2015/16 Fall Series

November 8, 2015 will be the first day of the Fall Series of frostbiting. Please sign up online as usual. The NOR and SIs are posted.

2015 Peter Milnes Memorial Regatta – 4/26

Laser Fleet 413 will host the Peter Milnes Memorial Regatta on Sunday April 26, 2015 at Sail Newport in Newport, RI.  You can review the NOR and Sailing Instructions on the Fleet 413 website at this link...

Fleet News 4/12/2015

And now, for fleet news... By Joe Berkeley Tomorrow he may be limping, he may be in pain, he may even be packed in ice, but today, Moose McClintock threw caution into the westerly wind and sailed. In the newly renovated fleet boat with new LP spars, new LP blades, and...

Special Edition by Joe Berkeley 4/4

FLEET NEWS By Joe Berkeley And now, for the special-edition Laser buyer’s news. Recently, I acquired a new boat. There are many ways to accomplish that mission. Here are a few methods you may consider. A Laser from a good home. There are some boats for sale in your...

Sunday 3/29

By Joe Berkeley Under a warm sun and blue sky that appeared to be ordered by Newport’s Committee to End the Tyranny of Winter, 21 Laser sailors competed for glory. After five races, Peter Shope, the defending US Masters National Champion sailed to victory, despite the...


After a month of cancellations due to the freezing of Newport harbor, Old Man Winter showed signs of cracking. The Race Committee, made up of Dan and Karen Neri, Thomas Lemaire, and Sandy Takacs had to chip a foot of ice out of the Whaler, and remove the ice that...

RIP – Bill Boatwright

NEWPORT  – William Howard Boatwright, Senior Software Engineer, Naval Undersea  Warfare Center (NUWC) Newport, died Thursday, February 5, 2015 as a  result of an automobile accident. Bill was born in Stonington, CT  on January 28, 1951, the son of the late Victor...

Day 11, February 1, 2014-2015 Frostbite Season

By Joe Berkeley One of the most important pieces of gear for racing a Laser at Sail Newport on Sunday was a snow shovel. Many of the 23 competitors donned New England Patriots hats and  dug their boats out of snow banks to cleared a path to the beach. Those who...

Day 10 of the 14/15 Series (1/25/15) – Berkeley 5th Overall!!!

By Joe Berkeley Peter Shope’s prior preparation, practice, and perseverance led to a perfect performance on Sunday. In a sporty breeze that saw puffs of 30 knots, Peter Shope, the reigning US Master’s National Champion, won all six races. Equally gracious in victory...

Day 9 of the 14/15 Series (1/18/15)

By Joe Berkeley Peter Shope finished first overall, but all 22 boats that rigged up for a spirited southerly breeze that ranged from 0 knots to 20 were considered winners. The conditions put mind, body, and spirit to the test. Coming off the previous weekend where...

Day 8, Newport Laser Fleet (1/11/15)

By Joe Berkeley With all due respect to trick plays in Foxborough, Will Donaldson won the day Sunday in Newport with the oldest trick in the book, consistency. His scores of 4, 4, 3, 3, 1, 2 demonstrated a mastery of variable conditions that were challenging as well...

Day 7, Newport Laser Fleet (1/4/2015)

By Joe Berkeley On a day when Newport harbor was socked in with fog as thick as New England clam chowder, twenty three Lasers went out racing. At times, the sailors couldn’t see the next mark, but they could listen for it. In a committee boat next to the mark,...

Day 6, 2014-15 Newport Laser Fleet (12/21/14)

The Newport Laser fleet will never trust the weatherman again. On a day that was forecast to have light winds and pleasant temperatures, the Northerly breeze picked up and the temperature dropped. Christine Neville, fleet 413’s Olympic hopeful was just back from...

Day 4, 2014-15 Frostbite Season

By Joe Berkeley The big boats stored at Sail Newport that were covered were flapping away, making all sorts of noises. Except for one which had a cover made by Kinder Industries. It didn’t make a peep. In the spirited Northerly, a Laser blew off its dolly and landed a...

W of W from Mark Bear (11/30/14)

We are all used to being beaten every week by Peter Shope, Steve Kirkpatrick and, when he shows up, Ed Adams. So what do they do that we mortals do not? First, they work harder. Despite their advancing age (ahem, Ed), these guys hike harder than everybody else. To...

Sunday 11/30 Report by Joe Berkeley

You like apples? Fleet 413’s favorite professor, Mark Bear won the day with 17 points. How you like them apples? In a breeze that started at 210 degrees and on occasion went to 240 degrees, Mark Bear put on a seminar in how to sail consistently. Bear was pleasantly...

Fat Boys Regatta Recap

View on Facebook! KIRKPATRICK WINS FAT BOYS by Joe Berkeley The Fat Boys Regatta was won by the most slender of margins. Steve Kirkpatrick beat Peter Shope by one skinny point to take home the most prestigious trophy in all of sport. After sailing, at the award...

Season 2013-2014 Information

The 2013-’14 Fleet 413 Frostbite Season will kick off on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. and continues through the end of April. Registration can be completed by clicking here. Remember to click “submit,” then print out and sign the waiver form and bring it to your first...

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