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Laser Masters North American Championships - Marc Jacobi wins 3 races

by New York Yacht Club on 21 Oct 2013
Jacobi Horiz in action. © Rolex/Daniel Forster http://www.regattanews.com
Marc Jacobi was one of the last people to officially enter the 137-boat 2013 Laser Masters North American Championships, registering for the regatta just hours before the first race. Once the racing started, however, he quickly jumped to the head of the class, winning three of the first six races.

The only sailor able to keep pace with Jacobi was Peter Shope. The two sailors went into the final race of the regatta separated by just one point, with Jacobi holding the slim lead, and the tiebreaker, should they finish with the same total score.

Shope struggled early in the final race while Jacobi (above, sail No. 194582) found himself comfortably ensconced in the top few boats. On the second beat, with nothing to lose—third overall was quite a ways back—Shope rolled the dice.

'I didn't pay attention to where [Shope] was [at the start], I just wanted to get off the line cleanly,' says Jacobi (below, right) of the final race. 'I didn't see him until halfway up the leg and he was back. On the second beat, he banged the left corner. I was in great position, second or third, really solid. But he had so much leverage on the left, I could not let him go. I took really bad shift, less wind, to get back over there and he ended up passing me at the top. It was terrifying. And we had a boat in between us.

'We rounded in a right shift. They all sailed by the lee to aim at the mark and I stayed in the pressure and sailed straight downwind, knowing that if we're in a right phase, the next phase is going to be left. I got off to the side of them, got that left phase first and extended on them and passed them on the run. It was nerve-racking.'

The sailing season in Newport, R.I., generally runs from Memorial Day through the middle of September. October is usually a mixed bag of weather: many days are beautiful, though storms and cold temperatures are not uncommon. One thing that is certain about running a regatta in October, however, is there's a lot less competition for the available space on Narragansett Bay. During the normal sailing season. a 137-boat Laser regatta would likely need to be sailed on Rhode Island Sound. For the 2013 Laser Masters North Americans, the lack of traffic on the bay allowed the race committee to set courses in the East Passage, within a short sail of Harbour Court. Of the 137 boats entered, 99 sailed in the Full Rig division, with 38 sailing in the Radial Division.

The courses were a touch shorter than normal and with the breeze coming off the land for most of the regatta, the shifts were frequent and hard to predict. This made it all the more difficult to be consistent. Only Jacobi and Shope were able to average less than 9 points per race in the 99-boat Full Rig fleet.

The Masters format groups sailors by age: Apprentice Master (35 to 44), Master (45 to 54), Grand Master (55 to 64), and Great Grand Master (65 and older). A handicapping formula allows for all the sailors to be ranked in one fleet in addition to being scored among their respective age categories.


2013 Laser Masters North American Championships
New York Yacht Club, Newport, RI
Oct. 18 to 20, 2013

Full Rig Fleet (99 boats)
Apprentice Master (points adjusted for full-fleet scoring)

1. Ray Davies, Toronto, CAN, 124 points
2. Brian Fisher, Middletown, R.I., 146
3. Roman Plutenko, Chicago, 219

Master
1. Marc Jacobi, Norwalk, Conn., 61
2. Peter Shope, Oakland, Calif., 64
3. Scott Ferguson, Jamestown, R.I., 132

Grand Master
1. Peter Vessella, Miami, Fla., 104
2. Andrew Pimental, Portsmouth, R.I., 104
3. Andy Roy, Peterborough, CAN, 105

Great Grand Master
1. David Frazier, Granby, Conn., 371
2. Tim Millhiser, Madison, Conn., 440
3. Amnon Gitelson, Amonk, N.Y., 542

Top Female: Lynne Shore, Newport, R.I. (154 points, 11th overall)
Radial Fleet (38 boats)
Apprentice Master (points adjusted for full-fleet scoring)

1. Eric Siegel, Hingham, Mass., 142
2. Kim Couranz, Annapolis, Md., 213
3. Dorian Halderman, Annapolis, Md., 217

Master
1. Stephen Cockerill, Hampshire, GBR, 48
2. Nigel Heath, Toronto, CAN, 74
3. Rudolph Ratsep, East Hampton, N.Y., 75

Grand Master
1. Tim Woodford, Nova Scotia, CAN, 96
2. Rob Koci, Toronto, CAN, 104
3. Richard Roberts, Toronto, CAN, 112

Great Grand Master
1. Peter Seidenberg, Portsmouth, R.I., 53
2. Lindsay Hewitt, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., 71
3. David Hartman, Vero Beach, Fla., 149

Top Female: Margaret Bonds Podlich, Severna Park, Md. (150 points, 16th overall)

Sail   Boat   Skipper Yacht Club    1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10    Total W/ Masters Handicap Pos
194582      Marc Jacobi [Master]   CPYC     1   [100/OCS]   12   1   9   1   5   6   3   5     43   61  
1  
195425   Fluffy   Peter Shope [Master]   Treasure Island Sailing Center     4   3   2   10   5   3   [11]   1   11   7     46   64  
2  
204476   Bud   Peter Vessella [Grand Master]   Saint Francis YC     7   16   [34]   24   3   9   16   14   2   4     95   104  
3  
175126   Jibe Tech   Andrew Pimental [Grand Master]   Sail Newport     [34]   6   6   23/ZFP   16   11   4   17   4   8     95   104  
4  
196821      Andy Roy [Grand Master]   SSC     [27]   17   7   6   6   6   25   4   23   2     96   105  
5  
166906      Ray Davies [Apprentice Master]   Water Rats     18   12   4   [29]   14   2   20   3   12   12     97   124  
6  
180509      Scott Ferguson [Master]   Sail Newport     [48]   20   1   11   2   4   47   2   1   26     114   132  
7  
181855   Torch   Steven Kirkpatrick [Master]   NYYC / Sail Newport     [38]   11   18   2   28   16   10   13   5   20     123   141  
8  
199156      Brian Fisher [Apprentice Master]   NYYC     13   8   14   9   [37]   7   8   12   18   30     119   146  
9  
172957      Augie Diaz [Grand Master]   Coral Reef Yacht Club     22   5   26   15   17   5   17   20   [100/BFD]   14     141   150  
10  
194228      Lynne Shore [Master]   Plymouth Yacht Club     17   23   28   5   1   22   [32]   5   32   21     154   172  
11  
203957   Stella   John MacCausland [Master]   Cooper River     3   1   11   41   18   17   35   18   15   [42]     159   177  
12  
204391      Chris Raab [Grand Master]   NHYC     11   2   24   13   23   32   18   16   [100/DNF]   41     180   189  
13  
199146   Sbh   Benoît Meesemaecker [Master]   SBYC     [82]   27   27   12   19   10   15   10   53   1     174   192  
14  
196151      Roman Plutenko [Apprentice Master]   Chicago Yacht club     15   35   10   66/ZFP   13   14   [100/BFD]   7   26   6     192   219  
15  
194063   Hunger Pains   Glen Dickson [Apprentice Master]   Bay Head Yacht Club     9   22   15   [54]   38   8   24   27   33   19     195   222  
16  
199187   Christine Robin   Tracy Usher [Grand Master]   St Francis Yacht Club     16   7   48   31   24   12   26   44   9   [100/DNC]     217   226  
17  
92989      Paul Grimes [Master]   Conanicut YC     61   10   19   24/ZFP   [100/BFD]   20   3   21   8   50     216   234  
18  
187994      Ari Barshi [Master]   Laser Training Center     6   24   8   16   4   25   82   26   30   [100/BFD]     221   239  
19  
193065      Wolfgang Gerz [Grand Master]   SVW     [73]   25   36   46/ZFP   22   26   33   19   22   22     251   260  
20  
199978      Chris van Rossem [Apprentice Master]   Water Rat Sailing Club     20   15   23   35   32   [47]   34   24   38   13     234   261  
21  
204426      Mike Hecky [Master]   Riverton YC, Brant Beach YC     28   43   13   40/ZFP   20   [48]   45   34   6   16     245   263  
22  
200211   Gubba   Brett Morris [Apprentice Master]   PMYC     29/RDG   29/RDG   29/RDG   27   8   23   41   [56]   28   24     238   265  
23  
272727      Had Brick [Grand Master]   Island Heights Yacht Club     [84]   32   9   14   34   18   59   49   13   29     257   266  
24  
199572      Daniel Neri [Grand Master]   Sail Newport     [44]   40   31   7   21   30   36   23   35   36     259   268  
25  
175881      James Jacob [Grand Master]   SSA     2   33   16   52   [73]   21   7   35   50   49     265   274  
26  
170756   170756   Lars Hansen [Grand Master]   Wayzata Yacht Club     45   26   33   28   12   28   [58]   15   52   44     283   292  
27  
183861   Shogun   Britt Hughes [Master]   Housatonic Boat Club     12   9   [100/OCS]   63   30   42   9   25   37   55     282   300  
28  
198633      Patrick Andreasen [Master]   Eastern YC     [50]   21   47   40   10   27   28   38   43   31     285   303  
29  
182787   Crap Happened   Scott Pakenham [Apprentice Master]   Laser fleet 413     26   38   37   42/ZFP   44   31   27   [62]   29   11     285   312  
30  
193348      David Wells [Master]   Rothesay Yacht Club     70   4   39   23   15   19   22   8   [100/BFD]   100/DNS     300   318  
31  
198641      Ralph Kinder [Master]   Bristol YC     [76]   75   32   32   33   35   42   22   21   10     302   320  
32  
166000      Brian Harrison [Apprentice Master]   Fleet 490     24   46   38   39   27   13   [72]   39   19   54     299   326  
33  
191910   C-Vane   Ryan Minth [Master]   C-Vane     85   19   55/ZFP   8   7   59   13   11   54   [100/DNF]     311   329  
34  
187436   Benjimtom   Phil King [Master]   WFSC     [69]   30   45   43   31   24   63   31   27   23     317   335  
35  
173719      Doug Kaukeinen [Master]   The Rochester Canoe Club     40   52   50   36   [64]   39   48   48   10   3     326   344  
36  
194512   SEAFOOD   Ted Morgan [Master]   Severn Sailing Association     54   34   62   21   [78]   41   1   66   24   25     328   346  
37  
172010      mark sertl [Grand Master]   Conanicut/Rochester YC     80   41   22   47   11   38   [83]   30   64   9     342   351  
38  
199336   Blank   Douglas McKeige [Grand Master]   nyyc     35   42   56   37   41   50   [62]   28   16   39     344   353  
39  
173988   2 fast 4 you   Jorge Abreu [Grand Master]   Avela     43   54   42   [92/ZFP]   29   49   19   40   14   69     359   368  
40  
161100      David Frazier [Great Grand Master]   FBYC Essex CT     10   61   30   55   [76]   44   76   41   36   18     371   371  
41  
176023   Mighty Mouse   Lawrence McGrath [Master]   Riverside Yacht Club     55   39   21   58/ZFP   [69]   56   39   55   20   37     380   398  
42  
170393      david moffet [Master]   conanicut yacht club     52   49   20   18   66   43   44   47   44   [71]     383   401  
43  
169575      Mark Bear [Grand Master]   NBYC     89   37   57   19   40   15   21   32   [100/DNF]   100/DNC     410   419  
44  
158778   Laser   Hank Thorburn [Master]   MYA     42   78   [82]   56   42   52   30   33   41   27     401   419  
45  
190221      Bill Dickey [Master]   CPYC     [86]   14   60   60   51   64   2   37   66   60     414   432  
46  
199552      Donald Hahl [Grand Master]   Brant Beach YC     33   70   53   [71]   26   63   55   51   17   57     425   434  
47  
168591   OLDER BUDWEISER   Dan Lent [Apprentice Master]   Black Rock YC/ New York YC     21   44   43   50   57   89   53   9   [100/BFD]   43     409   436  
48  
194567   Tranquilo   Tim Millhiser [Great Grand Master]   Cedar Point YC     31   66   [71]   53   50   54   46   57   49   34     440   440  
49  
190474      David Hillmyer [Apprentice Master]   Sarasota Sailing Squadron     14   73   74   [100/ZFP]   55   51   79   50   7   17     420   447  
50  
204462      Patrick Wachholz [Apprentice Master]   Barrie Yacht Club     78   50   5   67   67   46   61   [79]   31   40     445   472  
51  
177364   177364   Daniel Fien [Grand Master]   Rochester Canoe Club     64   60   25   62/ZFP   43   45   14   53   100/BFD-DNE   [100/BFD]     466   475  
52  
204428   JulieD   Dennis Russom [Grand Master]   Greater Wildwood YC     57   47   [83]   25   49   80   77   45   34   52     466   475  
53  
193281      Mike Matan [Master]   RYA     25   18   3   57   25   36   [100/DNF]   100/DNC   100/DNC   100/DNC     464   482  
54  
199937      Len Guenther [Master]   Fishing Bay YC     5   [80]   73   66   35   33   69   70   56   63     470   488  
55  
200405   LaFawnduh   Michael Parramore [Master]   Severn Sailing Association     36   84   17   70   [87]   75   68   52   55   15     472   490  
56  
167367   Rooting for Bruce K   James Porter [Apprentice Master]   IYAC     30   63   75   34   68   55   [85]   58   59   28     470   497  
57  
169531      Carter Skemp [Apprentice Master]   none     8   76   76   61   [80]   60   49   64   48   38     480   507  
58  
192032      Wayne Colahan [Grand Master]   Eastern Yacht Club     63   56   72   58   58   [79]   74   59   51   35     526   535  
59  
177176      Derek Bottles [Apprentice Master]   Seattle Yacht Club     46   [100/DNC]   44   68/ZFP   48   57   38   46   100/BFD   61     508   535  
60  
198710   Laser   Darren Cooke [Master]   Fort Walton Beach Yacht Club     81   85   69   [100/ZFP]   62   37   37   36   60   51     518   536  
61  
193364      amnon gitelson [Great Grand Master]   cpyc     60   [77]   61   74   71   67   57   42   45   65     542   542  
62  
185957      Steve Phillips [Master]   S. Muskoka Sailing Club     47   28   [85]   73   79   78   75   75   25   45     525   543  
63  
185839   Wayward Sausage   Tom Whitmore [Master]   Royal Swedish/Sail Newport     19   36   52   [100/ZFP]   75   73   31   43   100/DNF   100/DNC     529   547  
64  
165105      Scott Leppert [Apprentice Master]   FBYC     49   59   [100/OCS]   59   60   61   100/BFD   29   47   58     522   549  
65  
50005   Exercise Bike   Henry Amthor [Master]   Hampton YC     62   57   58   49   45   40   29   [100/DNC]   100/DNC   100/DNC     540   558  
66  
193322      Harumitsu Yamamoto [Master]   CLSA     71   62   41   17   81   70   12   [100/DNC]   100/DNC   100/DNC     554   572  
67  
185786   cool jerk   robert bryant [Great Grand Master]   rochester yacht club     [83]   68   79   44   54   72   81   54   67   56     575   575  
68  
191909      David Dunbar [Master]   Pensacola Beach Yacht Club     58   64   49   33   82   65   43   63   [100/DNF]   100/DNC     557   575  
69  
170776      Gary Orkney [Grand Master]   Mascoma Sailing Club     32   58   40   71/ZFP   88   34   64   [100/DNC]   100/DNC   100/DNC     587   596  
70  
156631      Eric Johnson [Grand Master]   Severn Sailing Association     75   92   66   91   [94]   66   6   72   46   75     589   598  
71  
182761   Bar Code   Ben duPont [Master]   New York Yacht Club     65   51   67   50/ZFP   36   68   56   [100/DNC]   100/DNC   100/DNC     593   611  
72  
193965      Jim Knab [Grand Master]   Cooper River     79   69   87   64   77   92   40   [100/DNS]   40   59     607   616  
73  
173684      James Gardner [Master]   Niantic Bay Yacht Club     [100/DNC]   100/DNC   100/DNC   79   39   58   51   68   39   67     601   619  
74  
197695      Atle Lohrmann [Grand Master]   Courageous     [91]   82   70   83   74   77   54   61   42   73     616   625  
75  
199804      Jeff Beckwith [Master]   CPYC     53   88   46   96   72   53   [100/DNF]   67   61   72     608   626  
76  
180529      George Lewis [Master]   Corsica River Yacht Club     77   79   68   75   84   [90]   67   60   57   53     620   638  
77  
204777      David Trinder [Grand Master]   Seawanhaka YC, NY     66   67   77   [98/ZFP]   86   62   60   65   100/BFD-DNE   47     630   639  
78  
160165   Ivorybilled   Matthew Largess [Grand Master]   Laser Fleet 413     41   83   51   85/ZFP   52   86   87   [100/DNS]   72   74     631   640  
79  
133827      Eric Aker [Grand Master]   Fleet 413     59   55   81   62   46   76   52   [100/DNC]   100/DNC   100/DNC     631   640  
80  
181220      John Weiss [Grand Master]   White Bear Yacht Club     90   81   89   [95]   70   87   23   69   63   64     636   645  
81  
164368   candy store   Nathaniel Cook [Apprentice Master]   LSYC     68   45   [91]   86   59   74   80   76   65   68     621   648  
82  
194508      Kevin Cowley [Master]   PRSA     51   [93]   59   87   91   91   84   78   69   33     643   661  
83  
132891      Tim McMahon [Grand Master]   Beaver Lake Sailing Club     37   91   [93]   92   92   82   88   73   68   32     655   664  
84  
200198   Australia III   Brett Slykerman [Apprentice Master]   Brantford     39   86   90   [93]   90   83   66   81   62   48     645   672  
85  
186599   Laser   Timothy Desmond [Apprentice Master]   NESS     67   71   80   84   53   29   65   [100/DNC]   100/DNC   100/DNC     649   676  
86  
199560      Frank Seckler [Master]   Narrasketuck YC     23   53   54   68   85   84   [100/DNS]   100/DNC   100/DNC   100/DNC     667   685  
87  
167158      Eric Petersen [Apprentice Master]   PRSA     [100/DNC]   48   55   69   47   69   70   100/DNC   100/DNC   100/DNC     658   685  
88  
178857   Second Life   Adam Glass [Grand Master]   Severn Sailng Association     93   74   84   [94]   83   88   73   71   58   66     690   699  
89  
7427      Frederic (Tex) Poor [Great Grand Master]   Denver Sailing Association     56   94   88   89   [96]   85   89   77   70   62     710   710  
90  
192085   Bouncing Sheep   Jeff Dejean [Master]   Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club     88   [100/DNS]   78   76   89   81   71   74   100/BFD   46     703   721  
91  
204824      Matt Doherty [Master]   n/a     87   72   65   [100/ZFP]   65   71   50   100/DNC   100/DNC   100/DNC     710   728  
92  
204774      Mike Doell [Master]   Water Rats Sailing Club     94/ZFP   13   63   [100/ZFP]   56   100/DNC   100/DNC   100/DNC   100/DNC   100/DNC     726   744  
93  
149880      STEPHEN POLLAK [Grand Master]   Piscataqua Sailing Association     92   65   [100/DNC]   45   63   100/DNF   100/DNC   100/DNC   100/DNC   100/DNC     765   774  
94  
175918      Frank Hennessy [Grand Master]   Fleet 413     96   90   92   [97]   95   93   78   80   71   70     765   774  
95  
157812      Derek Stow [Great Grand Master]   Fleet 413     72   87   [100/DNF]   77   61   100/DNF   100/DNC   100/DNC   100/DNC   100/DNC     797   797  
96  
201321      Jerry Callahan [Grand Master]   Carolina Yacht Club     95   31   64   98   [100/DNF]   100/DNC   100/DNC   100/DNC   100/DNC   100/DNC     788   797  
97  
199177      Lowell Thomas [Master]   Conanicut     94   89   86   88   93   [100/DNC]   86   100/DNC   100/DNC   100/DNC     836   854  
98  
203616   tim marshall   tim marshall [Master]   tim marshall     [100/DNC]   100/DNC   100/DNC   100/DNC   100/DNC   100/DNC   100/DNC   100/DNC   100/DNC   100/DNC     900   918  
99  
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