2014 Laser Fleet

In light of an evolving demographic within our club's Laser fleet, the 2014 calendar has been amended to reduce the number of races while placing greater emphasis on those events sailed.

Instead of a schedule of weekly Tuesday night races from Memorial Day to Labor Day, we will offer a calendar of monthly races the first Tuesday of the month from June to September. The second Tuesday of the month will be held as the reserve date in the case conditions are not suitable to sail the prior Tuesday.

The Babel Cup will continue its schedule of offering a weekend Laser event in May and September. To finish the 2014 season, GTYC will join small boat sailors around the world by participating in "Bart's Bash" on Sunday, September 21st -- a global event that will pay tribute to the late Andrew "Bart" Simpson, who was lost in the dramatic capsize of Artemis during the last America's Cup. More information: http://www.bartsbash.co.uk/

2014 GTYC Laser Class Schedule:

  • Spring Babel Cup, Saturday, May 17th, 12 Noon.  
  • GTYC Tuesday Lasers Summer Series ($15 for the series, $5 for single evening)
            LSS#1: June 3rd, 6 p.m. (Reserve Date, June 10th)
            LSS#2: July 1st,  6 p.m. (Reserve Date, July 8th)
            LSS#3: August 12th, 6 p.m. (Reserve Date, August 19th)
            LSS#4: September 2nd, 6 p.m.(Reserve Date, September 9th)


  •       Fall Babel Cup/Bart's Bash, Sunday, September 21st. 12 Noon.
1st -  Rob Lovell
2nd - Alex Anderson
3rd - Tom Hazelton
4th -  Bob Bemben  


Eight Lasers Sailed on October 4th Laser Regatta. The scores from this regatta are added
to the Spring Regatta for “The Babel Cup”. PRO Jordan Owen called for a four race series of windward/leeward courses. The air temperature was in the mid 40’s with a southwest breeze ranging 10-20 knots. There was plenty of close racing throughout the fleet. At the front of the fleet, Than Dykstra, Dirk Phelps and Tom Babel crosses tacks in the gusty/shifty conditions. Rob Lovell, Bob Bemben and Jack Shields sailed strong all day, hiking hard up wind and concentrating downwind to stay away from the disastrous capsize. Tom Hazelton and Andrew Girrell rounded out the fleet, which enjoyed the comforts of the GTYC after racing with a hot shower, warm brats and a cold beer.

Rob “Doc Rob” Lovell won The Babel Cup with his combined score of 1st (Spring Regatta) and 4th (Fall Regatta)for a low point total of 5 points. Bemben was second with 9 points and Hazelton 3rd Many thanks to PRO Owen for another great year of RC work, David Phelps for his support and the GTYC membership the pitched in to make the event happen.


1) Tom Babel 4 points
2) Dirk Phelps 9 (Top Junior)
3) Than Dykstra 12
4) Rob Lovell 19
5) Bob Bemben 20 (Top Master)
6) Jack Shields 23
7) Tom Hazelton 27
8) Andrew Girrell 30



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