Sarasota RC Laser Winter Regatta on 3/1/2023

2023 RC Laser Sarasota Winter Regatta
by Jerry Wheeler & Gary Roby
The Sarasota portion of the RC Laser Southern Circuit Regatta series was held on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at Green Parrot Lake in Nathan Benderson Park (NBP), Sarasota Florida. The days have been unseasonably warm with fairly dense morning fog, and March 1 was no exception. The sun quickly cleared out the fog, and temperatures were expected to be in the 80's by afternoon. There was only a hint of wind, however, when it came time to start the race, and the wind had been shifting directions frequently, so the start was delayed nearly 30 minutes so a predictable course could be set. But the winds were south and east at 1-3 mph for most of the morning, so sailing was slow, with frequent calm air conditions. Around noon the winds began to pick up significantly to 10+ mph southwesterly winds with gusty conditions.
The competitors took it all in stride, were considerate of their fellow skippers, and exhibited great Corinthian spirit! Jim Kaighin (sail# 757) took first place in the Gold fleet, with Joe Haydn (Sail#51) taking first in the Silver fleet.
A special thanks to the Race Committee and to the many volunteers for their preparation and hard work during the regatta. Also thanks to Nathan Benderson Park for their assistance in providing and preparing the Regatta site.

Summary of the 2023 RC Laser Sarasota Winter Regatta
Date: March 1, 2023
Location: Green Parrot Lake, Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota Florida
Host Club: Sarasota Model Yacht Club
Entries: 21
Winds: morning winds variable from south and southeast at 1-3 mph; afternoon winds gusty from the southwest 10 mph
Races Completed: 8 for both Gold and Silver fleets
Scoring: Odd-Even seeding races to determine Gold/Silver fleets; then separate fleet heats
Race Committee: Jerry Wheeler and Mike Feldman, Regatta Chairs; Mike Feldman, RD; Will Parry, greeting; Gary Roby, Head Scorekeeper, with Bill Hendrickson and Will Parry assisting; Mike Feldman, Bill Hendrickson, and Will Parry, Starter, Marks, and Finish Spotters; Ron Prokop & Jerry Wheeler, breakfast and lunch; Steve Lippincot and Randy Raypole, site service, tent, table, & chairs; Don Lippert, chase boat and mark placement; Nick Mortgu, budget schedule, & trophies; Tim Peat & Jim Pascalides, Protests; Rob Wucki, photographer. We also give a big thanks to Nathan Benderson Park for the setup and use of Green Parrot Lake.
Race Results for Sarasota RC Laser Winter Regatta
Type  Place  Skipper Sail#  Points  City  St  Home Club 
Gold 1 jim Kaighin   757 8 Punta Gorda FL SUN COAST MODEL SAILING CLUB
Gold 2 Bill  Bentz  94 19 Fort Lauderdale FL SABAL PINES MYC
Gold 3 David Branning  (Dave) 93 20 Ocean City NJ SOUTH JERSEY MODEL YC
Gold 4 Ken Francis  197 24 Bradenton FL SARASOTA MODEL YACHT CLUB
Gold 5 Larry Lefczik  3 31 New Port Richey FL TAMPA BAY RC LASER FLEET
Gold 6 Christopher Dingle  (Chris) 30 32 Zephyrhills FL TAMPA BAY RC LASER FLEET
Gold 7 Steve Holdeman  75 33 University Park FL SARASOTA MODEL YACHT CLUB
Gold 8 Michael Campbell  155 46 Clementon NJ SPRING LAKE MARBLEHEADERS MYC
Gold 9 Jerry Wheeler  83 48 Sarasota FL SARASOTA MODEL YACHT CLUB
Gold 10 Jacques Rioux  11 49 Cary NC TRIANGLE MODEL YACHT CLUB
Gold 11 Jack Smith  11 65 Clearwater FL TAMPA BAY RC LASER FLEET
Gold 12 Daniel  Harris  88 69 Sarasota FL SARASOTA MODEL YACHT CLUB
Silver 1 Joseph Hayden  (Joe) 51 21 Sebring FL  
Silver 2 Robert Shapiro  (Bob) 17 22 Wilmington MA BOW LAKE SAILING MYC
Silver 3 Robert Tallman  87 28 Margate FL SABAL PINES MYC
Silver 4 Hal Steward  97 30 Lighthouse Point FL SABAL PINES MYC
Silver 5 Steve Lippincott  95 31 Bradenton FL  
Silver 6 Joan Lefczik  2 47 New Port Richey FL SUN COAST MODEL SAILING CLUB
Silver 7 Glenn Chalder  42 59 Simsbury CT  
Silver 8 Randall Raypole  (Randy) 56 61 Lakewood Ranch FL SARASOTA MODEL YACHT CLUB
Silver 9 Frank Vella  16 66 Ortonville MI DETROIT MODEL YACHT CLUB