Friday, March 31, 2006

Tentative 2006 Regatta Sched. Posted

The schedule can be gotten to as a link from SLVYRA's front page. On my computer it opened as an Excel spreadsheet. Thanks for all the hard work putting it together Nick. He made it nice and colourful too!

I noticed that race with the funny name, the Ishkoodah Cup, has a new date - popular race. There is a wee bit to add, but it's likely pretty much there. Also, I'm sure Nick meant nothing whatsoever by placing a couple of the class' symbols upside down. No way! Thank goodness for the time people put in to make our season as good as it is. Don't forget Derek Hatfield is coming (see previous post)!

Monday, March 27, 2006

Derek Hatfield Around the World Alone, Now Montreal

One of the world’s and Canada’s most accomplished of sailors, Derek Hatfield is coming to speak at the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club. He holds title as the only Canadian ever to complete the Around Alone race, and did so despite pitch poling and dismasting his boat the Spirit of Canada, near Cape Horn. He will tell us all about it, and what the future plans are, on April 13th, 7:30 pm. This event is hosted by the R.St.L.Y.C. and our local Canadian Power and Sail Squadron. Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Winter Sailing on the hard!

Regular readers of Montreal Sailing will know that at least a few escape to the south to get a sailing fix during the winter. Well you don't have to travel that far, just sail an iceboat. On the other hand, members of the DN Iceboat Class have been known to drive quite a ways in quest of the perfect ice for going fast. Some of them sailed last Thursday, on Lac St. Louis, just off from Beaconsfield. DN Iceboats can reach 100 kilometers an hour, so they can be dangerous. However the only injury reported on their website was poor Andre Baby who broke his ankle while checking the ice prior to sailing. Our condolences! Clicking on the title will bring you to their website, where contacts are listed for those who want a speed fix! The photo is from their website for those unfamiliar with the class.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Quebec Star Fleet has new website

The class with a hot Olympic boat has developed a new website. Click on the title to check it out. The local fleet actually has about 6 or 7 local regattas, and a regional schedule that totals 14 for a pretty impressive 2006 schedule. The largest number of the fleet are at C.N.D.M., but there are also boats at the R.St.L.Y.C. and in Quebec. A healthy 11 boats raced in their two local regattas last year, and they have two evenings of racing at C.N.D.M. each week of the summer.

I know you have to love this class for its history, elegance, sail area, elite and local sailors, technical challenge, international participation, and on and on. However, one thing that attracts me, is that this is probably one of the most trailerable keelboats arounds. Minimum weight of the boat is 671 kilos. So, if you want to race and travel to keelboat regattas (and you like to hike!) you don't need the larger vehicle some boats do. That makes it a great choice in my practical books.

Thanks to Philippe Hofer who noticed the need to change Montreal Sailing's link, and for adding Montreal Sailing to their own links!

Sunday, March 05, 2006

North U Seminar at R.St.L.Y.C. - Racing Tactics

Yes, North U is coming to the Montreal area with their seminar on racing rules and tactics. It will be a two day week end seminar on March 25th-26th Everyone I know who has taken their seminars has enjoyed them. They serve as an excellent primer, or refresher, and are the most complete I know of. I took the course years ago on Long Island, and thought it excellent. It has been updated, so I plan on attending again.

North says the course has updated animations of tactics and strategy for starting and each leg of a race course, live action video of good and bad tactics, more coverage of the rules, and what I'm most interested in, "a way cool interactive windshift animator showing the power of proper wind shift strategy both upwind and downwind."

Let me say that as a beginner the material is excellent, but voluminous. The diagrams and easy to read text are super. I highly recommend buying the text before the course. They are also excellent references that you will return to in the future.

The course is being taught by Geoff Moore, who now resides in Toronto where he works as a consultant for North. Best known as a J24 champion, he also holds many dinghy and small keelboat titles. Since working with North Sails he has also done a lot of big boat racing.

For more information, prices, and to register click on the title which is a link to the website. Thank you Dave Cobbett for the heads up!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Shark Regatta Schedule Posted

The Shark Association has posted its regatta schedule for 2006. There are ten counter regattas, and other non-counters as well. Shark of the Year is determined from the best of five regattas, including either the World's or Canadian's. One of the counters is the Coupe Du Quebec being held at Beaconsfield Yacht Club August 26th-27th. Click on the title for the info.