We have all had bad wind this summer. You know those days where an event is scheduled and you make arrangements, show up and you get crap. Well, for all those bad wind days of summer, Toronto flushed all those memories down the toilet and we can now put away our boats this winter with a smile.
Saturday was light, but always enough for the bailers to work and the wind was absolutely consistent all day long. There was no trapezing but at least the sails were full. The RC set the marks and left them for the entire day. It brought tight racing and even Angus was pushing people around with some unbelievable ability to aggressively out-point and out-speed anyone who was foolish to be close to him.
Sunday, brought the best sailing that Dave Adams said he has seen in two years. Adam Gesing claimed it was the best sailing he has seen all year, and this is after Windsor reported a good summer. It was hot, sunny and from the east at 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 occaisonally. And because it comes from the east, we had waves!
The RC had such respect for the needs of 505s that they ran the course way out to sea giving us all the wave action that develops 300 kms away. Deb and Dave, used it on the downwinds where they gybe hoisted for all 4 races in the breeze and riding the waves down to the distance leeward. The guiding principle was ‘let your crew call the gybes”. This is only applies in wire running situations because it is the crew that can use the leech on the main to call the mark. The tried and true rule is, with the crew positioned well back on the rail, trapping high and waiting for the mark to reveal itself. That is when you gybe. It works every time.
I think the entire fleet felt bad for the RC because the committee boat was really sitting all day in some lumpy water. The crash boat was kept extremely busy rescuing Contender Boats.
Our warmest of thanks to Angus Ross who did so much to make this regatta wonderful. Nothing but the best wine, craft beer, beautiful cheese, steak and ice cream, sandwiches, good quality coffee, donuts to keep you planing all day long. It is really out of this world the treatment you get from this guy.
We also like to mention the young blood of Andrew Gesing/Ian Marentette. Our next generation of 505 sailors.
All I can say is that for those that did not make it, come next year. You are almost guaranteed one day of wind. If I recall, last year we had 25-30 on one day.
Here are the results.
|505 ONTARIO CHAMPIONSHIP & INTERNATIONAL CONTENDER OPEN|
|OUTER HARBOUR CENTREBOARD CLUB SEPT 24TH/25TH, 2011|
|Race1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Race 5||Race 6||Race 7||Race 8||Race.9||Total||Net (2 drops)||Pos’n|
|Skipper/Crew – 505|
|Debbie Ashby/Dave Adams||1||1||1||2||1||1||1||2||1||11||7||1|
|Renka Gesing/Adam Gesing||3||2||2||1||2||2||2||1||2||17||12||2|
|Angus Ross/Tim Willett||2||3||3||3||4||3||4||4||5(DNS)||31||22||3|
|Andrew Gesing/Ian Marentette||4||4||4||4||3||4||3||3||3||32||24||4|
|Race1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Race 5||Race 6||Race 7||Race 8||Race 9||Total||Net (2 drops)||Pos’n|
|Skipper – Contender|
|Mike Smits||11 (DNS)||2||1||2||2||1||2||1||2||24||11||2|
|Frank Whittington||3||6||4||4||4||2||3||11 (DNS)||4||41||24||3|
|Stephanie Mah||4||3||5||3||5||3||4||11 (DNS)||11 (DNS)||49||27||4|
|Peter Hale||2||4||3||7||3||4||11 (DNS)||11 (DNS)||11 (DNS)||56||34||6|
|Luka Bartulovic||7||7||7||5||7||11 (DNS)||11 (DNS)||11 (DNS)||11 (DNS)||77||55||8|
|Charles Wakefield||8||9||9||9||10||11 (DNS)||11 (DNS)||11 (DNS)||11 (DNS)||89||67||9|
|Don Haddow||9||8||11(DNF)||10||9||11 (DNS)||11 (DNS)||11 (DNS)||11 (DNS)||91||69||10|
|Next year’s event: September 28th/29th, 2011 Wind and Waves guaranteed!|