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Stan again the man in Laser races

Jill Casey
Special to the Sun

Jill Casey/Provided to the SunWith Heavenly barely visible through smoky skies, "A" Fleet racers round their mark on Lake Tahoe during the Monday Night Laser Series.

As always, the start of Monday Night Laser Series on Lake Tahoe was exciting and unpredictable.

The high winds, late start, broken mark pump, unusual course set-up and absence of Stacy Conner all added up to a hectic yet picture-perfect start for the “A” Fleet.

“We really miss the visiting sailors we had last week,” said “A” Fleet racer Justin Casey.

This week’s “A” Fleet, however, featured 13 regular sailors racing in huge winds that quickly died down to almost no wind.

The first race ended with an exciting finish as Stan Eriksson sailed slightly ahead to edge Dave Adolphs and a surprise third-place finisher, Luke Frederick. Frederick credited Nick Pullen’s absence this week for his top-three finish.

“If Nick would extend his vacation I might have a chance to better my standings,” an exuberant Federick said as he high-fived the entire fleet.

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Gary “Kiwi” Moore also was satisfied with his results on the night.

“I am doing really great at not being last,” said Moore, who placed ninth in his first race.

The second and final race for the “A” Fleet was equally unpredictable, and the light winds proved favorable for race winner Caroline McNally, who was the only woman to race in the “A” Fleet this week.

Jim Granger placed runner-up to McNally while Matt Clark was third and Eriksson fourth.

Unfortunately for Frederick, all the high-fives in the world couldn’t help his dead-last finish in this race. To the surprise of all, Federick somehow missed the finish mark and had to tack back around to be able to finish the race. His only comment was, “I lost interest,” referring to the almost windless conditions during the second race.

While the sailors gathered for dinner after the races, the conversation turned to Dan Hauserman, father of junior Laser racer Hayden. All “A” Fleet racers noticed Dan yelling “Starboard!” to his son during the race.

“He called starboard on his own kid,” Jim Granger said with a laugh as the rest of the racers joined in.

The “B” Fleet start was not so picture perfect, as Ron Driller got the whistle at the start because he was over early. Driller made a 360-degree turn once he realized the whistle was directed at him and managed a respectable sixth-place finish.

Nine racers competed in the “B” Fleet’s only race of the evening. Although the race was close at times, Mark Oshiro stunned everyone with his huge win.

“He was so far above everyone else in the fleet when he won; he had an outstanding night,” said Brad Tyler of the “B” Fleet.

RB Clark came in second and Tony Dahlman third.

Only three racers competed in the Pico division, but they raced and shined.

In the only race of the evening for the Picos ” or “C” Fleet ” Julia Lanza took the top spot while Pat McElravey placed second and Ingrid Roske third.

All three racers were very close together and tight, and although they tried to have a second race, “The winds just did not cooperate,” said coach Bryce Griffith.

“Next Monday night will be the last night the Pico racers come out to compete and we hope everyone will come watch them from the pier and cheer them on,” Junior Laser sailor Drew McMillan said.

“A” Fleet

Stan Eriksson 5 points

Jim Granger 6 points

Dave Adolphs 7 points

Matt Clark 8 points

Caroline McNally 13 points

“B” Fleet

Mark Oshiro 1 point

RB Clark 2 points

Tony Dahlman 3 points

Zack Thomas 4 points

Brad Tyler 5 points

Picos

Julia Lanza 1 point

Patrick McElravey 2 points

Ingrid Roske 3 points