by Katie Nicoll
Greeted by wet weather, 94 young Optimist sailors marched out into the pouring rain at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2011 Canadian Championships at the Lunenberg Yacht Club in Nova Scotia.
Some great surfing downwind - 2011 Canadian Optimist Championships
A very wet Opening Ceremony - 2011 Canadian Optimist Championships
The practice race was warm and sunny but the wet wild weather returned for the first day of racing where winds topped 35 knots on Monday, August 22nd.
Tuesday was the most gorgeous day ever with winds 10-15 knots and beautiful blue skies and the PRO, Colin Mann, managed to get in 4 good races.
Wednesday light breezes came in and built for the team race, held just off the yacht club deck, which was won by RCYC Team 1, followed by British Columbia's Team 1, and third was taken by RCYC Team 2.
A very crowded start line for the Championship flight - 2011 Canadian Optimist Championships
Bermuda was well represented - 2011 Canadian Optimist Championships
Racing continues for two more days, until Friday, August 26th. Results for the first two days of racing can be found at
Participants in the 2011 Canadian Optimist Championsihps - 2011 Canadian Optimist Championships