Saturday, June 05, 2010

J22 Fleet Travels to New York Finger Lake

The newest fleet to start up in the Montreal area made its way from home base at Hudson Yacht Club to one of the Finger Lakes in New York for a class regatta. David Godin is one of the recent converts to the budding group, and is very excited by the boat and class. He was one of the editors of this article published in another newsletter first, then the HYC blog, and now here for the Montreal Sailing readership. - Ralph, Montreal Sailing

The inaugural Waterline Systems Great Lakes J/22 Circuit event was the Jackrabbit Regatta, hosted by the Canandaigua Yacht Club, May 15-16.  The weather was great; sunny with breeze ranging from really light, to pretty $%&? windy.  Typical for a Finger Lake, the wind direction varied from really shifty to psychotically shifty.

The racing was extremely close; the shifts lead to plenty of position changes.  No lead was safe, especially if Travis was lurking anywhere near it.  Travis and his team of John Newell and Billy Farmer sailed a great regatta, winning 4 of the 6 races sailed.  They didn't win the races by a lot, but they won a lot of races!
Jimmy Barnash sailing with Gunnar Richardson and Mark Sertl aboard were 2nd.  Vic Snyder, Kevin Doyle and Marcie Lake on Mo' Money completed the podium.  Close behind was Canadian Ron Harris’s team in fourth. Sarah Enwright's team took home the wine and rum awarded to the mid-fleet finisher.

25 Teams from nine different clubs made it to the regatta.  Special mention should go to Hudson Yacht Club in Montreal.  3 teams from their new fleet made it down and were very competitive.  Overall a total of four Canadian boats attended the regatta and finished 4, 12, 15 and 20. Not so bad! CYC did their usual great job; the courses and hospitality were all first-rate.

Bully Hill Vineyards was the presenting sponsor.  Admiral Nelson Rum and Waterline Systems also supported the event.  Wine, Rum and boat service…could it be any better? Thanks to all the sponsors and organizers.
Please join me in congratulating Canadian Ron Harris and his team for their fourth position.

Re-edited from Waterline Systems news letter by Will Harris
David Godin

...and congrats to David and crew for his 12th in his first J/22 regatta