I must admit my focus was mostly limited to Lake Ontario this past week; as event chair and participant in the Lake Ontario 300 there was a lot of last minute items to be finalized before 182 yachts were finally sent off on Saturday morning. Ron Bianchi warned the entire fleet of high winds and thunder storms during his Skippers Meeting weather briefing on Friday evening; he was spot on! Approximately one third of the fleet eventually retired from the race following a series of fierce squalls overcame racers a few hours after a beautiful downwind start on Saturday afternoon. While some prudent racers dropped their spinnakers in time to avoid the 60 knots wind blasts, many kept pushing and were overcome when hail and torrential rain quickly caught up with them. Good business for the sailmakers!
Most yachts that eventually completed the race did so in personal record times, despite some slow spots along the south shore. Preliminary results are posted on the Lake Ontario website. Flight Simulator was the winner in the Multi hull division where many retired, including Ron White's Cheekee Monkee who capsized but was rescued. The Farr 30 Notorious took first place in IRC 1, while Red Jacket achieved the same in IRC 2.
Double-handed winners on the 300 mile Main Duck Island Course include Upstart (PHRF 1) and Les (PHRF 2); and Dolce Vita (Spinnaker) and For Pete's Sake (Whitesail) the shorter Scotch Bonnet Island Course. The fully crewed divisions were more popular again this year, despite the double-handed origins of this event in the early nineties. As such, many more winners need mention: on the Main Duck Island Course, Jaeger (PHRF 1), Afterburn (PHRF 2), Demon's Dance (PHRF 3), Ragtime (PHRF 4), Pardon Moi (PHRF 5) and Silver Bullet (PHRF 6). On the Scotch Bonnet Island Course, Sebana (PHRF 1 Spinnaker) and Sansei (PHRF 1 Whitesail), Gipsy Wind (PHRF 2 Whitesail), Impromptu (PHRF 3 Whitesail) and Burnin Rudder (PHRF 4 Whitesail).
Lastly, but not least, is the achievement of 11 competitors who completed the race solo under the auspice of the Great Lakes Singlehanded Society. Improving on his 2009 second place finish, Daniel Pavlat is in 1st place this year on his Tartan Ten TAZ; the fleet included yachts of all sizes from Mini 6.5 to Catalina 36. Of particular interest is Gail Bowdish's successful completion of the Lake Ontario Solo Challenge, which entitles her to the distinction of being the first woman to complete a solo event on each of the five Great Lakes; she joins Wally McMinn who achieved this feat in 2009 and Daniel Pavlat who repeated the performance again this year.
Congratulations to all winners and all particpants, we hope to see you again next year. Stay tuned for more announcements regarding the Sperry Cup winner and Team Challenge winners in the days to come. Hopefully, the myth of non-existent July breeze on Lake Ontario is now a thing of the past.
A Lake Ontario 300 to remember! Guy Perrin, Most of the fleet is in and the stories have started to flow! Racers are relating their tales of hurricane winds, high seas and resulting damaged sails and equipment. A record number of retirements, over 55 as I write this, most of them associated with the series of line squalls that went through the fleet a few hours after the start on Saturday afternoon.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Circuit - New challenges for all on day one in Barcelona Audi MedCup Circuit, Audi MedCup Circuit today sees three races scheduled for the TP52 Series as the Camper Regatta - Conde de Godó Trophy - Barcelona gets under way. The GP42 Series fleet will have two practice starts with their sequences at 1300hrs before the first ever TP52 circuit races off Barcelona start.... [more] Share this story
Bayview Mackinac Race winners Sail-World.com, A total of 206 sailboats in 20 classes raced in the 2010 Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race that started under blue skies and a light 12 knot breeze and ended with a rainstorm and 20-knot gusts on Saturday in Lake Huron. All have now completed the race.... [more] Share this story
MacMan Challenge 2010 this week! Dave Naples, The seventh Annual MacMan is this week and things are coming to a head. Skippers are polishing, cleaning and preparing their boats for 127 miles of racing. This weekend boats will be leaving Little Current, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Saint Claire to reach Mackinac by Thursday the 22nd. In the mean time, the race committee deals with late entrants, new information and a thousand last min... [more] Share this story
2.4 Meter Open Canadian Championships Brian Todd, CYA Coach/Manager,
2.4 Meter, Open Canadian Championships were held this past weekend in Toronto at National Yacht club. Saturday started out with plenty of promise nice winds but increasing velocity. The decision was made to move the course to the inner harbor.... [more] Share this story
Sail-West draws to a close Canadian Yachting Association, Sail West, which was conducted at the Wabamun Sailing Club in Alberta, has come to an end for 2010. 98 Boats entered the two days of racing.... [more] Share this story
Lake Ontario 300 pictures dockside Lake Ontario 300 Press Committee, At the docks by 7:30 this morning proved to be fairly quiet yet. Final prep was in progress and last-minute loading taking place. By 9:00 the scene had definitely stepped up. The docks were full of skippers, crew and an assortment of equipment.... [more] Share this story
Chicago to Mackinac - Sailors from Maine to Hong Kong set to compete Christie Denson, Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac - Sailors from 15 different U.S. states as well as Ontario, Switzerland, and as far off as Hong Kong, are preparing for the race of a lifetime – the 333 mile Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot.... [more] Share this story
And they are off...the Lake Ontario 300! Pictures from the start Lake Ontario 300 Committee, And they are off...the Lake Ontario 300! Enjoy these pictures of the start.... [more] Share this story
Volvo Youth Sailing World Championship –Closing ceremony marks the end ISAF, Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship officially came to an end with the Closing Ceremony held at the poolside of the Sheraton Hotel in Istanbul. Over the past week close to 350 sailors representing 59 nations have battled for the eight Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship titles at the 40th edition of the Youth Worlds.... [more] Share this story
Vic-Maui Yacht Race 2010 draws to a close Mark Gray, The Vic-Maui race began with the usual beat out Juan de Fuca Strait and some of the fleet taking a full day or more to transit Duntze Rock at the western end. But the excitement started from there.... [more] Share this story
Conditions significantly improved after challenging start to LO300 Lake Ontario 300 Committee, After a great start followed by a very challenging six to eight hours of squalls and very unstable weather, a large percentacge of the fleet is now past Cobourg heading towards Prince Edward County. This has been a fast and extremely tough race, with at 22:00 hrs. over 33 boats officially retired, and another seven unconfirmed.... [more] Share this story
Lake Ontario 300 - record 198 boats to set out today Sail-World.com, Billed at the Greatest Race on the Lakes, a record 198 boats will challenge for the Sperry Cup on Saturday July 17th 2010. There were 140 in 2008 and last year 170. Regatta Chairman Guy Perrin said – ‘we are very pleased with the ever growing fleet. ‘The LO300 caters to all types of sailors; from hard-core racers to cruisers, fully crewed to single-handed...'... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 – Hull & Humber focused on home port victory Clipper Ventures Plc, Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race is on the final leg and in the last 24 hours Mother Nature is throwing the crews of the ten yachts one final challenge to remember her by.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Circuit-TP52's racing kept on ice in hot, very light winds Audi MedCup Circuit, Audi MedCup Circuit update: Only the GP42 Series' official practice heat was completed today, the first scheduled racing day of the Camper Regatta – Conde de Godó Trophy – Barcelona. The 11 strong TP52 Series fleet representing 10 different nations, were left waiting, poised and ready for their first ever points racing off Barcelona... [more] Share this story
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