Saturday, July 29, 2006

Osbornes and Van Haeften do well at Shark World's

I just got word that Don Osborne, his son Mathew, and Nick Van Haeften have finished 4th overall in the 50+ fleet at the Shark World Championship. Spanning all of this past week, the regatta was held at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. No word yet on how the other two Montreal entries, Jin and Paul did.

Congrats to Don, Nick, and Mathew for the great performance!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Tanzer 26 - One Design racing on the Lake of Two-Mountains

By Pierre Marois.

Each year in late September, the Club de voile des Laurentides (CVL) hosts a one design regatta for the Tanzer 26 humbly called the “Mondial Tanzer 26” (also referred to as the “Tanzer 26 Intergalactic Championship”!!!).

It all started some 18 years ago as a small club event (for bar bragging rights among CVL T-26 owners) and it has grown into a regional championship for theTanzer 26. Boats from Lake of Two-Mountains and Lake St-Louis have participated in the past and the usual attendance is 8 to 12 boats, the majority of which race with spinnaker.

The regatta format is two days of racing with 7 races scheduled. The best 6 results are compiled for the championship standings.

Being held in autumn, the races are usually quite windy and are a true test for skippers and crews. Just take a look at the spectaculars photos from the 2004 Championship in the Yahoo photo gallery of the Tanzer 22 website and you’ll be convinced.

The 2006 Championship is scheduled for the September 23-24 weekend. The regatta is sponsored again this year by Mount Gay Rum.

All Tanzer 26 are invited to join in the fun!

Further info:

Pierre Charbonneau,,

Pierre Marois

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

CVL-HYC-CVMO Wednesday Night Series 2006

Here is Pierre's report on the conclusion of the Spring series on LDM. It's just great to get the scoop on the competition going on there. Personally, I can't wait for when LDM, LSL, and Ottawa boats get to race all together, either at the Montreal One Design, or Hudson...

Spring series results

The CVL-HYC-CVMO Wednesday night series consists of 15 races divided into 2 series. It brings together all the racers from these 3 Clubs every Wednesday night from May until September. The Spring Series (7 races) ended with the July 5th race. The race results from the LDM Wednesday nights series with CNDM were compiled but excluded CNDM boats from the standings. The 5 best results where taken from the 7 races sailed. A total of 40 boats participated in the 2 classes.

In the PHRF 3 & WS class, the CVL Tanzer 22 Twins (Patrice Delhaes’ Turbo and Pierre Marois’ Coquine) where first and second, a point apart. Third went to Bernard LeDuc’s T22, Maverick. In fourth was Michel Ouellet’s T22, Tohu Bohu. Fifth went to Chris Campbell’s T22, Shigawac.

In the PHRF 1&2 class, Allan Gray’s Etchells Slim dominated racing with 5 wins in 5 races to take first in the standings. Second was taken by Ron Harris’s J22 Jazz, third by Ross Tellier’s Niagara 26 Red Coat and fourth by Serge Bouthillier’s J29 Chevalier Mythic.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

The Ishkoodah Cup this Saturday!

One of the most fun regattas is this Saturday, the Ishkoodah. This regatta, where we get to chase all over Lac St. Louis is over 100 years old now. Pack a lunch for Dowkers Bay, then cross the start line at 1:15 pm.

The boat above is the Ishkoodah winner of the first race in 1897, hence the informal name for this race, which is actually called the Baie D'Urfe-Beaurepaire Regatta, the oldest continually running regatta in Canada's history.

A lot of different silver will be awarded to winners of various handicapped classes.
PHRF I & II race for the Yawl Cup
PHRF III (Incl. Mirage 24, Tanzer 22, Shark) race for the Ishkoodah Cup
White Sail race for the White Sail Trophy
Multi-hulls race for the Catamaran Cup
Dinghies race for 3 different trophies based on handicap categories

Register at any yacht club in the area by 5 pm Friday, or email your details to : Bill Cloutier at

Notice of Race and Registration Form

Friday, July 07, 2006

Sailweek Underway with BYC Annual Regatta

Sailweek got off to a difficult start last Saturday. High winds made the sailing exciting, but confusion with the windward mark spoiled the racing for many. The racing instructions called for a windward mark coloured yellow. Unfortunately, this mark had a yellow cover which slipped off and sank, revealing an orange mark. Way off in the distance, but perfectly to windward was a yellow mark, actually set by the R.St.L.Y.C. for a different race!

The entire Etchells fleet, the Sharks, and one Tanzer 22 (us on Ambitious) in PHRF III found the orange mark to windward, and went "huh?". So searching further, well in the distance the wrong but only yellow mark could be seen, and all the boats above sailed for that yellow mark, then followed by the entire white sail fleet. What a bummer! The race was ruined. The other Tanzer 22s, and Ariel, the Mirage 24, realized what had happened and rounded orange thereby getting a boost in the standings. Jake Fichten skippering the T22 Sine Wave had rounded the distant wrong mark as well, but realizing it was incorrect, dropped his spinnaker, rounded orange, raised a protest flag, then re-launched his chute and sailed for the finish.

The end result for that first race was devastating. John Linton with his Tanzer 22, Oasis, got first. Two Sharks who crossed first, but didn't complete the "correct course" were scored DNF. As for me, after the extra long distance sailed, our T22 crossed a little over 30 minutes after the first boat, thereby scoring DNF. Even worse, the start gun for the next race went off right after we crossed the finish line, thereby eliminating our participation in the second race. GROSS!

The Etchells and White Sails fleets having all sailed the wrong course had no protests and were all scored.

With great sailing and good strong Shark winds the three Sharks skippered by Tof Nicholl-Griffith, Don Osborne, and Peter Rahn shared the top three spots in the next two races. Jake Fichten's Sine Wave always does well in heavy air, and was the first T22 over in the last two races, followed by John Linton's Oasis as second T22.

T22's took the top three white spots overall. Jon Austen, sailing with only a #3 working jib, trounced the white sail fleet, winning overall, and with 2 bullets and a 2nd place. Helmut Langeder's Breezin' got a bullet too, and second overall. Laird Glass made the podium for third overall. However, the top three were admirably harassed by two Grampian 26's which also got by the T22's in some races.

A few Fireballs courageously did battle in the high winds, but only one took the bullets and completed each race, #14769.

The Etchells had some dramatic moments. I watched one spinnaker do an America's Cup style explosion in the heavy air. One second the Palfreeman boat was charging downwind, then bang, the chute completed separated into two pieces of cloth. David Lowther's spinnaker securely wrapped itself around the Etchell's keel in the other piece of drama. Luc Gloutney must be the God of high winds because he took all three races! Alan Gray from HYC took 2nd in each race. He was the local heavy air king in the Etchells Canadian Championship recently.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Tanzer 22 Class Has Tight Racing on Lake of Two Mountains

It appears that the Tanzer 22s on Lake of Two Mountains have got good quality competition going this season. Pierre Marois, the North American Champion of 2005 has had to fight hard to keep an overall lead in local competition, let alone the class as a whole. It's pleasing to see the competition getting tighter! This leads me to wonder where the local fleet will be in the standings of the Tanzer 22 One Design regattas. I'm guessing podium spots, and high rankings.

Here is what Pierre wrote to me after the Lake of Two Mountains Wednesday Series concluded.

"A few HYC T22's have upped their game this year with new sails (Sloup du Jour, Penny Wise, Shigawac, Maverick, Knot a Clew) and CVL's Turbo and Tohu Bohu are better prepared and really fast too so it is more difficult to always be in front! But it's also more challenging for everybody. I remember the second race of the series, we were sixth at the first mark and finished second; that was hard work! And this last race, we were fourth going into the last leg and again finished second by not much! That's what racing's all about! You learn a lot in these tight situations (make the boat go fast quickly at the start, keep your air clean, find clear lanes, positioning...) Maybe you should bring your T22 up for a few Wednesday races at HYC to see by yourself (15 T22 race OD every wednesday night!!)."

Well, in addition to that kind invitation, there are two big one design opportunities for the Tanzer 22 class locally and one away. (The Nepean One Design was already held in June, and Phil Wilcox showed he's the man to beat this year.) The Montreal One Design at Pointe Claire Yacht Club is next on August 5-6th. Following is Chester Race Week in Nova Scotia for 4 days of ocean racing, August 16-19th. Then, the grand finale will be the Hudson annual regatta on the holiday weekend of Labour Day. The class will participate in both the PHRF long distance race, and have its own one design racing which will be its North American Championship.