Monday, May 31, 2010

Final Results from Trillium

The final results have been posted and the RCYC folk were very prompt about it. The first stop on the Shark Class One design circuit took place in Toronto and had an impressive turn out of 42 boats. Tof Nicoll-Griffith's team on Crisis were the highest placed Montreal team finishing in 12th overall. They were one point out of 1st yesterday. Today, they scored 15th, 22nd, and 20th in the 3 final races, which set them further back. Way to go, Paul, William, and the Wolf, 31st overall, who brought Sudden Impulse across the line in 19th position for the final race, their best of the weekend. Skippers Frati and Andersen combined talents on Blue Shark along with Muradali finishing just ahead in 30th overall. Podium places were:

  1. Eager For More, Greg Cockburn, Peter Eagar, John Fraser
  2. Duck Soup, John Dakin, Dakin, Dakin
  3. Frankly Scarlett, Jeff Mitchell, Davis, Fricker

So now it's the Canadian Championships at BYC next. Yikes, that is only 2 weeks away! I just got my Shark,  #901 out of the driveway and to the club last night. Rigging, crew, and hopefully a little practice all still to work out. I am not the only one with some issues however. The DNF scored by VO2 Max in the last GNS race was due to their mast coming down! A new one is being prepared by Masthead in Niagara on the Lake.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

"Crisis" One Point Off Lead at 1st Shark Regatta

The first Shark regatta of the season is this weekend in Toronto. The well-attended Trillium Regatta at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club off Toronto Island is one hot race. The regatta has a who's-who of Shark champions and top placers battling it out in the first major encounter of the season.

Jin Frati is there with Blue Shark. Paul Baehr brought Sudden Impulse. Both are top Sharkies of BYC. However, the big Montreal angle to this story has to be Crisis from PCYC, skippered by Tof Nicoll-Griffith, and crewed by Hugh Strudwick and Kai Nicoll-Griffith. In this fleet, so many boats are capable of winning a race that the key is consistency in the top ten. Crisis has placed 6th, and 3rd, in the 2 races held yesterday. This has put them in third place overall with 9 points. They are only one point behind Duck Soup and Bedlam who are tied with 8 points!

Racing concludes today. The next regatta on the Shark circuit will be here in Montreal with the Canadian championship being held at BYC on June 12th & 13th.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Fireball Friday

Here is a shot of local heroes from afar. It's Pierre Carpentier and Tom Bird competing in the recent Fireball Worlds, Barbados. That's them in 14768. Urs Hardi is the photographer.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Local Racing Begins!

With last week's practice races and Tuesday's first race it appears that low water levels are not enough to prevent the fun from beginning. I was lucky to get out last week on Crisis as our Shark is still being prepared. We had good wind with depowering required in puffs. So far, it appears the upcoming Canadian championship has got the Sharks out shaking off the cobwebs in large numbers. Tuesday this week,10 Sharks raced off the same start with 3 Tanzer 22s.

The Shark Crisis got the gun followed by the Rahn family on the green Shark, Eclipse. John Linton's T22, Encore Une Fois took the third spot. The T22 breaking up the Shark feeding frenzy gives cause to consider John Linton and crew will keep things interesting again this year. Next finishing were the Sharks Nuisance, Chimera and Rub-a-Dub-Dub. Does anyone know what happened to VO 2 Max which DNF'd? Racing took place in 13-20 kph.

A J24, 3366 took first in a mixed PHRF 1 & 2, while  T22, Oasis won the white sails.

I find it fun to keep track of the large fleets and see who Montreal Sailing's Top Dawgs are. With the first race having begun, the first large fleet out there are the Sharks. Tof noted on the Shark email list that lots of Sharks raced, but that the numbers could get even larger with a number of boats still to race. We should have our Shark out next week. Tuesdays are usually the largest attendance so lets track it! Here are the top contenders after the first race:

GNS Shark Points 
1 Crisis
2 Eclipse
4 Nuisance
5 Chimera
6 Rub-A-Dub-Dub
7 Chimera

We'll track any substantive fleet as boats competitors start their season.

BYC did a great job quickly publishing the results which are here.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Fireball Friday

Good Gravy, is it already Friday again? Where did the week go? In keeping with my newly established routine Fridays are for Fireballs. Here is another pic from the Fireball World Championships in Barbados. I saw some of the guys during the pre-season practice race last night. Although they have lost their tans already, they would still grin chatting about the great racing and perfect conditions.

Another great pic by Tom Gruitt

Friday, May 14, 2010

Fireball Friday

There were many super photographs taken at the recently concluded Fireball World Championship in Barbados. On Fridays I will feature some of them, kind of an end of the work week treat. This one was taken by Tom Gruitt.

Monday, May 10, 2010


MAY 13 - 7 p.m.

Topic: Cruising 101
by C.Bilodeau and Keith Beange



Beaconsfield Yacht Club
26 Lakeshore Road, QC
H9W 4H3
Tel: 514-695-1272 Fax: 514-695-9794 VHF Channel 68

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Fireballs in Barbados Done

Photo by Noah Purves-Smith

The Fireball World Championship has concluded. Looks like it was pretty amazing sailing in Barbados. The highest placed Canadians were Guy Tipton and Matthew King from Nova Scotia. The Brits dominated the regatta taking all three podium spots and most of the top ten. Congratulations to the highest placed Montreal sailors, Joe Jospe and Tom Egli.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Fireballs in Barbados


MAY 6 - 7:00 p.m.


by P. Baehr

by J.Frati

This event is open to all sailors!

Beaconsfield Yacht Club
26 Lakeshore Road, QC
H9W 4H3
Tel:  514-695-1272  Fax:  514-695-9794   VHF Channel 68

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Montreal Sailors warm up in Barbados for Fireball World's

Some of Montreal's finest are toughing it out in Barbados right now. While we scrunch under our hulls prepping for launch, a group from the Fireball class are racing in a clime of about 30 degrees. This week wrapped up the "International Week" which is a warm up to the class' World Championship. Joe Jospe and Tom Egli placed highest of the Montreal sailors in the warm up series.

Last year at the Fireball NA's, Joe and Tom edged Guy Tipton and Matt King from the Shelbourne Harbour YC in Nova Scotia by one point for the win. Now, during this week's warm up in Barbados, the Nova Scotia team are besting them. That sets up an interesting competition for the coming week.

Regatta website