Last weekend, June 22-23, Harbor Springs was home to the 2013 District 19 Laser Championship Regatta. This event was hosted by Irish Boat Shop and the Little Traverse Sailors. Top Laser sailors from across the state competed for the district 19 title on Little Traverse Bay. Two days of racing were scored with three races on Saturday, three races on Sunday and one throw-out. There were a total of 16 boats on the water, and the talent was high which made for some tight racing around the marks.
In the end, sailing with the Irish Fleet, it was Harbor Springs own Polk Wagner who finished in first place and took home top honors. Polk had a low score total of 11 points after the one throw-out was allowed. Another summer resident and Irish Fleet competitor, Mac Jacob, finished in second place with a total of 17 points. Second, third and fourth positions were all within one point of each other. With 18 points it was District 19 Manager, Ken Swetka, taking third place and nudging fourth place finisher with 19 points, Aras Karaitis from Kalamazoo off the podium.
The winds were light on Saturday and light to medium on Sunday, but even without heavy winds the competitors enjoyed the venue and were treated to a barbeque and awards ceremony at Irish Boat Shop. Other sponsors who helped make the event happen were Little Traverse Sailors, Petoskey Brewing, the Bob-In and Shaggy's Skis.
For more information on the Laser Class, click here: http://www.laserperformance.com/laser/home
Laser Racing will continue in Harbor Springs with the IBS/LTS Summer Racing Series in the evening on Thursday, June 27. The racing schedule includes a Thursday series and a Saturday series with 14 events over the summer and a possibility of up to 42 races for the competitors. A Sunfish class will be offered for anyone interested in getting out and racing on one. The event was so successful and the venue so perfect, that it was decided that next year's District 19 Championship will be held in Harbor Springs again. For more information go to http://www.irishboatshop.com/laser_racing