Tuesday, October 18, 2005

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".