2011 Laser Fleet

The GTYC Fall Laser Regatta was held on West Grand Traverse Bay on Saturday September 24. The spring and fall regattas are totaled for the overall winner of the Babel Cup. 

Jamie Stuursma - 2011 GTYC Laser Fall Regatta and BABEL CUP Champion 

A very shifty southwest 6-12 kt breeze greeted the six participants. The cloudy/rainy sky gave way to a beautiful sunny fall day, with the warm fall waters of west bay in contrast with the frigid temperatures of the spring regatta. PRO/RC Jorden Owen called for a five race/no throw out series with windward-leeward and modified triangle courses. The racing was tight from start to finish with places changing with every puff and shift; a true test of tactics and boat handling. 

The scores entering race five were Jamie Stuursma-9pts, Jon Forton 10pts, Than Dykstra 10pts and Tom Babel 11pts. In race five Stuursma and Forton were able to get off the start line cleanly, play the first shifts and extend on the fleet. Stuursma held off a last run challenge by Forton to win the race and the championship. Forton had to settle for the silver medal with Dykstra taking the bronze. Stuursma was also the overall winner of the Babel Cup with a 2nd in the spring regatta combined with his win in the fall regatta for a total of three points.

Than Dykstra was second in the cup with four points. After racing the fleet enjoyed some Chili Dogs from WARES FROSTY TREAT with college football on the big screen. The fleet looks forward to the 2012 Spring Regatta next May. 

Complete Results Fall Regatta: 

1) Jamie Stuursma 10 pts - 1st Babel Cup 3pts
2) Jon Forton 12
3) Than Dyksta 13 - 2nd Babel Cup 4pts
4) Tom Babel 16
5) George Peet 24
6) Todd Vigland 30

Submitted by Tom Babel  Tombabelsailing@charter.net

2011 GTYC Spring Laser Regatta:

The GTYC Spring Laser Regatta was held on West Grand Traverse Bay on May 14, 2011. Nine skippers were greeted with cold air/water temps, 12-18 Northerly wind and a driving rain. Perfect spring Laser Racing conditions in Traverse City.

Jordon Owen (RC/PRO) scheduled a 5 race/no throw out series. Ultimately, four races were sailed as the series was cut short due to thermal issues. A dry suit was the order of the day. The four legged, relatively short courses lead to some very close racing. First at the weather mark was often decided by the right of way vessel.

Than Dykstra (GTYC) was very consistent, sailed strong in all four races and had no big mistakes. He posted finishes of 2,1,1,1 to win the series. Than is a past GTYC Fleet Champion and demonstrated that form to convincingly win this regatta. 

It was a tight race for second place. Jamie Stuursma and Patrick Gerber tied on 13 points. Jamie won the tie-breaker with a 1st in race one leaving Patrick with the bronze for the day. Both skippers sailed hard in the northerly breeze and waves. Jamie came back from an OCS in race two, and later a collision with Pete Comfort, to show a true test of survival.

Three Jr Sailors Participated. Pete Kirby-Miller was the top Jr in sixth place over-all. Elle Rivard was the top female in 7th. Fourteen year old Colton Gerber sailed very well all day, with no hat and no capsizes. Nicely done Colton.

Racers were treated to some warm chili dogs from WARES FROSTY TREAT at the completion of racing.

Special thanks to Jim Sorbie and crew of the safety boat.


  1. T. Dykstra 5 points
  2. J. Stuursma 13
  3. P, Gerber 13
  4. G. Stauber 16
  5. P. Comfort 19
  6. P. Kirby-Miller 22 Top Jr
  7. E. Rivard 28 Top Female/Radial
  8. M. Lyons 33
  9. C. Gerber 33

Submitted by: T. Babel

More Pictures of the 2011 GTYC Spring Laser Regatta

Fleet Contact: Jamie Stuursma - ljstuursma@chartermi.net

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