Saturday, November 17, 2012

Frosty Sailing, the real thing!

Nick Hogg sailing his Megabyte out of BDYC on November 11th. The air temperature was 6 degrees celsius. Water temp? 7 degrees celsius!  Isn't it fantastic to see how aficionados get the max out of our sport. Dry suits, praise be. Woo-hoo!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Screwball XXXI

Nicola Mocchiutti wrote this great summary of the Fireball regatta, Screwball, which took place a few weeks ago. This was taken from their Facebook page. The Fireball picture is from a super set by Luka Bartulovic on the Kalu Facebook page

Ralph  Stocek, Ed.

Screwball has its own special traditions. Unlike all other regattas during the sailing season when the wind and action is unpredictable, Screwball is pretty much guaranteed to be exciting and eventful. This year was truly memorable. Mother Nature spoiled us with one day of light and erratically shifty conditions, followed by two days of 25-30 knot winds and is led to much swimming by every participant throughout the entire weekend. Including 3 boats on the start-line of one race with 45 seconds before the gun! Let’s just say the race committee got a pretty good show!!!

However, the action had already started back on shore with Tom and Pierre, who on Friday just two hours before the first gun, had their boat upside down in the barn and were still sanding away. But with some teamwork and a bit of luck, they managed to pull everything together and were sailing just in time for the start. Sometimes, luck does run out…rather quickly when it comes to Tom and Pierre. They not only lost their newly installed slot gaskets once, but twice!! Is third time the charm??!!

With winds like we had, one can only imagine that boat breakage is inevitable. And you would be right! Nic and Stephen experienced this first hand when their rudder ripped out of their transom. Poor boat!

Once everyone was back on-land, dry and warm, we were presented with a delicious Mexican themed dinner Saturday night. We even had a great band playing called: Break in the Silence. Thank you very much Shane, Val, Declan and Matys for being our musicians for the night!

I would like to thank Luka Bartulovic for taking some awesome pictures of us in action over the weekend.

Finally, for the boring part…the Screwball XXXI podium finishes! Nic and Stephen finished in 3rd place, followed by Rune and Jochen in 2nd place and Tom and Joe in 1st place!

Thank you very much to everyone who had a part in this regatta and making it as enjoyable as it always is!!!

See you all next year!!!
Nicola M.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mobility Cup 2012

  Valerie Grafenauer

From Sail-World:

Last week's Mobility Cup, Canada's premier regatta for sailors with disabilities, ended on a soggy note, but it was smiles all around for athletes who had come from across Canada and as far away as California to compete at the 2012 edition of the Mobility Cup, held at the Nepean Sailing Club in Ottawa, Canada.

The top prize - the Mobility Cup itself - was won by Marc Villeneuve of Laval-des-Rapides, Quebec, who had held on to an early lead all week in the Gold Fleet. Second place was taken by Christine Lavallee of Gatineau, who also won the Debbie Donald Award for highest-placing female sailor. In the Silver fleet, top honours (the Coupe Dallaire) were taken by Patrick Leger of Montreal, while Brian Cuerrier of Belleville, Ontario took second place and Ralph Nolting of Ottawa came third. Gold fleet is for racers who can sail alone; Silver fleet is for those who require a companion. 

Link to full article 

Thanks to Jenn Davey for the link!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Quebec Open: The First International MC Regatta in Montreal

 Much thanks to William Hendershot for this great report on last week end's action at CVDM! - Ralph Stocek, Editor

Club de Voile Deux-Montagnes is located on the Lac des Deux-Montagnes (Lake of Two Mountains for the Anglos). The club, located about 20 miles west of downtown Montreal, is housed in a historic stone building that was once the home of an order of nuns. This is the largest French language yacht club in the Montreal area with docking for 200 sailboats. This is an exclusively sailboat club with only the RC boat and the Zodiacs for the junior squadron being motorboats. Lake of Two Mountains is a wide stretch of the Ottawa River but except for the channel the current is insignificant. The bay in front of the club allows us to set courses that are 1.5 miles without too much trouble and virtually no influence by the current. Early September is a time of transition between summer and fall weather. This year the change from summer to fall came like someone flipped a switch Saturday night. Our normal format for regattas is to set all W2 courses and begin Saturday with 3 races back-to-back-to-back followed by extended relaxation on the club lawn with cold beer afterwards. Not quite as civilized as the standard MC Scow regatta format with a big lunch break, but then again we don’t have to put on wet gear and re-rig for afternoon races.

The weather forecast for Saturday was definitely nasty. Heavy rain and winds gusting over 30 knots were forecast and we woke to thunderstorms passing to the north of the club. The radar image showed a massive front but with a sizable hole that seemed like it would allow us to get in a race or two before the worst of the weather hit.

Race 1. A 10:30 start in a moderate 10-12 easterly. Bob Wynkoop nailed the pin end start and couldn’t make a wrong move in this race. The left side seemed to have steadier wind and a nice lift going out to the corner but with a progressive header on the way back into the weather mark. None the less it was a better bet than the right side which seemed to have a bit less pressure. Wynkoop led Alan Vranderick, Chris Craig, Steve Dix and Will Hendershot around the top mark but by the leeward mark it was Wynkoop stretching a nice lead followed by Hendershot and Craig. The left worked well on the next beat and after a battle for second on the run, the race finished with Wynkoop way out in front, then Craig, Hendershot, Marcotte and Kimball.

Race 2. The wind kept veering steadily from east to south south west, which delayed the start as the course was set and re-set. We finally got off in a 12-15 knot breeze. Will Hendershot wanted the right side, figuring the shift might continue and expecting smaller waves closer to shore. Despite weighing only 60% of the big guys, he led Craig and Wynkoop at the windward mark and opened out a 100 meter lead by the leeward mark. Almost everyone went hard right up the beat but, despite the increasing wind strength, Hendershot managed to hang on to a healthy lead and rounded ahead of Craig. Nobody else made it around the windward mark as the big wind forecast came in like a giant wall collapsing on the fleet. An estimated 35 knot gale for those still upright made the idea of running to the finish line and away from the club, a very bad idea. It didn’t matter even with the vang off and the sheet loose it was a hopeless situation.  Although we didn’t know it yet, the MC race had already been abandoned as boat after boat flipped within 30 seconds. Eventually 7 of 8 went down with only Alan Vranderick (265 pounds) managing to sail in without capsizing. Two others also managed to sail (luff) in after righting their boats. Everyone else had to be towed; two boats swamped. The Shark keel boats, the only other fleet racing in this open one-design regatta, provided essential emergency assistance to right  the capsized MCs and tow them back to port. We would have been in trouble without them! For better or worse, it’s not possible to completely turn turtle in the bay since the water is only about 7 feet deep, however that also meant some of us had to figure out how to wash 15 pounds of gray mud out of the boom ends while leaving all our masthead wind indicators still stuck in the lake bottom. I’m sure we will hear lots of stories about this one.
That was enough fun for one day. The weather deteriorated further with heavy rain and lots of wind. Free beer at the club was a better idea, followed by a lovely supper at the Willow Place Inn, just down the road in Hudson, providing spectacular water views and wonderful French Quebec ambiance.

Race 3
Sunday dawned shaping up to be a much nicer day than Saturday. A cold front had flown through leaving us with cool, clear skies and a wind forecast of 12-15 from the west. Since we only had one race on the scoreboard, we planned on three more back-to-back. The sunny skies and moderate wind at the dock encouraged a number of skippers to opt for their lighter air sails. Chris Craig pulled out his brand new 1996 Big Boy while Devon Howe opted for his Moorhouse radial. Local fleet builder and lightweight Will Hendershot figured he would be overpowered anyway and stayed with his flatter sail, a 2000 North Masters. That turned out to be a great decision. The first race got going at about 10 am in 10-12 knot winds. The race committee was having a bit of fun keeping the start line pretty damn short for the fleets of eight. Wynkoop again hit the pin end while Hendershot got jammed with a third row start (hard to do with only 8 boats) bailing out to the right immediately. Two minutes later he flipped back to starboard and could see most of the fleet through his window following a big wind veer. Craig came out of the left side doing a nice job following the shifts to round the first mark with a nice lead. The Lake of Two Mountains “monster” hangs out near the windward shore and has fun throwing rapid fire shifts at the sailors trying to get to the windward mark. This can make the difference between breaking away with a big lead or losing hugely in a heartbeat. In this case, Craig did a better job of negotiating with the monster and went off down the run with a comfortable lead on Hendershot.  Despite getting closer to Craig a few times using all his best efforts, Will never could never quite catch up to him. The finishing order was Craig, Hendershot followed by Howe squeeking by Wynkoop by just a foot or so .

Race 4
The wind was now up a couple of more knots, still holding from the same direction. We got off in good order and again the right side paid as the wind up the course continued to veer. Howe hit the right determinedly while Hendershot played it safer by going middle right. Wynkoop and Craig were the only ones that headed left out of the pin. This was a race where keeping an eye on the compass and tacking on the 10 degree shifts made a big difference. Wynkoop bet all his chips going alone all the way left, catching a huge 5 minute lefty that shot him to the lead only to see it evaporate when a 50 degree right shift  blew in 150 meters from the mark.  Howe shot around first in his own personal wind from the right (thanks to the monster), Hendershot made it around in second while Wynkoop was bankrupt in sixth turning behind Marcotte and Dix . By this point, the wind was ranging from about 12 to 15 with the occasional gust of near 20. In purely poetic justice, Alan Vranderick, the only person to avoid capsizing Saturday, decided to wash his sail in the 30 degree shift. He was up in a flash and back in the hunt surely hoping no one had seen it.   By the finish Hendershot managed to catch up to within a boat length of Howe, but Devon hung on for his first win ever in a MC regatta. Behind the leaders there was a hard fought battle going on for third through fifth. At the line the call was Craig third, Marcotte fourth and Wynkoop fifth by inches, all still under dispute, I’m sure.

Race 5
This was to be the last race of the regatta. Bob Wynkoop (10 points), Devon Howe (11 points) Chris Craig (6 points) and Will Hendershot (7 points) all had a solid chance of winning the regatta. The wind had gradually strengthened, veered to the North and was now cycling between 10 to 18 knots in ten minute intervals. The veer farther north meant the wind now had a longer fetch from up the river. Wynkoop crammed the boat end at the start and soon had the lead as a small right lift developed. The big air seemingly blasted the beats and eased for the runs. The building waves and heavier wind meant it was important to keep the bow down and the boat flat (lots of vang and Cunningham for the lighter sailors). For something different there were no major shifts in this race, though the wind kept oscillating 10-15 degrees, so tacking well on the headers led to success. Wynkoop did a good job up the first beat and rounded comfortably ahead of Hendershot who was well clear of the following pack of Marcotte, Vranderick, and Howe. On the next upwind leg, after Bob lost his tiller, sheet and composure on a horrible tack in monster waves, Hendershot almost tapped him on a port-starboard cross. Wynkoop recovered nicely and got around the last mark with a 75 yard lead that took him home for the gun, followed by a closing Hendershot, Howe, Vranderick and Marcotte.

Final results
In the end only 3 points separated the top 3 boats. Hendershot  (9 points) won the first International MC Regatta through consistency but without winning any of the four completed races. Wynkoop was second with 11 and Craig was third with 12. Everyone went home with a smile, sore muscles and a bit more experience sailing a MC in a breeze. Everyone got a little practice righting a capsized scow, too.

Thanks go to Rick Shousha who decided to resurrect the Quebec Open One-Design Regatta that had been dormant for 8 years. He promises to do it again on the weekend after Labour Day for the next 10 years. That’s quite a commitment but with some support and encouragement, I think he will do it. This year he also ran the races as our PRO. Despite the shifting winds and stormy conditions, we all thought he and his team did a great job.

We are still trying to find a weekend that fits the schedule of the Keuka MC sailors; this is no easy task since many of them also sail on E Scows. In any case, we should have MC Scows at the Quebec Open for many years to come.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Taylor Perkins Takes Bronze at CORK

Congratulations to Taylor Perkins of PCYC. Perkins went to Kingston for the CORK North American Youth Laser Standard Championship this week where he won the bronze medal. It was a tough fight between the three top finishers throughout the week with positions going back and forth. In the end silver and bronze were decided by a drop.

Taylor has been sailing out of Kingston Yacht Club lately to be able to sail against some of the top development sailors. KYC has a High Performance Race Team Also at KYC, Taylor benefits from the support of his coach Nick Kim who hails from Hudson. While the benefits of Kingston winds make for a great summer, Taylor did make it back to local waters for this year's Fruitbowl, where he also took 3rd.

Taylor's website

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Beaconsfield's Tyler Bjorn sails in father's and brother's Olympic wake

 Photo by Clive Mason, from Zimbio

The West Island section of the Gazette published an article on Tyler Bjorn:

When 42-year-old Tyler Bjorn, of Beaconsfield, competes in sailing this week at the Olympic Games in London, he is following in the wake of two West Island men he knows well. Bjorn’s father, Peter Bjorn, competed for Canada in Star class sailing at the 1972 Olympics in Munich and Bjorn’s older brother, Kai Bjorn, competed at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, finishing fifth overall in the same event. This time around, Tyler Bjorn will be in Canada’s Star class boat along with Richard Clarke of British Columbia, a lifelong friend and fellow member of Canada’s national sailing team. Bjorn, a former coach of Quebec’s provincial sailing team, said he was optimistic about his team’s prospects after two years of intense training. It’s all a happy turnaround, said Bjorn.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Martin 16 National Capital Cup 2012

Marc Villeneuve with Nepean coach Marc Antoine Brassard, photo by Kelly Lyon.

Montreal Sailing is fortunate to have a Montrealer on the Ottawa scene to keep us up to date on some of the action there. Working for Able Sail at the Nepean Sailing Club, Jen Davey keeps us up to date. She and some Ottawa racers will be at PCYC next week end to do battle in another Martin 16 regatta. Here is her report:

The Nepean Sailing Club, in conjunction with the National Capital Adaptive Sailing Association, hosted another successful edition of the National Capital Cup for Martin 16s July 7-8.

Sailors from Ottawa, Montreal, and Trenton joined together for two fantastic days of racing. In all, 12 sailors competed, split into Silver and Gold fleets. There was plenty of breeze all weekend, but the racing conditions were by no means easy. PRO Rick Anderton and his crew were kept on their toes responding to constant changes in direction and velocity all weekend. High praise was heard all around for their efforts, and thanks to their work, both fleets enjoyed six races over the course of the event.

In the Silver fleet, 7 boats competed, with a representative from each club in the top three. Pierre Yves Levesque from the Association québécoise de voile adaptée in Montreal took third place, 3 points back of Bryan Cuerier of Quinte Sailability in Trenton. Nepean AbleSail’s Ralph Nolting took first overall, finishing with just 7 points after his drop (a lowly second place!). While Ralph is known by many as a longtime sailor, racer and neighbour from Britannia Yacht Club, as a newcomer to the Martin 16 fleet, and to the National Capital Cup, he was eligible for - and took home - the Fraser Tray, presented to the top-placing finisher in the Silver fleet who is new to the regatta.
In Gold, Marc Villeneuve of Montreal was dominant all weekend, his shutout of five bullets tainted only by a DNF due to equipment failure in the gusty 18+ knot conditions during the sixth and final race on Sunday. NSC’s Doug Morris, off to a strong start this season, sailed a consistent event to place second. The top three was rounded out by Pierre Richard, who also experienced equipment problems in the big breeze, but managed to finish one of his races even after his clew shackle failed – leaving his mainsail flapping helplessly – on the final downwind of race 5.
A big thank you to the Co-chairs Karell Regnier, Monique Cormier, and Christine Lavallée, the Nepean Sailing Club staff, the Race Committee, the Galley, and the many, many volunteers who helped make this a successful event. Next on the Martin calendar is the Coupe du Quebec, hosted by AQVA at the Pointe Claire Yacht Club, July 28-29.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sailweek Begins with BYC Annual

The annual event that is 9 races over 8 days has begun. Saturday, the fun kicked off with the BYC Annual Regatta. This year, we have two Sharks from CVDM joining in on the fun, Grand Blanc and Comfortably Numb. The 2 top places in PHRF 3 were nabbed by extraordinary boats, Ketchup and Nuissance. Notable as they sailed with only one helm and crew each, and they were not regulars as far as I could tell. Sudden Impulse had a great day on the water taking the third place overall. Then came Grand Blanc sailing very well, and kudos to he team on Gray Phantom who really advanced their game to take 4th overall.

The wind reached about 15 knots, which is pretty strong for us if we are carrying the #1 genoa. However, we were fortunate to have Spyros on board , a heavy, strong lad who hauled that sail in with brute force, and helped keep the boat upright. Thanks Spyros! We took 6th overall.

Encore Une Fois (file photo), had some bad luck tearing their #2 genoa in the last race. Normally, we fully expect John and crew to break up the top leaderboard of Sharks with their Tanzer 22. The higher winds favoured the Sharks today, and then the tear droped them back in the final third race.

As usual PHRF 3 is the largest fleet, with mostly Sharks and some others joining the fun. There were indeed other smaller starts too for PHRF 1 &2, white sail, and also dinghies. 7 49ers were out on the course. Great to see the skiffs out! The Rahns also had their brand new Wayfarer on the water and looking very shiny indeed. 

Sailweek continues with evening racing this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and closes with the PCYC Annual Regatta Saturday.

Monday, July 09, 2012

Who ya gonna call?

A renowned member of PCYC, and one of the linchpins supporting the Association Québecoise de Voile Adaptée (AQVA) has a reputation for (ahem) making things happen!

T-shirts available!

(Artwork by Rod Mack)

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Martin Robitaille wins Finn Junior World Championship

From the Finn class website:

By winning the last race of the Finn Silver Cup, Martin Robitaille didn't leave any doubt that he truly deserves the Finn Junior World title. Despite a difficult start with an OCS, a penalty from the jury and one from the measurer, the Canadian was able to bounce back, winning four races and the title.

Competition was tough with strong opponents like the current European Champion Michal Jodlowski (POL) second overall, 2011 Junior World Champion Arkadiy Kistanov who takes the bronze, or early leader Lennart Luttkus (GER) in fourth overall.

The title was up for grabs until the last race. Robitaille, Jodlowski and Kistanov played cat and mouse at the front, with each of them taking the lead at times, but the Canadian came back on the last run taking the race and the title.

“It was a tight event and I am happy that I was able to stay focussed. Results were up and down for most sailors, but I gained confidence and sailed well.” said Martin Robitaille.

This is the first Finn title for the Canadian who has already his mind set on the future. “I would like to reach the top 16 in the rankings within two years and qualify for the next Olympic Games in Rio!”
A lot of the Junior Finn sailors are sharing the same objective for the 2016 Olympic Games and given the standard seen this week, many among them will be there to represent their country. Until then the road will be paved with more Finn challenges.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Martin Robitaille First So Far at 2012 Finn Junior World Championship

With today being the final day of racing for the Finn Silver Cup, Martin Robitaille from Club des Voiles Laurentides is in first place overall so far. With 10 races sailed, he is tied in points with Russian sailor, and current Champion, Arkadiy Kistanov. However Robitaille has earned three wins over Kistanov's two. A mere one point behind is Michal Jodlowski of Poland.

Here is some video of day three.

picture from Finn Website's regatta collection

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Shark Class, Good Neighbours Series 1


It may be fun to look at the recently published results of our evening club racing on Lac St. Louis for the Shark Class.While the evening club racing is PHRF, the largest one design class on the course is the Shark. So, I have extracted the results of the Sharks to have a look at how the competition is going. Sharks are enjoying the most intense of the competition so it is interesting to follow. I race Shark #901 so I have a particular interest as well.


Crisis, is the leader of the fleet as usual. It appears the racing seminar their helmsman, Tof gave this spring was well received, but not enough for anyone to approach his stature on the race course. Nuisance did manage to take Crisis in the first race of the series, and pull off 2nd overall. Kudos to Sudden Impulse which marched up the standings this spring, and grabbed the 3rd podium spot. 


14 Sharks raced in the series, and 8 raced three of the four races. A fifth race was not held. 


Lac St. Louis, Montreal


Sailed: 4, Discards: 1, To count: 3, Entries: 14, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Boat SailNo HelmName CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st Crisis 1465 Tof Nicoll-Griffith Hugh (2.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 5.0 3.0
2nd Nuisance 324 Pierre Carpentier Toby 1.0 (15.0 DNC) 2.0 3.0 21.0 6.0
3rd Sudden Impulse 1092 Paul Baehr William, Brenden 5.0 (7.0) 5.0 2.0 19.0 12.0
4th Yin & Yang 438 Michael Anderson Phil, June 6.0 4.0 3.0 (15.0 DNC) 28.0 13.0
5th Ambitious 901 Ralph Stocek Collette, Tavish (15.0 DNC) 6.0 4.0 4.0 29.0 14.0
6th Blue Moon 307 Jin Frati 4.0 2.0 (15.0 DNC) 15.0 DNC 36.0 21.0
7th Love Bites 1056 David Bowen Susan, Debbie (8.0) 8.0 6.0 7.0 29.0 21.0
8th Chimere 935 Marion LeMarchand Nicholas 3.0 5.0 (15.0 DNC) 15.0 DNC 38.0 23.0
9th Crescendo 642 Judy Weil (9.5) 9.0 7.0 8.0 33.5 24.0
10th Toy Yot 729 Bill Lynam Kim 9.5 (11.0) 9.0 9.0 38.5 27.5
11th Grey Phantom 1842 Jake Fitchten Cathy, Bruce 7.0 (15.0 DNC) 15.0 DNC 6.0 43.0 28.0
12th Ketchup 422 George Stedman Rob, Etienne (15.0 DNC) 3.0 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 48.0 33.0
13th Isurus 1483 Tom Gillespie Francesca, Viqtor (15.0 DNC) 10.0 8.0 15.0 DNC 48.0 33.0
14th Kaos 28 Don McDonough (15.0 DNC) 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 5.0 50.0 35.0

Sailwave Scoring Software 2.5.1

Friday, June 15, 2012

2012 Ambitious Regatta Tour has Begun

Our sailing team has begun it's road wars, with the Trillium Regatta in Ontario, the first stop. Heading out of Montreal on week ends is always an adventure, and it is fun to sail different waters.

For Trillium, hosted by the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, we launched "Ambitious" from near the downtown core, and then sailed over to Toronto Island. We are not veterans of these traveling events, and so we carefully and diligently go through the steps of getting in the water and rigging. One pleasure  of taking a bit longer to do this was hoisting the sails just as nightfall came, when the city lights switched on. I took the photo above with my phone. We actually sailed right beside and underneath the cityscape, and looked way up in wonderment as the towers loomed above us. It was surreal to silently move through the dark, empty harbour, while only perhaps 500 metres away, a giant city was moving into the hustle and excitement of Friday night. Such opposite social experience, yet happening simultaneously.

It was a magical way to start our adventures away from Montreal, magnified because we had actually just stepped into the boat on the water for the first time of 2012, and were embarking on our first sail, let alone a big regatta. In the daylight that followed, we sailed into the jostling start line with more than 40 competitive Sharks for again an opposite experience. That is another story, but suffice to say, our adventures of 2012 are well underway.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Bjorn & Clarke Finish 7th Overall at Skandia 2012

Our favourite Star team sailing at Skandia had a tough medal race. Going into the finale, they were 4th overall, and just a point back from the podium. Winds built to a 20-23 knots, potentially mast-breaking on the Star. Having broken the tiller after a rough jibe, Clarke and Bjorn scored a DNF. They were already having a bad race, but not finishing the medal race dropped them to 7th overall. Hey, that is still a fantastic score, but obviously when chances are high for a podium finish, it must be painfully disappointing.

Richard Clarke wrote on his blog, "We were not having the best race anyway, we are bloody quick in a straight line but out boat handling in strong winds on the short course needs dramatic improvement.  We embarrassed ourselves at the turns and our gybes were not pretty either, the tiller probably broke because I was having to correct a bad maneuver.  Again we have found another hole to plug, this one just takes a few hours of boat handling every couple of days to iron out.  We are angry and motivated to get better."

Still, come on guys! Finishing in the single digits, ahead of some of the most extraordinary sailors in the world, after a medal race break down and DNF, is a spectacular accomplishment. An Olympic medal may be both an uphill target and realizable,  but Clarke and Bjorn are knocking on the door.

Legendary Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada had a superb medal race to take the whole regatta.

STAR Podium After Medal Race
1. BRA 8255- SCHEIDT Robert / PRADA Bruno (38pts)
2. SWE 8450- LOOF Fredrik / SALMINEN Max (44pts)
3. ITA 8266- NEGRI Diego / VOLTOLINI Enrico (72pts)

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Bjorn & Clarke in medal race today at Skandia

Tyler Bjorn and Richard Clarke are having a brilliant regatta at the last stop of the racing circuit before the Olympic racing begins. The 2012 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta is about to begin its last duel as the medal race is today. Stars are launching as I write. So far, the Canadian team is in 4th overall, and only one point off the podium. Out of 6 races, they have placed 2nd three times. Their drop race was 10th.

Photo by onEdition . More photos, live racing with animation, and reports on Skandia Sail For Gold

Friday, June 01, 2012

Masters' Laser Training Camp June 2-3

The Laser fleet is holding a clinic at BYC this coming week end. Click the link below for further info from their blog .


Camp d'entrainement Masters D2 2012

Édition 6ième anniversaire!
Le camp d'entrainement Masters Laser D2 aura lieu au BYC (Beaconsfield Yacht Club) le 2-3 juin 2012:
  • Deux journées d'entrainement intensif avec Rob Koci
  • Amener votre lunch
  • Bière/Chips inclut pour le debrief du samedi
Le camp se déroulera en anglais.

6th Anniversary Edition!
The D2 Laser Master's Training camp is scheduled for June 2-3 at BYC (Beaconsfield Yacht Club):
  • 2 intense days of sailing with coach Rob Koci
  • Bring your own lunch
  • Beer/chips included for the Saturday debrief

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Clarke and Bjorn 18th Overall as 2012 Star World's Concluded

Clarke and Bjorn finished the 2012 Star World Championship with a highly respectable 18th overall. This team is frequently capable of scrapping at the top of the fleet, evidenced by their 4th place finish in the third race of this regatta. The championship was won by arguably one of the best sailing teams in the world, Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada. If Scheidt wins yet another Olympic medal, is his supremacy still arguable?

It will be exciting to watch Tyler Bjorn, a Montreal sailor, and his helmsman Richard Clarke compete in the London Olympics. Best of luck guys!

Video synopsis of medal race

Monday, May 07, 2012

2012 Star World's Gets a Wild and Windy Day

Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn had the kind of windy conditions they excel in today. The course had 18-20 knots of wind and heavier gusts. The Canadian team took 4th, after being 13th at the top mark! They add that to a 12th the first day, and a 37th the second day. So, so far that puts them in 15th overall.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

The First Shark from BYC to Sail This Season

Chimère is on the water, and yesterday went for its maiden sail of the year. This week end will see many more splash. Racing cannot be far off!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Clarke & Bjorn take 4th at end of Hyeres

 Canadians Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn have once again shown their Olympic medal calibre. This time with a superb performance at the 44th Semaine Olympique Française in Hyeres, France. After a very windy final medal race the Star sailors took 4th overall.

They were 2nd overall going into the final race. A podium finish for the Canadian Star sailors, who will be competing in the upcoming Olympics was quite reasonable.

Clarke reflects on today's racing by saying 'Early in the run just as we were getting settled and thinking about the pole we went down a massive wave with no exit and buried the bow. We call this 'going down the mine' and it usually ends badly. Luckily we maintained control of the boat but completely filled the boat with water.' Clarke & Bjorn share some perspective on the outcome in Hyeres, 'Upset? yes, but after some reflection we are happy with our overall performance, acheived our set goals for this regatta and feel prepared for Worlds.' 

That's sailing of course. In reality, the Canadian team had a fantastic ride. Poor Tom Sligsby was in 1st overall in the Laser class, and leading the final medal race when his mast broke in the same conditions. I don't have official confirmation, but one sailor tweeted that it was 30+ knots. That makes for some seriously expensive breakdown potential just before the Olympics. 

Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) were the powerhouse sailors of the Star class. They broke their Star mast the day before, and came back to win the medal event on the final day. With 4 bullets in total, they won the regatta over Xavier Rohart and Pierrre Alexis Ponsot (Fra) in 2nd. Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen (Swe) took the 3rd podium spot.

Clarke and Bjorn will be in Hyeres a while longer, as the Star World Championship is also taking place in Hyeres in another week's time.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Canadian Star Team on top at Hyeres

Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn are having a super pre-Olympic regatta at the Semaine Olympique Française, fourth event on the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit. They are currently in 1st place overall. They have had three races completed in winds around the upper teens, but diminishing through the day. RC dealt with a challenge, with lots of general recalls, no wind, postponements, and a drifting mark. In the three races done the Canucks have pulled off a 3rd, 1st, and 2nd! The Olympic champs from Britain, Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson are in 2nd overall, and Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot (FRA) 3rd.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Montreal J/22 Fleet is on a Roll

David Godin has sent us news of the growing J22 fleet, and here at Montreal Sailing we do love to hear how latest racing scuttlebutt! Thank you David.

Ralph Stocek, Editor 

Last month, Hudson's St. James Church hosted a super interesting J/22 - 2012 pre-season Rules and Tactics clinic. Armed for the work shop with a PowerPoint presentation and a metal drawing board with little magnetized sail boats stuck to it, the crews all chipped in for a Mexican style potluck dinner, with wine and beers handy on the kitchen counters. The  atmosphere was more reminiscent of a 1969 High School Class reunion than of a typical RRS clinic, if you know what I mean!

2011 was a fantastic year for the Montreal chapter with three new J /22 boats added to the fleet. And guess what, another two boats are joining for the 2012 season. These new players are not coming from HYC but from OKA Yacht Club. A total of thirteen J/22’s will be jostling for position on the start line this coming season. It’s been a while since we’ve seen such enthusiasm in the area. Something must be going on, so beware all racers this is highly contagious and you might be the next victim, the only remedy is to stay far away from the fun.

Class president and 2011 Canadian champion Ron Harris and crew John Martin  orchestrated the evening, with a focus on two main areas: protests & rules, and tactics specific to J/22’s in a regatta. The clinic underlined critical points of contention with topics like; do not fear the protest room - one design vs PHRF/club racing starting tactics - J/22 class rules – and a review of the ever so important mark rounding rules and tactics. Rules were read and explained, and with the help of a magnetic board different situations found on the race course where carefully examined. It made for a great forum where everyone could join in to provide further explanation or ask clarifications about a situation they had encountered.

In the course of the night it became clear to everyone that there are times where perspectives or opinions concerning a situation can come in conflict. Throughout the clinic emphasis was put on the fact that J22 racing is a gentleman’s sport, where fair play and respect of the rules must prevail. Maybe it’s not a coincidence that a church was chosen for the reunion after all!

What every sailor needs to remember is that racing is a game, and there are proper ways to settle differences between players. Being involved in a protest does not mark one as evil. It’s a civilized way of settling differences and it’s part of the learning process; sometimes it is the only way to decide how a rule should be interpreted. It’s not like calling the cops on someone, so we shouldn’t be afraid to protests.

Montreal Sailors will travel to World's in Newport

The J/22 teams have a goal in mind: the J/22 worlds in 2013. This event will be held in Newport, Rhode Island, so getting everyone up to speed is essential if our local teams want to fare well in this world class competition. On the water speed tests and clinics are being planned for the start of the 2012 season.

Most of the fleet will travel and attend many of the nearby events such as the Canadian Championship at CORK, to name just one great event. The Montreal fleet has planned for lot of time on the water and class members are very generous with their experience and time, wishing to bring new comers quickly to level.

If you enjoy racing and wish to improve your skills there is no better time than now for anyone thinking about joining this class!

David Godin

Monday, February 06, 2012

History Can Be Misleading

Andrew Campbell is writing up some great lessons on his blog (picture from masthead of Campbell's blog). Below is an excerpt. At the bottom is a link to the article in its entirety.

",,,Sailboat racing is a game of too many dynamics to fall into the rut that we should always go right in Long Beach. Sure, over the averages of time since before any of us were born (no matter how old you are), if two boats split to opposite sides of the racecourse in Long Beach, CA, the boat on the right might win 70% of the time. The averages are overwhelmingly in favor of one side over the other when the conditions are just right. But, for every two boats that have won on the right in Long Beach, there has been one that won on the left. Was it just an accident? Should we just blindly stumble off to the right and play the odds that we might win? When it comes to local knowledge and more so when it comes to race-to-race decisions, what just happened in the past should often be forgotten".

50 Rules To Sail By - Week 4 

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Racing Tip

US SAILING Blog: Daily Lift

Racing tip from Bill Gladstone:

Aim toward the finish. More boats win races with this simple strategy than any other. Don’t over think the strategy. Until you have a good reason to do something else just aim toward the finish.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Fireball World's 2012 in Mandurah, Western Australia

Joe Jospe and Tom Egli appear to be having a super class championship in Western Australia. They are sitting in 17th overall out of 60 some odd boats. In the last two races so far, they have done their best with two finishes in 12th. Racing continues until the 7th of January. 4 Canadian teams made it down under, and I noticed Montreal Sailor Stephen Waldie teamed up with longtime Ottawa Fireballer Mike McEvoy to compete. Looks like the best place to be in January!

Fireball Worlds 20122 Mandurah, Western Australia