32nd EASTER TORCH / LASER REGATTA

America's Favorite Regatta!!

April 4-5, 2015

          March 27-28, 2016   April 15-16, 17   March 31-April 1, 2018

Last Year's Trophy winners

 

Scroll past photos or click here for the 2014 NOR

The Area F Smythe Eliminations have been added to this event Please bear with me as the NOR needs some modification!!!

Mr E Bunny Himself has a new wind indicator tool.

His plan is to go stand on the point holding it and when it bends over in his hand he will signal for us to all rig and go race!!

 

ALL I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LIFE I LEARNED FROM THE EASTER BUNNY
Don't put all of your eggs in one basket.
Walk softly and carry a big carrot.
Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.
There's no such thing as too much candy.
All work and no play can make you a basket case.
A cute little tail attracts a lot of attention.
Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.
Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.
Some body parts should be floppy.
Keep your paws off other people's jellybeans.
Good things come in small sugarcoated packages.
The grass is always greener in someone else's basket.
An Easter bonnet can tame even the wildest hare.
To show your true colors you have to come out of your shell.
The best things in life are still sweet and gooey!
-Author Unknown-

Link to 2008 Photos by Bruce McDonald

Link to 2010 Photos by Bruce McDonald

 

I am working on posting all the results. "Post results" is on my bucket list.

Easter Results 2014

Easter Results 2011

 Easter2010results.htm

Easter 2009 results.htm

Easter 2008 Results

Easter 2007 Results  Easter 2006 Results   Easter 2005 Results  Easter 2002 Results  Easter 2001 Results

  Easter 1991 Results Easter 1990 Results

Easter 1989 Results Easter1988 Results Easter 1987 Results Easter 1986 Results Easter 1985 Results

 

   

A Shot From 1988

 

 

Trophy winner gallery

Fun With The Bunny

 

You really need to try this. The site has a bunny walking around.  The bunny will jump up and grab your cursor and hang on as you pull it all over the page.

When you shake the cursor hard enough the bunny will fall off.

 

Thanks Bill Hawk!!

 

http://andrius.esu.lt/10/go2.htm

Below is a shot of Doug Kern from the 2005 regatta.

The photo, taken by David Luckenbach

was stolen ( with many thanks)  from this website>>>

http://www.sailingtexas.com/race050326EasterLaser.html

2007 Photo page

 click here for fun animated wind prediction map

How to use a mouse.  A video from the warped mind of Megan:

Click on the link below for a video

images\usingamouse.wmv

 

 

Robbie Nelson's 2005 T shirt drawing

keeldude@sbcglobal.net

 

Taken Saturday night...Fred's excuse for his Sunday 2011 performance

 

Gail and David Bernstein accepting the USSailing Award for Best One design regatta of 2002. Sometimes Gail serves as our PRO, brings a great team,  and always does a wonderful job

Bruce McDonald has visited and taken a ton of great photos

Renee gloating over the drunk bunny

 Doug Kern leads Scott Young in 1985

Taken Sunday July 1, 2007. The trophy winner shots below are taken on these steps.

Lake Travis is "full" at 681 above sea level.

The lake surface is 697 above sea level in this shot.

Click here for more flood and drought photos

25th Year Bunny Cake and Billy Eno's Birthday Cake

   
 

 

Future dates:      April 4-5, 2015   March 27-28, 2016

32nd EASTER LASER REGATTA

April 4-5, 2015

And

IF and Only If we are asked to do it again

US Sailing’s Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships  Area F Qualifier  The U.S. Junior Singlehanded Championship for the Smythe Trophy

 

The Austin Yacht Club, Laser Fleet #22, Schroth Fiberglass, and the Easter Bunny Himself are the proud sponsors of this event .

This is the thirty first event and thirty years since the 1984 birth of the event

 

The race will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing, The Laser Class of North America, the regatta Sailing Instructions,.

And

Specifically for the Area F Smythe Qualifier event for the USSailing Junior Singlehanded Championship:

1.2. The following documents shall apply:

1.2.1. US Sailing Regulation 10.

1.2.2. The Conditions for the United States Junior Sailing Championships.

1.2.3. The US Sailing Championship Support Vessel Policy. http://championships.ussailing.org/Youth/Coaching_and_Support_Vessels.htm

We have not yet been asked to host the Smythe

 

Entry:  $40 to Fred Schroth, 15605 Checotah Drive, Austin, Texas, 78734

Or at the Regatta site after 8:30 and  before 9 am April 4, 2015

Information: Schroth Fiberglass…512-659-0694 or KEELDUDE@sbcglobal.net

Classes and Divisions :Laser Full rig, open, apprentice, master, grand master, great grand master, female, Reynolds, others as necessary

Laser Radial, junior, female, geezer, punks, Smythe Area F, others as necessary

4.7: Open, 100 kilo kids, bearded 12 year olds, fuzzy headed giggleboxes

Area F will qualify two (2) sailors for the Smythe Singlehanded discipline at the 2014 Chubb U.S. Junior Championship. See the National NOR for eligibility requirements. http://championships.ussailing.org/Assets/Championships/USJrChamps/2014/2014+NOR.pdf

 

Sailing instructions and Skippers meeting:  9 am Saturday, April 4, 2015

Austin Yacht Club Clubhouse

First race as soon as possible after Skippers meeting.

Other races to follow.  Up to five on Saturday.  Eight races are scheduled.  No race will start after 2 pm Sunday or be completed after 3 pm Sunday

 

Trophies include the Perpetual Easter Laser Regatta trophy which remains on display at the Austin Yacht Club and the best assortment of other trophies to be found anywhere in the United States at any regatta, and we aren't bragging. The top two Competitors in the Area F Smythe Championship will qualify to enter the USSailing Finals

For all fleets except the Area F Smythe Contest:

Unless an eighth race is completed there will be no scores discarded. Each competitor will be able to discard one worst score if an eighth race is completed and only if the following condition is met:

  The winner of each fleet must also be the same individual who would have won had all the races been included in the scores.

Application: The winner of the event for either fleet shall be the sailor who would have won in the absence of a discarded score or no competitor in that fleet shall discard any score.

For the USSailing Area F Smythe event:

We have not yet been asked to host the Smythe

 

 

A minimum of five (5) boats is required to compete in that race for any individual race of the contest to be counted in the results.

SMYTHE EVENT PROTEST AND APPEALS

Decision of the protest committee will be final as provided in rule 70.5 However, a decision following a hearing under rule 69.2(a) may be appealed.

A) For sailors participating in the Area F Qualification: Decision of the protest committee will be final as provided in rule 70.5

However, a decision following a hearing under rule 69.2may be appealed.

(B) Contact information, including e-mail and telephone number, for the helm of each boat entered and for the chairmen of the Protest Committee and the Race Committee shall be posted on the official notice board at all times during the event. See http://raceadmin.ussailing.org/Assets/Race+Admin/Racing+Rules/Documents/Reopening.pdf

rule 60.1(a) is changed to prohibit a boat from protesting another boat for an alleged breach of any class rule other than class equipment measurement rules;

rule 77 is changed such that a boat is not required to display national letters

 ELIGIBILITY for the USSailing Smythe Area F Event

A.  Competitors must have reached their 13th birthday but not their 19th birthday during the calendar year in which the event is held.

B.  Competitors must be individual or family members of US Sailing at the time of their respective first qualification event.

C . All competitors must be a member of a Local Sailing Organization (LSO)* that is a member of its Regional Sailing Association (RSA) and US Sailing. This regatta is a championship between LSOs.

D.  Competitors shall reside in or regularly compete in the same RSA where the club is geographically located

E.  Registrations for the Area F Smythe contest shall be submitted on-line no later than 9 am ,  April 4, 2015 . There will be additional required on-site registration.

Spectator boats may be available via sign-up at the venue for Race Days. No private support boats are permitted.

 COACHING with respect to competitors in the USSailing Smythe Area F event

A. . This is a Grade 2 Event as defined in the US Sailing Championship Support Vessel Policy. See http://championships.ussailing.org/Youth/Coaching_and_Support_Vessels.htm

B. Except as provided in the Policy specified above, instructors, coaches and other support personnel and family members shall not go afloat in the defined racing area at any time during the clinic or racing days, except in spectator boats as defined in NOR 18.1.

C. Outside contact with competitors is prohibited on clinic and racing days commencing with the competitor’s arrival at the host club and shall continue until released by the Protest Committee on racing days.

D. Outside contact is defined as a parent, family member, spectator, or coach. Competitors shall not receive advice, instruction, or any type of outside assistance (other than that provided by US Sailing) including electronic communication devices while at the sailing venue during the clinic and racing days. It is the intent of this rule to prohibit contact between competitors and any person, who, in the opinion of the Protest Committee, is a coach, instructor or advisor.

E. The coaches provided by US Sailing will offer individual on-the-water instruction and group commentary/advice on land following each racing day. This coaching will be given to all competitors on an as equal basis as possible.

F. The Protest Committee may protest and disqualify a competitor for breaking the rules of NOR 19 from all races on the day of the infringement.

 We have not yet been asked to host the

Smythe but if we are this NOR will be used

 

Directions:

From Florida:  Drive west on Interstate 10 to Texas highway 71.  There is a sign on I-10 that mentions Austin.  Do not take Business 71.  Highway 71 is the next exit after business 71 through Columbus.  If you screw up and find yourself in downtown Columbus just keep going.  The highways merge just north of town. ( see: "From the south and Highway 71" below)

From the North:   Find Texas Ranch Road 620 West of Austin.  From  Interstate 35 It is Exit 252 in Round Rock and clearly labeled as 620 to the south side of Lake Travis ( see: "620 from the north"  below)

From the east by US 290:   Look for  2222.  The exit is after US 183 and immediately after Interstate 35.  2222 winds through north central Austin and is called Koenig lane when you get on it.  The name changes to Allendale and then Northland.  Follow the 2222 signs. You will pass under Loop 1.  There are three traffic lights in a short distance after Loop 1 and you need to be in the right turn lane immediately after the second light to follow 2222 down the hill.   You will drive on a winding road and pass under Loop 360.  About five miles after that 2222 ends at 620.  You will turn left on 620. ( see: "620 from the north" below)

From the Denver direction:  I-25 to exit 451. US 87 to Dumas where it joins 287 to Amarillo, I-27 and 87 seem to be the same road to Lubbock.  US 84 to I-20 and then 84 splits south from I-20 at Abilene. 84 merges with US 183 just just past Brownwood.  After you pass through Cedar Park look for all the huge concrete bridge support towers.  DO NOT GET ON THE TOLL US 183. Stay on the access road and look for RR 620. You will be turning right on route 620. ( see: "620 from the north")

From the Los Angeles direction:  Interstate 10. Fill your gas tank at the second Fort Stockton exit. There is no on ramp East at the first exit.  Don't get off at the first exit!  Exit I-10 on to US 290.( exit #477).  Go north on US Highway 281 in Johnson City. ( see: oops I followed the Austin signs at Johnson city and I just saw a Dripping Springs sign)    About 20 miles north of Johnson city you will turn East on Highway 71. in about 20 miles you will arrive at the intersection with Highway 620. It  is a left hand turn with a traffic light and a left  turn lane. ( see: "from the south and Highway 71")

  620 from the North:  Cross the bridge below Lake Travis. Turn right at the first light after the bridge on to Hudson Bend Road.  Drive one mile to Beacon drive.  Landmark for Beacon drive is Shamrock gas station aka: HUDSON BEND GROCERY.  Turn right and drive to club entrance .8 mile.

From the south and Highway 71:  Drive on 620 approximately 11 miles.  Turn left on Hudson Bend Road.  Turn right at Shamrock Gas station aka: HUDSON BEND GROCERY.  Pass Schroth Fiberglass and sailboats on right.  Drive 1000 yards to club.

oops I followed the Austin signs at Johnson city and I just saw a Dripping Springs sign:  Look for Highway 12 in Dripping springs.  If you find it turn left and drive until the road comes to a "T" in about ten miles.  Turn Right and drive seven miles and you will intersect highway 71. Turn right on 71 and drive about a mile to highway 620. ( see: "from the south and Highway 71")

If you have passed through Dripping Springs and you see Oak hill signs, watch for An Albertsons grocery or Highway 71 signs.  Turn Left or West on Highway 71.  (If you get on big divided highways before making this turn you need to turn around but the good news is that you are already on highway 71)  620 meets highway 71 about seven miles west of Oak Hill.   ( see: "from the south and Highway 71")

LOST OR IN TROUBLE AND COULD STILL GET THERE WITH HELP:  This phone number may be called between 8 pm Friday night and 9 am Saturday for last minute assistance. 512-659-0694  We will do what we can but we probably won’t post bail.

 

Email the entry early so we can plan for food.  We like to feed sailors.  Bring your $40 to the registration table on Saturday

 

Name…………………………………………………Sail Number…..………

Mailing Address………………………………………………………………

………………………………………………Phone………………………….

email…………………………………..Boat Name Contest…………………….

Checks Payable to : Fred Schroth, 15605 Checotah Dr. Austin, TX 78734

Legal stuff:

You must check in at our Saturday morning registration and sign the official waiver forms or you will not be allowed to launch and sail with us.  In an effort to make certain you understand exactly what that means, here is some of the wording. It is published here so you may show it to your favorite advisors and fully understand what you are signing before you sign. The official form will say something like the following:

To the fullest extent permitted by law, I hereby waive any rights I may have to sue the race organizers (organizing authority, race committee, protest committee, host club, sponsors, or any other organization or official) involved with the event with respect to personal injury or property damage suffered by myself or my crew as a result of our participation in this event and hereby release the race organizers from any liability for such injury or damage

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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