Thursday, November 29, 2007

Spirit of Canada splitting the fleet as Transat ECOVER BtoB gets underway

Derek Hatfield has taken his Spirit of Canada IMOCA Class 60' monohull to its first big test. The BtoB race is a transatlantic race from Bahia, Brazil to Brittany for singlehanders. It also serves as a qualifier for the most challenging test of ocean racing:the 2007-8 Vendeé Globe. Competitors are expected to complete the race in about 15 to 18 days. 15 competitors crossed the start line yesterday, and after the overnight, and as of early this morning, all are relatively close, still moving roughly parallel to the shore. The leaders, some of the greatest names in sailing appeared to have headed further offshore before tacking upwind towards the equator, on a wind expected to be clocking from NE to E. The wind is also stronger and more consistent farther from shore. Leaders include Marc Guillemot in first, Bernard Stamm, and Michel Desjoyaux. Hatfield has taken the Spirit of Canada on a conservative route about 14 miles off, pretty much in between those farther offshore, and those hugging the shoreline.

Spirit of Canada is a newly built boat, but based on a design a generation older than the newest competing boats (though successful). Hatfield believes this will be a good test for the boat which has already proven itself reliable in the delivery to Brazil. This qualifying race has already given Hatfield a chance to view the competition and come up with ways to lighten the boat and improve speed for the ultimate goal, the Vendeé Globe. The race can be followed by clicking here.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Photos from Shark Coupe du Quebec


The Shark website has some pics posted from this summer's Coupe du Quebec hosted by BYC. Above is a sample. Click the title to see more.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Montreal Sailing's Veteran Dawgs Get Some Respect!


I'm following the present discussion about "Montreal top sailors" on your Blog with interest. I was thinking about another good topic that could be discussed; racing stalwarts in Yacht Clubs. Veterans who don't get much recognition outside of their Club but who are there year after year, not always at the top of the fleet, and who bring good humour and sportsmanship to the racing, and after racing.

When you talk about the "Racing Tradition" of a Club, it is largely due to people like them. People who were there in the past and carried on into the present. They were, and still are great example for juniors, beginners or accomplished racers alike.

I know there are a thousand stories to be told about these "old salts" (altough some of them are not to be told...). At CVL, we are happy to have such a character and he just happens to be my father!! Now well into his 70's Roland is still an integral part of the "Coquine" crew. He has been sailing most of his life, racing at CORK Offshore many times, cruising the St-Lawrence gulf and the East coast down to the Bahamas. During the summer season, you can find him on the water at least 4 days a week! He's a past Commodore at CVL and he is still very much involved in the running of the Club.

I'm certain there are other good examples in other Clubs; Bud Cluett and the late Jack Howlett from HYC surely fit the definition. I'm sure some of the "Hot Tub" or "Satin Doll" crew have good stories to tell about these great sailors. For myself, I still remember the "submarine limbo session" I had underneath the traveler beam of Bud's J29 "Hot Tub" at CORK (when the cockpit was filled with water) or the "free leg shaving" offered by "Satin Doll" crew to female participants!

The photo above is my father with my son sailing his T26 in the Tadoussac waters a few years ago. Don't be fooled by the winter clothing, this photo was taken in early August (the very cold water makes the north side of the St-Lawrence gulf is a cold and humid place even in mid-summer!)

Salutations,
Pierre Marois

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Les Mérites de la Fédération de voile du Québec 2007 / 2007 Quebec Sailing Federation Awards Program


Here are the results from FVQ's prestigious Awards ceremony. Very big congratulations from Montreal Sailing to all the individuals and clubs on their accomplishments!

Les Mérites de la Fédération de voile du Québec 2007


Le comité de nomination des prix “Mérites” de la Fédération de voile du Québec est fière de vous présenter les récipiendaires 2007 :


Trophée André-Dionne (bénévole de l’année)
Ce trophée vise à remercier et à encourager la personne qui a contribué de façon notoire à la promotion et au développement de la voile au Québec.

Gagnant: Scott Morgan

Trophée Claudrey
Ce trophée vise à encourager et à souligner l'esprit sportif d'un jeune athlète.

Gagnant : Caroline De Alcala

Officiel de l’année
Ce trophée vise à remercier et à encourager l’officiel qui a contribué de façon notoire au développement des officiels et à la régie des courses au sein des activités de la FVQ.

Gagnant : Ross Tellier

Enseignant de l’année
Ce trophée vise à encourager l’entraîneur ou l’enseignant qui s’est le plus engagé dans le développement de la voile et qui a fait preuve de détermination, d’initiative et d’un bon sens de l’organisation dans la gestion pratique, technique et humaine du sport.

Gagnant : Normand Corbeil

Club/École de l’année
Ce trophée vise à encourager le dynamisme des clubs et écoles et à souligner les actions spéciales d’un club ou d’une école pendant une année.

Gagnant : Club de voile des Laurentides

Événement de l’année
Ce trophée vise à encourager la tenue d’événements d’une grande envergure et d’une grande qualité au Québec. L’excellence de l’organisation, le retentissement de l’événement dans le public et les innovations mises de l’avant durant sa réalisation sont les principaux critères de sélection.

Gagnant : Championnat Canadien d’optimist 2007

Athlète « Optimist »
Le mérite Athlète « Optimist » vise à reconnaître la participation de jeunes athlètes du Québec. Les nominés ont fait preuve de résultats exceptionnels et/ou se sont grandement améliorés au cours de la dernière saison de voile.

Gagnant : Virginie Lavallée-Corbeil

Athlète de relève
Le trophée Athlète de relève vise à reconnaître les performances exceptionnelles d’un athlète au plan provincial et/ou national. Ces performances furent réalisées au cours des douze derniers mois.

Gagnant : Alex et Éric Chouinard

Trophée EVERT BASTET
Le trophée Evert Bastet de l’athlète par excellence vise à reconnaître les performances exceptionnelles d’un athlète au plan national et/ou international. Ces performances furent réalisées au cours des douze derniers mois.

Gagnants : Stéphane Locas

Marin de l’année
Le trophée Marin de l’année vise à reconnaître une réalisation exceptionnelle dans le domaine du nautisme à voile; c’est la plus prestigieuse reconnaissance présentée annuellement par la Fédération de la voile.

Gagnants : Dominique Vallée

Félicitation à tous les récipiendaires!

2007 Quebec Sailing Federation Awards Program

The Quebec Sailing Federation nominating committee is proud to present this year’s recipients:

André-Dionne Trophy (volunteer of the Year)
To recognize a member who has contributed to the betterment of sailing in Quebec.

Recipient : Scott Morgan

Claudrey Trophy
This award is to recognize and encourage the sportmanship qualities of a a young Quebec sailor.

Recipients : Caroline De Alcala

Race Officer of the Year
To recognize a member who has been significantly involved in a race management activity which has provided recognition to Quebec sailing and the FVQ.

Recipient :Ross Tellier

Instructor/Coach of the Year
To recognize an instructor or a coach who has contributed exceptionally to a training or a racing program.

Recipient : Normand Corbeil

Club/Sailing School of the Year
This award is to recognize excellence in all programs organized by a club or a sailing school (training, racing, cruising or special event).

Recipient : Club de voile des Laurentides

Event of the Year
This award was established to promote and encourage member clubs to host provincial, national or international regattas. Race management, public and media awareness, as well as innovations in regatta/event management are the principal selection criteria.

Recipient : Championnat Canadien d’Optimist 2007

“Optimist” Athlete
This award is given to a Quebec “Optimist” sailor who has demonstrated exceptional results and/or improvements within the last sailing season.

Recipient : Virginie Lavallée-Corbeil

Young Athlete of the Year
Must have a record of outstanding achievement in provincial and/or national competition in the previous twelve months.

Recipient : Alex et Éric Chouinard

EVERT BASTET Trophy
Must have a record of outstanding achievement in national and/or international competition in the previous twelve months.

Recipient : Stéphane Locas

Sailor of the Year
The Sailor of the Year trophy recognizes an exceptional achievement by a Quebec sailor. The Sailor of the Year trophy is the FVQ’s most prestigious award.

Recipients : Dominique Vallée

Congratulation to all the recipients!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Tanzer Class Association and North team up for 20% Discount


North Sails and the Tanzer Class Association are collaborating yet again for another large sail order. If you own a Tanzer and are, or become a member of the Association, not only do you get a 20% discount for participating in the order, but prices are frozen once again at the old prices. There is no better time to order high quality sails. Contact me for details at my email address in the profile, by clicking on the link on the lower left side of this page under "About Me"

Friday, November 09, 2007

ISAF Council Decide on 10 Olympic Events for 2012


The ten events selected by the ISAF Council for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition are:

One person dinghy - Men
One person dinghy heavy - Men
Two person dinghy - Men
Two person dinghy high performance - Men
Windsurfer - Men
Keelboat - Men
One person dinghy - Women
Two person dinghy - Women
Keelboat match racing - Women
Windsurfer - Women

6 for men and only 4 for women.

The International Olympic Committee instructed ISAF to reduce its events from 11 to 10. Yesterday, it looked like the Mens' keelboat would be on the chopping block. The ISAF Events Committee recommended to the ISAF Council that it be dropped. However, in today's voting for which events would remain, the Men's keelboat scraped by, edging out multihulls by two votes. So, having been an Olympic event since 1976, multihulls are out.

The other big decision is that Women's events will now include match racing in keelboats and no keelboat fleet racing. Womens' match racing has been growing rapidly in some areas, though not locally as far as Montreal Sailing knows. Indeed, the only Olympic one design class actively raced locally is that of the Men's keelboat event: the Star, which is predominantly at CNDM. Since the Tanzer 22 is one of the more actively raced classes locally, it would be preferable for us if it would be chosen. Anyway, the competition is too stiff already.

Questions remain. The ISAF Council will decide on the equipment used in each of these events in November, 2008. Does anyone know to what extent existing Olympic equipment in an event has been supplanted by another? Could the Star be replaced by the Laser SB3, or the Laser replaced by a Moth? It appears to me the current womens' events are better balanced than the mens'. Maybe Oliver Bone and Stephane Locas could better explain why the men's events include both two person dinghy and two person dinghy high performance. Finally, and most importantly, why do men get 6 events and women only 4. Has the idea of parity lost its attractiveness in sailing?

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Dramatic Decisions at ISAF Annual conference


The ISAF Events Committee has decided on important recommendations that could change the line up of classes used for Olympic competition. The changes will be a bit of a shock for some.

Windsurfer - men
One person dinghy - men
One person dinghy heavy - men
Two person dinghy high performance - men
Two person dinghy - men
Multihull - open
Windsurfer - women
One person dinghy - women
Two person dinghy - women
Two person dinghy high performance - women

"The Events Committee will now pass their recommendation on to the ISAF Council, who will decide the events for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition in their meeting from 8-10 November." according to the ISAF website.

Start 'em on the water early!


Do y'all have kiddie photos involving our favourite pastime? Go ahead, show 'em off! I can't help myself, gotta show off Lin's little granddaughter from Atlanta. Such a cutie. It was a calm day so we went hopping motorboat waves after feeding the ducks in harbour. I loved it as much as racing. A good wind and a fine race is a thrill and a challenge, but such moments with kids... well, they last! A good thing since the season is done. Thanks Gray, and even "littler" Kate, and Pilot too!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Bone and Locas Win Nathan R. Cowan Memorial Award for Developing Sailors


Snipped from CYA post on Awards night. Locas and Bone sail out of BYC.


Friends and family of Nathan Cowan donated this award to the CYA in 2002 to honour the memory of Nathan Cowan, a Canadian Sailing Team member, who died tragically in a car accident on February 16, 2002. In 2002, after years of determination and persistence, Nathan finally achieved his goal of making the National Team. Nathan’s friends and family have designed the criteria of this award in order to support athletes like Nathan, and help them through these years of hard work.

The 2007 recipients of the Nathan R. Cowan Memorial award are Oliver Bone, of Halifax, NS and Stéphane Locas, of Montréal, Québec.

Stéphane Locas and Oliver Bone have become the #1 men's 470 sailing team in Canada. Their quest for the Olympic gold is one of hard work, dedication and an unswerving sense of ambition. Stéphane & Oliver started sailing together in 2003 and have focused hard on training and competitions, leading to a strong finish at the 2007 470 World Championships in 29th. Their finish at the Worlds qualified their class and themselves for the 2008 Olympic competition in Qingdao, China.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

CYA Female Athlete of the Year


Another excerpt from the CYA website on the annual awards. - Ralph

The Female Athlete of the Year is awarded to an individual athlete or crew with a record of outstanding achievement in national and international competition and who has brought recognition to Canadian competitive sailing.

The 2007 recipient of the CYA Female Athlete of the Year award is Dominique Vallée, of Trois-Rivières, QC

Dominique has been actively pursuing an Olympic Sailing campaign in the windsurfing class for several years. She is currently a member of the Canadian Sailing Team in the RS:X class. Dominique won 1st place at the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A level 3 CYA coach, Dominique has developed a quality sailing program in her home club of Trois-Rivière, helping to develop and train future athletes. “Dominique is one of the most persistent athletes I have ever met. She never quits in the face of a challenge and she is a great role model for the youth of the windsurfing and sailing community”, states National Team coach Marc-André Littée.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Local Olympians get golden feeling


Here is a little excerpt I snipped from the McGill Athletics website, the picture is from Chantal Leger's presentation of Women in the wind which you can find on the CYA website:


By MICHAEL PIASETZKI, The Chronicle

BY MICHAEL PIASETZKI
The Chronicle
Aug. 11, 2004

Evert Bastet: Team leader, sailing

Hudson resident Evert Bastet is returning to the Olympics this as the team leader for the Canadian sailing team. As a competitor, Bastet had an amazing career that would see him evolve into a true Canadian sailing icon. He qualified for a total of five Games before finally calling it a day after Barcelona in 1992.

His defining moment came in 1984 in Los Angeles, when Canada won more medals than at any previous Games. Bastet captured a silver medal in the sailing competition's Flying Dutchman class with partner Terry McLaughlin. For the first five Olympiads, he sailed in the Flying Dutchman class, then switched to the double-handed Star class. When asked what it felt like to finally win a medal, he said, "Perseverance pays."

It was such perseverance that earned him election into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1994.

Chantal Léger: Sailing

Senneville native Chantal Léger, 26, will compete for Canada in the sailing regatta in the Yngling class as part of a women’s triple-handed keelboat.

Léger will be the crew’s youngest sailor alongside Toronto’s Deirdre Crampton and Lisa Ross. Through persistence and hard work it all came together for her two months ago at the Spa Regatta in Medenblik, Netherlands, when she along with Crampton and Ross beat out Toronto’s Felicity Clarke and Martha Henderson and Kari MacKay of Oakville, Ont., — the favourites coming in — in an Olympic-qualifying race-off.

Now, the three are part of a Canadian sailing team that will be guided by team leader Evert Bastet.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Voile Quebec Awards

Voile Quebec had its awards ceremony last night. I haven't seen an announcement regarding winners, but there are a chock full of Montreal-area sailors and clubs that are in the running. Below is the list posted on Voile Quebec's website. Congrats to all from Montreal Sailing.

2007 Quebec Sailing Federation Awards Program


The Quebec Sailing Federation nominating committee is proud to present this year’s nominees:

André-Dionne Trophy (volunteer of the Year)
To recognize a member who has contributed to the betterment of sailing in Quebec.

  • Annie Bourassa
  • Pierre Charbonneau
  • Geneviève Gagné
  • Serge Gosselin
  • Scott Morgan
  • Mariette Patry

Trophy Claudrey (Sportmanship)
This award is to recognize and encourage the sportsmanship qualities of a young Quebec sailor.
    Nominations :
  • The winners will be announced at the ceremony

Race Officer of the Year
To recognize a member who has been significantly involved in a race management activity which has provided recognition to Quebec sailing and the FVQ.
    Nominations :
  • Patrice Delhaes
  • Adam Gagnon
  • Ross Tellier

Instructor/Coach of the Year
To recognize an instructor or a coach who has contributed exceptionally to a training or a racing program.
    Nominations :
  • Olivier Charbonneau
  • Normand Corbeil
  • Matthieu Dubreucq
  • Mathieu Prévost

Club/Sailing School of the Year
This award is to recognize excellence in all programs organized by a club or a sailing school (training, racing, cruising or special event).
    Nominations :
  • Club de voile des Laurentides
  • École de voile de Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts
  • École de voile de l’Outaouais
  • Pointe-Claire Yacht Club
  • Hudson Yacht Club
  • Club de voile Memphrémagog

Event of the Year
This award was established to promote and encourage member clubs to host provincial, national or international regattas. Race management, public and media awareness, as well as innovations in regatta/event management are the principal selection criteria.
    Nominations :
  • Championnat Canadien d’Optimist 2007 (RstlYC)
  • Finale des Jeux du Québec à Sept-Îles
  • Championnat Provincial Optimist et dériveurs (EVSAM)

“Optimist” Athlete
This award is given to a Quebec “Optimist” sailor who has demonstrated exceptional results and/or improvements within the last sailing season.
    Nominations :
  • Caroline De Alcala
  • Tristan King
  • Virginie Lavallée-Corbeil
  • Dominique Racine
  • Frédérique Tougas

Young Athlete of the Year
Must have a record of outstanding achievement in provincial and/or national competition in the previous twelve months.
    Nominations :
  • Chanel Beaudoin-Cloutier
  • Alex et Éric Chouinard
  • Vanessa Dallaire-Lagacé
  • Nicholas Kroeger
  • Marc-Olivier Laurin
  • Olivier Lavallée-Corbeil
  • Caroline Morgan

EVERT BASTET Trophy
Must have a record of outstanding achievement in national and/or international competition in the previous twelve months.
    Nominations :
  • Tyler Bjorn
  • Stéphane Locas

Sailor of the Year
The Sailor of the Year trophy recognizes an exceptional achievement by a Quebec sailor. The Sailor of the Year trophy is the FVQ’s most prestigious award.
    Nominations :
  • The winners will be announced at the ceremony

Congratulation and good luck to all nominees!

Rolex Sailor of the Year Award


The following announcement is posted on the CYA website. Evert Bastet, Olympian medalist, and leader of our Olympian teams, member of the HYC and RStLYC, is Canada's Rolex Sailor of the Year. Congratulations from Montreal Sailing.

The Rolex Sailor of the Year Award, CYA's most prestigious award, is presented annually to a Canadian sailor for bringing recognition to Canadian sailing and the Canadian Yachting Association. The award was first presented in 1986 to America's Cup supporter Paul Phelan, who successfully organised a merger between Canada's top 12-meter syndicates.

The 2007 recipient of the Rolex Sailor of the Year award is Evert Bastet, of Hudson, Quebec.

Evert Bastet was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela in 1950, by 1955 his family had relocated to Hudson, Quebec and so began an incredible journey in the sailing world. Evert counts among his accomplishments the participation in 7 Olympic Games including a Silver Medal performance in the 1984 Games, further he was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Quebec Sport Hall of Fame in 2006.

In his youth, Evert described the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club as his “extended backyard”, what a formative playground for a Canadian sailing icon. Evert’s contribution to the sport of sailing extends far beyond his days spent chasing elusive Olympic Medals, he is one of the most recognizable faces of the sport with his continued dedication as a volunteer including his role as Team Leader in Athens and forthcoming in Beijing Olympic Games, along with the countless hours he has spent as a participant, official, and executive at the Royal St. Lawrence and Hudson Yacht Clubs.

His greatest support network comes from his family, wife Valerie and daughters Nicole and Kaci. The sailing world counts itself lucky that his family so willingly shares such an incredible mentor and leader with our sport.