Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Aerial pic of Lord Reading Yacht Club

LRYC is one of the historic clubs in the Montreal area. As the photo shows, they have a super harbour. The grounds are spacious and green. LRYC fell on hard times a while back, but after support from the city of Beaconsfield, have been growing again. As far as I know, they don't have an active racing program presently. However, like PCYC, and BYC, they are ideally located on the wide portion of Lac St. Louis, and in close proximity to where much racing is held. Some time back they did host a skiff training camp with their great facilities. The club appears to have mostly cruising keelboats and powerboats.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Aerial Pic of Beaconsfield Yacht Club

BYC shares with PCYC, and LRYC the advantage of being on the widest part of Lac St. Louis. The clubhouse is set farther back from the harbour atop a hill and in a nice greenspace. Like PCYC, the harbour is more likely to have shallow spots, and does not take boats with the same max draft as the RStLYC. Prices are excellent, and the harbour is very well protected. BYC and PCYC both have good camaraderie, and high quality racing and cruising expertise in their memberships. In fact, the clubs are in close proximity to each other and race together in the "Good Neighbour Series"

Friday, February 23, 2007

Venture Sailing Club in Valois Bay

Here are a couple of aerial shots of Venture Sailing Club, which is in Valois Bay. This area is nestled inbetween the RStLYC to the east, and PCYC and BYC to the west. The bay more sheltered from typical west winds so often has lighter winds until one gets into the more open area beyond the bay. There are a good number of Lasers and other small craft dry-sailed, and a number of small keelboats and centreboarders on moorings. There are also some cats, and racks for canoes and kayaks. Just next door is a club of rowers and paddlers that is very popular. A small clubhouse, and a beautiful park area are set up on a hill overlooking the bay. This sailing base is a super example of collaboration between civic authorities and a club to bring affordable sailing to the people.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

PCYC Harbour

Here is an aerial shot of the Pointe Claire Yacht Club. The parking lot to the left is used by windsurfers and small boaters who use the public ramp there. That makes it an interesting place to walk about at times. Pointe Claire Village is very handy and enjoyable with food, drink, and supplies. As is obvious in the photo, PCYC has an issue of exposure to winds from the south and east. Most of the time though the wind is from the west for which the club is well sheltered. The club house is a wonderful cedar shingled building dating back to 1879.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Aerial photo of RStLYC

Some time ago I posted a couple aerial photos of the harbours near the Lachine rapids. Now moving westward, here is another harbour, this time of the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club. The RStLYC is known for its capacity to take larger boats with deeper drafts.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Another Kiter

How do you jibe with these things, same way? I once had my sail boat spinnaker that high up in the sky. I recall it was a difficult experience, and I was worried about the landing and taking off airplanes overhead. We didn't do very well in that race. This kiter doesn't seem nearly as concerned. Yes, windsport possibilities are endless!

Monday, February 19, 2007

Kites on Ice

Yes, the water is hard. These folks are having a blast. It won't be that long before the coldest days are behind us. Daylight is already getting longer again. These kiters on skis will be having even more fun in March temperatures. Then, the summer folk will start peering under there boat tarps, and inspecting their windsurfers. The Tanzer Association's Annual Sail Sale is processing orders - a sure sign of things to come!

Sunday, February 18, 2007


Who says single-handed sailing is anti-social? Another pic from the bay in between BYC and PCYC taken last week end.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Wintry sailing

Congregating in the bay west of BYC, and near Pointe Claire last week end, were quite a number of winter sailors and kiters. The ice was fairly smooth, and the snow had been blown away by a good wind till mostly a hard packed surface remained. Donning their downhill skis, these folks move along at a pretty fast clip. I'll post a number of pics in the coming days.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Snug fit

Brrr, back to winter. The temperature is pretty cold today, especially given the wind chill factor.

I was down at the club yard recently to check on Ambitious, when I saw this. The boat sure looks well protected. I thought how lucky this boat is to have a montreal sailor who clearly loves her enough to get such a perfect looking custom cover fitted! That must have been one pricey job, but it sure looks great, especially compared to my tarp from Canadian Tire.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Alain Dubuc, Mark Herendeen do Miami in a Tornado

Another dynamic duo doing the high performance gig at Miami: Alain Dubuc who sails his Tornado out of PCYC, and Mark Herendeen who I have not had the pleasure of meeting.

This is a Miami OCR photo of an unidentified team by Walter Cooper.

Alain is an Optician in another life, but is also credited with doing an excellent job with PCYC's squadron.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Locas & Bone do the Miami OCR

Stéphane Locas and Oliver Bone, competed at the top level Miami Olympic Classes Regatta in the 470 class. Both are Montreal sailors from the Beaconsfield Yacht Club. Both are members of Canada's Sailing Team and two of our best. Locas and Bone have been aiming at the Bejing Olympics.

855 sailors from 49 countries competed in the various classes, including world champions and Olympic medalists. There is no calibre of racing like this without going to Europe. So, the local boys and the rest of the Canada Sailing Team had a rare opportunity to congregate together at an elite event within trailering distance of Montreal. That should have saved some bucks over the Euro events.

There are not a lot of Canadian sailors competing in the 470 class. Stéphane Locas had offered to pay the Miami registration fee for any Canadian team beating them there! It doesn't appear that another team took up the offer. On the other hand, there were elite sailors, the cream of the crop, from all over the world who did best the Montreal-area locals. Yeah, that's one tough crowd. ISAF Grade 1 events are both competitive pinnacles and important, necessary training grounds for those climbing to the top. Montreal Sailing says congratulations and race on!

photo by Dan Nerney

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Winter Fix For Dinghy People

Here is a super shot by Dan Nerney during the Miami OCR of the Laser Radial Fleet rounding the Windward mark.

Inexpensive, simple Lasers seem like one great option to kickstart competitive dinghy sailing for young and old monkeys alike.Since the same hull can be used with three sail sizes, it can work for lots of different sized people.