Jamie Betz Wins 2012 Shamrock Regatta

March 25, 2012 in Race Reports

Jamie Betz, of Meadowbrook, PA, survived a final four race onslaught from Mt. Laurel’s Dave Brawner to hold onto first place in the 2012 Shamrock Regatta held at Cooper River YC in Collingswood, NJ on Saturday, March 24th.

The results have been posted here using Google Docs.

The fourteen boat fleet withstood strong winds and a college rowing regatta going on parallel to our race course as several races were down wind survival test to eliminate broaching. Eight different skippers won at least one race giving some credence to the close competition. Don Barker, of Chestertown, MD, had an early regatta lead and ended up third with New York’s Hank Buchanan in fourth and Rob Seidelmann of Collingwood, NJ in fifth.

Thanks to the West Jersey RC Laser Fleet for hosting this annual fun event and to Jim Greenfield for doing his PRO, buoy placement, boat retrieval and results duties to support us.

2012 Lake Naomi RC Laser Winter Indoor Regatta Results

February 7, 2012 in Race Reports

2012 Indoor RC Laser regatta participants (L to R): Fran Whipple, Scorer Nick Mortgu, Third Place Dave Brawner, Second Place Sue Neely Ken Shaw Jamie Betz, First Place Bill Clausen, Race Director John Whipple Dean Neely

This regatta has been known as “sailing in a box”, but this year we christened it unofficially as the “Indoor RC Laser World Championship”.

Why? Well because we sail in an indoor pool with the assistance of 11 fans. So the “in a box” part is clear. While it is a 25 meter pool, those sides come up awfully quickly. We limit the start line to 7 boats to keep the crowding to a minimum.

And, as far as we know, there is no other RC Laser regatta run in an indoor pool.

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This year we had pretty much the same participants as last and the results were as follows:

  1. Jamie Betz – 37
  2. Dave Brawner – 47
  3. Nick Mortgu – 56
  4. Dean Neely – 66
  5. John Whipple – 74
  6. Ken Shaw – 82
  7. Sue Neely – 95

In thinking about those scores, keep in mind that we did 21, two-and-a-half lap races in the span of four hours (with 3 throw outs and breaks every hour).

It was great competition and camaraderie in 80 degree weather up on the otherwise freezing Pocono Plateau.

Many thanks to Bill Clausen for serving as Race Director.

Regatta report submitted by John Whipple, RC Laser Class Fleet #9 & AMYA Fleet # 302

Elmaleh Wins His 8th North American RC Laser Title

September 19, 2011 in Race Reports

The 2011 RC Laser North American Championship is in the books and class manufacturer, Jon Elmaleh, once again, showed us how it’s done with his 8th North American victory since 2000.

The Rock Hall Yacht Club in Rock Hall, Maryland played co-host with the Cooper River RC Laser fleet to provide two wonderful days of competitive racing. There was plenty of social time to get to know the new competitors and see old friends.

Regatta chairman, Nick Mortgu, was able to garner a host of wonderful sponsors who not only provided products for door prizes but also added to the social excitement of the regatta.

The format for the regatta for the 29 competitors was a day of seeding races held Saturday to divide the racers into two fleets, Gold and Silver, each who would race to decide the two fleet champions on Sunday. Total points scored after one throw out race on Saturday were carried over and added to Sunday’s races where 6 races minus one additional throw out from Sunday were used to decide the championship for the top 15 in the Gold Fleet.

Mortgu, provided the two fleets beautiful glass bowls as awards for each fleet.

Two competitors who arrived feeling under the weather with strong colds were unable to compete the full chamionship. This weekend was the first in many months that we have seen sub 60 degrees in the early morning.

Jon Elmaleh defeated the most competitive RC Laser fleet in recent history with good starts, a nose for clear air and a calm steady thumb on the tiller.

Jon took a 2 point lead into Sunday and distanced himself from the fleet, throwing out only a 2nd on day two to win by 15 points over two time defending champion, Jim Kaighin, who came from 4th on Saturday to nail down 2nd overall.
Ryan Lippincott moved to third in the final standings with Jamie Betz and Rob Seidelmann rounding out the top five.

Cooper River’s RC fleet placed three in the top five.

Conditions called for use of the A sail along but there were some good puffs to keep it interesting. Very few B sails were used with success. Shifting winds from the east and north helped shake up the positions in almost every race. Everyone in the fleet (other than Jon Elmaleh) seemed to have a least one or two good races but the best skippers kept the double digit finishes to a minimum.

In the Silver Fleet, local skipper, Tom Lippincott, bested local newcomer, Chip Lieber, to win with Victor Oberg placing third. Tom and Chip represented the host Rock Hall YC which provided buffet breakfasts and lunches as well as a group dinner on Saturday night.

Links to race results and a few photos from the 2011 North Americans:

West Jersey RC Laser Fleet, Cooper River & Riverton, NY

June 30, 2010 in Where We Sail

It started with two sailors at Riverton Yacht Club’s Wednesday night racing.  One brought up the subject of RC Laser sailing and the other said “Hey, I have one of those”.   For two years, Nick and Mickey tried to start a fleet racing at Riverton.  Sometimes just the two would show up, then the next week there might be four boats.  The Delaware River tides and late summer grass seemed to slow down the fleet growth.

2009 brought the North American RC Laser Championship to Oxford, MD.  This regatta was geographically desirable enough for a group from Riverton to go south and give it a try.  Terry and Dan Curran made the gold fleet, while Ryan, Nick, Dan Walsh and Skip sailed in the Silver fleet.  Ryan won the silver fleet buy a point.  That regatta was the turning point for RC Laser sailing in the Mid-Atlantic area.

After word made it back to Jersey about how great the regatta was, the fleet was well on its’ way to becming one of the largest and most active fleets in the area.  Terry and Nick talked Rob Seidelmann from Cooper River Yacht Club into holding an RC Laser regatta, appropriately called The Leftover Bowl, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  The Leftover Bowl had it’s first Champion, Jamey Betz.  A new fleet was born consisting of sailors from both Riverton and Cooper River Yacht clubs, which held its’ first series; a frostbite series that ran till March.  Dave Brawner, AMYA Regional Secretary showed up one day with an automatic starter and came back every week to help us start races and help our fleet grow.

March sailing included the Mid-Winter Championship at Marco Island, FL, which proved to be a needed respite from the northeast winter!  West Jersey was represented by Gold fleet sailors Dan Curran and Nick.  Dan Walsh and Victor held up the silver fleet.  Everyone had a fun time with great southern hospitality.  March was also the first Shamrock Cup Regatta, which was held at Laurel Acres Park in Mt. Laurel, NJ and put on by the Mid-Atlantic Model Boat Club who race EC12 meter RC boats.

It’s Summer now and the fleet is growing with 23 very active members sailing every other Tuesday night on the Cooper River, with a change to Riverton once in a while just to keep everyone in practice on tidal sailing.  If you take a look at the fleet members you’ll see boat builders, sail makers,  national champions in both “real” boats and RC boats.  But when the gun goes off we’re just a bunch of friends having a good time.

*The Cooper River is a tributary of the Delaware River in southwestern New Jersey.

West Jersey RC Laser Fleet Members

Terry Rapp, Fleet Captain,  Nick Mortgu, Regional Secretary, Skip Lippincott, Ryan Lippincott, Matt Lippincott, Dan Walsh, Jamie Betz, Dan Curran, Dave Cherubini, Rob Seidelmann, Mike Hecky, Rich Hendrickson, Rich Hendrickson Jr., Art Littleton,  Tammy Brunker, Rosemary McMullen, Jim Irwin, Victor Oberg, Dave Mays,  Lance Oberg, Mickey Walsh, Joe Pelosi, Dave Brawner, AMYA Regional Secretary

FLEET CAPTAIN, TERRY RAPP

 
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