Monday, June 29, 2009

TRY 2009 Around the Corner




Once again event #1 on the youth 'Circuit de Quebec' is the TRY Regatta being held at Pointe Claire Yacht Club starting this Thursday (Jul
y 2nd). This Training and Racing event draws young sailors from all over the region to learn and compete in a variety of classes. This year the participating classes are Optimist, Sailboard (BIC 293 & RSX), Laser, Radial, 4.7, Byte,
Club 420 and 29er.

TRY is the selection event for the Woman Double Handed Team to represent Quebec at the Canada games and is also the qualifier for the Lac. St. Louis Sailing team which would go to the Quebec Games (which are held every other year).

The first 2 days are dedicated to training our young sailors the finer points of their class. At TRY there will be 3 lead coaches to guide the participants through training drills and mock races in preparation for the weekend regatta.

The featured coaches this year are: Kristyn Hope for Optimist, Nicole Bastet for Singlehanded and Tyler Bjorn for double handed. Tyler will also give a presentation on Friday after sailing on Motivation in Sport.

The second 2 days is the weekend regatta. It is open to all ages and we encourage all sailors in area to come and try to beat the youth in Laser, Radial, 29er and Club 420 Classes.

Awards will be presented to under 18 and Overall in each eligible class.





Saturday, June 27, 2009

AQVA Needs Your Help

The Quebec Adapted Sailing Association (AQVA – Association québécoise de voile adaptée), which is based at Pointe Claire Yacht Club recently found out that the federal government grant which they receive every year to hire sailing instructors has been significantly reduced. For those of you not familiar with AQVA, it is a program which enables children and adults with significant physical disabilities to improve their quality of life and integration into the community by learning to sail independently.

Is there a more vital sailing program in Montreal? Of course not. For aspiring sailors challenged by mobility issues, the AQVA is THE organization here to help realize dreams. Sailing is an activity we all know can teach us how to overcome personal challenges, improve our skills, relieve stress, and deal with victories and defeats. Sailing can be a get-a-way, and it can be the great challenge. Sailing is personal development and social involvement. Now, imagine all of these challenges and graces exponentially magnified. That, Montreal sailors is the job of the AQVA. Still, despite giving sailing such a purpose, the AQVA finds itself short of funding. We can at least make it a little easier. And it’s pretty easy for us, just send a little cash!

Every year AQVA must raise $50,000 to cover operating expenses. This is done through fundraising activities as well as soliciting donations from foundations, corporations and individuals. This year they will have to raise an additional $14,000 to cover the staff salaries in order to run a full 10-week program. If you would like to help you can make a donation by mailing a cheque to 35 – 2025 Quesnel, Montréal (Québec) H3J 2K9 or by making a donation on-line at aqvaqc.com. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations of $20 or more.

If you would like to find out more about the program visit the website www.aqvaqc.com or call 514-694-8021.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Canadian Disabled Sailing

More on Montreal's program by the Association Québécoise de Voile Adaptée (AQVA) (which has had some funding cut) coming soon.

Ralph, Montreal Sailing

Nikola Girke at 2009 Kieler Woche


The ISAF World Cup is just finishing up its 6th stop of the series, Kieler Woche. Unusual for the venue, the regatta has had mostly light winds. Nikola Girke from Vancouver has had a super event, with her worst score of 9th being her drop race. She took 6th overall.

Résultats Venture Open, Quebec Laser Circuit #1


  1. P. Jasmin
  2. M. Robitaille (1 Junior)
  3. P. Beauregard
  4. L. Pelling (1 Femme)
  5. T. Marshall
  6. D. Deschambault
  7. B. Strath
  8. L. Beauregard
  9. J. Quintin
  10. A. Schwab
  11. C. Poirier (1 Radial)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

NOD Concludes after Windless 2nd Day

This pic is part of the collection shot by Luka Bartuovic which you can view here. I found a picture of myself doing foredeck on a T22 which I am going to buy. There are plenty of pics of all the classes and I found shots of all the Montreal sailors. Apparently there are many more beyond the online examples too. Luka must be a Montreal sailor too because he can deliver the shots to the club before Tuesday and Thursday race nights! The picture to right is of Nuisance, including Montreal Sailing contributor Stephen Waldie doing the foredeck dance with those grippy bare soles. Pierre Carpentier is on the stick and the headless one is big guy Toby Bryant.

Results remain as they were reported after Saturday's racing due to the wind being uncooperative on Sunday. Here are the final results.






Saturday, June 20, 2009

Nepean One Design 2009, First Day



Fun day of sailing today, and all the Montreal boats are doing well. Light winds with puffs here and there that are can launch a boat for a bit, but it all evens out in the end. It appears like choosing the correct side of the course, looking for more pressure is a large factor.

I'm enjoying a change of pace, doing foredeck on Tom Shenstone's Tanzer 22. It feels great to have more room on a boat again! Lots of space to do the job. The light winds also means that the masthead rig's huge #1 genoa and monster spinnaker never feel too large to control, and a lot of the time two crew could manage without the winches. Space, not being overpowered, focusing on strategy and tactics - delightful! We're doing well also, in 2nd overall with a bullet on the first day. NSC Beagle is leading the way, and nabbed another bullet out of our hands in the last 2o meters.

In the Shark class, Shark Poop and Crazy Ivan are tied in points at the top with 11 points and the top Montreal boat, Ketchup is in 3rd overall tied in points with Tiger Niles. Nuisance from Montreal is next in hot pursuit. Sudden Impulse is in 11th out of the fleet of 20.

Hooo, Joe and Tom are running away from the Fireball fleet taking bullets in every race.

There isn't much wind pressure forecast for tomorrow, but the pressure to move up, or lock in gains will keep things interesting.

Friday, June 19, 2009

The 2009 NOD this week end

I'm off to the Nepean Sailing Club in the region of Ottawa today. Tomorrow morning is the beginning of one of my favourite week ends of racing, the NOD. That's Nepean One Design Regatta. Oh, no sorry, that's not correct. It has now been renamed the RPFODR. The what? The RPFODR. What the heck is that?! Apparently, the well-known regatta formerly called NOD is now called the Richardson Partners Financial One Design Regatta. Really just rolls off the tongue doesn't it. It's very nice to have sponsorship to help with costs, especially if the registration fee goes down. I don't know if they are. Regardless though, the NOD has earned its well known name by the hard work of its volunteers over the years. I think it is a shame to dispose of that name brand recognition so well earned. Who the heck is ever going to remember the RFPODR, no that's the FPRODR...whatever. It's the NOD!

I'l be sailing on a friend's Tanzer 22 out of the hosting club. There are Sharks from Montreal on their way up. Maybe Fireballs too? I'll be keen to see how the Ultimate 20s go around the course. There's one at BYC, but I haven't seen it sail, so I'm curious. NSC is a great club, and the racing is always good. I'm looking forward to it, nd I'll see some of you there!.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Behind the Club Gates


Editorial


Sailing is a skill, and an art. Sailing is a wonderful escape, and a challenge that improves character. Heck, sailing can be almost anything we want it to be. How about sailing is a socially redeeming pastime? Well no, not usually.

Lets face it. As much as sailing has tried to change its image from a snob’s sport, from an exclusive playground for rich people, how much do we really do to make sailing relevant for more people? Is sailing an accessible sport, or does it persist as a barrier between us and the rest? How much do we do to make sailing accessible to people, who for whatever reason, are shut out of the sport? Usually, not much. Yes, occasionally regattas raise money for charitable purposes. That is an important endeavour, but it doesn’t change the reality of sailing. Usually sailing has a primary prerequisite: money.

Obviously, sailing has made some incremental steps. That is in keeping with larger social trends. I will even acknowledge that significant change has occurred. Sailing opportunities have improved. The pastime is not just for the upper crust anymore. Many clubs market themselves toward the upper middle class or the broader middle class. Very little exists for the larger population as a whole. Sometimes, it is simply the reality of the real costs that are the barrier. Some community-owned facilities are out there. Most waterfront is privatized. Worst of all, dinosaurs and intolerance persist. Some sailors are still looking for an exclusive, private social club with a country atmosphere. They are not trying to grow the sport, which is a different ambition (and not necessarily a progressive objective either). I have little patience for them.

At least we don't bar Jews anymore. Catholics go unoticed! I still don't see many women skippers. I still don't see many sailors of visible "minorities". Most importantly, I still don't recognize many people without a considerable amount of discretionary income. Yes, money, the final and most considerable barrier to social diversity and popular participation.
 
Organizationally, sailing is still caught in old ways. Culturally, many sailing venues have embraced the middle class in atmosphere, in acceptance of a more open environment, casual, and friendly. W.A.S.P.s are now bugs in the flower beds. Yes, we have moved from the dark ages. I suspect one persistent impediment is the political structure of the sport. Sailing is not really democratic. Clubs are ostensibly democratic, non-profit, private corporations, but they don't really operate democratically. Part of that is the reality of time available. Participation itself is a luxury. Part of it is that commitment is not the vaunted, socially engaging mechanism it used to be. As a result, those who commit, taking suffrage seriously, giving their time, they suffer. Too many want a free ride, or to pay plenty and be served. Some want to pay little and still be served! Beyond the club, sailing could use a transition similar to that of some political parties. Why is it that individual sailors don't have voting rights at provincial and national sailing organizations? We pay dues, but we don't have the franchise. Can sailing become a widely accessible sport without democratic structure? Do sailing organizations want to grow that broadly, or do they just want the money? In any case, our pastime gives evidence of class and exclusivity beyond organizational structures.

Perhaps sailing is a silly place to imagine blowing red trumpets. I think not though. Sailing like any pastime, is a cultural reflection of who we are, and makes for interesting observations of our behaviour, expectations and views. I see the persistence of class, even if now less obvious within the club gates.

Ralph Stocek, Montreal Sailing



Monday, June 15, 2009

More on 2009 Etchells Canadian Championship



Luc Gloutney's team on Allegro. Everybody is raving about the photos by Robert Steiner which you can view on his photo site. Thanks Allan for the heads up on the great post! For those who might have missed it, super-sailor Pierre Jasmin fired off the first post earlier (scroll down), and results are also listed there. - Ralph, Montreal Sailing


Regatta report from Allan Gray on HYC's blog, Sailors' Advisory.

All those sailors who were able to make it to Hudson Yacht Club for the 2009 Etchells Canadian Championships were in for a terrific ride. The regatta kicked off HYC’s 100th anniversary celebrations and the sailing gods smiled upon us. We had three days of wind and sunny skies on beautiful Lake of Two Mountains—and a couple of evenings of memorable post-race parties.

Fourteen boats from Lake Champlain, Toronto and the Montreal area vied for the championship. Day 1 began with the lake as flat as glass, but as the 12:30 starting time approached a 6-8 knot breeze began to fill in and the Race Committee managed to get in three races. At the end of the day, Hank Lammens, with crew Dirk Kneulman and John Clark, led with three bullets, followed by RCYC’s Allan Liebel and crew Kent Paisley and Mike Wren in 2nd spot, and HYC’s Scott Lawrence, Mike Laventure and Kevin Thompson in 3rd.

Day 2 was all about rock and roll, in more ways than one. In 15-25 knot breezes the fleet got off four races, shredded a couple of chutes, and saw some spinnaker pole bits and pieces plummet to the bottom of the lake. Lammens and company padded their lead with two more bullets, Liebel and crew sailed steadily to hold onto 2nd place, and Lake Champlain’s Ray Harrington moved up into 3rd.

That evening the beat-up competitors were treated to a southern-style smoked barbeque feast, with roast chicken, pulled pork and all the trimmings, and then retired to the HYC bar for the Detroit-Pittsburg playoff game and some live music provided by the Hudson Yacht Club Lonely Heart’s Club Band, featuring Paul Laflamme and Scott Lawrence, two local members of the Etchells fleet. A highlight had to be Kent Paisley’s impromptu tambourine and vocal stylings later in the evening.

On Sunday the winds came out of the west at 8-10 knots and the fleet got off its two final races. All boats were off the water by 1:30 and out of the harbour by 2:45. At the end of it all, Lammens, Kneulman and Clark prevailed, followed by the Liebel and Harrington teams.

Over the three days the racing was excellent with square lines, fair courses and a tightly bunched group of competitors. Thanks must go out to the RC, headed up by HYC’s Ross Tellier, and to all of the sponsors, including Tenaquip, Ontario Yachts, La Diable, Quantum, the International Etchells Canadian Association, Etchells Fleet 3 Montreal and the Hudson Yacht Club.

The next major event on our schedule is the North Americans on September 15-19 at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto. We look forward to seeing you there.

Additional phots from the event taken by Robert Steiner can be seen at http://steinerfoto.zenfolio.com/

Friday, June 12, 2009

Tom Slingsby Sailing / Montreal Lasers tomorrow

Well I know Tom Slingsby's stand up Laser technique may not win tomorrow's regatta out of Venture SC, but hey, it sure is an exciting skill! Just a little tribute from me to the single-handers who will be going at it in the first official regatta of the Quebec Circuit.

- Ralph, Montreal Sailing

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Lightning Mallets Bay Spring Regatta


3 Teams of Montreal sailors made the quick trip to the Vermont side of Lake Champlain to race in the Lightning Fleet 301's Spring Regatta. Some pretty big talent races in that fleet, even legends of the class. Here's Stephen Waldie's perspective of the racing:

"The weekend was lots of fun and the weather on Saturday was a perfect 7-12 knots and sunny. Sunday there was no racing ( no wind). It was my first regatta in the new boat so I am still trying to get some of the rigging running properly. Considering my short time in the Lightning I was pleased with my result. I was often mixing with the top 5 boats in the fleet and felt my speed around the course was in the top 1/3 of the fleet. Now, all I need to do is get my head out of the boat.

"I am really loving the Lightning fleet and do not regret my decision to buy a boat. They are a great bunch of people. Very helpful and friendly - and the free beer at regattas is nice too!

"I heard that it had been pretty heavy in Montreal. Good thing the Shark loves big breeze! It looks like the Shark fleet is regaining momentum in the area. My parents owned one for several years and always say what a great boat it is.

"I am sailing the NOD with Pierre and Toby (Shark, Nuisance) - will I see you there?

Cheers,
Stephen

Thanks for the news Stephen! I've sailed the NOD (Nepean One Design) Regatta many times and have fond memories of it when in the Tanzer class. I haven't raced the Shark enough to sort things out yet, so will have to pass. When we get around the race course without an incident it will be more fun. I know all about the travails of running rigging! I am envious of Stephen and the others who will be in Ottawa that w/e. Jen is highly talented on foredeck of the Shark "Nuisance, and much easier to look at then Stephen. Still, I fully expect Stephen will fill the significant void and"Nuisance" will be at the top end of the racing. I really like the Lightning too and hope that Stephen, Jessica, et al give the class some increased traction here! - Ralph, Montreal Sailing

Photo from RStLYC archive.

Full Results

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

Monday, June 08, 2009

Crazy Ivan & Blue Shark Winners at Coupe du Quebec

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.

Full results

Pic is from the Crazy Ivan website.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Record # of Racers at Shark Regatta


The Shark Coupe du Quebec has attracted a record number of boats. There are 21 boats in total and 11 of them are Montreal - area. I think that might be 2 records actually!

I found the breeze and waves difficult today. The #1 would be overpowered in the gusts for our light-ish crew, but the #2, which we put up in the first race was way underpowered. Clunking into some of the waves would bog the boat down. We had running rigging tangles at every leeward mark rounding and during spin hoists too. To add insult to injury the tiller extension pulled out of the wood at the end. So I've got lots of sorting out to go before we can make our boat go properly. To be honest, it was ugly! Still, a bunch of races together sure helps you make a prioritized To Do list.

Perennial favourites, AC-DC experts and all-around real nice guys on the boat Crazy Ivan are running away with the regatta so far. And, heeere's some hot news: wow look at Jin go! His Blue Shark is the first place Montreal boat. A super result, beating a good number of very competitive boats. Well done. Here are the overall top results and also the results for local boats.

Overall Results
  1. Crazy Ivan, 6 points
  2. Bedlam, 16
  3. Frankly Scarlett, 19
  4. Shark Poop, 20
  5. Blue Shark, 21
Montreal Results
  1. Blue Shark, 21 points
  2. Nuisance, 26
  3. Crisis, 36
  4. Vo2 Max, 36
  5. Ketchup, 37
Full Results

Big Regatta Weekend

It's a big weekend! Lots of important regattas for Montreal sailors:
  1. Etchells, Canadian Championship, HYC, L2M
  2. Lightning, Spring Regatta, MBBC, Mallets Bay
  3. Shark, Coupe du Quebec, BYC, LSL
  4. Coupe Bernard Desjardins, CVSF, LSF
Have fun everyone! We worked on our Shark till 10 pm last night. Still lots to do and learn, but were making progress. I must admit to being concerned about the Environment Canada local weather forecast for our good ol' boats:

Strong wind warning in effect.
Wind southwest 10 to 15 knots increasing to westerly 15 to 25 near noon then diminishing to west 10 to 15 early this evening.

Friday, June 05, 2009

GNS Series A, Race 2: Results Continued

Whoops, I hit the "Publish" button in the previous post before completing editing and including
the dinghy results. Don't want to miff the centreboard crowd cuz they are the best.

Centerboards & M16's Division and Fireball: 7 racing in the chilly water
  • Whoah, a Martin 16 takes the bullet, an upset, congrats! No helm listed except for "AQVA".
  • 3 Lightnings racing, and the 2 young crews par excellence with Stephen Waldie and Jessica Lombard were both beaten by #14326. WHOIZZAT?!
  • Also 1 29er and 1 420 on the course.
  • Joe Jospe's Fireball crew out there for a toot. Lone Ball, but it makes a good opportunity to congratulate Joe and Tom Egli for their extraordinary feat at the UK National Championship in Weymouth. These two of Montreal's finest placed 18th overall in a fleet of 63 boats that remains one of the most challenging clases in the world. When Montreal Fireball racing gets underway, it is always amazing to watch them square off against the other hotshots of the class.
Full results



GNS Series A, Race 2: Results

The results have been posted.

Etchells: 6 Racing
Dick Steffen's Uhu got tagged for an OCS. Pierre Jasmin and the team on Vivace fits into first place like a comfy old shoe!

PHRF 1 & 2: 4 Racing
Blue Gull, Premature Grey, J24s lead the race.

Shark: 8 Racing
See previous report!

Tanzer 22: 6 Racing
The Fichten's Sine Wave is Montreal's best. Hey, look at Shelley Dorfman's Goin' Strait in 2nd, formerly white sailin', now movin' to the tops of spin. flyin'! Congratulations guys! The Linton's Encore Une Fois 38 seconds after for 3rd.

PHRF 3
Richard and Erica's Moore's Ariel the Mirage 24, continues to squeeze its way in right between the Sharks and T22s, 9th of 15 boats. Just behind Sine Wave, given the wind, a valid, solid 2nd place finish. They must be workin' it just right.

White Sails: 11 Racings
Results may contain errors.

Full Results

Thursday, June 04, 2009

GNS Series A, Race 2: Ketchup gives a lesson to the Shark School

Today, I want to focus on a highlight story from Tuesday's race.

Very good sailing conditions: fairly light winds, but remaining of consistent strength through the race, coming from the west - southwest. Most teams chose the left side of the course.

Another headline option: Stormin' George and the team on Ketchup humiliate the fleet. Okay, I know that sounds pretty strong, but holy moly! I really can't think of any other way to describe it. This Shark showed everyone it is still a Top Dawg contender. Forget everything I said about last Tuesday’s race. I'm eating my words, and having some indigestion.

The start had the usual pack flying in behind the committee boat to cross on starboard tack. Kaos pulled a move I like to do, but they executed much better. They approached the starboard tack pack sailing on port. Then they flipped on to starboard a little ahead of the pack and sailed for a spot a little further down the line. They appeared to get a pretty good start this way, clean air, going fast and on the line when the gun fired.

George and Ketchup appeared further back in the pack to me, but I must have been wrong, judging from a short bit later. George thought his crew called an awesome start. I did appreciate one significant advantage they had. After crossing the start line, his boat, Ketchup was well to windward of the tight pack of Sharks, though still back a ways from the lead boats. Several boats were ahead to leeward. Well here's my question: how the heck does George get that speed while maintaining that height over the Shark pack? Cuz that boat just powered along, and by the halfway point to the windward mark, they had smoked the fleet leaving it far behind. The Professors had spoken. RACE OVER!

Not for the other positions behind Ketchup of course. Back in the Shark school, Kaos was starting to fall back in the leeward position, and that green boat I've called the darkhorse running for Top Dawg sprang forth: Eclipse. Well behind George, but well ahead of the other Sharkies in the pack. Peter was sailing with his daughter, but short his son, and they did a great job.

As they closed in on the mark, some interesting tid bits. George was catching the whites and pushing his way around the mark and through that fleet. Chute was launched and full in 19 seconds. Further back, Eclipse had tacked onto the port layline, and was barrelling for the mark, still an easy second, or so I thought. Outta nowhere came VO2 Max, crossing very close. I missed the cross, and don't know whether it was ahead or behind, but after crossing paths the Max also tacked roughly onto the port layline. However, coming out of the tack they had little boat speed and Eclipse looked like they would still easily make the mark rounding in 2nd place. I don't know how they did it, but VO2 Max rounded a boat length ahead of Eclipse and hoisted and filled their chute in 16 seconds. Brilliant. Eclipse right behind, despite being short-handed also had a fast launch.

With no Sharks in the midst to toy with, Ketchup caught the Etchells fleet and even passed some as he made his way to the second windward mark rounding. They took a long time launching and filling the chute for the final run, 34 seconds, but were so far ahead it was of no consequence. The Etchells very politely passed by on the leeward side for the final run. VO2 Max also took longer to launch for the final run, 34 seconds, and crossed the finish line about a minute after Ketchup, asserting itself over Nuisance (I think) in 3rd. They crossed about 180 seconds after the gun. George Stedman had buddies Rob Levy and Peter Kelly on board for this race. Ahh, 3 all-stars! Well, perhaps George got a bruising last week inflicted by a Nuisance, amongst others, but today... well, ‘nuff said.

Ralph, Montreal Sailing

PS, I see quite a Shark feeding frenzy coming this week end as the battle for top Montreal team takes place within the Shark Class' Coupe Du Quebec. If Ketchup is sailed by the same three, hoo-boy, watch for ‘em! Hopefully, I'll be sort of ready, but even if DFL (likely), we'll be out on Mainsail for our first sailing of the season, having fun and supporting the fleet. Should be a great week end.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Club Awards Series 'A' First Race a Nuisance Again!

Not as many boats out for the first Club Awards race of the season as the weather was not as pleasant. No dinghies out and just one Etchells, Tac-tic out on the course. Good on them for getting a sail anyway. Jammin' and Blue Gull were also out for a match race in PHRF 2.

PHRF 3 and the Whites both had good numbers.

Nuisance sent another signal that they mean serious business as first Shark and winning the race. Pierre was back on the boat for this race. The top sailors in the Shark fleet have another boat out there in Nuisance that looks set to take a podium spot away. In my mind, the question is which one! This might get to be a rough and tumble competition because there are really about 5 boats that should EXPECT to be on the podium! So which ones and in what order? This is difficult to make odds on. I am going to say that if Nuisance wants it bad enough, they are going to topple somebody. Placing 2nd, the Shark Sudden Impulse had a great day too. Kaos was the next Shark just 7 seconds behind. Blue Shark made it 5 Sharks this night.

Next was Ariel, the Mirage 24, the Tanzer 22s. First T22 of a threesome was the Linton's Encore Une Fois. It looks pretty much like the Lintons will grab a podium position within the Tanzer 22 class.

In white sail, Sawiki topped the fleet of 5 boats to take a commanding victory in real and corrected time. Moonraker took 2nd.

Results