www.abyc.org.

Cover Photo: Tom Walker

ALAMITOS BAY YACHT CLUB SPOTLIGHTS 2018 LASER NORTH AMERICANS JULY 12 TO 15

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 www.abyc.org for all details on registration and the event.

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RESULTS

Tom Walker Photo Gallery

Cover Photo: ABYC’s Kevin Taugher – Tom Walker Photography

 

 

 

2017/2018 BYC Sunkist Series Results

BYC Sunkist Series

January 6, 2018 –Inside Race Results

January 7, 2018 – Outside Race #3 Results

                                        Outside Series Standings