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

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