By David McCabe
This weekend, sailors will take to the water off Havens Beach for the sixth regatta of the East End Laser series. The event is hosted by the Breakwater Yacht Club.
The series is organized by married pair Lynn Sexton and Mike Duran, members of the Devon Yacht Club and avid racers. Six years ago, they decided to found the regattas in order to promote racing on the East End. All of the races are open to the public.
The Laser, a small boat used in the Olympics and helmed solo during competition, was chosen both for its ubiquity and its accessibility. Local youth frequently take lessons on the boats or ask about them, Duran said.
Each of the eight regattas takes place in a different location, from Shelter Island to Sag Harbor’s Long Beach, but follow a similar, oval course that Duran compared to the Indianapolis 500. The boats all start together, and rush to get to the front.
“The starts tend to be pretty dramatic,” said Duran, who added that each regatta includes six races around the course. Awards are given out in different categories, including rigging type, gender of the skipper and age.
Duran also said that he was happy that Breakwater was involved because of their history of getting the community involved in sailing.
“One of the things that Breakwater does is we’re a community sailing club,” said Mark Webber, a Breakwater board member and club coordinator of this weekend’s event. “We try to promote community sailing on the East End and this is one of the ways we do it”
The regatta starts at 2 p.m., all are welcome to enter, regardless of level of experience. Registration is $20 and can be paid on site.