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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.
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:
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.
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.
2. Midmast up where boom is attached straight down to the rub rail at the back deck.
3. Midmast up where the boom is attached straight downward to the port side rub rail. (90 degrees to the centred boom.
Extra: Distance from the front of midmast to the shroud.
Extra: Corrections made to Marg Hurley’s Boat Cover
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
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.
July 11-13, 2014, Kitsilano Yacht Club
A forecast of sunny and hot weather attracted a number of boats from BC and Washington regions to compete in the 2014 Canadian Championships hosted by Fleet One as part of KYC’s annual Invitational Regatta. A good time was had by all, with the weather turning out as expected, and the stronger westerlies on Sunday more than making up for the light airs on Saturday.
The event started on Friday with a bit of a practice race, where 6 boats went out for a tune-up around the bay in a nice breeze on the sunny afternoon. A fixed mark and two anchored vessels and a smooth rabbit start alleviated the need for any on-water race committee support. After the practice race, there was a BBQ at the club, as more competitors shored up and rigged their boats Friday evening
With 14 boats registered and rigged for the noon start on Saturday, the regatta got underway with a very low tide and light and variable winds on a crowded bay hosting many other events and fleets. Brent Foxall, the Principle Race Officer, had to work hard to squeeze in three races on Saturday by moving the race course around the bay chasing the wind. The tides were strong which alson had a large effect on the racing. The day ended with with a different winner in each race, Phil Cragg and Reto Corfu taking race 1, Carol and Carl Buchan taking race 2, and Adam Gooderham and Alec Francis racing the Club’s Co-Op boat taking race 3. At the end of Day 1, the Buchan’s were leading the Open Competition and Phil and Reto were in second and top Canadian leading the race for the Canadian Championship title within the regatta. Lee Laney and Paul Von Gray were in third place with even points.
Day two started an hour earlier, but looked a lot more promising with a true westerly building. Again there was a very low tide and very strong currents to make things interesting in calling the lay lines and at mark roundings. With the better wind conditions, 5 races were run on Sunday. The lighter crews were able to gain advantage wire running in the first 4 races of the day. The last race of the day had winds up enough that everyone could wire run, allowing things to even out a bit more for the heavier crews. In the end, Carol and Carl Buchan were able to demonstrate superior skill in the light and challenging conditions to win the 2014 Canadian open, for their 3rd time. Phil Cragg and Reto Corfu were able to hold on to second place overall to earn a 5th Canadian Championship title for Phil and a 3rd Canadian Championship title for Reto. Lee Laney and Paul Von Gray from Seattle and Whidby Island rounded out the top three, only one point behind after the drop.
The full results are copied below:
Canadian Championship title for Phil and a 3rd
International 505 Final Results
Sail # Skipper Crew Fin Fin Fin Fin Fin Fin Fin Fin
8792 Carol Buchan Carl Buchan 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 10 2 8 1
8192 Phil Cragg Reto Corfu 1 3 4 2 5 8 2 2 27 8 19 2
8831 Lee Laney Paul Von Grey 3 2 3 6 4 2 3 3 26 6 20 3
8868 Piper Dunlap Dan Ginther 5 4 5 7 2 7 6 4 40 7 33 4
7353 John Hayley Ian Plumbley 4 8 6 4 3 6 4 7 42 8 34 5
8866 Cynthia Des Brisay Charles Hansen 9 5 12 3 6 3 5 5 48 12 36 6
8453 Terry Thomas Tom Burnard 8 6 11 9 9 5 7 6 61 11 50 7
8068 Adam Gooderham Alec Francis 6 10 1 8 11 9 10 9 64 11 53 8
8755 Brian Trainor Evan Jennings DNF 12 7 5 8 4 8 10 69 15 54 9
7206 Anne Splitztack Chris Splitztack 7 9 8 12 10 10 11 8 75 12 63 10
6808 Cody Kowalski Sugar Flanagan 10 11 9 10 7 11 9 13 80 13 67 11
7039 Bob Conrad Ryan Welgaz 12 13 13 11 13 13 13 12 100 13 87 12
8435 Patrick McGale Sean Rankins DNS 14 14 13 12 12 12 11 103 15 88 13
7111 Dave Phillips Mark Phillips DNS 7 10 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 107 15 92 14
R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8