Sunday, June 09, 2013

Good Neighbour Series racing in 2013 begins for BYC & PCYC

Montreal sailing has begun with the commencement of the Good Neighbours Series for 2013. Series 1 on Tuesday evenings debuted May 21st with a lot of excitement. A good hard blowing wind from the close northeast shore kept the water fairly flat, and shifty. That made for racing with a lot of compass staring and many boats heading on starboard to shore in search of the lifting and final knock to tack on. The minority of competitors who tacked out on port to sail in clean air didn't fare too badly either.

10 Sharks made for a strong showing for this first race. That high number of boats allowed for every Shark team to have someone of their level to compete against for this one design fleet.The Shark fleet can race against themselves and also the PHRF 3 fleet as a whole. A race within a race so to speak.

Nuisance took the gun in PHRF 3, followed by Sudden Impulse and Yin & Yang. It was great to see Toy Yot take 4th, a great performance. Ambitious took 5th. Isurus is really upping their game and took 6th, trading positions with Ambitious frequently during the race. Kaos took 7th despite sailing shorthanded and with white sails only. The first Tanzer 22 across the line was Goin' Strait. Given the Shark advantage in high wind Goin' Strait had a great race beating a good number of Sharks and the highly competitive Tanzer 22 Encore Une Fois. 13 teams competed in PHRF 3.

Vivace took the Etchells race. Bay Gull took PHRF 1 & 2. 

In the white sail class the J100 Amalia took the gun, followed by the J30 Breakaway. 2 Mirage 24s followed with Chinook edging out Ariel for a good race. 8 boats competed in White Sail.

This race was an excellent start to the season.