‘Stanimal’ leads Monday Night Laser Series | SierraSun.com

‘Stanimal’ leads Monday Night Laser Series

Courtesy Nicholas DahlmanStan Eriksson leads the Lake Tahoe Laser Fleet in its summer series.

TAHOE CITY – Crowded starting lines and close finishes are raising the spirits of Tahoe Laser sailors after three weeks of the summer series of Monday evening regattas.

Stan Eriksson leads the close series by three points. But he is feeling heat from savvy, determined sailors like Matt Clark, Jim Granger and Dan Hauserman, who are in second, third and fourth places, respectively.

Nicknamed “the Stanimal,” Eriksson’s style “combines a sixth sense for finding new wind, smooth, seemingly effortless mark-rounding skills, and unflinching patience and determination,” said Hauserman.

Hauserman has finished fourth every week of the series so far, so it may be up to Clark or Granger to catch up with the leader. “… if it can be done at all,” Clark said

More than 20 boats have raced the past two weeks, partly because the fleet, under the capable and confident leadership of Justin Casey, decided to combine the A-Fleet and B-Fleet for the seven-week summer series.

Twenty-some boats starting together “leads all of us to make split-second, sometimes heart-wrenching decisions just before the starting gun,” said Hauserman.

Casey explained that, as a result of combining the fleets, “We’re now awarding trophy glasses for the first five places, which assures Dan (Hauserman) of an actual prize for all those fourth-place evenings he seems so comfortable with.”

There is also a Commodore’s award each Monday for someone further down in the results – someone who nevertheless has shined by virtue of their sportsmanship and love of sailing in these 13-foot-10-inch, 130-pound Olympic-class boats on Lake Tahoe.

The Commodore’s prizes so far have gone to Drew McMillan, a youngster who nearly won the B-fleet spring series, and to Kiwi Moore, who dominated the B-fleet two years ago, and who managed a sixth-place finish in a well-sailed race Monday. Moore also managed an 11th-place finish that night when he very quickly righted his boat after an unfortunate capsize in lots of traffic at the leeward mark.

The youth sailing program, which uses Laser Pico boats, is in full swing with seven aspiring Laser competitors, led by Lucas after 11 races this year. One or two of the Pico sailors are hoping to get into the fray with a standard- or smaller-rigged Laser next year.

1. Clark 1 pt

2. Granger 2 pts

3. Eriksson 3

4. Hauserman 4

5. Jackson 5

6. Cook 6

7. Pavel 7

8. Dahlman 8

9. Pullen 9

10. Casey 10

Granger 1

Clark 2

Eriksson 3

D Hauserman 4

Todd Jackson 5

Danny Pavel 6

Tony Dahlman 7

Cook 8

Casey 9

McMillan 10

Eriksson 1

Peirini 2

Greg Cook 3

D Hauserman 4

Buff Pullen 5

Luke Frederick 6

Hayden Hauserman 7

Brad Tyler 8

Rick Raduziner 9

Zach Thomas 10

Lucas, 22 pts

Troy, 26

Ryan C, 28

Ryan T, 30

Ingrid, 38

Nick, 41

Claire, 47

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