Monday, September 21, 2015

Shark 1034 Perfect Start

The Rahn team sure makes it look easy! This is the last Good Neighbours Series race for 2015.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Journée portes ouvertes à l'école de voile de Lachine

Venez découvrir la voile à l'école de voile de Lachine.

Le 12 septembre de 10h à 18h.

3045 boulevard Saint-Joseph, Lachine

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The last evening race of 2015 already.

The last evening race for Team Ambitious turned out to be a windless occasion. Still as usual, Mike Anderson is always quick to drop anchor, and boats will raft up to enjoy the evening. The Good Neighbours Series racing is always fun. The blue striped Tanzer 22 with the pop top here is Mike Plesco's.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Fear and Self-loathing in the Midst of Good Neighbours

File photo of Shark #901, Ambitious

The last club race (Good Neighbours Series for BYC-PCYC) was yet another example of how great the sailing is here in Montreal. In the PHRF III division we had 13 boats racing. 12 one-design Sharks and one Tanzer 22. The handicap rating for the T22 has been modified this year to be the same as the Shark. So, PHRF III is actually level racing!

John Linton gets to give the Sharks comeuppance with his Tanzer. In light winds, the Tanzer has the advantage downwind, in heavy air it gets whupped by the Shark. Last Thursday, the breeze was light, but his team also sailed very well and scored 2nd place. John is one of the best competitors in the fleet, and he has to be, because the Sharks boast some stellar sailors.

For the rest of the fleet, it is actually a one design race, and how often do you get to do that in club racing? Not too often around Montreal. Usually club racing is a mish mash of different boat designs, and one boat or another has an advantage in the given condition of the day. Now, in our racing, we have adopted the Shark, and they all go the same speed. 12 Sharks in that club race, all competing without the luxury of excuses. The more the Shark fleet grows, the more it attracts sailors who see the fun and competition.

I find it pretty tough, to be honest, and I also am driven to keep trying again and again. It really is a humbling experience. When hard work pays off, and your team becomes more competitive it is highly satisfying. When it seems I should be doing better, I am not the greatest loser. No, I don't get foul (generally!). Still, a poor performance leaves me bruised, and ruminating, unsatisfied, troubled. I didn't name this little fixer-upper boat and normally unassuming team Ambitious for nothing. I am aware placing high is a tall order. Perhaps it's my dark side. I do realize though that this is a game, a part-time pastime, and I have not sailed all my life. So, I try to moderate my self-loathing! Still, as this blog reveals, I have been doing this for a while. I am clearly an obstinate, but slow-learner.When time allows, the distractions of real life abate, focus is right, and lessons remembered, Team Ambitious has good races and does improve! This is the beauty of the challenge in Montreal Sailing, in competing against such excellent sailors, in the complexity of the sport,

The Shark fleet has sailors of all abilities and fortune. This is another asset. Racing with us means you can compete against somebody, no matter what your luck or skill that day. A good fleet also has good teachers. The Dean of Shark sailing at BYC, Jin Frati has been very generous and helpful for me recently. It is stunning when a master makes a couple seemingly small changes, and the boat surges forward!

Tomorrow evening, Team Ambitious sails its last evening club race before the Shark World Championship. The regatta in Ottawa is where we really eat humble pie! I couldn't choose a better way to spend a week of my summer vacation.

GNS Race, August 13, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015

First flight of the Class C built in Montreal

Saturday August 8 the catamaran built by ETS students took it's first flight.

By now the boat is en route to Halifax.

Good luck guys!

Friday, August 07, 2015

Exhibit of the Class-C project at the RSTLYC this evening

There are not many racing classes more interesting than this one! The C-Class catamaran is a foiling boat with a hard wing. Pictured above, "Rafale" will be on display tonight at the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club (6-9 p.m.). Montreal sailor Trevor Parekh calls this craft "The coolest most techologically advanced boat ever built in Montreal"

Marc Farmer and Trevor Parekh (RStLYC) will be racing this boat at the next C Class Championship, often referred to as the Little America's Cup, to be held on Lake Geneva in September. Farmer and Parekh took the Canadian 49er championship this year

Rafale is designed and built by a large and impressive team of students from the ETS, L'École de Technologie Supérieure of University of Québec.

The event starts at 6 p.m. There is a speech at 7:30, followed by a raffle to support the team at 8:45. A cash-only BBQ will be going on throughout the evening as well.

These are cool boats to be sure. Long before the adoption of this technology by the America's Cup, the C Class has been using hard wings and hydrofoils for more than 30 years.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Update: Montreal Lightning team 10th at the worlds

July 22:
It's still early in the regatta, but 2 of the 3 who participated in the Pan Am games are at the Lightning World championship along with another Montreal crew. After winning the medal race and finishing 5th overall, Jamie, Steph and Chantale are the top Canadian boat and one of the 4 non-US boats in the top 20.

July 27 update:
Wow 10th and first team from outside US! Great show!

Results pictures

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Montreal sailing team to participate in medal race tomorrow

The stakes are high! Go Montreal Go!

Jay, Chantale and Jamie are sailing their Lightning in the Panam games. After 12 races, they are 5th, but that could change tomorrow.  Good luck!

Friday, July 03, 2015

Montreal Photographer at the Laser Worlds in Kingston

The Laser World championship is going on in Kingston and Montreal photographer Luka Bartulovic is covering the event for our enjoyement.

Monday, June 22, 2015

23 teams race in Shark Coupe du Québec in Pointe-Claire

La coupe du Québec de Shark s'est tenue les 13 et 14 juin 2015. Six anciens champions du monde étaient présents pour se disputer cette coupe locale.

Félicitations à Crazy Ivan d'Ottawa (David Foy, David O'Sullivan, Jamie Foy) pour avoir remporté cette régate. L'équipage de Bretagne et de Beaconsfield, Olivier Pilon, Nicholas Lemarchand et Marion Lemarchand sur Chimère ont été les premiers Québecois (le spi rose) devant George Stedman, Robert Levy et Etienne Portelance de Pointe-Claire sur Ketchup (prononcé "Catch-Up")

Merci à Suzanne Brosseau pour ces photos.

Les photos de samedi et celles de dimanche.

Les résultats complets.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Montreal team to represent Canada at the Pan-Am games

Montreal sailors Jay Deakin, James Allen and Chantale Léger qualified in Toronto to represent Canada in the Pan-Am games that will be held this year in Toronto.

Good luck to them! 

A Lightning - archive picture by Luca Bartulovic

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Oily Substance fouling Lac St. Louis

 Environment officials are trying to determine the source of the oil or gasoline that leaked into the waters of Lac St-Louis.

While driving home on Lakeshore Road around the Pointe Claire - Dorval border, I was diverted past a large number of trucks, hoses, and personnel along the shoreline. Now I know why. Link to article below:

Oily substance fouling Lac St. Louis

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Tactics Seminar

Online info & registration

04/19/2015 9:00:00 AM

Instructor: Geoff Moore

Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club
1350 Lakeshore Drive
Dorval, Québec H9S 2E3
Royal St. Lawrence YC

Check in: 8:30 am   Class: 9:00-4:30

Pricing for this location includes Lunch.

Skippers - $125
Members - $95
Additional Crew - $95
Jrs / Students - $60


Class Outline

Race & Win
  • The Racing Hierarchy
  • Heads Up!
  • Tactics and Winning 
Race Prep
  • Tune up, Test the course, Plan your start
Starting Strategy
  • Where to Start
  • Approaches
Starting Tactics
  • The Start
  • Avoiding Common Pitfalls
  • Starting Rules
Upwind Strategy
  • Wind and Wind Shifts
  • Wind Shift Strategy - none, one, two, many...
  • LEPs, leverage, catching up
  • Tracking and Predicting the Wind
  • Current - myths debunked!
  • Local Knowledge
Upwind Tactics
  • Wind Shift Tactics
  • Tactical Principles
  • Tactical Course Management
  • Mark Rounding Tactics
  • Extend Your Lead
  • Weapons
  • Upwind Rules
Downwind Strategy and Tactics Strategy
  • Tacking Angles and Wind Shifts
  • Downwind Windshifts - one, two, many, building!
  • Where are the Shifts?
  • Current
  • Tactics: Attack and Defense
Mark Rounding and Finishing
  • Downwind Rules
  • Mark Rounding Rules and Tactics
  • Finishing Rules and Tactics
  • Boat Handling
  • Boat Speed
  • and Tactics

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fireball NA's of 2015

Peter Kelly and Tof Nicoll-Griffith are back at it. Having sailed the Fireball together, ohhh, way back when, they have just shown this classic dinghy class they are still Top Dawgs! They have just won the Fireball North American Championship for 2015. They took 6 wins out of 9 races to pretty effectively dominate the regatta held at the Davis Island YC in Tampa, Florida, March 9-11th. Ahhh, does it get any better?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Profitons du temps froid pour participer aux conférences!

Ce soir, vendredi 20 février, conférence de Sylvain Fortier. Plus de détails sur Facebook ou sur le site des voiles de l'amitié ou sur le site du challenge Vert Autour du Monde.

Le 4 mars allons voir Léane construit par Johanne et Luc à la CONAM.

Photo Facebook de la conférence.