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The IBS/LTS/LTYC Dinghy Fleet has a packed schedule of racing fun planned for Summer 2017!  

Racing begins Monday June 19, 2017 and continues on Mondays and Thursdays until August 17.

 

[ Click here to register for the Summer 2017 racing season ]

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Highlights for 2017

Expanding the 420 fleet!  Once again this summer we will have a separate start for our 420 fleet in addition to the Lasers.  The addition of the double-handed 420s last year dramatically increased the availability of high-energy dinghy racing to younger, older, and smaller racers.  And with LTS making its fleet of 20 420s available for use (see here for more information), it has never been easier to get out on the water and enjoy small boats in Harbor Springs.

Thursday Night BBQ! Our friends at the LTYC are hosting an informal BBQ at the Clubhouse after racing on Thursday nights starting on Thursday June 22.  Join your fellow sailors on the porch, have a burger or dog, and swap racing stories. We’ll give out weekly awards for the Laser and 420 fleets, too.


Getting Started.

The 2017 season begins up with our annual free and informal group Laser setup clinic on Monday, June 19 at 4:45pm at the LTS waterfront. Come down and get your boat rigged and get tips from your fellow Laser racers.  Racing begins that evening at 6:00pm and continues every Monday and Thursday through Thursday, August 17.

Each night we’ll do three or four races in the beautiful protected waters of Harbor Springs Harbor. As in past years we expect some of the most competitive racing around, often with more than 25 boats on the line. Come sail, or come watch: meet us at the LTS waterfront around 5:00pm or on the water near the Harbor Mark at 6:00pm.

The Dinghy Fleet actively encourages new racers of all ages and abilities. Come down to LTS on Monday and Thursday evenings and meet our friendly and fun group.  Anyone with interest in more information or getting involved should contact the Dinghy Fleet Captain Polk Wagner (polk@polkwagner.com); we can often find you a boat to borrow if you want to try it out!


Schedule

Our regular summer series is on Monday and Thursday evenings (first signal at 6:00pm, near the Harbor mark). Our first night is Monday, June 19, and we continue through Thursday, August 18. (No racing on Monday July 4th.) Each night we’ll do three or four short races in the beautiful protected waters of Harbor Springs Harbor. As in past years we expect some of the most competitive racing around, often with more than 25 boats on the line.

Scoring

We use a modified “High Point Average” scoring system, which means that any sailor who competes in at least 60% of the summer’s races has a shot at the season awards.  After racing on Thursday, August 17 we will have a fleet pizza party and awards ceremony to hand out trophies.  We will have awards for the top five overall skippers, as well as top juniors, women, and master (older!) sailors.  We also routinely announce nightly awards. Results are distributed by email weekly and posted on bulletin boards at Irish Boat Shop and the LTYC.


Rules

  • We use the current edition of the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing and the International Laser Class Association rules (with modifications allowing for equivalent but non-class marked sails).
  • The Laser “rig-switching” rule is turned on, meaning that any Laser sailor can sail with any of the three Laser rigs (Standard, Radial, 4.7) for any race.
  • All sailors must wear an approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) at all times.
  • You are not required to become a member of the ILCA, but it is encouraged. You can do so here.
  • The starts use a three-minute dinghy start sequence, with horns indicating time remaining. There will be separate starts for Lasers and 420s.
  • The penalty for fouls is one turn (360º) unless the foul occurs within the three-boatlength ‘zone’ of a mark, in which case the penalty is two turns (720º). The penalty for hitting a mark is one turn (360º). Protests may be filed verbally with the Race Committee and will be decided by LTS Coaches and Race Committee.

Fees

The 2017 fees are as follows:

  • Seasonal Racing fees: $80 adults; $50 for juniors (18 and under)
  • LTS Race Team members don’t pay racing fees.

Laser Storage on Racks

  • Irish Boat Shop has limited rack space storage available on their west lawn.  Note that boats will not be allowed to be stored on the grass. For racing sailors, IBS has agreed to offer a discounted seasonal rate — $100 for adults and $50 for juniors.
  • To obtain rack storage, first register to race.  Then either print your registration receipt (received by email) or forward it to Nikki Landon (NMLandon@irishboatshop.com); she will take your payment information (or add it to your account if you’re already an IBS customer).
  • Spots on the storage rack will be allocated the first week of June and available during the week of June 12 (as the LTS boats are removed).
  • Spots on the storage rack will be allocated as follows: lower rack spots will be given to junior sailors, the next best spots will be allocated according to how many races the sailor participated in during 2015 (with ties being broken by results in 2015).
  • Sign-ups after June 6 will be allocated space first-come, first-served.  Note that IBS may rent rack spaces to non-racers starting June 6.
  • Any Laser not used for two consecutive weeks of racing (four race nights) may be moved to a higher spot during the season.
  • All Lasers must be removed from the rack no later than Saturday, August 19 so that LTS boats can be put away for the season.

Come Sail Dinghies in Harbor Springs!

The famous Laser ‘formula’ works extremely well in Harbor Springs: the Laser is inexpensive, virtually maintenance-free, and accommodates sailors of a range of size and ability — with three different rigs to choose from. And the 420 is the worldwide standard for double-handed training, and is the basis for high school and collegiate sailing in the United States.  The 420 can be sailed by two people of varying sizes and agility, adding a team aspect to our sailing series.  Our fun and friendly dinghy fleet includes sailors from age 11 to … ‘very experienced’ … and is at the same time the most competitive fleet at LTYC.  In 2016 we had more than 50 fleet registrants!!

The Dinghy Fleet actively encourages new racers of all ages and abilities. Come down to LTS on Monday and Thursday evenings and meet our friendly and fun group.  Anyone with interest in more information or getting involved should contact Polk Wagner (polk@polkwagner.com); we can often find you a boat to borrow if you want to try it out!

[ Click here to register for the Summer 2017 racing season ]

Little Traverse Sailors | P.O. Box 583 | Harbor Springs, Michigan 49740
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