Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Montreal Champ: George Stedman gives the nod to Tof Nicoll-Griffith

"Hi Ralph,
I'm hugely flattered but it would not occur to me to nominate us. After all Tof was 2nd at the N.A.'s in Kingston whereas we dropped to 6th by the last race (out of 36). Thank you very much though. gs
p.s. love your blog"

George is another highly accomplished but modest Montreal sailor. Learning of his nomination, he sent the comment above to Montreal Sailing.
Tof Nicoll-Griffith, is most certainly a master of the art. Both he and George sail out of Pointe Claire Yacht Club. I was having a lot of trouble figuring out how to sail my Tanzer 22 more competitively in stronger winds. I also had a new North #2 genoa that I just didn't understand how to sail. Tof generously joined me on the boat for a couple of back-to-back recent races, and holy cow! We finished half a leg ahead of the next competitor. I feared losing the lesson after he stepped off the boat. However, last Sunday it was blowing the proverbial stink, and with crew regulars David Bowen and Toby Jennings, Ambitious was the first Tanzer 22 in the race using the #2 genny. Only Peter Rahn's Shark finished well ahead in the big blow. I learned a huge amount sailing with Tof, including dip starts, sail and rig trim, and helming higher, flatter and with speed. So, YUP, Tof is a great nomination in my books! 

At the same time, it is only fair to note that George Stedman's Ketchup did get the best of Tof's Crisis a number of times this summer, along with whooping the rest of us. Tof Nicoll-Griffith, the latest superb nomination for Montreal Sailing Champion, best of the best! Tof Nicoll-Griffith, son of famous T22 racer Michael, race winner, formerly in Fireballs, now in a Shark, sailmaker, Squadron guy at PCYC, teacher. 

Who would you nominate as the best? Who should be in the fleet competing with the best? We have three nominations for best Montreal Sailor, and a lot of nods to the best sailors. Who is tops at your club? This is turning into the dream fleet here!