First D12 2020 Series Regatta this March

Hello everyone – welcome to a new year! It’s 2020 and we’re entering the year with a great vision (sorry, couldn’t resist) for our fleet! Look for some updates to this website over the next few weeks, including results from all 2019 D12 events.

First thing i’d like to update you on is that our first D12 event of 2020 is coming up in early March. Last year, we were very fortunate to incorporate inland areas of Georgia into D12, meaning that the entire state is now part of our territory. With this expansion, we will now have the pleasure of D12 races at superb venues like Lake Lanier.

Our first series race will be on March 7-8 at Lake Lanier Sailing Club. We look forward to having a great turnout, building on our awesome momentum from the past year.

Information can be found at:

Registration before March 3 will save you $25, so get on it! People are already signing up… come sail your Laser!

Hobcaw, D12 # 4

What a weekend! Some takeaways:

  1. We had great turnout, and more Radials (16) than Full rigs (14), which is a great sign for the future of the fleet.
  2. The new racing location further up the Wando is a BIG improvement.
  3. Hobcaw is still a challenging venue and this weekend was no exception!
  4. One of the best pools on the circuit!

On Saturday and Sunday we had winds ranging from crouch-in-the-cockpit to crank-on-the-vang, 30 degree wind shifts, puffs all over the place, and current ripping across the course. The RC did a phenomenal job and we popped off 9 races total. To me, the keys on both days seemed to be: (a) predicting where the wind would fill in, (b) staying in phase, (c) defaulting to going toward the up current side of the windward leg, and (d) rapidly adjusting the tuning in the puffs and lulls to keep good boat speed.

The scores were incredibly tight. Places 2-4 had 30, 31, and 32 points. Places 5-7 had 47, 47, and 49. Places 9-12 had 71, 72, 74, and 77. Incredibly close racing out there!

Shout out to Ben Smith, winner of the Radial fleet, for a standout performance. Out of 9 races he had 7 bullets! Way to go Ben!

I was thrilled to see some new (or returning) faces in the fleet. We look forward to having you all join us more!

Just a few more days and we’ll be at it again in Charleston at CYC-SC. Go ahead and register if you haven’t already. Wonderful event. Great party Saturday night.

And just one week later is the ocean regatta at Wrightsville Beach at CYC-NC. This is our Grand Prix event! Make it count by registering to be a class member.

See y’all on the water.



Fleets getting rigged on Saturday:


D12 2019 Series Schedule

Here it is folks.  I’ve also posted our schedule on the ILCA site, but as of 2/28 it is not yet showing…

April 27-28- LNYC Hospice Regatta*

June 1-2- Savannah YC – D12 Lasers Only Event

June 14-16- CSC Governor’s Cup Kerr Lake, NC

July 13-14- Hobcaw YC Open*

July 27-28- CYC-SC Open

Aug 3-4- CYC-NC Open* **

Nov 2-3- CSC Midlands, Columbia, SC* Series finale and Annual District Meeting

Notes- * designates SAYRA Jr Series Championship event.  ** designates D12 Grand Prix event.

Additional Notes- You only need to sail 3 of the 7 events to qualify for a District Championship score.  The event at Kerr lake is a 5hr drive from Charleston, (according to Waze).  It’s not that far folks!  As of 2/28 we have 14 boats committed!

Be on the lookout for LNYC info.  Spring time can be great inland lake breeze!  Be on the lookout for info from Charlie for his annual Laser Party!  Hobcaw has agreed to move the Laser course upriver to a much more shallow and broad section of river which will give the RC more course choices and remove the deep channel current of the previous location as well as remove the steep shoreline aspect that often is a breeze killer.

See y’all out there!


Midlands / D12 #6 in the books


Our last regatta of the 2018 season is in the books! The 59th annual Midlands Regatta saw a fleet of 11 fulls, 3 radials, and 3 4.7’s competing in characteristic Fall lake conditions.

Saturday was extremely light but we managed to get off one race. The key on Saturday seemed to be connecting the dots between tiny puffs and gradually making your way around the course, taking a second every now and then to wave at the drone flying overhead taking video! The drinks and bbq on Saturday night made up for a less than ideal day of racing.

Sunday was a GREAT day of sailing. We had three excellent races in moderate, shifty breeze with tight competition. In one or two of the races, the top 5 was decided at the final leeward mark rounding! Keys for Sunday were (a) good starts, which was tough since the wind was shifting back and forth suddenly and significantly all day, and (b) staying in phase on the upwind legs.

On the topic of staying in phase, this was my first regatta using the newly legal digital compass from Nautalitics. For me, having never raced with a compass, it took some getting used to. But by the second and third races on Sunday I was comfortable with my heading ranges on each tack and it was easy to make decisions using the data. I felt more in phase this regatta than any previous event! Perhaps the biggest difference for me was getting immediately in phase right after the start and right after rounding the leeward mark. It made a huge difference! For all the gear junkies out there, it’s worth a shot. The screen is easy to read while hiked out and very sensitive to subtle changes in direction. And the countdown timer works great too. Only drawback to me after one regatta was the 3M velcro adhesive started peeling up a little by the end of the event. Jury is still out on whether that’s a good long term method of attachment.

As this was our last event of 2018, we had our annual meeting on Sunday morning before racing. Here are the two big highlights:

For scheduling purposes, going forward we will adopt a 3 tier method for handling the rotation among venues. Tier 1 venues are ones we want to have every single year. Tier 2 are venues we want to have most years, but will rotate away from perhaps every 3-4 years. Tier 3 are venues we want to include occasionally, perhaps once every 3-4 years. Added to this conceptual framework will be significant consideration to the SAYRA Jr schedule. This worked very well this year and the feedback from the juniors and their parents is that aligning some of our D12 events with the SAYRA Jr schedule helps tremendously with participation. In order to accomplish this, the final 2019 schedule will not come out until after the SAYRA annual meeting in January. Stay tuned!

D12 Leadership was discussed. Our plan is to adopt a permanent Co-Secretary set up where each district secretary serves a two year term, and these are staggered to increase continuity. For next year, Rob Bowden will continue in his role as Co-Secretary. I am at the end of two years as secretary and while I’m happy to continue, we will solicit interest to see whether another person wants to take over my position.

Finally, the District 12 Championship Series awards were presented. Here’s the rundown:

Overall Champion – Stanley Hassinger

Radial Champion – Danny Diederich

4.7 Champion – Garner Mobley

Overall Master’s Champion – Stanley Hassinger

Top Apprentice Master – Stanley Hassinger

Top Master – Rob Bowden

Top Grand Master – Robert Key

Top Great Grand Master – Finn Hassing

My last comment is this. Combining all three fleets, we had 93 sailors compete this year. That’s incredible! Unfortunately, of these 93 sailors a total of just 14 qualified for season ending standings by competing in at least 3 events. We all need to do a better job encouraging folks to get out and sail in 3 or more events!



[photo credit: Mark Alexander]

D12 Hall of Fame

Check out the History tab above and follow the link to the D12 Hall of Fame, which has overall finishes in all categories going way back.

D12 #6 Approacheth

Sincerest apologies for the LONG draught in posting on our website. It’s been a busy summer for me.

Our last D12 regatta of the season is just around the corner. Columbia Sailing Club’s Midlands Regatta will serve as D12 #6. It’s a great venue with excellent camping, great food, live music on the front porch Saturday night, etc. Last year we had over 20 lasers! Let’s finish strong this year.

We will hold our annual meeting during the weekend where we discuss what’s working and what’s not and make plans for next year. More details to follow, including current standings going into the final event. If you have specific topics you’d like covered, please email me and Rob.

Remember, to qualify for official standings in the Championship Series you must be a Laser Class member. Join now by following the links on this website’s opening page.

Register for Midlands early! Go to regatta network to sign up.

Check out the CSC website for all the details.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again soon.




D12 #1 at BYSC

The D12 season got off to a GREAT start in Beaufort, SC on March 24/25. As always, Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club was a fantastic host and helped kick off our D12 season in fine fashion. Several folks camped under the Spanish moss with a nice breeze and we woke up to an absolutely perfect sailing day on Saturday.

With moderately shifty medium breeze, the race committee got off 6 superb windward-leeward races. A gradually backing wind for the most of the afternoon saw numerous course re-alignments, which the RC handled superbly. For most of the afternoon, the wind was coming off the Yacht Club at an angle out into the river, making for shifty conditions as we approached the windward mark. Add the current into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for some tought, close racing. The keys to the day seemed to be (1) making a last minute decision about starting strategy due to very frequent shifts, (2) keeping a bit left of the fleet upwind, and (3) trying to stay in phase with the shifts and in the pressure. The scores reflected the tight competition. After day one, the top four were all within a few points of each other.
Saturday night we had BYSC’s famous battered shrimp followed by a delicious steak dinner prepared by BYSC members. Thank you!
Sunday brought a radical change in weather. Cooler temps, stronger breeze, more shifts, and light rain were the name(s) of the day. Despite the challenging early season conditions, the RC again delivered a stellar course and we got off 4 great races! Staying flat, fast, and in phase were the keys.
After 10 races, the top 5 overall were:
1. Stanley Hassinger
2. John Porter
3. Peter Gamble
4. Colin Porter (junior)
5. Charlie Usher
Radial –
1. Lea Russell
2. Amaya Escudero
3. Arthur Unger
4. Graham Cosby
See full results at:
Our next D12 event (#2) is at Savannah Yacht Club on June 2/3. Let’s make it another great one!
See you on the water,

2018 D12 Schedule is set

See the Calendar tab above for details.

We’ve got an exciting slate of regattas at some new and some familiar places, largely coinciding with SAYRA Jr. events to help maximize participation and promote growth in the district, all in keeping with our long range growth and development plan.

If you haven’t already, go ahead and join the class. See link to the right. This is a requirement to qualify for official final standings for the year.

Also, please join the D12 google group email list. See tab above. This is our primary way of communicating about a wide variety of things and helps us all stay connected and informed.

Finally, our facebook group is fairly active. Join us, just search for D12 Laser Sailors.

Looking forward to our first event: BYSC on March 24-25!

– Stanley and Rob, your D12 Co-Secretaries

D12 Season Wrap Up


The season concluded about a month ago with our 6th D12 regatta held at Columbia Sailing Club. It was a light wind affair with one solitary race determining the regatta. Rob Bowden drifted faster than the rest to take the regatta with Stanley Hassinger taking 2nd, Finn Hassing 3rd, Robert Key 4th, and Chris Stang 5th.

Despite the poor wind forecast, we had a record turnout in the full rig fleet (at least for the recent past) with 19 sailors! We also had 3 radials and 4 4.7’s. The parties Friday and Saturday nights were fun with live bands at both. Many sailors and their families camped. Overall, a good time was had by all.

We held our annual district 12 meeting on Saturday evening and had some lively discussion on a few important topics.

  1. 2018 Schedule: A majority felt that 6 regattas is too many and spreads out participation over too many events. In an effort to concentrate things and boost participation at individual events, we have reduced the total number to 5 regattas for the D12 Championship Series for 2018.
  2. 2018 Regattas: In an effort to mix up the venues somewhat, and to reduce the back to back regattas in late July and early August at the two CYC’s, we voted on the following venues for 2018: BYSC, SYC, JIYC, CYC-NC, CSC.
  3. Grand Prix: Our Grand Prix event for 2018 will be CSC in Columbia, SC.
  4. Availability of Laser parts: After lively discussion we voted to allow non-class legal parts (including sails) into D12 events, with the important caveat that these will NOT be allowed in our Grand Prix event. Members expressed a desire to support growth, which requires timely access to new and replacement parts/gear. We have expressed our frustration in writing to ILCA president, Andy Roy, who is aware of our plan going forward. Other districts have made similar decisions. Hopefully availability improves. Until then, we allow non-class legal parts that meet the same basic specifications as class legal parts. We will re-visit this decision on an annual basis. If class legal parts are available, it makes sense to purchase those preferentially as ONLY class legal parts are allowed at grand prix events.
  5. 2018 District Secretaries: Stanley Hassinger and Rob Bowden will be co-District Secretaries for 2018.

We are finalizing the 2018 D12 regatta dates now and will be sending out schedule post cards before too long. Be on the lookout!

If you are not an ILCA member, join now! See this website’s home page for a link to register.

We’ve had some good discussion on the email list about boats for sale, winter frostbiting, etc. Keep up the dialogue. And if you’re not on the email list, join! See “email list” tab on this website for instructions. And encourage your fellow sailors to join so we can all stay informed and in touch with all things D12.

Enjoy the winter and we’ll see you all this Spring at BYSC in Beaufort, SC for D12 #1.

– Stanley and Rob