Special to the Sun
The crystal-clear skies Monday evening showed no sign of Saturday’s Washoe Fire as 25 sailors made their way to the start line of the weekly Laser races on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore.
Gusty winds made for some exciting capsize action in all three fleets, and there were many surprises.
Thirteen boats competed in the “A” Fleet, and in the first of three races, Stan Eriksson had an amazing horizon job. The term horizon job refers to the view the rest of the racers have of the winner when he or she is so far ahead of the pack.
Dave Adolphs placed second and Dan Hauserman third.
This first race also featured a near record-setting event when Jenna Granger came in two boats ahead of her dad, Jim. Jenna has been sailing for more than 10 years and this was only the second time she has ever placed in front of her father. Jim was heard complaining on the water to Jenna when he said, “You gave me bad air.”
Jenna’s response: “Well, we are racing.”
Dan Hauserman placed first in the second race, with Dave Adolphs finishing second and Todd Jackson third.
“If we don’t have a third race, I am winning tonight,” Hauserman said after the race.
Unfortunately for him, there was a third race.
Dave Adolphs won the third race and surprised everyone by winning the evening’s first-place cup.
Jim Granger placed second and Hauserman third. Matt Clark placed fourth for the evening ” winning absolutely nothing ” but it was Todd Jackson, the fifth-place finisher, who made the most of his win by screaming, “I’m in the paper baby!” He was referring to the first- through fifth-place standings that are listed each week.
At the post-race dinner, several racers congratulated Adolphs after the awards were given out. Each week an etched glass is given to the first three finishers in the “A” Fleet and “B” Fleet, and the glasses are coveted by all.
Another horizon job occurred during the first race of the “B” Fleet ” which featured eight boats ” when Mark Oshiro placed well ahead of RB Clark and Brad Tyler, who finished second and third, respectively.
Oshiro then backed up his performance with another first-place finish in the second and final “B” Fleet race.
“He had two bullets tonight,” said Drew McMillan from the committee boat.
Zach Thomas, a junior sailor, posted an impressive second-place finish while Brad Tyler placed third. Hayden Hauserman, although placing last on the evening, impressed all the sailors by using a full-size sail in the high winds and sailing well.
Four racers came out for the final Pico races of the summer. Julia Lanza and Patrick McElravey sailed so tight and close it was hard to tell them apart. In the end, though, it was Lanza who came through to win. McElravey came in second, Ryan Conner third and Ingrid Roske fourth.
As the racers sailed into shore after the competition, 10-year-old Ryan Conner picked up his 5-year-old brother, Blake, from the committee boat. Ryan sailed into shore with Blake, letting his younger brother steer the boat and learn.
At dinner after the races, Ryan excitedly explained to his mother Stacy about the experience.
“Blake drove, mom,” Ryan said, beaming. “He even pulled out the daggerboard but I made him put it back because I didn’t want to tip over.”
1. Dave Adolphs
2. Dan Hauserman
3. Stan Eriksson
4. Matt Clark
5. Todd Jackson
6. Justin Casey
7. Jenna Granger
8. Luke Frederick
9. Jim Granger
10. Caroline McNally
11. Rob Lober
12. Gary “Kiwi” Moore
13. Paul McMurchy
1. Mark Oshiro
2. RB Clark
3. Brad Tyler
4. Zack Thomas
5. Tony Dahlman
7. Mark Thomas
8. Hayden Hauserman
1. Julia Lanza
2. Patrick McElravey
3. Ryan Conner
4. Ingrid Roske
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