Saturday, October 11, 2008

Pas De Deux 2008: Jake & Cathy Crash the Etchells Party

Jake & Cathy (seated on the left) sailed today. Pictured also, but not racing today is Marbeth.

It was an extremely light wind day, and Jake & Cathy took the lead from us in our Shark very quickly in this fun pursuit race. We were the scratch boat. The Tanzer 22 was the boat to sail today. Being a J.A.M sail distance race with significant sections off the wind, the big masthead genny served them well. Of course Cathy always sails both high and fast, and Jake had the strategy just right. By staying high upwind to Baie d'Urfe they managed to be less affected by the wind knock near Dowker's Island, and they did not have to throw in the extra tack before reaching the windward mark. Boats that went left had a wee bit more wind, and less current to deal with. It was only on the last leg that the wind picked up significantly, allowing David Covo's Etchells to gain its stride, and nip in front for the race victory. Well done David. The Fichten's Sine Wave was next followed by the good lookin' Etchells pack. Sawiki, is a Grampian 26 sailed by a regular contender for white sail Top Dawg, Ben Waring from BYC. The Warings did very well today too, finishing in the top tier.

Another very pleasant day on the water, was followed by a chili lunch and good draft at PCYC. This race has a twist in that the big trophy is awarded to the club which has a combination of best finishes and the most boats competing as the winning criteria. Once again, PCYC edged out RSt.LYC by a slim margin.

If you're boat hasn't been hauled out for the season yet, today was a good day to be sailing in Montreal