Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Etchells Regatta and huh, J24s? Yah!

Gee, maybe the month of June should be designated One Design Racing Month! Last week end the Sharks had their Coupe du Quebec out of BYC, and the F-18 catamarans came to PCYC. That's not all. June 16th and 17th, the Etchells fleet at PCYC had their Etchells Challenge Cup. Sharing the race committee were 5 J24 doing one design. Wow! When was the last time we had J24s racing one design on Lac St. Louis. Well done folks.

The Etchells fleet of 9 boats had some good competition. 1st overall went to the team on Vivace, recently referred to here in Montreal Sailing. Based on their performance so far in Spring racing Vivace was awarded a "Bone" as a potential Montreal Sailing "Top Dawg" of 2008.

Vivace, skippered by Pierre Jasmin, scored two bullets and a 2nd out of five races in a march towards a total of 8 points. Tied for 2nd overall were the winner of last year's distance in Hudson, Luc Gloutney's Allegro, and Keith Matthew's TBD at 12 points each. Allegro scored a bullet in race 2 which broke the tie! Just one point apart were David Covo's Eminence Grise in 4th overall and Uhu in 5th. Adding to Covo's grey hairs and almost toppling his eminence was... no not the usual Uhu helm, Dick Steffen. Skiff sailor Marc Farmer was helming Uhu on this occasion.

The J24 racing was won by Navtech. Another points tie this week end occurred between Lee Grant's Peacemaker in 2nd and Dave Cobbett's High Strung in third. Stephan Blais on Premature Grey, and Pierre-Eric Docher 's Bay Gull rounded out the 5. Congratulations to all for getting another OD class on the water!