Fleet Captain: Mike Blumberg
Milwaukee Bay Laser Fleet Members:
The Milwaukee Bay Laser Fleet (MBLF) is a coop Laser racing program supported by the Milwaukee Yacht Club, South Shore Yacht Club and the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center. Our Laser Fleet races on Tuesday nights from the end of May through August. Race committee duties are split between the three clubs with each club taking a one month stint at running the Laser races. All Tuesday night racing takes place on the inner harbor of the Milwaukee Bay.
The Milwaukee Yacht Club includes the MBLF, and other Laser sailors from the area, in the annual Milwaukee Yacht Club Grand Prix Regatta. This is a two day event and has developed a good following of Laser sailors from the Midwest region. There is a separate race course set for the Laser Fleet at this event. The Milwaukee Yacht Club also hosts other Laser events when asked. All weekend events are sailed outside of the Milwaukee break wall in Lake Michigan.
There are a series of trophies that are awarded by the MBLF. The most important trophy is the Milwaukee Bay Laser Fleet Perpetual Fleet Champion. This trophy is a Laser Half Model, donated by Harken Yacht Equipment. The perpetual trophy is awarded to the overall season series winner and is presented at the winner's home club's annual awards banquet. The trophy will remain in the winner's home club trophy case until a new champion is declared. There are also first, second and third place trophies presented for the overall season series winner. Additionally, there are monthly trophies presented by the host clubs for the first three place winners for these respective months.
The MBLF has been active for four years. We typically have 25 to 30 fleet members. Laser racing is very active in the Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois region, which is known as District 20 by the International Laser Class Association - North American Region. There are events held in Chicago, several on the inland lakes, Green Bay and La Crosse. We are a very active class with talent levels from beginner though nationally competitive sailors. All are welcome here.
Click HERE if you would like to join the Laser Fleet!
Here is the link for the Laser District 20 website: http://d20.laserforum.org