Laser Masters North American Championships - Marc Jacobi wins 3 races

Jacobi Horiz in action.
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  SkipperYacht Club  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  TotalW/ Masters HandicapPos
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