Tuesday, August 10, 2010

HYC Annual and Sharks at CNDM Both a Go

Although HYC postponed the Womens' National Keelboat Championship to next year due to low water levels, the Annual Regatta for Labour Day week end is still on. So is the One Design Regatta at CNDM the week end before. At HYC, concern at the boat launch area was a problem, and some J24 owners were concerned for their boats being chartered to those unfamiliar with the troublesome areas.

Bernard Le Duc, HYC J22 sailor says "to be very careful about course setting and be aware of shallow spots". That is always a given for this event as I remember many years seeing boats coming into contact with the bottom or a rock. So, this year, some extra special attention to where we are going seems like very good advice! Still, I am confident the event will be a highlight of the season as usual.

The one design racing at CNDM is a very exciting development for that one design fleet. This year, the Sharks are the largest single racing fleet by far. Actually, for large-scale one design racing, it is fair to say the Sharks are the game in Montreal. To have another club and one design regatta on its calendar is a super development. I don't know what classes are attending, but hopefully those beautiful Stars will be out too.

That being said, the HYC PHRF distance race on the Saturday of Labour Day week end will be the climax of many sailors' season. It is a wonderful time out for both casual racers with a picnic and those shooting for their best race since their is usually about a hundred keelboats of all types. All of them want to have fun, and the harbour party and supper after are good evidence of what a social event it is for all.

See you out there!

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