Sunday, December 25, 2005

North Sails and the Tanzer Class cut Great Deal

Well, the members of the Tanzer Class Association have got themselves great sails at a great price. Enough members of the Association participated in a group purchase that North offered a 25% discount!

Not only do members in Montreal, and all over North America have crispy whites, but the Tanzer Association and North will collaborate to continue providing a good service, and perhaps fine tune the sail designs to make them even better.

There will definitely be more happy sailors this Christmas, and North has probably turned a good profit on the volume too. A good relationship all-around.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Tanzer Sailors Purchasing Sails

Tanzer Sailors,

Late last night, the Executive Committee of the Tanzer Class Association decided to endorse North Sails as the choice for a collective sail purchase. They have got terrific sails for you. They are ideal for both racing and cruising, fast, durable and at very good discounted prices. I am very pleased. There are still a lot of details being worked out, but info will frequently be posted to the Tanzer email list. A lot of work went into ensuring the quality of the product selected, so hopefully everyone will be pleased.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Discounted Group Sail Orders

Both the Shark and Tanzer Associations are organizing collective sail purchases in order to get significant price discounts. Contact your Montreal Fleet Reps to get further info, or drop me a line. The more sails we order together, the larger the price drop!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Report from the Fringe

Two local Laser 28s travel to Magog for the first ever “Championnat Laser 28 du Lac MemphréMagog”

Paul Lhotsky and crew aboard Andanzas joined Convictus and her team on one last road trip on September 16th to the 18th, to beautiful Lac MemphréMagog. David and his staff had to do a little juggling to be able to get the boats out and on their trailers, as this occurred when the parking lot was being redone and paved. As usual David came through with flying colors.

The weather did not look too promising; over cast skies with the ever present ominous threat of torrential down pour, but the gods were on our side. The rains did come down, but they waited until we were off the water on Saturday, and they ended for the most part, before we went out again on Sunday. Cloud cover was very low all weekend, and the air was thick with humidity, but we were spared the big rains which had been scheduled during the daytime hours. Lake MemphréMagog is known for, how shall I say, its shifty wind conditions. Again somebody was looking out for the sailors, as Saturday gave us fairly steady winds from the North-East, a very uncommon occurrence for the lake. Winds were any where from 3 to 8 knots, mostly in the 5 knot area and the shifts were within an acceptable 10 to 12 degree range. It drizzled for half of one of the four races sailed that day. Sunday brought much different conditions. Winds were from the North to West direction, with very frequent shifts of varying degrees but often over 30 degrees in variance, and any where from 2 to 12 knots in strength.

Since we were the only racing to take place on these dates, the local boats took the opportunity of organizing their crews with some of the best sailors available locally. This made for fun and competitive sailing. We were duly informed upon our arrival, to be ready for anything, as boats had been practicing and we ready for the challenge. Lake MemphréMagog is home to more than 10 Laser 28s, of whom 9 registered for the regatta. With Andanzas and Convictus joining the ranks for the weekend, this brought the number of participating boats up to 11. Not bad for their first ever Laser 28 event.

The racing was well organized, with Ross Tellier from Hudson Yacht Club running the race committee. Four races were sailed on Saturday, with another two on Sunday. After a well fought regatta, Convictus emerged victorious, and Andanzas was just a few points out of fifth. A fun time was had by all, and a big thank you goes out to the Magog group for making us feel so welcome.

Denise Bienvenu

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Labour Day Regatta Results

Hudson Yacht Club's Labour Day Regatta saw 102 boats racing on the Saturday. Here is the top 25

1 PHRF 1A Slim Etchells 1053 A. Gray HYC 1.082 1 1
2 PHRF 1A Carina Etchells 745 J. Rowlandson PCYC 1.082 2 2
J 22 481 C. Smith WYC 0.996 3 3
4 PHRF 3
Shark 1465 T. Nicoll-Griffith PCYC 0.929 4 4
5 PHRF 1A Allegro Etchells 956 L. Gloutney PCYC 1.082 5 5
5 PHRF 1A Tactic Etchells 305 B. Palfreeman PCYC 1.082 5 5
7 PHRF 1A Impudencer Etchells 931 D. Lowther PCYC 1.082 7 7
8 PHRF 1A Quill Etchells 1089 S. Lawrence HYC 1.082 8 8
9 PHRF 1A Uhu Lazer 28 209 D. Steffen R.St.LYC 1.074 9 9
10 PHRF 3 Coquine T 22 1002 P. Marois CVL 0.939 10 10
11 PHRF 1A Quill Etchells 613 M Littee PCYC 1.082 11 11
12 PHRF 1A Eminence Grise Etchells Can 68 D. Covo PCYC 1.082 12 12
13 PHRF 1A Top Gun J 27 168 T. Pham CNDM 1.074 13 13
14 PHRF 1A Still Lost Boys Etchells 321 P. Laflamme HYC 1.082 14 14
15 PHRF 3 Ketchup Shark 422 G. Stedman PCYC 0.929 15 15
16 PHRF 1B High Strung J24 2767 D. Cobbett HYC 1.015 16 16
17 PHRF 1B The Peacemaker J24 3374 T. Staples R.St.LYC 1.015 17 17
18 PHRF 1B Jazz J 22 678 R. Harris HYC 0.996 18 18
19 PHRF 3 Blue Heron Shark 711 J. Frati BYC 0.929 19 19
20 PHRF 3 Kaos Shark 28 D. McDonough PCYC 0.929 20 20
21 PHRF 1A Footsteps Star 6997 J. Andre de la Porte R.St.LYC 1.049 21 21
22 PHRF 1B Limelight J24 3749 O. Johnsen OYS 1.015 22 22
23 PHRF 3 Sudden Impulse Shark 1092 P. Baehr BYC 0.929 23 23
24 PHRF 3 Encore une Fois T 22 1099 J. Linton BYC 0.939 24 24
25 PHRF 1A Starfrit Star 7940 P. Hofer CNDM 1.049 25 25

Link for all the results
From HYC's homepage click on Race Results then scroll down to the regatta. It is in an Excel format.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

More on the Chili Bowl

Hi Ralph,

The wind was certainly up there for the chilli bowl. As we started after the Shark (Don Osborne), we more or less maintained out time behind Don for the first leg, but Don steadily pulled away and was miles ahead of us at the finish. That left us sailing alone until the last two legs when David Wiesenthal, in Special Effect, began to get close. As we rounded the last mark, we knew that he was going to catch us soon, so we raced for the finish as agressively as we could. As we headed for the finish, David got closed and closer until at one point my fore-deck crew remarked "He really should clean his anchor, it's filthy!". Special effect is a huge boat (>40') and pure beauty to behold when under sail. She started to pass us to leeward before long. It was quite a sight and a thrilling experience to be less than 15 feet from a boat that big (and her wake). Our crews had fun shouting various pirate like things at each other, but alas David could not be fended off and I was left bouncing in her wake. David reached the finish a couple of minutes before I did. The story has a happy ending for me though as David was OCS. So I wound up finishing in 2nd place overall. If David had not been over early, then we would have been very much closer to the finish when he caught up to me. It would have been a thrilling, down to the wire, finish. Maybe next year.


Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Jamie Allan Scores 3rd in Lightning

Montrealer, Jamie Allan picked up 3rd overall at the highly competitive Lightning Frigid Digit Regatta. Over 40 boats raced including Rolex Yachtswoman, Jody Swanson, Jody Lutz, and winner Allen Terhune. Raced this past weekend, only two races got off before big wind kept the fleet ashore. Allan took third in the first race, and tenth in the second. The regatta was held at the Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis, Maryland.


Chili Bowl

Chili Bowl, the last regatta
before snow flies.

Espero que el Chili tenga calor!

Here is a report from one of Montreal Sailing's intrepid reporters, a member of the Crew's Union. Yes, ...we're out there! This is on a long-standing end of season regatta. Appeared like small waves and wicked wind for fast sailing! More pics coming too.

Hi Ralph,

Here are some action shots from the Chili Bowl. This was the 35th running of the event at BYC. Strong winds were the order of the day as you can see from the roiling water. Isn't that shade of brown lovely!

The Chilli Bowl is a pursuit race, so Sharks are the first across the line, followed closely by T22's. The course is a fixed distance course and starting sequence is established by a time /distance handicap. The strong winds kept a few fair-weather sailors on the shore, but there were still a good group of just under a dozen boats that finished the season in style.

Megalodon, helmed by Don Osborne, using some of the magic from Tof Nicholl-Griffith's old Genoa, started first and never relinquished the lead. It was unclear to me whether John Linton in his T22 hung onto second, or whether he succumbed to the relentless pursuit of David Wiesenthal in Special Effects.

All in all - a great day to be out on the water, and a great race to end the BYC racing season. Thanks to the BYC race committee for doing their usual stellar job! Thanks to Shelly Dorfman for sharing his photos of the event. This year, the post-race chilli was especially good!

Chilli Willie - the 40 pound concrete penguin that is the trophy for the Chilli Bowl, will be presented this Friday night, October 21 at Beaconsfield Yacht Club at the 2nd Annual Racers' Awards night. The festivities start at 18:30hrs. Smoke meat and all the trimmings will be served. This event is open to all BYC racers - maybe next year it could be opened up to include our "Good Neighbours".


Thursday, October 13, 2005

PCYC Championship: View From Committee Boat

Peter Hinrichsen had a great vantage point to watch the 4 races for the 4 finalists competing in the PCYC Club championship, the race committee boat. Here is his account:

Although, as Race Officer I had a great view of the racing I do not remember the details very well, but here goes. The course was a double sausage with the start and finish half way up the beat. The boats had to go through the line on every leg. This was designed to keep them together for closer racing, and so I could easily shorten the course, and also not have to move the committee boat. Al Smith of course did the timing etc, Fred Ralet laid the marks with David Lowther, who took pictures and can probably give you a better account of the races.

Of the boats the purple was it appears the fastest while the Turquoise was the slowest. In the first race Rob had the turquoise and realized he had a slow boat so took a flier, which did not pay off. This gave him a 4th, which was his undoing. Had he had a 3rd in that race his two firsts in the third and fourth races would have won him the championship.

The first race was interesting as Jake was leading Brian until the second beat, but then Brian passed him to win. The wind was dropping and we had a deadline to bring the fleet in for lunch by noon, as the kitchen was preparing the closing dinner. We were debating if we should shorten the first race, as the wind was dropping and we wanted to get a second race before lunch, but we let it go until the second run and shortened as they crossed the line on their way to the leeward mark. Had we shortened earlier the result would have been different. Despite a forecast of strong winds the wind had in fact dropped so we sent the fleet in for lunch after the first race.

That turned out to be lucky as the wind had come up and gone from SSW to SW after lunch. It was 15 knots gusting 18 and I nearly thought of making it "white sail (to protect the borrowed gear). In fact the wind settled down at 12 to 15 knots for most of the afternoon and was so steady that I did not even have to move the pin mark. In the second race, Rob had a good lead at the end of the first run but there was a foul up between the spi and jib halyards and he could not hoist the jib and two boats passed him. Jake won with Brian second evening the score.

Between the second and third races the crews has to swap boats on the water and Fred Ralet did a marvelous job of ferrying the crews from boat to boat. I was a little hasty in getting the next race started, as I was worried that the weather may deteriorate, and so Brian was still sorting the spinnaker and made a late start in race three in the turquoise boat! Rob got a good start and lead the race from start to finish, with Jake second and Brian third.

This left the score after three races as Jake 5, Brian 6, Rob 8 and Laird 11. So it was a match race between Jake and Brian, whoever beat the other would win, unless Rob won with Laird second and Brian third. In that case, it would have been a three-way tie, which Rob would win by the tiebreaker last race order. Although Rob quickly established a solid lead, I believe that at the weather mark Jake on port did not quite have enough room to cross Brian, who was on starboard and rounded the mark ahead. This was all it took for Brian to get away, and thus win the championship. Brian had a good second place coming down the first run, with Laird, in the fast Purple boat quickly catching Jake. But then catastrophe, Laird did not go through the line and had to lower the spi, beat back to the line and then re-hoist. This put him too far back to catch Jake and the finishing order was Rob, Brian, Jake and Laird.

The score was a tie with Brian 8, Jake 8, Rob 9 and Laird 15. Jake and Brian had identical positions but the tie-breaker is based on the last race, so Brian won, although Jake should feel good at giving him a good run for it.

Cheers, Peter

Thursday, October 06, 2005

PCYC Club Championship

Winning team, l to r, Scott Johnson, Brian Palfreeman, Laurent Fortin

As reported earlier on Montreal Sailing, Pointe Claire Yacht Club decided to choose its Club Champion in a different way this year. The sailors, victorious in each of 4 divisions, Fireball, PHRF 1&2, PHRF 3, and White Sail were advised that they would have to sail against each other in one final regatta. Held last Saturday, this regatta would be different in another way too. The sailors did not sail their own boats. Rather, club members turned over their Tanzer 22 One Designs for the event. Each owner remained aboard, but did not assist the team in sailing the boat. Each team sailed a different boat for each race to ensure even more level chances. Set ups were not identical in each boat. I had the honour of hosting each team on my T22, #92, Ambitious. Laird Glass’ Oasis, and Jake Fichten’s Sine Wave, and Toby Jenning’s Antidote were also kindly provided.

It was an exciting, and in my view, superior way of selecting the top gun. Over a season, PHRF handicapping may even out the scores somewhat, but it rarely succeeds in a single event with the precision needed for a final. More mortal members and readers of Montreal Sailing want to know: Boats and divisions aside, who are the best sailors? The competitors seem to agree this was far better. Peter Hinrichsen, had the idea, and as Race Chair made a successful event with the help of David Lowther, Frederic Ralet and Alan Smith. The competition was close with several teams still vying for the top by the final race. Here are some impressions from being onboard a hosting boat.

The first race was sailed in light wind. White division T22 sailor, Laird Glass, and crew Guylaine Bosse and Suzanne Brosseau made a marvellous windward pass of the Fireball team on the first upwind leg, and kept them at bay through the entire race. The PHRF 1 (Etchells) team, skippered by Brian Palfreeman, won race one, sailing a conservative race, and always covering the second place boat, sailed by Jake Fichten’s T22 crew. Palfreeman and crew remain remarkably relaxed and could kid around throughout a race.

In the second race, Fichten had a nailbiting, close competition with Palfreeman, and the lead was exchanged, and under threat much of the time. Jake’s focus is remarkable, and disturbing him during a race with anything irrelevant is inadvisable. On the helm was Cathy Fichten, who has always blown me away with the height and speed she can maintain. Working foredeck was regular crew Bruce Thicke. With Palfreeman closing in at the leeward mark, Fichten called for the chute take down at the last possible second. On board as the owner, the rules prevented me from assisting. I was sure Bruce would never make it, and ducked my head and eyes, awaiting the ensuing carnage. Seconds later I looked up, to observe the boat cleanly rounding, and accelerating upwind from the mark. Bruce is fast! Fichten took the bullet.

Race 3, was a victory for the Fireball team skippered by Rob Levy. This team, consisting of all Fireball sailors with Joe Jospe and Peter Kelly, can only be described paradoxically as focused while chaotic. Wild sailors jumping on every manoeuvre with gusto, focused on strategy and tactics. Exceptional racers, who have ropes flying through the air everywhere, sprawling sheets and halyards throughout the cockpit, and constant banter on several different race issues almost simultaneously. I learned these sailors can diss each other in a biting, but most jovial, good-natured fashion throughout while never losing focus on strategy and boat-to-boat tactics. You can really feel the excitement and intensity in the air sailing with these guys. Whatever his teamates say, a very fit Peter Kelly does not have a fat head. They sailed a brilliant race to take the bullet third time around. Boat #92, Ambitious won its third consecutive race without the owner in control, and a different team each time, unfamiliar with the boat. No more excuses for its owner and crew!

In race 4, Fichten and Palfreeman raced in a nail biting final. Mathematically, Levy and the dinghy dudes were still in the running but the former two seemed to be likely winners. Levy would not relent, taking the final bullet, his second. Nevertheless, the final race left to decide the championship resulted in a tie in points at the top between Fichten and Palfreeman. To break the tie, Palfreeman won the championship based on his final victory.

A great analysis of the racing, by Race Chair Peter Hinrichsen, will follow next week.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

PCYC Club Championship goes to Brian Palfreeman

left to right: Peter Hinrichsen (Race Chair), Laird Glass, Robert Levy (rear), Jake Fichten (fore) Brian Palfreeman

Final Standings after 4 races:

Brian Palfreeman 8
Jake Fichten 8
Robert Levy 9
Laird Glass 15

Brian wins the tie breaker by virtue of his position in the last race.

more pictures and analysis to follow

Fireballers race the "Tanker 22"

Robert Levy skippered this excellent example of a Tanzer 22 during the PCYC Club Championship of Champions, Saturday. The races were held in a One design format. Crewing for him were fellow Ballers Joe Jospe and Peter Kelly. While they enjoy little more then sailing their Fireball dinghies, and dissing keelboats, I think they had a good time. I enjoyed sailing with these great guys, and the other Champs too. As with all these pics, click on it for a larger view. More on this great day of racing to come. (photo thanks to David Lowther)

Monday, October 03, 2005

Top Results for Good Neighbours (Inter-club) Racing Series C

1 14465 /McRae, Andrew / PCYC

White Sail
1 Capricorn / Alberg 37 / 1163 / Carter, Roy / PCYC
2 Clair de Lune / C+C 27 / 971 / Ward, Norman / BYC
3 Ptarmigan / C+C Corvette / 2144 / TBD / BYC

Tanzer22, Shark, & PHRFIII Fleet
1 Sine Wave / Tanzer 22 / 835 / Fichten, Jake / PCYC
2 Ambitious / Tanzer 22 / 92 / Stocek, Ralph / PCYC
3 Sorceress / Tanzer 22 / 840 / Gilbertson, Beverly / BYC

PHRF-I & II Fleet
1 TBD / Etchells / 745 / Rowlandson, Jim / PCYC
2 TBD / Etchells / 558 / TBD / PCYC
3 TBD / Etchells / 777 / Matthews, Keith / PCYC

Full Results

Monday, September 26, 2005

Good Neighbours: Series C Winds Up

What a blast yesterday’s final two races were for five Tanzer 22s (T22) racing against each other in PHRF 3. Beverly Gilbertson found her mojo, beating the others handily in both races. Bravo to Beverly and her all female crew. They pretty well spanked the other T22s on this day. She had good starts and got away from the other T22s to sail well ahead for all the legs. Another three, the masterful Jake Fichten’s Sine Wave, John Linton’s Encore Une Fois, and my own, Ambitious, had great 3 way battles. Very close cross tacking, maybe a little too close on one or two, some calls for more room at the mark, and lots of battles for the clean windward runs. Laird Glass sailed his T22, Oasis, as he has now jumped from the White Sail division into PHRF 3. Laird and crew Dwight Herpberger found it frustrating to tail the other Tanzers. Being winners in PCYC White Sail previously, they’ll find their groove. Toby Jennings didn’t have crew today so his T22, stayed in its slip, while Toby crewed for Larry Fortin on his C&C Mega. Although the racing was fairly intense with the series winding up, and the winning flags at stake, it also had its humour. On several occasions of head to head spinnaker runs, “moons” were exposed by one cockpit to the next. Perhaps it was a strategy to unsettle fellow competitors. 7 T22s raced Series C.

Well ahead of the Tanzer 22 class in the second PHRF 3 race was Tof Nicholl-Griffith in his Shark. Tof, sailing with Peter Kelly, and one other crew unknown to me, pretty well had to sail his own race the whole time. It must be lonely at the top, but then I don’t really know. Boat speed had him pulling further and further away from the PHRF fleet the whole time. Too bad the other Sharks didn’t come out to play. Among local Sharks, there may be some tight racing next season. Don Osborne’s Megalodon has won some races recently. They seem to be getting their speed now, having sailed in the Shark for their first season now. George Stedman of course, is always at the top. With a lot of other Sharks sailing too, some new, some veterans in the class, it’s a pretty good-sized fleet now, and they’ll be having their own battles within PHRF 3 as well. 4 Sharks raced in Series C, but there are plenty more out there.

I don’t know the results for the Etchells fleet for this last day’s racing in the Good Neighbours Series, but look what Jim Rowlandson’s #745 has been doing lately! Last weekend they took a first and a second place in the day’s two races. In the Labour Day Long Distance Race they took 2nd overall, and with only one other Etchells ahead. This team is really coming on strong now!

A number of Fireballs have been packed up to ride the train to British Columbia for upcoming regattas. It appears that most of this fleet focused on their last regatta, the Screwball, which was held at the same time as two of the Series 3 races. Not many have been seen in the Good Neighbours Series 3. They certainly have some exciting international regattas coming up on the beautiful left coast.

With final results not in yet, we don’t know who is winning the White Sail division. One has to notice though, that Roy Carter’s Alberg 37 team has done very well. The boat, a classic beauty, needs quite a bit of wind to get in its best performance envelope. Yet, despite Montreal being a generally light wind area, Roy and team have sailed very well in the first three races of the series, picking up two bullets and a third place. There are quite a lot of boats that have raced on and off in this division. Series C saw at least 13 at last count. The B Series had 20 boats. It appears to me that if sufficient numbers show up for the individual races on a regular basis, it would be very attractive to have two starts, one for boats under 24’, and one for boats 25’ and larger.

It's been an exciting season, but it isn't quite over yet. Next inter-club regatta I know of, is the Pas De Deux.

Race Results

Saturday, September 24, 2005

The Turkey Bowl

The Turkey Bowl was held today in light wind. Brian and Madeleine Palfreeman’s Etchells was first over the finish line. No results posted as of yet. The grand prize of a Turkey for your Thanksgiving dinner is awarded to the winner of a raffle. The number of raffle tickets given to each competitor is higher in accordance with the rank of finish. So first place gives you the best chance, but even the last place boat still could win with less raffle tickets. Beaconsfield Yacht Club organizes this fall race.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Pointe Claire Yacht Club Goes One Design For Club Championship

In order to anoint a Club Champion, PCYC is doing something different this year. On Saturday, October 1st, the four winners coming from each of the club’s PHRF fleets will square off against each other. However they won’t be sailing in their own Etchells, Tanzer 22, Fireball, or whatever. Instead, they will race in another club member’s Tanzer 22. The race will be a One Design Final Competition. This should make it easier to test the sailors’ mastery and mettle. PHRF is fun and helps get more boats on the water, but handicapping different boats doesn’t get it right all the time. This will make it a more pure test, and exciting to observe. The Tanzer 22 Fleet has kindly given their boats for the competition. Owners will be on board, and able to familiarize the competitors with the boats controls and so on. An advantage for this purpose, is that the Tanzer 22 is a simple set up, and won’t represent much of a hurdle for the racers to get over. The plan as I hear it so far, is to have competitors rotate through the boats in a sequence of races to ensure any differences in boats don’t affect the competition. My boat, "Ambitious" will be one of those competing, and I'm looking forward to the experience gleaned from different skippers. Should help my own game too!

Pointe Claire Yacht Club

Tanzer 22 Class Association

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

La magie de La Nocturne...

Club de Voile Marina D’Oka holds the only nightime race that I know of locally. Sure sounds like fun, so it is a surprise to me that more clubs don’t have such events. Bravo for them! That reason alone is enough for me to add their link to the list of clubs in the Montreal area. One is so beautifully sensitized to the movement of the boat and the sound of the water at night. It makes you feel even closer to the sailing experience. On July 29th, 27 keelboats, ranging from 22’ to 32’ embarked on this fun race. The winner was Kif-Kif, a Niagara 26 that I remember seeing all the time during the Labour Day regatta. Second place was awarded to a C&C 27, Julie. Third went to Farouch, another Niagara 26. The starting gun blasted at 8 pm. And the final competitor crossed the finish line at 11:37 pm. Most of the clubs around Lac Des Deux Montagnes were represented. Congratulations to all the participants and organizers.


Friday, September 02, 2005

Pictures of Chester Race Week

Montrealers go to Chester Race Week

Chester Race Week, one of the biggest regattas, biggest parties the Maritimes has seen. We were there. Guylaine Bosse, Laird Glass and Dominic Haines joined me for an extraordinary 4 days of racing in Nova Scotia's Mahone Bay. The Tanzer 22 Class Association designated Chester as one of the stops on the Canadian Championship Series. This is the first time we had raced our Tanzer 22 on the ocean. Yep, it is different! First of all, we’re used to cruising up and down the start line, checking the wind, and looking for the windward mark. That’s usual racing in Montreal on short sausage courses on the St. Lawrence River. Not the norm for Chester Race Week though.

Typically, competitors would need get passed islands and shoals, and on some days, thick fog. Before reaching the first of many marks. At Chester Race Week, there is only one race a day which lasts a good part of the day. This was a bit of culture shock for me. We got very lost! Fortunately, more than half the competitors on our course also got mixed up with the variety of racecourses and similar colour flags denoting them. While we were the only competitors honest enough to report to the race committee that we did not complete the course, the committee scratched the race.

While we did some serious partying in the evenings, the next morning, we spent all our time preparing for the next race. Chart, GPS, pens, and papers. A darn good thing too, the second race was sailed in thick fog. Yikes! Another first for me. A GPS for this type of racing is essential to do well. It's also a little disconcerting to have Benneteau and J 44's barrelling out of the fog at you. A good set of lungs for yelling starboard, and a horn are more essential tools. We did well for us, placing 5th of 14 boats.

The third day was perfect weather, and getting the hang of this stuff, we managed to beat some bigger faster boats again. The fourth day, the Tanzer fleet, including us was smoking most of the competitors. Up at the front, all Tanzers except for a lone Cal 28, the wind pooped on the last leg. The race was scratched. We still managed to return under sail. Too bad, since the Tanzers had an amazing battle, duking it out all the way. Perfect navigation, tactical sailing, and close quarters on a big, long course. Great stuff!

5 Tanzer 22's made this regatta, so it will count towards the Championship. Next year, if we have 6 boats, we'll have our own start line.

Chester Race Week Link

Friday, August 05, 2005

Hudson Fruit Bowl Results

The final results are in for the largest multi-day youth training clinic and regatta, Hudson Yacht Club's Fruit Bowl. It seems most of the clubs in Montreal had entrants in this important event.

Results link:

Unfortunately, you need Microsoft Excel to view them. From the link, click on "Sailing", "Racing", then "Results". you will see different classes under Fruitbowl for results. You will get a dialog box saying transferring file, then another one will pop up saying "Enter Network Password". Just press "Cancel" and the results will still come up.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Skiff Sailors take on Columbia Gorge

Montreal skiff sailors are becoming more visible in the Montreal area. The 29er class will be racing at the Montreal One Design Regatta this week end for example. Four Montrealers started it all with the "Canadian Skiff Development Team" to promote skiff sailing in Canada. They've got goals that are as lofty as can be, ultimately hoping to qualify for the Olympic Games in 2008 or 2012. Meanwhile, their next campaign is the Canada Summer Games, August 5-13 for the 29er. Most recently, 49er and 29er competitors, including Montrealers Marc Farmer (lower photo) and Trevor Parekh (upper photo) headed to the Columbia Gorge. Both 49er and 29er classes had North American Championships. Actually, Canadian participation was very high, and included 1st, 3rd, and 5th in the 29er class. There are some super photos to see taken by Sean Trew. Worth having a look!

Canadian Skiff Development Team

Results for 29er, 49er North american Championships

Photography by Sean Trew

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Lightning Canadian Open Championship

The Montreal folk sailing in the Lightning class had representation at the Canadian Championship sailed July 30-31st at the Buffalo Canoe Club (Pic at right is 2004 Buffalo). I'm not familiar with this class sailing out of the RStLYC, but they had at least one team if not more. The 2004 Champions, Michael Holly, Valerie Tardif & Patrick Littee placed 9th overall in a regatta of 28 boats. The results show a lot of the class' very big names were in attendance. The first 6 placers were heavy hitters from the U.S.A. 7th place was taken by the well known Larry Macdonald in the top Canadian boat.

Link to results:

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Ishkoodah 2005 Preliminary Results

In addition to the usual large numbers of Tanzer 22's and Sharks, there were an impressive showing of 6 Mirage 24s for this distance race. Perhaps they should start a one design class.

Tony McBride has written about the history of the Baie D'Urfe Beaurepaire Cup (aka Ishkoodah). Go to and click on July 23, The Ishkoodah Cup.

Contact me for complete details of results in an Excel spreadsheet format.

1 David Covo from PCYC wins the Yawl Cup
2 Luc Gloutney, PCYC
3 Kurt Brandt, BDYC
4 D. Bienvenu, RStLYC
5 J. Beauregard, IPYC
6 B. Campbell, RStLYC
7 A. Chenier, IPYC
8 H. Hoffman, IPYC
9 P. Flaherty, RStLyc
10 A. Brodeur, BDYC
11 E. Petshe, BDYC

1 George Stedman from PCYC wins the Ishkoodah Cup and Shark Cup
2 B. Parrack, IPYC
3 Don McDonough, PCYC
4 Peter Rahn, BYC
5 Art de Vries, from IPYC, first Mirage 24
6 Peter McBride,RStLYC
7 Bruce Thicke, from PCYC wins the Tanzer Cup
8 Beverly Gilbertson, BYC
9 Bill Cloutier, BDYC
10 Bill Strath, BDYC
11 Tony Waldie, BDYC
12 Jon Austen,BYC
13 Erica Moore, PCYC
14 Olivier Rocher, PCYC
15 Mathieu Crevier, BDYC

1 Marian Milewski, IPYC
2 Taras Iwanycki, BDYC
3 John Foulds, BDYC

White Sail
1 David Wisenthal from BYC wins the white sail division.
2 John Hillsdon, BDYC
3 Laird Glass, PCYC
4 Steve Benedetti, BYC
5 Ben Waring, BYC
6 Hans Krause, PCYC
7 Helmut Langeder, BYC
8 John Umiastowski BYC
9 Keith Brewer, BYC
10 Roger Friolet, BDYC
11 Real Filion, IPYC
12 Lief Quraeshi, BDYC
13 Charles Morris, BYC
14 David Bâby, BYC

1 John Chillcott from IPYC the only dinghy to complete the distance course!

Friday, July 29, 2005

Good Neighbours Series B Update

Daniel Lamb deserves a big thank you for putting together race results this year. The results for GN Series B are now posted on the PCYC website.

(Brian & Madeleine Palfreeman's Etchells)

In PHRF 1&2 Pierre Jasmin’s Etchells is beginning to run away from the fleet. He has two wins out of three, and doesn’t miss a race. Etchells are in all three top spots. Brian Palfreeman is in second, and he also hasn’t missed a race. Keith Matthews is tied for third with Moonraker, a Niagra 26. The Etchells dominate this start line, but there are some other good boats that could break through their fleet.
With three races completed so far there are some predictable, and some interesting results so far.

Robert Levy and Joe Jospe are battling for top Fireball. Each has one DNC (Did Not Compete) out of the three races. When Levy didn’t race, Jospe took 1st. When Jospe didn’t compete, Levy took 1st. In the one race together so far, it was Levy taking the bullet, and Jospe second. Nick Mocchiutti on #13216 is in third with a 2nd, 3rd, and DNC. #13216 is clearly sailed by a hot new duo in the fleet, which includes “Rob” as crew.

In White Sail Toby Jennings’ Tanzer 22 is leading the pack with one bullet and 13 points overall. It is an interesting contest as there are at least three other boats in contention. Helmut Langeder’s Tanzer 22 and a C&C 27, Mandara are tied for second with 15 points. Laird Glass, who picked up third in the last race, is close behind with 18 points. These boats are trading higher and lower placings in each race. New to me is a Grampian 26, “Sawiki”, that has been on the race course each evening.

The second race was a battle of the BIG boats. A C&C 41, Special Effect took first, and Roy Carter’s Alberg 37, Capricorn took second. The sails on these two boats tower over the fleet, and when the wind picks up, Capricorn really finds its stride. The C&C 41 is pretty modern looking, and the Alberg is a genuine classic, both beautiful to watch. Watch out around the marks though!

PHRF 3 is now a three-way battle at the top between the standard bearers of different classes! Leading the way in a Tanzer 22 is Jake Fichten. Next is Shark sailor extrodinaire, George Stedman in Ketchup. Richard and Erica Moore in their Mirage 24 are having a great year, placing third so far in this series. Fourth is Don McDonough in his Shark. You can recognize Don’s Shark via his son who is sporting new red hair. All four of these boats are sailing out of PCYC. However the field is deep, as a number of other Tanzers and Sharks have placed ahead of these boats in some races. These boats are mostly from BYC and PCYC. There is also a hot Tanzer 22 from LRYC, Goin’ Strait who took one bullet. Also easily within striking distance of the top three are John Linton’s Tanzer 22, Encore Une Fois, and the Tanzer 22, Sweet Pea, sailed by Brendan Remenyi, both from BYC. Good sailors are competing throughout this fleet as well. Without a doubt, this is a great contest to compete in!

Click link for complete results:

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Shark Canadian Championship 2005

Montreal area sailors take the Shark Championship, and place well throughout the 33 boat fleet! The regatta was held July 23-24th at Kingston Yacht Club.

Tof Nicoll-Griffith sailing 1465 with Hugh Strudwick, and Kai Nicoll-Griffith are the new Canadian champions. Sailing with remarkable consistency Tof never picked up a bullet, but placed 2nd three times, 3rd once, and 10th once. They were able to drop a 12th placing in the 4th race, netting them 19 points overall, two points less than the 2nd place boat overall, Andrew Barlow's Marmoset. Tof sails out of Pointe Claire Yacht Club.

Jeff Mitchell's Frankly Scarlet from Bronte took the last podium spot, edging out North Sail rep Paul Davis' Shadfly from Kingston. Johan Koppernaes (current World Champ) from Nepean took 5th in Shark Poop.

George Stedman's Ketchup out of Pointe Claire YC placed 5th at the recent World's but didn't sail this regatta. More Montrealers did though, and did very well.

Jin Frati, sailing Blue Heron blew away the fleet in the first two races placing 2nd and 4th. Those were Blue Heron's best finishes, as some Ontario boats then pushed ahead. Blue Heron continued to sail in the top tier for 8th overall. Jin had Jamie Andre dela Porte, and Krista Burnham on board. Jamie is a regular in Montreal's Star fleet.

Paul Baehr, always a strong competitor, sailing Sudden Impulse with Sarita Maizel, and William Sishakley placed 16th overall, and plucked a 9th position out of the third race.

Newcomers this year to the Shark fleet, Don Osborne, Nick Van Haeften, and Tim Marshall placed 19th in Megalo Don. They pegged a 3rd in the second race of the regatta. Don and Nick are cohorts from a variety of fleets ranging from the Fireball to the J24. More recently they sailed in a Tanzer 22, Montreal's largest keelboat fleet, picking up a North American Championship. Tim Marshall is a Laser competitor, out of the Venture Sailing Club. One might speculate that this trio could be giving other Montrealers a hard time, a boat to watch!

Blue Heron, Sudden Impulse, and Megalo Don are sailed out of Beaconsfield YC.

See results at:

Friday, July 22, 2005

Good Neighbours Series B Begins

July 12th, the second inter-club series has gotten off to a good start with 36 boats racing in four divisions. Winds were light but held up nicely.

A sailor to watch (pictured at right) is Toby Jennings. Toby just began sailing last year, and is pressing the veterans in the white sail division. He took a lot of bullets and top place finishes in the previous series. On this evening he took third. Toby is rigging up his Tanzer 22, #1253 with spinnaker gear, and will be a boat to contend with in that class as well. Racing within the white division, it's been fun to observe three T22s duking it out, Jennings, Laird Glass, and Helmut Langeder. A boat unidentified by the race officials took first on this evening, with the sail #161. Norman Ward's Clair de Lune, a C&C 27 took second.

Jake Fichten's Tanzer 22, Sine Wave, managed to hold off George Stedman's Shark, Ketchup to take the gun in PHRF 3. These boats will be top contenders for the series flag. John Linton's Tanzer 22, Encore Une Fois took third. Linton has been very competitive this year, and will likely press the top boats. The Etchells crowd made a strong showing with 7 boats on the start line for PHRF 1&2. Pierre Jasmin took the first win over "Quill", from Hudson YC.

The Fireballs brought 6 boats to the start line. Joe Jospe took the first win. #13216, second. Kudos must go to Paula Stone who showed the right stuff to place third.

Results link:

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Montreal Sharkies Perform at World Championship (link)

The Shark fleet in Montreal is enjoying a resurgence adding new members to the fleet. They were ably represented at the recent World Championship in Windsor. George Stedman, Rob Levy, and Peter Kelly sailing Ketchup even took a bullet in the 7th race, and placed 5th overall out of 43 boats! Tof Nicoll Griffith, Strudwick, and Nicoll-Griffith placed 20th, Jin Frati with Lehmann and Barnum sailing the well known Blue Heron, took 2nd in a latter race, and placed 21st overall. Paul Baehr sailing the beautiful Sudden Impulse with Maizel and Charrette took 6th in their best and placed 26th overall. The Shark World's, we all know, is a very challenging regatta with many of the best sailors biting at the bit. It appears the Montreal contingent can sail with the best of them.

Montreal Sailing would also like to acknowledge the creativity of the class in boat names. The winning boat sported the name "Shark Poop" and another entry artfully carried the name "Trailer Park Buoys" written in large with black masking tape. The creators of the hit television show "Trailer Park Boys" would be proud, if not litigating.

Link to results:

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Montreal One Design Regatta

The Montreal One Design Regatta, hosted by Pointe Claire Yacht Club will take place on August 6th & 7th, 2005. You can now download the Notice of Race and Registration Form in Adobe Acrobat files from the club website. Here is the link:

Tanzer 22: Largest keelboat fleet in Montreal