Philip Robert Alexander Tillman – June 30, 1933 – December 20, 2015

January 5th, 2016 Comments off

Capture-30iz44q6dgix3xz81p1f5s   Passed away peacefully on the evening of Sunday, December 20, 2015 which was 66 years to the day he began dating his gorgeous wife Maureen (nee Bevan). Phil crossed his final finish line; he was an incredible cyclist, competitive sailor and windsurfer. Phil did everything 100 % with absolutely no regrets.  He was a mentor and an inspiration whose qualities are clearly found in those whose lives he has touched. Loving father of Anne Tillman-Graham (Kevin), Lise Waller (Scott) and Sara Tillman Whittaker (Peter Wilenius). Cherished grandpa of Max and Essery-Anne Waller and of Olivia Whittaker. Survived by his sister Joy Alldritt. December 24, 2015 would have marked the 17th anniversary of Phil’s liver transplant, a gift that he treasured and respected immensely. A special thank you to all his friends and family who visited and supported him in the last month. Also a big thank you to the team of nurses and doctors at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, Floor A3 and ICU unit. A celebration of life will take place at the Britannia Yacht Club, 2777 Cassels St, Ottawa on Wednesday, January 6, 2015 at 2p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Phil’s memory can be made to the Queensway Carleton Hospital, Canadian Organ Transplant Association or the Colin Blandy Memorial Fund for young sailors via the Britannia Yacht Club.

Comment from Malcolm McHattie

“Phil was, of course, a major force for 505s and was the architect of my 505 career as others’ – he took me for my first ride one September evening, advised on specifications to order a Parker and conducted the purchases in England and the container transport to Hull, where Peter and I unloaded our boats.

He was the ultimate enthusiast and made life fun – even on a trapeze and flying the spinnaker on a wild plane. He was ever helpful to us all and that was key to the Ottawa fleet becoming formidable on the regatta rounds. His leadership initiated and made the 505 fleet into a success to make any yacht club proud.

Sailing was not his only interests but it is the one I know and most appreciate. I briefly saw him as a windsurfer, visited his kite shop on the market and met several of his work colleagues as well as seeing his family grow.

His influence was major and will be felt for a long time.”

Comment from Marg Hurley

Phil also sold me my first 505 and got me hooked.

Comment by Dave Adams

“Phil fixed and milled all the hard repairs on my boat.  He was a true craftsman and absolute precision was all that was accepted when it came to Phil.  And when you asked him a simple question, plan on spending the rest of the afternoon with him because there is no such thing as a short story when chatting about 505s!  The guy was a walking talking muesum of 505 history.  It was an honour to meet and spend time with.”

Comment from Jim Dingle

“Phil Tillman was the perfect crew for anyone trying to  make the Canadian Olympic Team for the 1976 Games, with the yacht races run on Lake Ontario out of Portsmouth Harbour. He more or less selected me as his skipper to prepare for the trials in the 470 class. Our main Ottawa rivals were Marg Hurley with Peter Wood crewing.

Phil assembled our new boat with a surgeon’s precision. We took it to the McNeil’s in Manotick, slid it down the snowy hillside, and carried it into Donnie’s basement workshop. Every fitting was examined, smoothed if necessary, and permanently reattached. Then Phil constructed a 2×470 trailing rig for the long journeys to the main pre-trials regattas in Key West, Tampa, etc. We had barely arrived there when he quickly checked out the other fast boats to see what we could do to have the best gear.

Phil was great in the boat in any wind-speed. It was such a performance that the skipper could focus 100% on the race – the sail trimming and trapeze work was instant and flawless. (With Phil up front, it felt like one was sailing a Laser.)

We quickly learned that the top boats were sailed by extremely light guys. So, by the trials in June, Phil had dropped his weight from 180 down to 140 pounds. He must have been on a starvation diet.

The weather for the trials was unusual for Kingston, with 10 straight days of clear weather with light winds. The thermal southwest wind would typically arrive just as the afternoon race was ending. Phil and I would scream back to Portsmouth Harbour planing on one long starboard tack — licking our wounds but happy to be in the game.”


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Cheap and good boat storage in Ottawa

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2015 Eastern Canadian Regatta Report

September 30th, 2015 Comments off

King Neptune decided to have some fun this weekend. On Friday, an easterly developed over Lake Ontario and persisted all day and through the night.  The fleet woke up Saturday morning to a warm sunny 15-18 knots and still from the east.  What does this mean for Toronto?  Answer: Big ocean waves and breeze.

As we rigged our boats, local Contender sailors laughed nervously and promised us an awesome day.  Putting on a brave face, we had a quick skippers meeting and headed out.  I will say it now, I was a bit nervous. The race track was out beyond the infamous pier and big breakers smashed against the wall throwing water ever where.  Visions of shattered boat bits did come to mind because the leeward mark was really not that far off shore. Trying to stay calm and talking in a reassuring voice, I joked how much fun we were having (It is OK to lie sometimes). Beating up wind, we would go over large rollers with no bottom insight as we headed over the wave.  As water emptied out underneath us, the free fall would happen and then we would land sending shivers throughout the boat and rig. Questions of whether the boat could handle such abuse did cross my mind.
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Sunday Afternoon at the races

Of course the typical problem of no wind in the trough and too much at the crests where an issue.The wind did not cease during the day but the worry disappeared.  All it took was a bit of getting use to.  After the first race we truly started having fun.  And the more we spent sailing in such an environment the funnier it got. Being an Ottawa sailor, you just don’t get exposure to such conditions.  It was truly a thrill.   I should mention that two years ago we had big swells at this same venue.

It may have been fun for the sailors but it was ‘puke city’ for the RC.  Just looking at them made me turn green because their boat would ride up the wave and then turn side to side after every crest.  They were the real heros of the event.  And their attitude was awesome.  “We may not have a perfectly square line but we would rather you be racing instead of waiting!”   We also witnessed a spectacular pitch pole of an F18 that was out for a pleasure sail.
The day finished after 5 races and we returned to a calm, warm sunny OHCC sailing club. Greeted with cold beer and a massive steak dinner.  What a life!  Saturday was probably the most fun and exciting day I have had all summer.
Sunday, the winds shifted to the south west and were light but the bailers worked all day. This was when the close racing began.  The sails were always full and it was really good for the body because we were feeling very sore and stiff in the boat from the day before.  By the end of the day, we could have done another day of racing if was a  three day regatta.
I can’t praise OHCC club enough for their hospitality.  In my mind it is the perfect club. Very small, cottage like club house, great docks, deep water, tons of parking right there and lovely people.  The contender fleet are wonderful, super keen and supportive of the 505.  We make good partners on the race track.
The event also marks the official handover of Jeff Boyd’s boat to it’s new owner, Peter Hale. Jeff was great because he sailed with Peter and spent the two days going over all the details of the boat.  Peter is an excellent Contender sailor and I predict he will quickly be up to speed for next season. Not to worry, Jeff plans to continue 505 sailing, it is just that he is done with boat ownership.  Attention Steve Adolph, get your boat back on the water because Jeff needs you. Also Marek and his rock star driver Balinski who is Albacore NA’s champion also joined us for the weekend in Mike Agrell’s boat.  Even though they spent Saturday swimming they saw the potential in the boat and are looking to purchase.  They have a budget of 10k and if you know of a boat, please let them know.
So the weekend also turned out to be a good fleet building opportunity
Here are the results:
Race 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total Drop Net
Hale/Boyd 1 1 1 1 2 2 3 2 1 14 5 9
Adams/Adams 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 14 4 10
Balinski/Bartski DNF DNF 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 30 10 20
Ross/Terbrugge DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 4 4 4 4 41 10 31
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Pole Keeper – 8264

September 30th, 2015 Comments off

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Cynthia Debrisay and Chuck Hansen – 2015 Canadian Champions

September 30th, 2015 Comments off

No regatta report.  Just tight racing and no mistakes allowed because someone was on your ass all the time.

Chuck and Cynthia rock.  No only did they sail the best but Charles drove across the country just to attend the regatta!  That is dedication.


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Sailor’s Tailor – Final Product

July 30th, 2015 Comments off

I just ordered a new 505 top cover from Sailor’s Tailor.  The good news it fits!

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Top Cover Measure Up for Sailor’s Tailor

May 19th, 2015 Comments off

Measurements requested by Sailor’s Tailor (click on any pic to see close up):

1. Tip of bow to midmast at the height where the boom is attached.


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2. Midmast up where boom is attached straight down to the rub rail at the back deck.

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3. Midmast up where the boom is attached straight downward to the port side rub rail. (90 degrees to the centred boom.

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Extra: Distance from the front of midmast to the shroud.

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Extra:  Corrections made to Marg Hurley’s Boat Cover

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Carbon Straps

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505 Canadian Fleet 1

March 7th, 2015 Comments off

505 Canadian Fleet 1
The events the fleet agreed to support in 2015 are as follows:
May 2 – 3 – Port Townsend, WA – Stewart Sinclair Memorial Regatta
May 10 – KYC – Opening Day Sailpast
May 24 – KYC – Sunday Races #1
June 6 – 7 – Launch from KYC – Jericho Classic Regatta
June 13 – 505 Open House Day at KYC – each KYC 505 owner will take out sailors interested in 505 sailing racing. Details to follow.
June 14 – KYC – Passage Island Race
July 4 – 5 – Squamish Yacht Club, Howe Sound. BC Junior Dinghy Championships includes 505 BC Championship Regatta
July 11 – 12 KYC – Kitsilano Invitational Regatta (505 Western Canadian Championships)
Possible – July 24-26 Gorge Dinghy (California Schedule)
August 16 – KYC Sunday Races #2
NB – Sept 12-13 or 26-27Canadian Championships in Toronto or Ottawa
September 13 – KYC – Sunday Races #3 (rescheduled from Sept 20)
NB – Sept 17-20North American Championships Annapolis
September (corrected to) 19-20 – Bellingham YC – Dale Jepsen Regatta
October 3 – 4 – Seattle CYC – Puget Sound Sailing Championships (PSSC)
October 18 – KYC – Sunday Races #4
November 7 – 8 – KYC – Bluenose Regatta

KYC 505 Fleet 1 Trophy
For the KYC 505 Fleet 1 trophy, we will count all four of the Sunday Races, plus the Passage Island Race. Terry volunteered to calculate the trophy scores on the high-point scoring system. For each of the events to count for the Fleet Championship trophy, a different volunteer will telephone each contact to RSVP for the event:
Mark – for May 24
Steve – for June 14 Passage Island Race
TBD – for August 16
Brian – for September 13
Ian – for October 18

Can/Am 505 Trophy
Having reviewed and discussed the e-mail discussion on the NW505 e-mail listserve, in respect of the Can/Am events to count for the championship, we will count the following 4 events:
May 2 – 3 – Port Townsend, Stewart Sinclair Memorial Regatta
July 11 – 12 – KYC – Kits Invitational Regatta
October 3 – 4 – Seattle CYC – PSSC
November 7 – 8 – KYC – Bluenose Regatta

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Toronto Regatta Report – 2014

September 29th, 2014 Comments off

Was this regatta the Eastern Canadian Championships?  Was it the Ontario Championships?……Awhh screw it.  Who cares, let’s just get together and go sailing and then come back, put your feet up, suck back a few beers and then chase that with a big steak dinner.  What could be better?

Folks, this happens every year in Toronto and you are all missing out.  Saturday was fantastic.  The forecast was not great but the thermal kicked in and the boats were always moving.  None of the downwinds were miserable and the boats always had power.

Sunday had to be blown off but the RC had the sense to not make us suffer and so we simply carried on with the banquet and worked on the beer cache from the night before; an assortment of fine craft beers.

In the end, we managed to get a full series completed and that was 6 races.  Once again, the RC had the wisdom to race us hard all day Saturday because they could not guarantee wind on the Sunday and so all was good.  No waiting around between races.

I have been doing this regatta for the last 5 years and the whole club is starting to become family.  That is just the people they are.  A cute little club house, the best launching facility you can think of and a very welcoming group of keen Contender sailors that love 505s.

Lastly, I would be remiss by not mentioning that Angus Ross beat the formidable Gesings.  Tight racing for all.  Also, young Andrew Gesing sailed in Mike Agrell’s boat with one of our newest 505 boat owners, Gordie Budning, who just purchased and is fixing up a “vintage” Parker.

That is a wrap for the season and can’t wait till next year.

Dave Adams

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