Friday, July 24, 2009

Kaos, Montreal Sailing's Boat of the evening!



Pictured above, Kaos helmed by Don McDonough, middle is son Dan, and my view of forward crew was blocked. - Ralph, Montreal Sailing.

Here is something fun. Forget about all the various results, the joys, the despair, the fouls, the triumphs. Let's highlight one success story of the most recent race. This team deserves to be the whole story today. Don McDonough has been out there a long time. Kaos was out there when the times were tough for Sharks. Years ago, few Sharks were racing, most were being dragged down the standings by the large dragnet that was the dominant Tanzer 22 fleet at the time. Don and his Shark Kaos kept plugging away. It couldn't have been easy! More Sharks race now, and they are sailed much faster, usually at the front. However, even though Tof's team took the race by a healthy margin, the second boat that crossed the line had the most significant achievement: Kaos! Why? Because they are now #28, an old boat maintained beautifully, because they have slowly moved through the fleet, getting better and better, and now beating real sharp boats.  This Thursday's race, they beat such tough competitors such as the Tanzer 22s that used to beat them like Linton's Encore Une Fois, and Fichten's Sine Wave. But, that's not all, they also beat the heavyweights in their own OD class the Sharks. Yup, they beat Nuisance, Ketchup and Blue Shark! No, they WHUPPED ASS! They spanked some of the best boats on the water.

Kaos, Montreal Sailing's Boat of the Evening!


Thursday, July 23, 2009

49er World's 2009 Riva Del Garda, Italy

Gee, and I thought Lac St. Louis was picturesque. What a place to sail, and Canucks were there, including Montreal sailors Matthieu Dubreucq, and Tej Trevor Parekh. They placed 2nd in the bronze fleet. Congrats guys. There is some hairy, fast, port tacking through the fleet in this video.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sailweek Concludes with the BYC Annual Regatta



Early in the morning, heavy downpours looked like they would make the end of Sailweek a pretty drenching affair. The rain stopped before we left harbour, and while it threatened, all we got was great winds, and super racing.

The first race was in very light wind as the breeze was still moving in. Race Committee had to re-start a sequence, and also move marks around while the wind made up its mind. Once things got off, it really was a perfect day.  The second race saw significant wind kick in. I would guess around 10-12 knots early on, and increasing to around 15 knots or so by the last leg. Some of the Tanzer 22s switched to their #2 genoas, which is usually a pretty good sign of winds getting up there. For the third race, the wind shifted more to the right side of the course and subsided to about 10 knots.

The Fireball and Etchells classes had a few boats out to play, and the top teams were correctly the odds on favourites. Joe and Tom (Fireball), and Pierre's Vivace team (Etchells). For a while now Joe has been listed as helming two Fireballs simultaneously. I realize he is a sailor-extraordinaire, but I'm a little doubtful that even he can pull that off. 5 Fireballs were out to boogie in the good winds. 2nd was taken by longtime Fireballers Eric Owston and crew who's name escapes me. . The following three boats exchanged positions in every race. I'd say the stalwarts of the class are doing a good job of getting others to mix it up. 3 Etchells started with a J30 which looks huge next to the Etchells. Good looking boat.

PHRF 3 is where the big battles took place, as the Sailweek and BYC Regatta drama would not be decided until the final race. Top contender, Jin Frati's Blue Shark didn't compete today leaving an epic battle to be fought between two boats. The first light air race was won by the Shark Nuisance. It looks like Pierre Carpentier can win on any day on the water, because even without his regular crew of Toby and Jen he won the first race. I am beginning to wonder if one of the most dominant racing teams out of BYC, and in Montreal, the Shark VO2 Max, have a slight vulnerability when the wind is very light. It appears that in such conditions they may tumble from the heights of winning to a humbling, lowly, mere 2nd place. That is precisely what happened yesterday in the opening round of the contest between the two teams. In very light breeze, Nuisance had VO2 Max gasping for more air. Chapter 2 saw VO2 Max take in all that heavy wind, and turn it into max boat speed. While the wind got a little lighter, it was still plenty enough for some froth on the wave caps, and enough to keep the VO2 Max team on a romp for its second consecutive bullet and the victory of both the regatta and the Sailweek series. It appears to me that VO2 Max is well on its way to establishing itself as the dominant Shark in 2009. Nevertheless the racing is very tight and a number of Sharks are in the running for Montreal Sailing's designation of Top Dawg. Nuisance took 2nd overall again for both the regatta and Sailweek. Hooray for Paul Baehr's team of Sharkies on Sudden Impulse. Paul is always knocking on the door at the front of the fleet, and on this day Sudden Impulse made its way to the podium, taking third overall. That was not to be without some tough exchanges as well.

Sine Wave, the Tanzer 22 bested Sudden Impulse in the first light air race for 3rd and first T22. That is a major victory as Sine Wave might be a heavy boat that tends to struggle in the very light winds, even with the advantage of mastermind Jake Fichten skippering. Nevertheless, even when the winds got strong, the story of the Tanzer 22 class has got to be team on Encore Une Fois, skippered by John Linton. Indeed, this is shaping up to be one of the stories of 2009. This team is out there every race, and works harder than most at getting better and better. Now the results are showing how good they are gettting. Encore Une Fois: 1st Tanzer 22 in the BYC regatta. After the first race, winds were up, and Encore Une Fois got a sail change in before the gun of the next race. Coming in at first T22, the wind then subsided a bit, and the team scurried to put back up their #1 genny, and they took 1st Tanzer in the final race as well.

Our team on the Shark Mainsail had some marked improvement that was a motivating and cheerful occasion for the team. We got much more successful on our sail management, having much more successful mark roundings. The finish line was an exciting place for us and Beverly Gilbertson's team on the T22, Sorceress, with near-ties 2 of the three races. Many regattas are not without their mishaps, and rumour has it that Bill Lynam's Rub-a-Dub-Dub had its rudder break away in race #2.

The white sail division had an entry from the RSt.LYC, the beautiful Corvette, Varuna. They took the bullet in race #1. Then when the wind kicked in, Roy Carter's Alberg 37 came alive to show off its boatspeed and they took race #2. Race #3 shows both boats in a tie for first! Ben Waring's Grampian 26 Sawiki, a frequent winner, had to settle for third on this day.

With the racing done, the really serious winds kicked in. By the time we reached just outside the harbour, we found ourselves dropping sails in about 20 knots of wind, distracted by airborne kite sailors. By the time, the winds reached about 25 knots, we were safely enjoying cool drinks at the club, and anticipating the evening's regatta dinner (all-you-can-eat roast beef with all the fixin's) and party. A pretty fine day.

Results

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sailweek 2009: My Lesson From Race #5

Pictured is my Sailweek t-shirt. Rumour is that it is another brilliant contribution of graphic artist Peter Kelly. I like collecting these things. As you can see, the wind is better on the left side. - Ralph, Montreal Sailing

Wednesday evening's race was the first light wind racing we have had for Sailweek. The majority of starters did the usual starboard tack start closer to the RC boat versus the pin. However, although there were fluctuations, the left side of the start seemed favoured to me a lot of the time. By the time my later start for PHRF 3 came up for its turn, there had already been oscillations, and I had changed my mind twice.

The leaders of Sailweek in PHRF 3, the Shark team, VO2 Max chose the pin. I ended up in the middle and blanketed due to my hesitance.  At the moment of the gun the pin paid big time. VO2 Max was able to flip and cross almost the whole fleet on port. Unfortunately, for the Sailweek dominators, they sailed across the bows of the pack, and onto the right side which didn’t pay as well going up the course. Blue Shark went left and held the lead for the whole race from what I could see here and there about the course. I have heard it said that when it comes to finding where the wind is, Blue Shark’s Jin Frati is the one who knows. Nuisance (Shark) threatened at times, but Blue Shark seemed to be running away from the rest of us. I did hear post-race that a protest was lodged by Nuisance against Blue Shark. Apparently it pertains to room at the mark, and it will be heard this evening.

The key to doing well in this race (from the perspective of our sufferance) was quite a strong example of many evening races in typically light wind from the southwest. That is, do whatever you need to do to get a fast start to clear air, and up to the windward mark before the wind drifts to near nothing. That way, you are not fighting against the current upwind, desperate to make the windward mark, and bogged in dying air. Getting around the mark before the wind drops, means you can usually count on the current to work in your favour while running away downwind, others are still trying to fight the current going upwind.

That is what happened in this race. Some got around the mark and made huge mileage away from others, who struggled practically stopped, appearing to move, but actually nearly standing still in the opposing current. To make matters worse for small PHRF 3 boats, the longer faster PHRF 1 boats, that can still make progress,  come over your bow and flip onto your windward side. Then you not only get halted while blanketed, but you also drop below the layline to the mark and have to somehow manage two more tacks. Meanwhile the leaders are running away downwind with big light spinnakers, and pushed by the current, and few boats to contend with. Ugh, ugly, very ugly!!! As our crew David muttered “The rich get richer...”

So there we have my lesson garnered for light southwest wind. Fast start to clear air somewhere (probably left side) unhindered by others, get to the mark before the wind subsides, and watch the separation grow as the wind subsides for those still plodding upwind! That should make things easy, shouldn’t it? Well, easier said than done of course, but methinks it a valuable lesson. That makes it a good race for this backpacker.

The racers:

William's Shark, struggled at the windward mark, desperately tacking, and manoeuvring. Something went amiss as he did turns after rounding, but then scooted off. It was worth whatever cost when rounding because they went on to a good finish on Chimera, Congrats to them.  VO2 Max probably were not happy with their 7th in this race. Hey, maybe they can relax though since they have been in first place overall, NOT!  VO2 Max has clearly been the boat to beat in Sailweek, the strongest, most consistent contender. However, with this last light air race they struggled, and now Blue Shark is tied in points with the leaders. That tie is in jeapordy though as it is subject to the protest being heard tonight. If Nuisance wins, that might knock Blue Shark way down the standings and give VO2 Max a little firmer grip on the lead. Nuisance is only 3 points back in 3rd overall, so Sailweek may still have a long way to go before it is decided. Bill Lynam's new Rub-A-Dub-Dub may better be named Snub-A-Dumb-Bum, ditching us backpackers, and flirting with the stern ends of a faster crowd. They finished 6th in this race. Wow, forget about knocking on the back door man, they're already in the groove. Well done.

Sine Wave and Encore Une Fois had a close finish as the first Tanzer 22s. The Linton's Encore edged out the Fichtens in a close finish, despite Sine Wave being to leeward of other sails on the run. Encore Une Fois and Sine Wave were 1st and 2nd T22s last night and hold the same positions in the overall results so far.

The heavy winds of the first 4 races followed by the light winds of the 5th race have not been kind to the tender and fast Fireball fleet. The results are littered with DNCs, but Joe Jospe and Tom Egli keep racking up those bullets. Even their drop race so far is a 1st and overall is held by another duo of Fireball luminaries, Eric Owston and Joe Grant. There are new faces I don't recognize in the Fireball fleet, that's cool. I now know how to sense a Fireball gaining from astern. There is a distinctive slapping sound of a flat, square Scow bow as it touches the water and waves at certain speeds. If it gets a little louder I know a Ball is approaching.

Vivace is runing away with 1st overall in PHRF 1, and the Etchells fleet, but got bested in race #5 by Etchells 1182. Who wuz those guys? And then WHOAH, Denise Bienvenu and her Laser 28 team on Convictus also finished ahead of the top dawgs on Vivace. There is a close competition between 2nd and third overall, Etchells Charybdis and Uhu respectively. Also doing well out there is the J80, Fast Company which has broken through the Etchells fleet in the scoring. In PHRF 1, the Etchells are the largest fleet, but it's was fun to see some other boats including the Laser 28s show up. I hope they come again!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Lake of Two-Mountains « Wednesday nights series » 2009


Oh, how we have been pining for racing news from L2M. Thank goodness for super reports like the Etchells regatta, but we want more! Now, we get to hear from Pierre Marois who has given us such great reports in the past. He's back! Here is  the final race and cumulative points record for the L2M Championship Series. Now we have an idea of who the Top Dawgs of L2M are for this season. Congratulations Pierre on winning in PHRF 3, and wow, check out the numbers of Tanzer 22s racing! Clearly, T22s are the largest fleet racing there. Doing miserably without my old T22, and not yet doing the Shark justice I am now very wistful! Archival photos from HYC website of Ken Hodgson's and Ross Tellier's boats - Ralph Stocek, Montreal Sailing


Race 6 – July 8th

For this, the last race of the LTM Wednesday night series, the HYC race committee (Ron Harris and John Marten along with HYC bosun Patrick O’Brien) chose to set their course in between Parsons Pt. and the Oka Ferry. The wind was from the East at 8 to10 knots but lightened throughout the race. The conditions were very challenging with major windshifts happening on both side of the course near shore (sometimes simultaneously!)

In the PHRF3 fleet, the Tanzer 22’s dominated the race. T22 Class stalwarts Chris Campbell’s Shigawac, Gene Leier’s SunTanz and Ken Barrieau’s Charisma had great starts and were near the lead at the first mark. Racing was close between the top 10 boats, all T-22’s! Reading the shifts was a big part of the second upwind leg and Shigawac and Patrice Delhaes’s Turbo did the best job to separate themselves from the rest of the fleet. They match-raced to the finish; Turbo getting in first a mere 8 second in front of Shigawac. Behind them, 13 seconds separated the next 3 boats! Pierre Marois’s Coquine was third, Ken Hodgson’s Sloop du Jour fourth and SunTanz fifth. Coquine’s third place was enough to secure the fleet championships in front of Michael Laventure’s Knot a Clew and Annie Baribeau’s Tohu Bohu. There were 20 Tanzer 22 in the 24 boats fleet!

In the PHRF 2 fleet, the Niagara 26’s led the way! David Godin’s Wotan and Ross Tellier’s Red Coat had a match-race of their own for the fleet championships. Red Coat’s last race victory  was not enough to close the point gap on Wotan who won the fleet championships by finishing second in the last race.  11 boats participated in the series, 7 of them were Niagara 26!

In the PHRF 1-B fleet, the J Boats (22 and 24) were out in force! We had different race winner in each race and in the end Ron Harris’ J22 Jazz took the fleet championship by half a point over Bernard LeDuc’s J22 Springbok  with last race winner Lee Grant’s J24 Peacemaker in third.

In the PHRF 1-A fleet, the HYC Etchells were again in a class by themselves, Scott Lawrence’s Quill winning the last race to secure the fleet championship over Allan Gray’s Slim and Paul Laflamme’s Still Lost Boys.
 
A total of 51 boats participated in the 6 races serie. Here are the overall results;

PHRF 1-A (7 boats)
1-    Quill, Etchells, Scott Lawrence, HYC, 5 points
2-    Slim, Etchells, Allan Gray, HYC, 6 points
3-    Still Lost Boys, Etchells, Paul Laflamme, HYC, 9 points

PHRF 1-B (9 boats)
1-    Jazz, J22, Ron Harris, HYC, 4.5 points
2-    Sringbok, J22, Bernard LeDuc, HYC, 5 points
3-    Peacemaker, J24, Lee Grant, HYC, 7.5 points

PHRF 2 (11 boats)
1-    Wotan, Niagara 26, David Godin, CNDM, 12 points
2-    Red Coat, Niagara 26, Ross Tellier, HYC, 16 points
3-    Farouch, Niagara 26,  Daniel Castonguay, CVL, 19 points

PHRF 3 (24 boats)
1-    Coquine, Tanzer 22, Pierre Marois, CVL, 5 points
2-    Knot a Clew, Tanzer 22, Michael Laventure, HYC, 12 points
3-    Tohu Bohu, Tanzer 22, Annie Baribeau, CVL, 16 points 


Go to the Hudson Yacht Club website for the complete results.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Lightning Action


We at Montreal Sailing are getting used to seeing Lightnings on the racecourses again. Mysteriously, none were evident for the beginning of Sailweek this weekend. Was the prospect of real lightning to come later in the day giving caution? Was it the big wind on Saturday that scared them off? Of course not! A posse of 9 Lightning sailors left Montreal this past week end to ride the Canadian Open Championship at the Buffalo YC in Ontario. The regatta took place in 10-20 knot winds and sunny skies. Top guns of Montreal would definitely be the team of Jamie Allen, Jay Deakin and Marc Littee. They placed 5th overall amongst a prestigious fleet of sailors, beating many marshals of the class. Top three were
  1. Ched Proctor, Jay Mueller, and Jim Barnash (Southport, CT)
  2. David Starck, Jody Starck, and Ian Jones (Buffalo, NY
  3. Marcus Eagan, Marc Eagan, and Kippy Champerlin (New Orleans, LA)


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sailweek Has Officially Begun!



If you rotate this picture sideways, you have an uncannily familiar situation to Mainsail at the windward mark yesterday. While mooning the competition was common yesteryear, the only thing exposed at the PCYC Annual, was, alas, our bare-assed, white keel. Apparently, it's still pretty clean. We are grateful to the Crews' Union for the wave advice and another great poster!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Sailweek is here. It begins this morning!



Competitors can register their boat by hailing the Race Committee on the water. First gun at 10:00 am. The forecast is for a howler!

Strong wind warning in effect. Squall watch in effect. Wind light increasing to southwest 15 to 25 knots late this morning with gusts to 35 near thunderstorms today.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Thursday, July 09, 2009

It's, It's, It's... SAILWEEK is coming!



Here it is, the biggest week of racing most of us will do. Sailweek starts with 3 races on Saturday, the PCYC Annual Regatta. That is followed by 3 weekday evening races on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. Then, concluded next Saturday with the BYC Annual Regatta, also 3 races. Combined, 9 races in one week. Get the crews together, check the rig, and clean your bottom. The events are open to all SLVYRA boats. Our thanks to the Crew's Union for transforming Montreal Sailing. Primal Prime is our leader.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Luka Scores without TRYing


Some of you may recall my appreciation of Luka Bartulovic's photography at the Nepean One Design. Indeed, I admired them enough that I'm buying a few capturing the boat I worked foredeck on. Well it turns out that Luka did the photography for his home club, PCYC, during the TRY regatta. Lucky us! Here is a sample of the treats, a preview of what he will be posting on his website shortly. Thanks Luka! I'll post some more later. Apparently Luka is recovering from all that time in the sun shooting the regatta. One word Luka: Solarcaine!

Now, doesn't this team look like they are having a blast. Perhaps someone can provide some names to the duo so we can give credit?

Try Wrap Up

It was a great event. Blew like crazy (especially Saturday) but the RC's got all the races off. Thanks for your posting to the website. Results can be seen at PCYC-TRY Regatta All Fleets - 2009

for all fleets and for the Opti combined Championship fleet.

PCYC-TRY Regatta Optimist Championship-2009

107 boats (129 participants) including 18 Club 420, 20 Laser Radial, 24 Championship Opti and perhaps most impressive, 28 Optimist greens who were all out for their first regatta.

The overall 'Excellence Award' was given to Arielle Morgan and Heather Myatt who won the Club 420 fleet with great consistency.

Photos will go online at http://kalu.ca/Events.php when Luka gets them posted.



Sunday, July 05, 2009

Sunday School

I grew up an Anglican, a good Protestant boy. So today, I'm going back and sharing communion. The Mainsail team are attending Sunday School this afternoon. It has been good fun for the team this season, but mixed with a little hell as we have remained solidly way, way down in the standings. The bottom, the lowest depths, DFL. Yes, our confessions will need to be complete as we have completed myriad sins on the racecourse, recently they have been related to spinnaker handling. The last race saw our chute wrapped around the hull, between the keel and rudder. Dear God, we did it at the leeward mark, right in front of the race committee. That's okay, because such occasions of humiliation are when you see the Light. There have been issues with launches and douses, running rigging, but also bad tactics, the occasional bad start, even an OCS. Hey, we are having fun though, really! I do mean that. But now, it is time to go back to the gospel, boat-handling 101, and pay heed.

Despite being Sunday, perhaps I should really call it boot camp. We're going to drill, drill, and drill on our spinnaker handling basics today. I had the pleasure of recently driving to a regatta in Ottawa, with a sailor who impressed me a great deal, and he made one point that stayed with me. Essentially, know your basics and procedures inside and out. Every move should be automatic, quick, and easy. If the big goofs are eliminated, and the ease and speed of execution is there, then you can go to the next level.

I'm still figuring out the helm and feel of the Shark. Our mid-crew is newish to that post, having done foredeck previously, and our two alternates in the third position are new to the sport. Obviously naive, but were we also foolish asking Hades for the instant wealth, immediate gratification? So, what kind of silly spunk did we have trying to keep up with the big boys and girls? The right kind! That is because, now I know what all good Protestants know. The clear air to salvation is found in hard work and giving to others. Suffering is good, part of the process to enlightenment. Time to kick in that protestant work ethic. For us, it is back to basics. I'm not a good teacher, but here comes Sunday School. Faith will bring lofty winds that will come down upon us, lift us to our mark, and send us through the gates long before all those other atheists. It will take time too, but with confessions behind me, some faith in the process, this humble, bumbling shephard, whoops, skipper, is back on the right path.


Saturday, July 04, 2009

Congratulations Ian Bruce, and thank you!

Hi Ralph, I thought you would like this. Cheers, Stephen
Yes, thank you, excellent! Montreal Sailing applauds Ian Bruce on his well-deserved honour. - Ralph


From the 29er North American website.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, announced on Canada Day the newest appointees to the Order of Canada, Canada's highest Honour. Amongst the appointees is the Father of the Laser, Ian Bruce, an Industrial Designer by profession and a boat builder by occupation.

With a concept in mind and a set of lines drawings from friend and fellow Canadian Bruce Kirby, he created in 1970 a boat, rig and manufacturing process that has essentially remained unchanged to this day and still represents the epitome of one-design sailing. By 1974, he had opened 9 majority-owned plants worldwide building the Laser and the rest is history.

He is also a passionate sailor having twice won the prestigious Prince of Wales Trophy in International Fourteens and twice represented his country in the Olympics in the Finn (Naples) and the Star (Keel).

The award is in recognition of his service to sailing, both in Canada and Internationally, and in particular for his involvement in the design and development of high-performance boats for young sailors. During 40 years in the business he has either designed or assisted in the design, developed and built all the following International or Recognized Classes: Finn, Fourteen, Contender, Laser, Optimist, Fireball, 470, Laser II, Tasar, Laser Radial, Byte and 29er. In the last instance he was part of a team assisting Julian Bethwaite in the development of the 29er, providing the design team with both his product design knowledge and his sailing experience. His own design, the Byte, is the male and female singlehander to be used in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

At 76 he is still sailing his Star and his company PS2000 in Montreal, in which he is fully active, builds the Optimist, the Club 420, the Megabyte, the Byte and the 29er.

7/2/09

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Surfin' the blog by phone!




Heeyyyy! You really can surf online with a phone.

I just spent some time on the blog with an iphone. Yeah, you have to scroll a lot and resize text to get optimal viewing. I scrolled horizontally to focus just on the articles and pictures. Still, right off the start it was workable and pretty cool. I like the idea of pulling the phone out of my pocket and checking for a read or whatever. It isn't nearly as good as a laptop or desktop widescreen, but so convenient when you really want to check something important, like catching the latest news on Montreal Sailing. Sometime, I will have to try posting from the phone. Maybe, I'll work that out in time for the Shark World's. Only if the our racin' gets better first though!

Modern times, I'm in!


2009 Laser & Radial North American Championships

Here is a report from the CYA website.

Monday, June 29, 2009

The North American Championships were hosted by Buffalo Canoe Club in Crystal Beach, Ontario over this past weekend. The turnout for the event was exceptional with 97 Lasers, 122 Laser Radials and 10 Laser 4.7’s competing over the course of the four day event from June 25-28th.

On the Laser course the competition was fierce with two sailors tied on points after 10 races for the overall title and a further two sailors tied for third only 2 points in arrears of the leaders. Ultimately it was Chris Dold of RCYC who emerged on top with a string of four bullets over the last four races vaulting him up the leader-board. Tied on points with Chris was Lee Parkhill also of RCYC who fashioned a consistent event including 3 bullets and only his drop race outside the top 10. Nipping at their respective heels was David Wright of RCYC who also strung together an impressive set of results and narrowly missing a three way tie for the lead.

Other top performers included Luke Ramsay of RVYC in 5th place and veteran Bernard Luttmer of RCYC in 6th overall. This event served as a solid tune-up for the upcoming World Championships in St Margaret’s Bay Nova Scotia later this summer. With 15 Canadians qualified for the championships expectations are high for top level performances at the Worlds.

The Laser Radial fleet (open) was 122 competitors strong and was dominated by Canadian Sailing Team members Lisa Ross and Jennifer Spalding. Ross of RNSYS ultimately secured the title with a 4 point edge over Spalding of RVYC. Canadian World Youth team member Alexander Heinzemann of RVYC showed he is well prepared for the upcoming ISAF Youth Worlds posting a 3rd overall score.

The impressive turn-out of competitors is a positive indication that Laser/Radial sailing is indeed alive and well in North America. The Canadian performances also bode well for the future of the Canadian Sailing Team. The next stops for competitors include the Laser Radial Worlds in Japan, starting July 25th, the Laser Canadians July 3-5 in Vancouver and ultimately the Laser Worlds, August 17-26th in Nova Scotia.

Full results