September 14, 2018

Laser Master Worlds - Day 5

by Pam
Our day started our looking like this ...

We've been wearing full foul weather gear everyday as we pull away from the docks just because of the wind and cold but today, it was for the rain.  It wasn't as cold and the wind settled into the mid teens with a few gusts in the low 20s but we started out wet.  

We ended the day looking like this ...

We even had some moments of honest to goodness sunshine.  One more day of what has been a tough regatta and it's rock, paper, scissors on what tomorrow's weather will bring.

September 13, 2018

Laser Master Worlds - Day 4

by Pam
This is my favorite competitor ... always smiling and always says hello and thank you.
Sitting in the harbor getting ready to head out, our wind meter was steadily climbing into the 20s.  As we motored out of the harbor, it continued to build until we were consistently hitting the 30s.  Sailors were making their way to the race course with minimal tippage but the guys on the boat were wondering aloud if they would start a race in those conditions. 

One of the guys sitting next to me said, 'they say if you can sail in the Irish sea, you can sail anywhere.'  I think he may be right.

After most of the fleet battled their way to the course, the wind died down to the mid teens, the sun came out here and there and the PRO started the sequence almost exactly at noon.  There were a few general recalls but the delays were not too bad and the fleets were off.

My job on the finish boat has ranged from just take some pictures to taking scores with my left hand and snapping random pictures and video with my right.  I only really get to watch the Apprentice and Master fleets go around the course because once they begin finishing, all the fleets seem to come in together.  We've decided the inner loop is shorter than the outer loop.

After the Masters fleet rounded the bottom mark in the first race, I looked back at the start for the Great Grand Masters and they were all gone except for Doug, sitting there all by himself.  Turns out just before the race began, he pulled on the Cunningham and it broke and he couldn't fix it in time and became a spectator.  

Next race, I watched him through binoculars and heard them say on the radio that they got one boat over early and from what I could see it looked like it would be Doug.  Sure enough, at the end of the day, when they posted the scores, he learned that he had just acquired another two throw outs in addition to the two he already had.  And since it appears there is only one throw out for this regatta, this is now a relaxed learning experience and a chance to try various things he's learned recently.  

I'm just thankful I was not watching yesterday when he almost drowned himself, torso dragging through the water, feet still under the hiking strap, not willing to capsize (too cold) but not able to get the boat to come back up.  It gave him a good fright and put all things into perspective.  He is doing his Worlds journal but not sending it out and will eventually publish it.  I don't know if it will be entertaining, enlightening, or kind of sad.  We shall see but like my favorite competitor above, Doug is a happy guy with a wicked sense or humor. 

September 12, 2018

Laser Master Worlds - Day 3

by Pam

There were several Laser Master World's regulars who opted out of the Worlds this year believing that Ireland would be a tough venue. They were right.  But I am glad we are here.

Results, news, and pictures are readily available so there is no need for me to try to provide any of that.  

We are learning that Ireland is not for the weak.  From colds going around to capsizes, rescues, abandoned boats, injuries, and ambulances, there is a whole gamut of emotions but I think humility tops the list for most.  Some are thriving but most are surviving.

A photo was posted by the event photographer, David Branigan (Oceansport), which I thought was a fantastic photo of Brett Beyer leading the pack.  As the last boats were finishing on Tuesday and I had not seen Doug cross the line, I began to panic, bouncing around the boat, frantically searching for him.  Then, he appeared from behind the mast, second to last boat on the course, missing his hat.  I waited patiently for him to finish, he turned and gave me the thumbs up, and I my heart started beating again. Then a picture appeared before me that gave me the giggles.  It was the exact opposite of the Brett photo ... see for yourself.

Beyer - still in top form                    Photo by David Branigan
Peckover - maybe too old for this stuff                                  Photo by a relieved wife
I woke up on Tuesday with my first cold in over two years and then got to sit on the deck of the finish line boat, in the rain, taking scores.  Doug and I used our lay day to actually rest.  We did sneak out to see the sun for a bit today and I tried my first Hot Irish Whiskey which I highly recommend for my fellow cold sufferers.  We have a tour booked after the sailing ends so we'll see the sights then.  

September 10, 2018

Laser Master Worlds - Day 2

by Pam
Today was windy and cold ... but mostly cold. I feel a bit guilty on the finish boat.  It's a nice sized sailboat but the wind is such that we still swing around on the anchor.  We go out on deck up by the masts to take finishes and I admit my hands are shaking by the time we get down below to check the scores with each other.  But the deck time is just a few minutes and the rest of the time, we are treated to hot tea and coffee, hot soup, pastries, lunch, desserts and candy.  I believe we had scones warming in the oven close to the time of the last finish today.  It is by far the most comfortable finish line boat I have ever been on.   

The Apprentice and Masters fleet ran a couple of races and were back on shore, showered, warm, dry and enjoying some hot pasta while the Grand Masters and Great Grand Masters were still screwing around trying to get the second race off.  The GM's are a misbehaved bunch with multiple black flags and general recalls (5, I believe) that left the poor GGM's sailing around for at least an hour waiting for the second race.  It doesn't make sense that guys over 65 and sailing a full rig are made to wait around and be the last to race and the last off the water.  Waiting for a race to start in cold, wet, and windy conditions is just plain brutal.  

As soon as the GM's started the final race, the GGM's started their sequence about a minute later and caught up to the GM fleet by the finish.  Would it be so terrible if the GM fleet had to go to the back of the queue after a general recall and let the older guys get on with it.  When I got to Doug shortly after he came off the water, he was about as cold as I've ever seen him.  His priorities were warm carbs, hot shower, and a nap.  But, it was the night for the North American get together so he only got two out of three.

And now we sleep and do it all over again tomorrow.

September 09, 2018

Laser Master Worlds - Day 1

by Pam
The practice day bought light winds that left some sailors bobbing about on the water and scrambling for a tow in.

Day 1 of racing made the practice day look like the calm before the storm.  As we left the harbor on the finish line boat for the standard course, the wind kicked up and for a moment the wind indicator read 28, then settled into the low 20's as the sailors made their way to the course.  I saw several leave the harbor, sail a little distance toward the start line and then turn around and head back in.  Many on board were already wearing their heavy foul weather gear and there was talk about the upper limits that a Laser could sail and several on board believed that 25 in Ireland would be fairly difficult for a Laser to manage.  

Meanwhile, Brett Beyer went by tuning with a couple of Aussies and all three seemed to be handling the conditions without issue.  As a few gusts came through, some of the Lasers began tipping, including Brett.  At that point, I began to worry about Doug.  But, after what appeared to be a brutal sail to the course start, the wind laid down a bit to a steady 15-20 and the races began.

Apprentice and Masters sailed together in the first start on the outer loop, followed by the Grand Masters sailing the inner loop and finally the Great Grand Masters following on the inner loop.  Just like on the practice day, the timing was such that they all finished about the same time with some of the faster boats in the later starts passing some of the slower boats in the earlier starts.  It was hard to see who was ahead in each fleet except for one.  The first boat around the course, came down the first run with a nice lead.  On the second downwind, he had stretched the lead even further and by the time he hit the bottom reach mark, he was picking up speed and increasing his lead even more as he headed toward the hook to the finish. It was quite impressive to watch. I had recently watched the true story of Secretariat and I swear I could hear the music playing at the end of this clip as this guy came flying toward us.

So who was the racehorse?  One guess ...

Brett Beyer finishing the 1st race with an incredible lead ... second race was almost a carbon copy
He makes it look effortless and he never quits hiking or accelerating until he crosses the line.  The one thing he consistently does is after the last race of the day, he goes right (around the committee boat) and avoids the racing area while virtually everyone else turns left and sails straight into the course of the finishing fleets.  I don't think it is intentional on the part of others, they are just exhausted and want to take the shortest route home to dry land and a hot shower.  However, I always get the feeling that Brett was just getting warmed up and ready to go round again.

As the bulk of the fleet was finishing the last race of the day, even though I could not see the wind indicator, the wind easily kicked up with gusts over 30.  There was flippage and tippage all over the place.  I thought I had my video going on my camera when the 30+ gust came through but it appears when I snapped a photo while recording, I actually turned off the recording.  Oh well ... I think I might get a second chance tomorrow or later this week.

September 08, 2018

Laser Master Worlds - Tips and Tricks

by Pam
I ran into a sailor at the opening ceremonies who said he came to our blog to read about any tips and tricks for sailing in the conditions here in Ireland and was disappointed not to find any.  I assured him I would have Doug post what he had learned after arriving early and doing Brett Beyer's pre-regatta clinic.  

The first day of training in here in Ireland, Doug said the conditions were unlike anything he had ever experienced and said it was like being in a washing machine. After doing the clinic with Brett, he said he had learned a tremendous amount and was doing significantly better.  

However, to my disappointment, Doug has refused to share what he has learned.  He said that Brett makes his living by coaching and that he did not feel right about sharing what people have to pay to learn.  I get his point but the whole purpose of our blog was to freely share anything and everything that Doug has learned or figured out on his own.  Not everyone can afford the time or money to arrive early or have coaching and this blog was about sharing information and not hoarding it.  Over the years, I have never once heard someone say that Brett has ever refused to answer a question about how to sail in the local conditions, sail settings, etc.   Personally, I don't think the answering questions or sharing any tips and tricks for a venue takes away from the value of coaching.  What I know that I should do and my ability to actually execute it on the water are two very different things.  It took Doug several days of coaching to make improvements.  I am quite certain that if he were simply told what he needed to change, it would not have produced the same result as coaching.  Only an experienced coach is going to be able to watch you sail and tell you all the little things that you need to work on to see the improvement you want.  So, I strongly disagree with Doug's decision to hold back information.  

After all, the beauty of Brett Beyer is that he can arrive at a venue having had little to no practice, go out for a couple of days at the venue, figure out the conditions, optimal sail settings, as well as various tips and tricks for the venue, then compete, do exceptionally well and at the same time, be able to tell you exactly how he is doing it.  Sharing any of that information will certainly ease some frustrations that sailors are having at the venue but it will not ever replace what real coaching can do for them.  I think Brett knows this which is why he is always so forthcoming with information when asked.  What do you think?

Laser Master Worlds - Practice Day

By Pam
I would estimate that only about half the competitors sailed today.  It was light air, starting out a little warm and then getting colder and wetter.  I am somewhat thrilled at getting on the finish line boat on the standard course (Race Area A). It's a big sailboat, two heads, a cabin to get warm, a Bimini if it rains too hard, and hot tea served before we take finishes. What more could an old gal ask for.  

I don't know if today is going to be the norm for the rest of the week, but all four fleets finished at the same time today.  Dublin Bay (an organization made up of the 4 sailing clubs located on the harbor) was running their weekly races which ended up wedging the West Course (Racing Area A today) between the Dublin Bay racing and the shipping lanes so a shortened course was set.  Perhaps tomorrow, the course will be longer and there might be separation between the fleets, but I got the impression the RC was expecting all fleets to finish at the same time.  Should be interesting.

Here are a couple of tips for those sailing.  As you have probably already seen, Chmarine is the sailing supplier on-sight but if happen to need something they do not have, there is a huge marine supply store about a five minute walk up the street. 
As always, spare parts and clothing for sale onsite.

For a wider selection, Viking Marine is just up the street. They have an outstanding selection.

And if you need help, Erin from Perth, Australia will be happy to help but she only works weekends.
Are you confused about Racing Area A/B vs. East/West course?  A/B is independent of East/West with A/B being constant and East/West being variable.  Radials will always be on Racing Area A with yellow cylinders and Standards will always be on Racing Area B with black cylinders.  Whether A or B is the East or West racing area changes daily so consult the notice board each day before you hit the water.

Probably goes without saying but stick to your assigned launch ramp location or you will not be able to sign out or in. 

September 07, 2018

Laser Master Worlds - Caption Contest #1

Instructions: exit the club and drive around the to boat storage area.
Laser Legend: I see a faster way.

September 02, 2018

Welcome to Ireland

By Doug
After my brother’s fantasticwin last week, the pressure is on me to do well at this year’s Laser Master Worlds. I arrived in Dublin and had breakfast with my old buddy, Chris Henkel, who is competing in his first Worlds. There are few things as much fun as meeting friends from different parts of the world to share stories and, of course, compete.

I’m staying with Victor and his family for a few days until Pam arrives and then after the racing we’ll do a little touring. One famous stop is of course kissing the BlarneyStone which is said to bestow the gift of eloquence. You’ll see that Victor has clearly kissed the stone when he answered my simple question about what Pam and I should look forward to.

August 31, 2018

Brian Peckover Wins National Sailing Championship

By Doug
That's not a typo... Brian is my younger brother who today won the 2018 Mobility Cup, Canada’s national regatta for sailors with disabilities. Brian served in the Canadian Armed Forces and suffered a stroke ten years ago. He won comfortably and I could not be more proud of him.


August 10, 2018

2018 Laser and Radial Worlds

By Doug
The 2018 Worlds wrapped up earlier today in Aarhus Denmark, and both medal  races had really close finishes. For the Lasers, defending world champion Pavlos Kontides (CYP) had a small lead over Matthew Wearn (AUS), but if Matthew could put one boat between himself and Pavlos, he would win the championship.

Approaching the final turn mark before the short reach to the finish, Matthew (in blue) was in front of Pavlos (in yellow), with Matthew trying to pass Michael Beckett (GBR).

As they approached the bottom mark, Matthew tried to outrun Michael instead of going for an inside overlap to get room at the mark.

 Michael hung on to round ahead.

So Pavlos was able to defend his championship.

With the women in radials, Emma Plasschaert (BEL) won her first worlds ahead of Marit Bouwmeester (NED) and hometown favorite Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN). In this picture, Paige Railey (USA) is finishing on the right, but look at the times. Sarah Douglas (CAN) finished one second behind Monika Mikkola (FIN). So Monika ended up finishing fourth overall and Sarah finished sixth.

But in medal races, the points are doubled so if Sarah had finished two seconds earlier she would have beaten Monika and Paige to finish fourth. It was another great race and close finish!

You can watch both races here and the results can be seen here.

July 04, 2018

Malcolm Lamphere on Winning the 2018 U.S. Nationals

By Doug
The combined Laser U.S. Nationals and U.S. Singlehanded Sailing Championship were held last weekend at Houston Yacht Club. It's been years since I sailed in an open national championship so I decided to compete knowing that it would be a learning and humbling experience.

The forecast was for light winds but that was totally wrong - most of the 9 races had gusts between 15 and 20 knots. My starts were good but my lack of sailing in open water and my lack of being in top shape took their toll. The leaders consistently finished 2 minutes ahead of me on the 60 minute course.

There were sailors from half a dozen countries and the winner was Malcolm Lamphere from Lake Geneva Yacht Club and Chicago Yacht Club. Malcolm put on a clinic and won 7 of the 9 races. I was able to watch him on the third day and he was simply the fastest upwind. Usually speed like that comes from being in shape and having additional body movements, but I did not see any difference with how he was sailing. It was very impressive and as expected, very humbling.

Malcolm recently graduated from Yale and will be training full time for the next 2 years for the Olympics. Here's how he trained for this event and how he plans to continue his training.

June 08, 2018

Brett Beyer Worlds Clinics

By Doug

For those going to the Master Worlds who missed one of Brett's clinics this year, he'll be coaching a limited number of sailors preceding the Worlds in Dublin. Brett will be conducting a 3 day group training clinic from the 3rd to 5th just before the Worlds and will set aside the afternoon of the 6th for private coaching from his Laser.

Sailors will learn the local conditions and understand the implications for boat set-up and racing tactics. I can personally recommend this great opportunity to learn from Brett and his vast sailing and coaching experience.

For those not arriving early, there is also coaching and regatta support available from a high quality sailor and coach who will attend. Subscribers will have on-water support as well as daily debriefs from the coach as well as Brett.

Please contact Brett at for more information on both of these opportunities.

May 24, 2018

Julian Bethwaite, Lasers, Olympics, and fake news

I read an interesting article about a new Laser rig being developed by Julian Bethwaite for the Olympics. I’ve known Julian since the early 70’s so we talked about the new rig, why it’s better, and why it’s not for the Laser market or the Olympics. Here’s our Q&A.

With Julian Bethwaite
The article says you approached the ILCA and wanted funding?
No, I did not approach them, nor did I ask them for money. That’s bullshit.

Do you believe there’s money developing a rig for the Laser?
We have no intention of supplying anything for Lasers. It’s not our core business!

The article says you “claim” to have a patent on the rig.
Your wife Pam is very experienced with patents and has seen the application.

What’s the market for this new rig?
It wasn’t the Laser. It’s for another project that addresses a very large hole in the market – recreational sailors. The Laser and the Aero were not designed for this.

Is this rig for the Olympics?
No. The rig in the photo is too big and the rig we’re developing for the recreational market is too small, so neither are for the Olympics as the article states.

How did this project start?
Initially, Chris Caldecott of PSA approached me about a big rig, but that opportunity timed out 4 years ago. This was pre World Sailing and pre Kim Andersen. Then Takao Otani of PSJ approached me about a smaller rig. Takao and I have known each other for 40 years and have collaborated on many projects that include the 49er and 29er. Takao wanted something for Asian women. This is more likely to fly and the hole in the market is bigger. And I need to stress that Chris and the ILCA support both rigs, but neither are “Olympic size.”

How have the rigs been tested?
The big rig has been sailed by more than 50 sailors that included Tracy Usher (USA), Tom Burton (AUS), Brett Bayer (AUS), but not my brother Mark. The smaller rig has been sailed by more than 40 kids here in Sydney. The girls love it, we’ve done good!

So you’re killing two large markets with one stone – Asia and women?

Is this part of your mission statement
Yes, we’re developing new, innovative, and exciting sailing products that change the face of sailing.

How much have you spent developing this particular rig?
Well over $150,000 U.S.

I understand it’s not for the Laser but if it was, how would it feel?
The carbon rig is 5 kilos lighter which is less than half the weight so the inertia, which is the square of the weight/arm, is dramatically better. It’s like driving a Porsche instead of a tank. In addition, a Laser rig bends to leeward and “kinks’” at the deck level, so this additional weight reduces the righting movement by 12%. With carbon rigs, this is 4% so a sailor effectively has 10% more power.

Can you give an example?
Doug Peckover weighing 80 kilos hanging over the side of a Laser generates about 92 kilos/meter of righting movement. The rig hanging to leeward of the center of buoyancy reduces this righting movement by 11% down to about 80 kilos/meter of RM. The carbon rig does not kink at the deck level anything like the alloy rig and is less than half the weight, so there’s a smaller counter reduction in righting movement. You’d end up with about 88 kilos/meter of RM, which means that you’d have 10% more power from the same hiking effort.

May 08, 2018

Brett Beyer's Downwind Clinic at the ISA Part 2

By Doug
On the 5th day I wore a head cam, the same one I used at the Euromasters on Lake Como. It's a sealed unit with no sound but you'll get the idea of what it was like.

Other parts of the clinic included wave techniques, like how Sydney sailors use the ferry waves to go faster both upwind and down.

The equipment was first class with boats from the 2016 Laser Worlds.

And each day started with yoga stretching. Contact Lyssa if you're looking for a great instructor in Colombia or western Canada. 

April 25, 2018

Brett Beyer's Downwind Clinic at the ISA Part 1

By Doug
Ten lucky sailors are learning what people get by combining the ISA's ideal sailing conditions with world-class coaching from Brett Beyer. The great equipment, outstanding food, and the occasional dolphins and sea turtles make this the an excellent way to improve your sailing.

Outstanding food.

Brett explaining downwind techniques.

There are probably a dozen things that can be learned from this next diagram. To sum up, I'm undoing 40 years of downwind muscle memory to go faster. Challenging? Yes. Exhausting? Yes. Recommended? Definitely.

Analysis from another clinic.

Each day starts with a 20 km tow upwind and then a series of short downwind races. Notice how the wind went from northwest to southwest as the sea breeze filled in, so there were lots of different wave types.

Today's 40km tow upwind and then practice downwind.

March 24, 2018

The New Digital Compass for Lasers

The ILCA has finally approved digital compasses. I plan to use it but not the way a sailor recently used his in Florida. He had it mounted on his mast and, sure enough, every time he let out the sail he was on a lift! Here’s some great info from Andy.

by Andy Roy
It’s been a long wait, but Laser sailors can finally choose to use a digital compass.  I’m pleased about this progressive rule change for several reasons, including:
  1. Technology has enabled new digital compasses to be reliable, solar powered, lightweight and produced at a similar cost to an analog compass.
  2. Integral countdown timer (on two available models) – and this can effectively make a digital compass less expensive than buying a traditional analog compass when you factor in the cost of also needing a separate timer on the mast or wrist.
  3. Easier to read your heading and to recognize changes compared to an analog (i.e., easier to read wind shifts and to determine favoured end of starting line).
  4. Simple to click in/out of the mounting bracket (can leave the bracket Velcro-ed to the deck for extended periods, and simply remove compass after sailing).

There are three different compasses that meet the new Laser class rule. I raced at the 2018 Masters Midwinters East in Florida and tried the Nautalytics Simple compass. I like the large digits and the stable readout, as the digits do not tend to “bounce around” (ideal amount of dampening).  I’ll also add that the folks at Nautalytics are great for answering any questions.

The Nautalytics features an integral timer that is easy to use and has similar features to the Optimum/Ronstan timer many sailors use strapped around their Laser mast (e.g., it includes “sync” function, etc.). Once the countdown hits “0:00” at the start the digits auto switch to heading. The compass can also be switched easily from timer to heading to enable quick head-to-wind checks during the start sequence.

I really like the timer’s location, as I no longer have to reach forward to the gooseneck to start the watch and then to sync at the 4:00 minute mark. With the timer on the mast, before the sequence or when trying to accurately get the 4:00 gun, I often find myself on port tack and have to either rotate the timer around my mast or else quickly flip on to starboard to get ready to start the timer. This new compass removes all that hassle.  I also no longer need a second timer to check the countdown when on port tack during the sequence (although I’ll still likely wear a backup timer on my wrist).

Nautalytics Compass: The two white buttons at left of compass used for starting timer,
synching and to “switch” back/forth from countdown to heading. 
The Raymarine TackTic Micro digital compass is a well know compass used on many other racing classes, and is already being used by a few Laser sailors. I noticed several Miami OCR Laser sailors using one; some mounted behind the mast and some forward (see photos below).  I can see advantages to having it forward of the mast (out of the way of the C/B shockcord and vang), but aft of the mast is better for access to the timer.  The TackTic has a dual readout, although this is not really necessary when compared to the Nautalytics with its larger, easy to read digits even when hiked out, in direct sunlight or if wearing polarized sunglasses.

Nick Thompson at the Miami OCR using a TackTic digital compass. Note Nick’s is mounted forward of the mast
(Copyright: Jesus Renedo/Sailing Energy/World Sailing)

Pavlos Contides at the Miami OCR using a TackTic digital compass. Note Pavlos’ is aft of the mast
(Copyright: Jesus Renedo/Sailing Energy/World Sailing)

Here is a price comparison on the 3 legal Laser compasses from a quick Google check. Prices in USD and may vary with dealers:

Listed Price
Deck bracket

The Nautalytics and TackTic both include an integral timer, whereas the Velocitek does not.  The Velocitek looks like it will be the lightest available compass by a few ounces.

March 21, 2018

A Student's Request

We received this wonderful request.

I'm a student at Gulliver Preparatory School and I’ve chosen sailing as an elective for gym class. As our class project, we were asked to raise awareness about sailing safety. So what I’m doing is asking websites to make sure to inform people about sailing safety.

I found this recently published article on sailing that offers a thorough guide for beginners that I think could be very useful. Could I ask you to help us in our efforts in raising awareness by sharing this?

Thanks David, this a great article for people getting into our sport. In addition to safety, its topics include:
  • Health benefits
  • Organizational skills
  • Getting started
  • What to buy
  • Basic sailing terms
  • Is sailing affordable?
While we’re on the subject of safety, there is something that even experienced sailors do not know – read this.

February 26, 2018

Peter Shope on winning the 2018 Master Midwinters

By Doug
Peter Shope (195425) was the fastest at the 2012 Master Midwinters but he did not win because of high-risk starts like this one.

This resulted in an OCS, while the winner of this event cannot be seen because he's hidden in the middle of the line. Peter changed his style to start more conservatively and won the 2015 Laser Master Worlds.

In this video, Peter talks about how he easily won the 2018 Master Midwinters by more conservative starts, his downwind speed to win a race, and other things that have kept him at the top of his game. Thanks to Dave Morton for the great aerial footage.

February 06, 2018

Al Clark update

A bunch of old geezers are in Florida for the Florida Masters and the Midwinters. On Saturday evening, we had supper with Al Clark and his wife Sharon who had just arrived from Vancouver. Everything was normal.

Then on Sunday, we learned from Andy Roy that Al had suffered a heart attack that morning. Here’s the latest update from Andy.

Good news update for everyone: Allan is improving nicely, although still in ICU. He has had a pretty sore chest from the CPR. Sharon had a long conversation with a Vancouver cardiologist who walked through everything that’s happened (she has been in contact with the Florida doctors). The doctor has an Olympic speed skater as a patient who has a heart arrhythmia condition similar to what has hit Al. The doctor thinks he’ll be ready for discharge by the weekend and be back to coaching and racing Lasers in about 8 weeks. Fabulous news!

Al Clark leading Andy Roy at one of the weather marks.   Christy Usher/Christine Robin Photography  
They would finish the world championship in this order.

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