Sunday, August 06, 2006

MODR Wrap Up

Today was another day of challenging winds with varying strength and direction on the course. It made for very interesting sailing.

No condition was going to set back 420 skipper Emily Tsang. Out of 6 races, Emily took 6 bullets. Who is this powerhouse sailor!?

Dick Steffen was this weekend's victor in the Etchells class. Dick took 3 bullets and two 2nd place finishes, a 3rd place, and dropped his 6th place finish to win with 10 points overall. This was a pretty strong finish over 2nd place overall, Pierre Jasmin, who had been cleaning up in a lot of the Good Neighbours' Series, and had bested Steffen in the Etchells Cdn. Championship. Nice to see some back and forth making for a competitive class. Brian Palfreeman was in a podium position yesterday, and had won the first race, but David Covo found his mojo and really turned it on today. Once David could drop his 6th in the 4th race Saturday, then stay ahead of Brian today, including picking up a sweet bullet in the last race it culminated in a hard fought, well earned 3rd overall.

In the Fireball class, Rob Levy is the victor. Joe Jospe who always is in the running, picked up several bullets, but Pierre Carpentier and Eric Owston crashed the dynamic duo's party a few times, and managed to slip by Joe who took 2nd overall.

2 Mirage 24s got to match race this weekend, and Erica Moore was the victor, with Robin Shepherdson taking one bullet.

The 29ers had six boats out for the regatta, and one skipper took it all, but we don't have a name.

In the Shark class, George Stedman had a commanding lead after the first day, but had it snatched away today, by Tof Nicholl-Griffith. These are the two skippers who are most frequently at the top, but Montreal Sailing has just got to note: look at Don McDonough go! He had an excellent regatta taking the 3rd podium spot. Don worked hard on his boat this spring, and it shows. He and his crew are sailing very well too. Don didn't have a free ride to the podium though, as William Shishakely bested him in 3 races, and finished only 2 points behind.

In the Star class, every one of the 6 boats had race finishes in the top three at some point. Only one can win of course, and that tip of the hat goes to William Hendershot. Jean Francois Seguin won a tie breaker in points to take second overall, with Andre Gagnon placing third. Jamie Andre de la Porte, and girlfriend Sarita, are both pretty light, but had a pooch on board for a bit more moveable ballast. Hopefully, all three had a great time.

Challenging conditions, lots of good one design sailors, a club that put out a lot of effort for competitors, and what do you have - a weekend to remember, be it to bask in the glory, or learn from the best!

Montreal Sailing also thanks Daniel McDonough for the fantastic speedy work he does posting results on the web as soon as the race committee passes them on. While everyone is enjoying cold refreshments on the deck, Daniel is toiling away on his notebook computer, plugging in the results, so everyone everywhere can check in before the regatta is even complete. I don't think anyone locally has managed to achieve such consistently prompt posts.