Thursday, July 31, 2008

Shark Still Teething


Well, it looks like I am finally going to get a little racing in. Readers of Montreal Sailing might recall I picked up a Shark to try my hand at racing with what some believe is the best racing class in Canada. The boat was a very fair deal, and I knew that I would be spending a lot of time making changes to set the boat up like the great examples of Sharks at Beaconsfield Yacht Club. Well, a lot of grinding metal, changing of rigging, standing and running, fixing up spinnaker gear, riveting, and so on, the boat, currently called Mainsail, has begun its transformation from a solid, basic club racer to a bona fide member of the Montreal Shark community. I hope its previous owner will approve and enjoy a sail on her one day.

This is not to say that both the boat and the skipper don't have a lot more improvements in store. Frankly, I stink! DFL, or close to it is the standard to better at the moment. After a couple of club races, and one regatta, further evidence in the standings have shown how difficult this boat is to learn. All seems well until we sail anywhere near another Shark and see how slow and low we race.

Hopefully, a couple of simple changes, like tell tales I can see on the opposite side of the sail, getting the windex back on, and getting more familiarity with the boat will have us more competitive before too, too long. Other issues will be more challenging. I picked up a North genoa at the Shark regatta in Oakville, and some reasonable sails from Paul Baehr, at a better than fair price. I still owe him a few beers. This was a huge improvement. However, sails and trim are still a dark area. I tried an old main sail in the last Good Neighbours race, primarily because it had the correct numbers on it. For some reason, this sail has a bizarre belly along the foot that can't be right! No amount of outhaul, vang, and cunningham changed its shape. Without a black band indicator, perhaps it was simply the halyard. We were just guessing at genoa trim, but didn't get its cunningham sorted out, so sailed with scallops in pretty strong wind. Pointing was so poor, I had to luff up to avoid boats, and overstand the marks to make sure I would nail them.

Of course none of this (particularly my helmsmanship), had anything to do with our placing DFL. That responsibility, I am relieved to say goes to our confident foredeck crew, June. We had decided not to fly the chute on the first run due to high winds and a report sent to the back of the boat, that the running rigging looked wonky. One of my pending upgrades is new Harken #6 winches for flying the chute, as yet uninstalled. The crew thought this decision applied to the race in its entirety, and dutifully removed the sheets, being as neat as they are. The wind softened for the next sausage, and approaching the mark, I called for the spinnaker pole to be mounted. The crew looked at me in a quizzically fashion... Left to white sails on that leg we lost many boats passed earlier in good shifts. Still, not a crewmember to sit back, June lept in to action, and prepped the lines for the next downwind leg. She had them attached to the sail and led around the forestay with impressive speed. Obviously, feeling like a cat leaping around the boat with nary a change in the hull's balance, she stood up straight on the leeward cockpit seat, and bent over at the waist to thread the rope through the last block at her feet. Of course, that was the perfect time for a healthy puff to heel the boat smartly, and give us a burst of speed. June gracefully launched into the air, and exhibited a remarkably beautiful swan dive into the water!

Hooray! We now had the most splendid excuse for our certain DFL. Even better yet, this being my first real "crew overboard" emergency, I am pleased to report a recovery of the sailor within approximately 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. We actually closed in on Shelby's Tanzer 22, but he still crossed ahead. We had an exciting evening, a story to tell at the clubhouse, scotch to warm our still cheery, but wet celebrity, and finally, a lot more sailing to look forward to.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Results: Venture Laser open


Here are the results of the first Laser regatta of the season, the Venture Laser Open.

1 126565 LISA PELLING
2 160929 JORDI QUINTIN
3 188649 PIERRE JASMIN
4 184454 PHILIPPE BEAUREGARD
5 175861 DENYS DESCHAMBEAULT
6 188117 LOUIS BEAUGEGARD
7 29427 DONNY STRATH
8 66262 BILL STRATH
9 175022 PETER GUTKOWSKI
10 92843 ANDREAS SCHWAB
11 66645 NICK VIGLIOTTI

The next stop on the Laser circuit is SailEast August 1st-3rd.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Venture Laser Open Today


Today, is the first Laser Regatta of the Quebec Laser Circuit 2008. It's being held at the Venture Club of the Pointe Claire Sailing Base in Valois Bay and is open to both Radial and Full Rig. Have a blast gang!

Infos : www.laserd2.org

Venture Club link

These regattas are important developments this year in developing dinghy racing and affordable sailing!

Ralph - Montreal Sailing

Friday, July 25, 2008

Canadian Olympic Sailors To Get A Lot Of TV Coverage!


BEIJING 2008: THE OLYMPIC GAMES on bold
BACKGROUNDER

CBC's digital channel bold is home to exclusive, live daily coverage of Sailing events for BEIJING 2008: THE OLYMPIC GAMES. Starting Friday, August 8, bold will telecast more than 250 total hours from Beijing, including more than 150 hours of combined live coverage.

Peter Rusch and Fiona Kidd will track all the sailing action and medal hopefuls from Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center.

Please see the full broadcast schedule below or visit CBCSports.ca/Olympics. Viewers can contact their local television service provider or visit boldtv.ca for information on how to subscribe to bold.

BEIJING 2008: THE OLYMPIC GAMES

SAILING ON bold

BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(Schedule subject to change)

SAILING




Saturday, August 9 Keelboat Heavyweight Dinghy-Finn 1 a.m. ET LIVE

Keelboat Heavyweight Dinghy-Finn 11:15 a.m. ET



Sunday, August 10 Skiff Dinghy-49er 1 a.m. ET LIVE

Skiff Dinghy-49er 2 p.m. ET



Monday, August 11 Windsurfing RS:X Men’s and Women’s 1 a.m. ET LIVE

Windsurfing RS:X Men’s and Women’s 12 noon ET



Tuesday, August 12 Men’s 1 Person Dinghy Laser / 1 a.m. ET LIVE

Women’s 1 Person Dinghy Laser Radial

Men’s 1 Person Dinghy Laser / 12:30 p.m. ET

Women’s 1 Person Dinghy Laser Radial



Wednesday, August 13 Men’s 2 Person Dinghy 470 / 1 a.m. ET LIVE

Women’s 2 Person Dinghy 470

Men’s 2 Person Dinghy 470 / 12:15 p.m. ET

Women’s 2 Person Dinghy 470



Thursday, August 14 Skiff Dinghy-49er 1 a.m. ET LIVE

Skiff Dinghy-49er 12:15 p.m. ET



Friday, August 15 Multihull Tornado / Men’s Keelboat Star 1 a.m. ET LIVE

Multihull Tornado / Men’s Keelboat Star 11:15 a.m. ET



Saturday, August 16 Heavyweight Dinghy Finn Medal Race / 1 a.m. ET LIVE

Women’s Keelboat Yngling Medal Race

Heavyweight Dinghy Finn Medal Race / 12 p.m. ET

Women’s Keelboat Yngling Medal Race



Sunday, August 17 Skiff Dinghy-49er Medal Race 1 a.m. ET LIVE

Skiff Dinghy-49er Medal Race 11:15 a.m. ET



Monday, August 18 Men’s 2 Person Dinghy 470 Medal Race / 1 a.m. ET LIVE

Women’s 2 Person Dinghy 470 Medal Race

Men’s 2 Person Dinghy 470 / Medal Race 11 a.m. ET

Women’s 2 Person Dinghy 470 Medal Race



Tuesday, August 19 Men’s 1 Person Dinghy Laser Medal Race / 1 a.m. ET LIVE

Women’s 1 Person Dinghy Laser Radial Medal Race

Men’s 1 Person Dinghy Laser Medal Race / 11:15 a.m. ET

Women’s 1 Person Dinghy Laser Radial Medal Race



Wednesday, August 20 Windsurfing RS:X Men’s and Women’s Medal Race 1 a.m. ET LIVE

Windsurfing RS:X Men’s and Women’s Medal Race 12 noon ET



Thursday, August 21 Multihull Tornado / Men’s Keelboat Star Medal Race 1 a.m. ET LIVE

Multihull Tornado / Men’s Keelboat Star Medal Race 11:45 a.m. ET

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008

"Friarballs"

I do so like creative boat names. Friarballs sailing in the BYC Annual. - Ralph, Montreal Sailing

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Sailweek final racing today

Two Tanzer 22s fight for air during the BYC Annual Regatta that opened Sailweek.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Sailweek!


Sailweek is hosting great action and a lot of boats this week. More competition tonight, and then the concluding Sailweek event on Saturday, the PCYC Annual. Tonight, I hope to get my Shark out for some fun and its first sail. Come on out! - Ralph

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Give a Dawg a Bone


Given that we have an interest in who the "Top Dawgs" of Montreal Sailing are, lets keep the contest of sorts going. Through the summer, many winners are produced in the various racing series and regattas. It is obvious who the winners are by looking at results. Sometimes, we can glean other top sailors from the racing scene too. For example, in PHRF racing, it is sometimes more interesting to look at the racers in different classes of boats as well as the handicapped score. There are winners in one design regattas, and sometimes they get beaten in another event or series. So, here at Montreal Sailing, we like to award "Bones" to those racers who excel, as the summer progresses. Perhaps, by the end of the season, with a stellar list to publish, we can look at the Bone Awards and decide which are truly the Top Dawgs. If you have nominees, by all means send them in! We shall update the Bone Awards soon.