Crazy Ivan was the runaway winner at this past weekend's Shark class Coupe du Quebec. On Saturday, they won two bullets and took 2nd in each of the other two. Sunday they placed 7th in the first, and didn't need to sail the final race to take the regatta. Bedlam and Shark Poop completed the podium places, separated by only one point. Familiar Frankly Scarlett took 4th for an Ontario sweep.
Then came the Montreal boats that are many of the best of fleet. The Quebec championship is awarded to the top Quebec boat and the prized half-hull trophy finally came home to its past winner Jin Frati and crew on Blue Shark. Jin is a perennial winer of this trophy, but in more recent years has had to share it with some pretty hot competition. Not only did Blue Shark take the Quebec championship, but they hade a good lead too! The next boats were Montreal boats in a near three-way tie! Nuisance with 41 points, followed by Vo2 Max, then Ketchup each with 42 points.
Way, way down the list, I got my DFL, but only after having more fun besting Bill Lynam's Rubba Dubdub, after he whooped us the first day! Maybe Bill and I will be best friends as the Backpacker fleet. We'll try not to make it an exclusive club.
Conditions stayed very light for Sunday's final 2 races. BYC did a great job organizing the regatta with live music, food included with registration at good prices, efficient launching and hauling out, experienced race committee work led by Chris Paynter, and really rapid posting of results online. I think the June dates and typically better winds, increasing size of the fleet, and good organization all bode well for BYC's hosting of the Sharks' Canadian championship next year, and the World Championship in 2011.
Pic is from the Crazy Ivan website.