It has been a busy week of racing in Canada and in nearby US with the CORK OCR Regatta in Kingston, ON, the International 8 Meter World Cup at RCYC in Toronto, ON, the 2010 Optimist Canadian Championships at RHYC in Hamilton, ON and the Toyota International Match Race for the Detroit Cup at BYC. While Dave Perry was the winner at the Bayview Yacht Club, the other events are still ongoing, hoping to take advantage of better sailing conditions after various cancellations due to poor southern Ontario weather that prevailed earlier in the week. Single-handed and double-handed racers in the Lake Ontario Short-Handed Racing Series 100-Miler event also witnessed rather trying conditions at the western end of the lake over the weekend; only 40 of the 64 starting yachts completed the course on very wet boats.
A little further south, Canada is well represented in Rhode Island at the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Regatta for sailors with disabilities, where Peter Wood and Scott Lutes finishing third and fifth respectively in the 2.4mR class. In Cartagena, Spain, the Audi MedCup fleet is expecting more breeze today and hope to resume racing after a calm and blistery hot day yesterday on the Mediterranean.
Armel Le Cleac'h proved to be the man to beat in the Solitaire du Figaro after winning three legs in the race. He confirmed his domination of the 2010 event by crossing the finish line in Cherbourg last week as a second time winner (thanks to a first victory on the popular European circuit back in 2003).
The scene is now set for the Velux 5 Oceans race; eight ocean racing skippers from seven nations are now confirmed to be on the start line of the grueling 30,000-mile round the world race. They will assemble in La Rochelle at the end of September for the final preparations; each yacht will be fitted with high tech video and still cameras along with the broadband satellite communication equipment required to relay the images to shore-side spectators in near real time. This edition of the 28 year old race will consist of five individual sprints around the world over nine months; after setting off on October 17 from La Rochelle to Cape Town, the race will then take in Wellington in New Zealand, Salvador in Brazil and Charleston in the US before returning back across the Atlantic to France. Canadian entry Derek Hatfield, who is currently ensuring Spirit of Canada will be fully optimized for the adventure, is still hopeful to secure a title sponsor before the start; any suggestions or referrals in this regard are very welcome.
Finally, the weather forecasts look promising for Canada's fall boat show in the Greater Toronto Area this weekend in Port Credit; it's going to be Power and Sailboats galore at the 20th annual Port Credit Boat Show!
Several 2011 sailboats on exhibit - Port Credit Boat Show August 27/29 Heather Robertson, True North Yachts of Port Credit Harbour Marina will be showcasing the Dufour 405 and the Hunter 50 C/C at the 2010 Port Credit In-Water Boat Show. And not just new, there will be plenty of used models on hand. For the powerboater, Skyline Marina will exhibit new and used Sea Rays. New to Canada - 6.5M RIBCRAFT Inflatable. For a complete listing of boats for sale, visit www.portcreditboatshow.ca... [more] Share this story
Let's do it again – team racing a hit at Canadian nationals Linda MacDonald, 12 year old Julien Brunet of Lachine, Quebec can't wait to repeat the experience of team racing. 'We had code words and sacrifice, 'players' and those chosen to 'go for the wind', we worked together and it was great fun.' Julien and his teammates were happy to hear that their coaches are already planning to add team racing to their 5 provincial Opti challenges in the coming year.... [more] Share this story
Classic 8 Metre boats show their speed today at the 8 Metre Worlds Victoria Crowder, A nice light five knot breeze on Lake Ontario marked the fourth day of the Mackenzie 8 Metre World Championship. This south easterly breeze allowed the classic boats to race head to head with their modern counterparts. Raven had another fabulous day with a 6, 6 finish in both the races. In the modern division the first race was won by Aluette of Switzerland.... [more] Share this story
Clagett Memorial Regatta - Winning day on the water Jan Harley, Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta - In each of the four classes (2.4 Metre, SKUD-18, Sonar and J/22) competing at the eighth annual C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta for sailors with disabilities, an unbroken winning streak on the second and final day of racing determined the championship winners.... [more] Share this story
CORK OCR (Olympic Classes Regatta) 2010 - Close competition Marianne Davis, In the 29erXX class, Tyler Macdonald and Tucker Atterbury won the medal race ahead of Emily Tsang and Lauren Laventure.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy - Frozen in the heat Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, The long wait, in stiflingly hot temperatures, proved to be in vain and the race committee sent the GP42 Series and the TP52 Series fleet back across an almost glassy sea to the historic harbour in Cartagena at just before 1600hrs.... [more] Share this story
Clagett Regatta competition underway Jan Harley, Sailing got underway on Narragansett Bay for the eighth annual C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta. In the five-boat Sonar fleet, 2008 SKUD-18 Paralympic Gold Medalist Maureen McKinnon Tucker (Marblehead, Mass.) and Gerry Tiernan (Falmouth, Maine) crewed for John Porter (East Troy, Wisc.) to win all five races and the lead position in that fleet on five points.... [more] Share this story
Images from the LittleAC: US Challenger's wingsail demolished Daniel Forster, Top international sailing photographer, Daniel Forster, was on hand to catch the action in the Little AC (aka the Little America's Cup) as the US challenger, Aethon's wing sail was demolished just a few minutes into the opening race of the 2010 event.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy - TeamOrigin to the fore Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, Buoyed by their team's recent success, winning on their own home waters against the America's Cup defenders, Britain's TeamOrigin emerged with a third and a first place from the opening two races to lead the Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy regatta TP52 Series fleet.... [more] Share this story
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