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