Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Etchells Canadian Championship 2009

Check out the super photos of these beautiful boats, at the Etchells Canadian Championship, like the one above by photographer Robert Steiner.

Top Five in fleet of 15 boats.
  1. H.Lammens, Kneulman, Clark
  2. A.Liebel, Paisley, Wren (RCYC)
  3. R.Harrington
  4. P.Jasmin, Beauregard, Roquet (PCYC)
  5. A.Gray, Skafel, Racette (HYC)
Full results

Great regatta at Hudson Yacht Club with good winds all three days (honking on Saturday). Hank Lammens ( ex-Finn world champion and Canadian Olympic team member) dominated on Dirk Neulman's (Etchells builder, Ontario Yachts owner) Cruel Jane. Not quite the turnout we expected from Montreal area boats, but I guess it is still early in the season. We sailed conservatively, trying to position ourselves favourably and managed a pretty steady showing at the finish line of the 9 races held through the weekend. Although I've sailed in Hudson many times in the last 30 years, I honestly still don't quite understand how it works. Even the locals were caught going up the usually favored side of the course only to find it was'nt the case this time. We had a fantastic BBQ supper provided by a caterer that I would strongly recommend, www.zeecompany.net , there will by lots of pictures of the event at www.steinerfoto.zenfolio.com and your truly brought some of the finest ales from Microbrasserie La Diable.

Need any other reason to sail an Etchells?

Cheers and sail fast! Pierre J.

"Cruel Jane", what a great name for a race boat! Thanks Pierre! - Ralph, Montreal Sailing