Laser North Americans and U.S. Singlehanded Championships - Day 3

Brendan Olthouse of Canada drives his Laser off the windward mark
Rich Roberts
It's not exactly match racing, but out of 74 entries the Laser class North American Championships hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club comes down to a two-man battle on the final day Sunday: Charlie Buckingham of nearby Newport Beach versus Bruno Fontes of Brazil.

Wait a minute, Brazil is in South America. No matter… several of the top competitors are from outside the continent, reveling in a range of conditions they hope will improve their chances to reach Fontes' home waters for the 2016 Olympics.

The other Charlie Buckingham (his uncle) relaxes between races
Chris Barnard


Fontes led after Day one and Buckingham after Day two, then both stumbled slightly with their worst finishes in the light-air first of three races Saturday---eighth and 11th, respectively, which became their throwouts on the scorecard.

Fontes then closed the day with a one - three as Buckingham finished two - five and saw his lead shrink to a single point, 17-18. Their nearest rival, Cy Thompson of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is at 44 points.

'Not so good,' Fontes said of his day, 'but between me and Charlie, I finished ahead of him.'

Buckingham noted, 'I think we're keeping an eye on each other, but there are still three races to go.'

Christine Neville (r.) leads Laser Radials past windward mark on third day of Laser North Americans
Rich Roberts


Winds have ranged from a feisty 19 knots Thursday to 11 Friday and building from 7 to 13 Saturday, with a typical steady shift right from south to southwest. The forecast for Sunday looked like Friday.

'We'll take anything,' Buckingham said. 'It's been a range of conditions. The race committee is doing a good job.'

Meanwhile, another Buckingham---Charlie's uncle from Hawaii---is confusing the picture with a credible performance in the middle of the fleet.

In Laser Radials, Paige Railey, a former ISAF world woman sailor of the year from Clearwater, Fla., surged to the top with a second and first for a 20-point lead after discarding her 11th in Saturday's first race. Her top rival, Luke Muller, suffered a breakdown in the second race and was unable to sail the third.

Altogether there are 190 entries from 14 countries in three classes, demanding a quarter-mile-long start line, which has been fairly free of overanxious OCS (on course side) offenders.

Chris Barnard (r.) starts at pin with Charlie Buckingham on his hip
Rich Roberts


The event also encompasses US Sailing's U.S. Singlehanded Championship for Americans age 17 and up, which has Buckingham and Chris Barnard---longtime rivals from Newport Beach---as the current two top Olympic hopes in the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider lineup.

Macey McCann and Gage Wilson share the Laser 4.7 class lead at 14 points, with McCann holding a narrow tiebreaker.

Sunday's fourth and final day of racing is scheduled to start at noon, conditions permitting.

The U.S. Sailing Singlehanded Champions will receive the prestigious George D. O’Day trophy for men and Helen Willis Hanley trophy for women.

Laser 4.7s approach the windward mark
Rich Roberts


The men’s Laser and the women’s Laser Radial are Olympic class events; Laser 4.7 features youth participants.

The Laser, a Canadian designed dinghy, is the largest dinghy class in the world with more than 200,000 boats built.

Jack Marshall leads Radials at windward mark
Chris Barnard


Class leaders:
(After six of nine races; one discard)

Laser Standard---Charlie Buckingham, Newport Beach, Calif., 2-3-1-2-1-1-(11)-2-5, 17 points; Bruno Fontes, Brazil, 1-1-3-3-3-3-(8)-1-3, 18.

Laser Radial---Paige Railey, Clearwater, Fla., 2-3-3-1-2-1-(11)-2-1, 26.

Laser 4.7---Tie between Macey McCann, 2-2-1-2-1-1-(7)-7-2, and Gage Wilson, 1-1-2-3-2-2-(6)-6-1, 18.

Complete Results: Laser Full Fleet
RankingFleetFlightDivisionNatSailNoHelmNameR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9TotalNett
1stLaser Full O'Day
USA
182345Charles Buckingham2.03.01.02.01.01.0(11.0)2.05.028.017.0
2ndLaser Full  
BRA
203765Bruno Fontes1.01.03.03.03.03.0(8.0)1.03.026.018.0
3rdLaser Full  
ISV
177038Cy Thompson8.06.07.04.02.04.06.07.0(12.0)56.044.0
4thLaser Full  
BRA
191342Matheus Dellagnelo3.09.0(14.0)7.09.02.09.03.06.062.048.0
5thLaser Full O'Day
USA
194180Chris Barnard5.08.06.08.04.010.0(22.0)4.04.071.049.0
6thLaser Full  
TRI
184116Andrew Lewis7.05.04.06.08.07.04.08.0(13.0)62.049.0
7thLaser Full  
PER
199998Stefano Peschiera9.04.08.014.0(74.0 OCS)5.03.06.02.0125.051.0
8thLaser Full O'Day
USA
203751Erik Bowers6.011.010.01.010.09.0(14.0)5.07.073.059.0
9thLaser Full  
CAN
181191Tom Ramshaw4.02.02.015.07.06.0(43.0)28.01.0108.065.0
10thLaser Full O'Day
USA
188149Greg Martinez15.012.013.05.012.0(20.0)2.014.010.0103.083.0
11thLaser Full O'Day
USA
197265Frederick Vranizan17.07.05.019.06.013.0(24.0)10.014.0115.091.0
12thLaser Full  
PUR
175565Ramon Gonzalez11.0(26.0)16.011.05.019.01.012.018.0119.093.0
13thLaser Full  
MEX
201329Yanic Gentry10.0(25.0)23.012.020.016.015.013.016.0150.0125.0
14thLaser Full O'Day
USA
199769Malcolm Lamphere13.018.015.013.028.014.017.0(29.0)9.0156.0127.0
15thLaser Full  
DOM
196128Guillermo Flaquer16.010.011.023.027.018.05.018.0(28.0)156.0128.0
16thLaser Full  
MEX
202170Ricardo Montemayor12.022.012.029.0(33.0)8.016.019.011.0162.0129.0
17thLaser Full  
URU
202567Federico Yandian18.021.017.0(41.0)14.025.030.017.08.0191.0150.0
18thLaser Full  
USA
188663Erik Weis19.028.026.09.0(36.0)15.07.027.022.0189.0153.0
19thLaser Full  
CAN
203636Henry Machum24.017.019.024.018.012.026.0(36.0)19.0195.0159.0
20thLaser Full O'Day
USA
200191Matthew Long20.016.09.016.030.031.0(48.0)16.023.0209.0161.0
21stLaser Full  
CAN
199395Justin Norton21.014.022.018.025.026.020.022.0(27.0)195.0168.0
22ndLaser Full  
CAN
194503Sandy Beatty22.0(74.0 DNF)29.031.026.011.029.09.015.0246.0172.0
23rdLaser Full O'Day
USA
187393Richard Didham14.013.025.025.016.023.027.0(31.0)30.0204.0173.0
24thLaser Full O'Day
USA
180521Marek Zaleski33.029.0(44.0)17.024.022.019.023.017.0228.0184.0
25thLaser Full  
USA
199338Marshall McCann27.0(38.0)24.027.031.024.010.021.021.0223.0185.0
26thLaser Full  
CAN
206171Max Gallant29.015.030.036.017.017.0(41.0)24.026.0235.0194.0
27thLaser Full  
CAN
203914Matthew Sherar26.019.018.026.023.0(45.0)37.026.020.0240.0195.0
28thLaser Full O'Day
USA
187317Charlie Buckingham32.024.020.020.034.021.0(35.0)20.029.0235.0200.0
29thLaser Full  
USA
199793Rodion Mazin28.023.021.050.035.027.0(51.0)25.025.0285.0234.0
30thLaser Full  
BER
188996Cameron Pimentel25.033.0(46.0)28.029.030.038.030.032.0291.0245.0
31stLaser Full O'Day
USA
196150Stephen Long23.027.036.021.037.043.0(54.0)38.034.0313.0259.0
32ndLaser Full  
CAN
206123Bryant Wood30.037.0(74.0 DNC)43.040.028.032.015.036.0335.0261.0
33rdLaser Full O'Day
USA
198697Chuck Tripp36.020.027.0(60.0)46.033.042.033.033.0330.0270.0
34thLaser Full O'Day
USA
167136Emilio Castelli31.032.040.048.022.029.031.0(50.0)42.0325.0275.0
35thLaser Full O'Day
USA
206063Bill Symes50.042.039.042.021.036.018.0(57.0)39.0344.0287.0
36thLaser Full O'Day
USA
204231Steven Leuck40.040.041.037.011.040.0(45.0)39.045.0338.0293.0
37thLaser Full  
CAN
203648Dominic Fritz(74.0 OCS)36.035.035.043.038.023.037.048.0369.0295.0
38thLaser Full  
USA
205689Markus Edegran48.0(74.0 DNC)74.0 DNC10.032.044.036.011.041.0370.0296.0
39thLaser Full  
CAN
204077Brendan Aulthouse51.049.050.033.013.052.012.0(54.0)38.0352.0298.0
40thLaser Full O'Day
USA
204106Thomson Butcher43.0(74.0 OCS)28.038.041.037.034.035.044.0374.0300.0
41stLaser Full O'Day
USA
196283Nathan Fields47.050.043.030.015.0(56.0)28.046.052.0367.0311.0
42ndLaser Full  
USA
198659Vann Wilson34.030.0(74.0 DNC)44.047.034.065.040.024.0392.0318.0
43rdLaser Full  
CAN
204237Nick Smith42.039.034.0(57.0)48.041.046.049.031.0387.0330.0
44thLaser Full  
CAN
195930Kevin Wiersma39.0(74.0 DNC)74.0 DNC32.038.032.047.034.037.0407.0333.0
45thLaser Full O'Day
USA
187366Peter Drasnin41.034.0(74.0 DNC)53.019.035.050.048.055.0409.0335.0
46thLaser Full  
CAN
204476Alexander Shepard46.031.032.055.039.049.033.0(60.0)51.0396.0336.0
47thLaser Full O'Day
USA
175580Paul Streater53.048.042.0(62.0)44.046.021.044.043.0403.0341.0
48thLaser Full O'Day
USA
203961Will Dana45.045.038.022.054.048.0(55.0)52.040.0399.0344.0
49thLaser Full  
PUR
175568Manuel Gonzalez38.043.033.0(59.0)50.039.049.043.050.0404.0345.0
50thLaser Full O'Day
USA
199127Adam DiDomizio54.041.037.046.053.042.0(57.0)42.035.0407.0350.0
51stLaser Full O'Day
USA
181847Julian Soto35.0(74.0 DNC)74.0 DNC34.049.057.013.032.062.0430.0356.0
52ndLaser Full  
CAN
203957Robert Lalonde44.047.051.040.042.0(74.0 BFD)39.047.047.0431.0357.0
53rdLaser Full O'Day
USA
171212Brian Cottrell58.052.049.049.051.060.025.041.0(64.0)449.0385.0
54thLaser Full O'Day
USA
192936Max Rohr55.046.031.045.055.063.0(66.0)65.046.0472.0406.0
55thLaser Full O'Day
USA
196815Ben Rohr56.044.045.047.058.050.0(59.0)58.049.0466.0407.0
56thLaser Full O'Day
USA
166141Philip Thompson57.056.048.058.052.0(61.0)40.056.060.0488.0427.0
57thLaser Full  
CAN
182808Adam Sorensen(61.0)57.052.054.060.058.044.051.054.0491.0430.0
58thLaser Full  
USA
199551Packy Davis64.058.0(74.0 DNC)63.057.047.053.045.053.0514.0440.0
59thLaser Full  
USA
195943David Anthes60.051.0(74.0 DNC)56.045.064.056.053.056.0515.0441.0
60thLaser Full  
USA
195607Terence Gallagher52.0(74.0 DNF)54.039.056.051.074.0 BFD74.0 OCS57.0531.0457.0
61stLaser Full O'Day
USA
198375Nicklas Gardner(67.0)55.053.052.059.059.064.061.058.0528.0461.0
62ndLaser Full  
USA
200172Kris Hublitz59.053.0(74.0 DNC)68.063.053.060.055.059.0544.0470.0
63rdLaser Full O'Day
USA
190203Carson Shevitz(68.0)60.055.065.066.055.061.064.061.0555.0487.0
64thLaser Full O'Day
USA
196108Jorge A. Suarez49.0(74.0 DNF)47.067.074.0 OCS66.063.059.074.0 OCS573.0499.0
65thLaser Full  
USA
171314Pete Trachy62.059.0(74.0 DNC)69.065.065.062.063.063.0582.0508.0
66thLaser Full O'Day
USA
204391Chris Raab37.035.0(74.0 DNF)74.0 DNC74.0 DNC74.0 DNC74.0 DNC74.0 DNC74.0 DNC590.0516.0
67thLaser Full O'Day
USA
161016Charles Crockett66.0(74.0 DNC)74.0 DNC66.064.054.052.067.074.0 DNC591.0517.0
68thLaser Full  
USA
181790Charlie Heatherly63.0(74.0 DNC)74.0 DNC61.062.074.0 DNC58.062.074.0 DNC602.0528.0
69thLaser Full O'Day
CHI
198056Andro Korlaet69.0(74.0 DNC)74.0 DNC51.061.062.074.0 DNC74.0 DNC74.0 DNC613.0539.0
70thLaser Full O'Day
USA
205415Mackenzie Cook65.054.0(74.0 DNC)74.0 DNC74.0 DNC74.0 DNC74.0 DNC74.0 DNC74.0 DNC637.0563.0
71stLaser Full O'Day
USA
177226Dirk Hacker(74.0 DNC)74.0 DNC74.0 DNC70.067.074.0 OCS74.0 DNC66.065.0638.0564.0
72ndLaser Full O'Day
USA
206574Rob Lyddon(74.0 DNC)74.0 DNC74.0 DNC64.074.0 DNC74.0 DNC67.074.0 DNC74.0 DNC649.0575.0
73rdLaser Full O'Day
USA
177637John Staff(74.0 DNC)74.0 DNC74.0 DNC74.0 DNC74.0 DNC74.0 DNC74.0 DNC74.0 DNC74.0 DNC666.0592.0

Laser 4.7 Fleet
RankingFleetFlightDivisionNatSailNoHelmNameR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9TotalNett
1stLaser 4.7  
USA
204110Macey McCann2.02.01.02.01.01.0(7.0)7.02.025.018.0
2ndLaser 4.7  
USA
204411Gage Wilson1.01.02.03.02.02.0(6.0)6.01.024.018.0
3rdLaser 4.7  
USA
148779Gage Schoenherr3.05.03.05.04.0(7.0)1.03.04.035.028.0
4thLaser 4.7  
ISV
110413Paige Clarke5.03.04.04.03.06.04.05.0(7.0)41.034.0
5thLaser 4.7  
USA
109153Joseph Hou(10.0 DNC)10.0 DNC10.0 DNC1.05.03.02.01.03.045.035.0
6thLaser 4.7  
USA
177328Kyle Dochoda4.04.05.0(7.0)6.04.05.02.05.042.035.0
7thLaser 4.7  
USA
6060Samuel Merson(10.0 DNC)10.0 DNC10.0 DNC6.08.05.03.04.06.062.052.0
8thLaser 4.7  
USA
206067Jack Hogan6.06.06.0(8.0)7.08.08.08.08.065.057.0
9thLaser 4.7  
CAN
102469Matthew Stranaghan7.0(10.0 DNC)10.0 DNC9.09.09.09.09.010.0 DNC82.072.0
Scoring codes used
CodeDescriptionPoints
BFDBlack flag disqualification under rule 30.374
DNCDid not come to the starting areaVaries
DNFStarted but did not finish74
OCSOn course side at start or broke rule 30.174
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