Saturday, May 27, 2006

Cramer and Bjorn take 7th

I mistakenly had the impression from the earlier website report that racing had been completed for the Star 2006 Western Hemisphere Championship. Actually, more racing did take place, and Cramer and Bjorn (R.St.L.Y.C.) were in the hunt for a top finish. However, a 19th place finish in the last race with an early race 23rd gave their otherwise consistent top finishes 7th overall out of a fleet of 42. The top three were 1) John Dane, Austin Sperry, 2) Mark Reynolds, Hal Haenel, 3) George Szabo, Eric Monroe. Congrats, and perhaps Montreal sailor Tyler Bjorn will be joining others at the Montreal Bi-Annual Regatta for the Star Class June 17-18th? In any case, the Montreal fleet now has a good number of boats so it should be a good time!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Results for first GNS Race, May 23rd (revision)

The Etchells were the only boats completing the PHRF I course with Pierre Jasmin taking the first bullet of the series away from four other boats.

PHRF III was all Sharks and Tanzers with results being Sharks taking the top three, followed by almost all Tanzer 22s after handicap corrections. Jin Frati was first to finish in his Shark, Blue Heron. John Linton brought the first Tanzer 22 over the finish line. Linton's Encore Une Fois was the only T22 to clip a lone Shark in the results. Montreal Sailing is pleased to see the Tanzer 22 Evergreen back on the racecourse after an absence last year. Welcome back!

3 boats raced white sail with the Mirage 30 Fugue taking the race. No dinghies racing for this outing.

The wind conditions: Speed of wind remained fairly constant varying from 22 km. at the beginning to 19 km. at 9 pm. Direction was a persistent shift from 290 at 7 pm, 300 at 8 pm and 310 at 9 pm. Data as measured at Dorval airport.

Bjorn and Cramer in Annapolis

Brian Cramer and Tyler Bjorn (R,St.L.Y.C.) just completed the Western Hemisphere Championship in the Star class. They placed 6th overall with three races completed before sun tanning. Cramer and Bjorn are members of Canada’s 2006 National Sailing Team.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Good Neighbour Series Starts Tonight











Last Tuesday, was for practice. As of tonight, it’s for points! All boats with a SLVYRA handicap are eligible to race. Boats without one may be assigned a provisional handicap at the discretion of R.C. The racing instructions have been posted.

Class & Flag

Purple - PHRF 1 & 2
Green - T22, Shark, PHRF 3
White - White Sail
Turquoise - Fireball & Centreboards 4.7 m. and higher
Pink - Martin 16 & Centreboards under 4.7 m.
Yellow - Catamarans

The warning signal for evening races is 18:45, for daytime races 10:00. Racing is hosted by BYC and PCYC, but all SLVYRA are eligible

Saturday, May 20, 2006

One Design Promotion

This is a rough facsimile of a creative poster I recently saw while visiting local clubs. Also on the original poster were class symbols for the Shark, T22, Etchells, Fireball, Laser 28, J24, Star, and 420. You need to be a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation, to get the humour, but if so, even if you race a Grampian, you have to admit, it is amusing! Okay, okay, I admit it. I had a crush on the character pictured, "Seven of Nine", played by Jeri Ryan.

Here at Montreal Sailing we have a special place in our hearts for one-design, but love all sailboats!


Resistance is futile. Sell your Mirage - sell your C&C. Dump that Lightning. Lose that Laser. Be part of the collective. There is strength in numbers...
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One-Design... You will be assimilated.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Quebec Star Fleet at the “Festival plein air de Montréal” May 12-14th at Parc Jean Drapeau


This coming week-end (May 12th to 14th, 2006) the Quebec Star Fleet will be at the Festival plein air de Montréal. A Star will be on the site and local Star sailors will be very happy to talk to visitors interested in racing sail boats. A one hour speech “La course à voile, un défi à la mesure de tous” (in French only) will be presented by Alain Vranderick Saturday at 11AM and 3PM as well as Sunday at 1PM.

The young Quebec star Fleet, after only 4 years of existence, has already more than 12 boats based at the Club Nautique des Deux-Montagnes, the Royal St-Lawrence Yacht Club and Quebec City. We race a lot, learn a lot and have a lot of fun. Our goal at the Festival is to share our experience with other sailors and invite them to join our fleet for the great racing seasons we have ahead of us.

The Star Class has practiced a philosophy of design evolution over its 90 year lifetime. Always staying at the forefront of sailing technology, the Star maintains a conservative balance aimed at keeping the level of competition high, holding costs in check and preserving the initial spirit of this great yacht.

Many of the world's top sailors past and present have been involved in the Star Class. Its list of former World Champions reads like the Who's Who of yachting, but the class is made up of a variety of sailors of all ages and skill levels. Racing on a Star has hooked many sailors for life. Ask anyone who's sailed one and they'll tell you. It's a thrill.

Philippe Hofer