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Rob Hodson, a Radial sailor from Willamette Sailing Club, Portland, OR, at a leeward mark. ©2012 Richmond Yacht Club
Advil Rush for Laser Masters
July 30, 2012
The Laser Masters descended upon Richmond Yacht Club July 27-29 for some good ole thrashing in the Slot in their North American Championships. By day’s end the breeze at Point Blunt was puffing up to 25 knots, with 20 pretty constant. The frothy chop was not quite murderous, although one racer said it sucked.
In three races on Friday, they gutted out about nine one-mile legs up and down, with one tricky jibe at the reach mark triangle thrown in for nostalgia's sake.
Canada’s Allan Clark (sail #197053) ran a Radial clinic, yet he was so far ahead none of his students could benefit from his genius. Those from the Southland (Alamitos Bay) delighted in such an unsedate setting.
On Saturday, after six races the Canadian Radial sailor Allan Clark’s throwout so far was a first place. Full rig sailors Scott Ferguson and Peter Shope (both from Sail Newport, Portsmouth, RI) were separated by a point.
Breeze was less intense, but the chop came on in the second race, and the breeze went down by the third race.
The event continued through Sunday; there’s been a rush on Advil at the local pharmacies. Scott Ferguson ended up three points ahead of Peter Shope; full results are available at www.richmondyc.org.
– Richmond YC
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