Swift of Fleet
Special to the Sun
Twenty-five sailors tested their skills in light wind off the shores of Lake Forest during the Monday Night Laser Series on Lake Tahoe.
As winds danced about the course, “A” Fleet sailors posted erratic scores, with many performing well in only one of the two races.
“It was anyone’s game out there; keeping your boat in consistent wind was a real challenge,” said David Adolphs, who was one of the few consistent sailors of the evening and had a personal best to show for his efforts.
In spite of this, Nick Pullen managed to win both races of the night, coming from behind both times to nab the bullet ” a first-place finish in sailing lingo ” from Jim Granger in the first race and then from Adolphs in the second race.
“I really thought I had Pullen taken care of, and then, as if he had his own personal puff, he comes with speed from behind and beats me by one second!” Adolphs said.
Granger agreed about Pullen’s sailing skills.
“You can never think that you’ve got Pullen until you are over the finish line, as he’s always a threat to win,” Granger said. “The good thing is that we’ve all managed to put a lot more heat on him. Gone are the days of the horizon jobs he used to do when he first arrived in Tahoe 10 years ago.”
Another “A” Fleet racer, Kiwi Moore, posted a personal best by scoring his first top-5 overall finish. Sailing a rather unique, completely black boat representing his native country of New Zealand, Moore is new to the “A” Fleet, and to finish so well after moving up from the “B” Fleet is a real accomplishment.
The fleet’s improvement in general has been aided by Pullen’s coaching, and this week he was able to give a small clinic to some of the youth sailors in the “B” Fleet. The efforts showed, as Hayden Hauserman worked his way up into fourth place out of seven boats, beating out some of the older, more seasoned sailors.
“The future of the fleet is in our youth sailors, so we try to support and encourage them,” Pullen said. “It’s amazing what a little coaching can do. They pick up everything really quickly and their form in their boats was looking really good before the races.”
In “B” Fleet racing, Tony Dalhman was back on top, keeping his boat consistently in the breeze and scoring wins in both races.
RB Clark and Mark Oshiro battled it out, swapping second- and third-place finishes to end up in a tie.
Because Clark and Oshiro had the same scores between the two races, the judges referred back to the previous week’s results to break the tie. That’s how Clark won the tiebreaker for second place.
Three Pico sailors raced Monday night with similar results to the “A” and “B” fleets.-
Junior sail instructor Nicole DeAngelli took first place with two bullets while Ryan Conner and Ingrid Roske battled it out for second place, swapping positions.-
Roske ultimately won the tiebreaker by beating Conner in the second race. It was a nail biter, with Conner flipping 30 seconds before the start but managing to stay dry and flip his boat immediately, in time to make the start and give Roske a run for her money.
Nick Pullen 2 points
David Adolphs 6 pts
Jim Granger 8 pts
Kiwi Moore 11 pts
Matt Clark 12 pts
Tony Dahlman 2 pts
RB Clark 5 pts
Mark Oshiro 5 pts
Hayden Hauserman 9 pts
Brad Tyler 11 pts
Nicole DeAngelli- 2 pts
Ingrid Roske 5 pts
Ryan Conner 5 pts