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Handicap System Gives Gulf Coast Masters Championship to Hartman PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherri Campbell   
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 21:06

Whether it was the scary weather forecast or the location that kept folks away is not known.  What is known is that the hardy few that made it to Fort Walton Beach enjoyed two fine days of sailing.

Due to the weather threat the course Saturday was set up in the area adjacent to the Fort Walton Beach Yacht Club.   Westerly winds coming down the pass made for fun and interesting sailing with rapid velocity changes from 10 to 20 mph and shifts of 10 to 20 degrees.   Five races of twenty to thirty minutes were sailed on windward leeward courses.  Buzzy Heausler from Davis Island won three, Tim Landt of St Petersburg and David Hartman from Vero Beach each won one.  Andy Culver from Jacksonville took ownership of his newly purchased boat and promptly christened it with a crash tack capsize in the first race.  Randy Richmond from New Orleans sailed his first Masters event and promises to be the force to get folks in his area converted to Laser sailing (He won the starts on Sunday).  Local stalwarts Russell Brown and Britt Drake rounded out the competitors.  
Shortly after returning to shore, Britt Drake whipped up some Yellow Birds that were thoroughly enjoyed in the Gazebo on the point.  What a great location!  The party was quickly moved to the porch of the Yacht Club when a line squall appeared.  This may have been the remnants of the storm that tragically struck the fleet and boaters on Mobile Bay a little earlier.  Some of us made it to Fuddpuckers to enjoy a nice meal and share some friendship.
Sunday dawned as a gorgeous day with mild breezes.   The RC took us out into the bay and ran two races in 6 to 8mph westerlies to complete the series.  Buzzy won the first race going away with Hartman and Brown duking it out for second – Hartman barely ahead in an overlapped finish.  The final race saw several position changes as shifts shuffled the fleet on both weather legs.  Hartman got the last shift on the final weather leg and had enough lead on Brown to hold him off downwind.  Heausler kept getting forced left (he says) and was on the wrong side, going from first to fourth or worst before recovering to third downwind.   
Final results had Buzzy three points ahead of Hartman, but the dreaded (or beloved) Masters Handicap system put Hartman ahead of Heausler for first overall.   Small fleets and lots of races certainly give the older guys an advantage with the current handicap system.  Maybe it needs some careful review and possible modification.

Thanks to Britt Drake and his group for hosting the regatta!

2015 LASER MASTER
GULF COAST CHAMPIONSHIP

Fort Walton Beach Florida

FINAL RESULTS
26 April 2015

Overall

Sailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 7, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

Helm

Division

SailNo

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

H'Cap

Total

Points

1

David Hartman

Great Grand Master

203751

3.0

1.0

3.0

2.0

(8.0 DNF)

2.0

1.0

0.0 GGM

20.0

12.0

2

Buzzy Heausler

Grand Master

194540

2.0

(3.0)

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

3.0

7.0 GM

19.0

16.0

3

Tim Landt

Grand Master

182399

1.0

2.0

2.0

4.0

2.0

(8.0 DNC)

8.0 DNC

7.0 GM

34.0

26.0

4

Russell Brown

Grand Master

197988

4.0

(5.0)

4.0

5.0

4.0

3.0

2.0

7.0 GM

34.0

29.0

5

Britt Drake

Great Grand Master

204415

(8.0 DNF)

6.0

6.0

6.0

8.0 DNF

4.0

4.0

0.0 GGM

42.0

34.0

6

Andy Culver

Master

179997

5.0

4.0

(8.0 DNF)

3.0

3.0

8.0 DNC

8.0 DNC

14.0 MST

53.0

45.0

7

Randall Richmond

Apprentice

178310

(8.0 DNS)

8.0 DNF

5.0

8.0 DNF

8.0 DNC

5.0

5.0

21.0 APP

68.0

60.0

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