In an effort to make up for many rain cancellations, Monday night’s Lake Tahoe Laser Races were started an hour early to try and make up for the lost time.
In the first race, new sailor Sean O’Toole went left and separated from the rest of the fleet that headed to the left side of the course. This paid off for O’Toole, as he was blessed with the trifecta of sailboat racing: wind pressure, a favorable wind shift and all the competitors on the other side of the course.
“It was an epic horizon job,” said fellow competitor Kiwi Moore, referring to the distance O’Toole created between himself and the rest of the pack.
Stan Eriksson and Todd Jackson finished second and third.
In the second race, Buff Wendt, who had missed the first race, managed to not let this phase her as she won the start and kept that lead for the entire race, finishing first ahead of Eriksson, O’Toole and Moore.
Eriksson decided that second was not a position that he liked and came back with a mission in the third race.
“He played the shifts really well and just never made a mistake,” said fleet member Todd Jackson.
Jackson had a brilliant start, successfully rolling Wendt and forcing her to tack behind the other competitors for clear air.
“Out of my peripheral vision I thought I had taken care of Buff and was racing Stan when I realized that both had escaped to the right side of the course, which then had a favorable shift,” Jackson said.
In the end Eriksson prevailed with Wendt and Jackson placing second and third, respectively.
Rick Raduziner turned up the heat on the fourth race and took advantage of some boat-handling mistakes by Wendt.
“Stan had a good lead and was maintaining it but Buff opened the door for me with a mistake at the windward mark,” he said.
Wendt made an aggressive hive maneuver at the leeward mark to beat Raduziner and regain second place only to have a shift create a very tight situation at the finish.
“I was trying to duck Rick and see if I could pull out the second place again, when I tangled my main sheet and had to tack, which meant Rick bested me in our battle,” Wendt said. “It was great sailing on Rick’s part.”
The last race saw Wendt get the bullet with Eriksson and Jackson in second and third.
The last race of season is Monday at 5 pm. at the Lake Forest Boat Launch.