2014-12-11 / Around Town

Laser Fleet Starts Season

By Joe Berkeley

On Sunday, Nov. 30, Laser Fleet 413’s favorite professor, Mark Bear, won the day with 17 points.

In a breeze that started at 210 degrees and on occasion went to 240 degrees, Bear put on a seminar in how to sail consistently. “Usually I have one or two good races. It’s not that often I have such a good day,” he said pleasantly surprised.

As the professor is a man of letters and speeches and even textbooks, more than a few fleet members have requested that he write some “words of wisdom.”

Second place went to Andy Pimental; who overcame a broken vang tang to finish with 31 points. Dan Neri was third with 33 points; Ed Adams, who brought Bodie the happy Labrador, had 33; and Ted Hood finished with 42.

There were 35 boats on the line and Moose McClintock of the race committee was pleased with the turnout. He ran some beautiful races, including a triangle course that featured some spirited reaches.

Gary Largess, who often wears a North Sails hat, enjoyed the day. He said, “There was a good breeze, definitely shifty, then it died off at the end.” Gary’s starts have been improving and he is pleased to get off the line. The Newport firefighter found the competition to get a good start to be a bit less ferocious this week than last.

Chad Atkins took a rare break from building iceboats for the DN class to spend the day sailing with Fleet 413. He remarked that Pimental was lucky he broke his vang when the breeze lightened up. Otherwise, it could have been quite spirited downwind.

Oakley Jones broke out his patented zip code sail number, 02840. He did a lot of sailing on a Swan 42 last year and may be headed to Key West in January. There could be some J70 sailing in his future.

Meanwhile, Oakley’s girlfriend, Jenny Daudlin, rigged up a Laser for the first time since 2001 and had a great time. After sailing, she brought her sweet Labrador retriever named Ella to the IYAC.

Nick Ewenson was back on the water for the first time this year. He said, “It’s great to be back sailing. The Laser is a full body workout. I had far too many footprints on my dagger board at the end of the day.”

Christine Neville was out in her Laser named Damesfly. Her recentlypurchased boat came with the name and a Bob Marley sticker. Both are staying, as Neville believes it is good karma to keep the spirit of the boat intact. About the shifty day, Neville said, “It was hard to stay out of trouble today.”

Will Donaldson drove back from the Adirondacks to sail. He thought it was a great day for racing, as the skies were sunny, the temperature was above 50 degrees, and the breeze cooperated.

There was no racing on Dec. 7 because of high winds.

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