Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Despite our local wintry clime, just days away, one of the most significant regattas for Montrealers, Canadians, and highest grade sailors everywhere will be held - in Miami, Florida. The Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta officially begins Sunday. So far, 436 sailors from 41 countries are registered for the racing on Biscayne Bay. It is generally expected that the competitors who have, or hope to compete in the Olympics will test themselves in Miami.
The regatta is competition #2 in the 7 regatta series which is the International Sailing Federation's new Sailing World Cup. Competitors rack up points through the series determining world champions in each class. Obviously then, we can expect some elite sailors and a heck of a lot more who want to go up against them and test their progress.
Here are some names from the registration list that are sailors from Quebec:
Christine Lavallee - 2.4mR - Gatineau
Scott Lutes - 2.4mR - Montreal
Eric Holden & Oliver Bone - 470-Men - Vancouver, Montreal
Matthieu Dubreucq, Trevor Parekh - 49er - Montreal
Caroline Morgan - Laser Radial - Westmount
Myriam Samson-Dô - Laser Radial - Québec
Vanessa Dallaire-Lagacé - Laser Radial - Québec
Chanel Cloutier Beaudoin - Laser Radial - Magog
Geneviève Bougie-Bastien - Laser Radial - Beaconsfield
Laurence Bonneau-Charland - Laser Radial - Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts
Dominique Vallee - RS-X Women - Trois-Rivieres
Brian Cramer - Tyler Bjorn - Star - Campbellville, Ontario, Montreal
Oliver Bone isn't sailing this regatta with his Olympic '08 partner, Stephane Locas. Instead, he has hooked up with a Tornado sailor, Eric Holden. Many other top Canadian sailors are registered, and it is a pretty good bet that we will see some of them on the podium. In addition to Holden/Bone and all the above, I'l also be watching sailors like Youth competitor Robert Davis in the Laser, the incredibly skilled adult Canadian Laser sailors, Chris Cook in the Finn, and Oskar Johansson making his first move outside the Tornado, having a go in the Star class. There is a very large number of Canadian women competing, which is exciting and bodes so well for the future of sailing in Canada. One young example, Geneviève Bougie-Bastien of Beaconsfield, training hard, and steadily moving up the ranks, is one of the many here hoping to be an Olympian the next time in 2012. We'll be cheering!
Monday, January 19, 2009
The CYA has announced the membership for the 2009 Canadian Youth Sailing Team. These are generally the sailors who are under 19 years of age, and recognized as having the greatest successes. Here are the sailors from Quebec, including the Montreal area:
Jean-Luc Robitaille (ANBB, QC)
Jean-Luc began sailing at the age of 10 due, in great part, to his father’s influence. He thoroughly enjoyed it and took to the sport immediately. He placed top on the leader board at the Canadian Optimist Championships and CORK. He also enjoys playing basketball and swimming.
Jean-Luc placed 5th at the Youth National Championships.
LASER RADIAL CLASS
Neomi Lebel (EVO, QC)
Neomi attended an Opti sailing camp at the age of 7. She began to compete in sailing in the Opti, followed by the Byte and finally the Radial. Neomi also enjoys skiing and snowboarding. She is currently in college and hopes to pursue a postgraduate education in business.
Neomi placed 5th overall at the CYA Youth National Championships.
29er MALE CLASS
Eric & Alex Chouinard (Royal St-Lawrence YC, QC)
Eric & Alex both began sailing at the age of 12. In their first summer sailing, they began with a one-week program at the Royal St-Lawrence Yacht Club in the Optimist. The following summer, they took a 6-week program in which they learnt the basics of racing. They sailed the 420 for 2 months and finally decided to sail 29ers. Eric & Alex also enjoy skiing, playing tennis and guitar.
Eric & Alex qualified for the 2008 ISAF Youth World Championships and placed 20th overall.
There are some pretty hot sailors from all over Canada, and it goes to show, Canada continues to be very a promising country of Olympic class sailing. Beyond Quebec, we see examples in powerhouse Robert Davis from Kingston YC, and I must cheer on my favourite, Oliver Darroch (who with his dad, my friend Neil, helped me rig the Shark at Bronte YC. Thanks guys!) We have seen some exciting performances from Canada's Olympic sailors, and it looks like that will continue. All that effort will surely rub off on our local scenes too.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Great action Photo by Sarah Proctor from the J24 World's website.
Montreal Sailing got a warm new year's greeting from one of our important fleet representatives. David Cobbett of the J24 crowd sent a note. Thanks so much David for the email and the encouragement to continue the service and fun that is Montreal Sailing.
Winter notwithstanding, the J24, skipper David Cobbett and crew are all already engaged in preparations for the J24 World Sailing Championship, to be hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club, April 30th - May 8th. Over 70 boats, including some of the world's best sailors will be competing. David's boat "High Strung" is being prepped by Waterline Systems in Newport, Rhode Island, and the crew is stepping it up with a physical training program. I understand the very hot "Navtech" team from Quebec City will be there, as well as the Baygull team from PCYC.
About 5200 J24s have been built, and the class continues to provide some of the best high end racing as well as the local scene. The J24's most significant home in the area of Montreal Sailing is David's playground of the Hudson Yacht Club.
Rock on guys, and send us updates!