Friday, April 27, 2007

Canadians Win Hyères!

Canadians Oskar Johansson/Kevin Stittle won 1st overall in the Tornado class before the final medal race was even sailed! Not including the final medal race where only the top ten boats race, their lead was 23 points! What a remarkable and stunning accomplishment for this team from RCYC in Toronto.

Conditions were mostly light and shifty until the final two days of racing, when stronger winds and waves tested sailors adaptability to sail in differing environments.

Locas/Bone, Montreal sailors from BYC stayed in the Gold fleet of the 470 class, and finished with a very respectable 47th overall out of 112 entrants. They scored one 12th and two 14th placings. So, we know they can get to the top, and it is now a matter of getting it consistently.

Alain Bolduc of Ste. Agathe had some super races placing 9th, 11th, and then 3rd in his final race. I suspect Alain likes it when the wind blows with more authourity.

Dominique Vallee of the CNF club picked up a 6th in her best race and finished in the gold fleet of the RSX W fleet.

Canadians Michael Leigh and Bernard Luttmer each just missed the final medal race in the Laser class. There is no doubt they are Olympic medal contenders. Leigh scored a bullet and a 4th in individual races. Luttmer picked up a 3rd, and a 2nd in his final race. Lisa Ross scored a 3rd in one race and remained in the gold fleet of the Laser Radial class with an overall finish in the top third. There were many other Canadians competing too, as the Canada Sailing Team is now competing in full force in the lead up to the Olympic games. clicking the title will bring you to the regattas website with all the results.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

39eme Semaine Olympique Francaise

Oliver Bone and Stephane Locas of BYC were having a super regatta in Hyeres, France for the first three races, holding down 32nd overall. However, in the 4th race, just posted they placed 53rd out of the fleet of 113 470s. So, now they are in 53rd place overall. That is about where they may typically place, but it appears they are showing the grit to potentially climb through the ranks. The best finish so far was 12th in the second race. The conditions for racing have so far been described as a light, shifty seabreeze

Friday, April 20, 2007

Racing Protest Seminar

When/ Quand:
April 25th

Time/ Heure:

Where/ Lieu:
Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club Yacht-Club Royal Saint-Laurent
1350 Lakeshore Rd., Dorval

Who/ Qui:
Judge Graeme Hayward

Subject: The Protest Process
  • What makes up a protest committee.
  • When can and should you protest.
  • What does a protest procedure entail.
  • What to do and what not to do when in a protest.
  • Come out for a fun and informative evening.

Sujet: le processus de protêt
  • Comment est constitué le comité de protêt.
  • Quand pouvez-vous ou devez-vous loger un protêt.
  • Qu’implique la procédure de protêt.
  • Quoi faire et ne pas faire lors de l’audition du protêt.
  • Venez à cette soirée plaisante et informative

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Canadians including Quebecers at theThe Princess Sophia

The 38 HRH PRINCESS SOFIA TROPHY is an important regatta, in fact, one of the 6 most important in the world for Olympic classes. The 6 regattas forming the World Cup Series are used to rate the sailors' rankings and select the ones who become Olympians. Sailing these races has to be a memorable and momentous occasion.

Alain Bolduc of the École de Voile de Ste-Agathe took 31st overall out of 111 competitors in the RSX M class. He took 2nd over the finish line in the second race.

Stephane Locas and Oliver Bone of BYC did well in the 470 class, continuing to become more and more competitive. They finished mid-fleet overall in this tough class, and also picked up a 4th place in one race.

Dominique Vallee of the CNF only completed two races in RSX W unfortunately, especially since she did quite well in both. Alain Dubuc and Mark Herendeen from PCYC competed in the Tornado class but scored 3 DNCs.

There was a strong contingent of Canadians at this event, as Canada's Sailing Team were there in force. The Olympics are getting pretty close now, so it is exciting to see Canadians in good numbers, and clearly upping their games, including some sailors who bested the higher ranked. Christopher Cook took 10th overall in the Finn class even though he fell in the boat, hurting his back, and taking two DNCs at the end. Lisa Ross took 13th overall in the Radial Class. Best of all Oskar Johansson and Kevin Stittle took 8th overall in the Tornado class! David Wright took 13th overall in the Laser class. Currently ranked third best in the world, Wright most recently took 12th overall at the Miami OCR, and at the 2006 Laser World Championship in Korea took 4th. Bernard Luttmer picked off a bullet in the first Laser race.

The regatta was likely a test of endurance and patience as rainy, cold conditions and unreliable winds plagued much of the event for the race committees and thousand -plus competitors. Even hail came down at one point. Big changes in velocity and direction meant a mixed bag of racing with some great races and some wacky turns of the compass and pressure. The balance of frustrations and elation aside, there cannot have been any better place to be for the Montreal sailors and cross-Canadian competitors. Canada is showing more and more strength in Olympic class sailing and Canadian head coach Ken Dool must be feeling pretty good about the direction.