Please select your home edition
North Sails 2021 Innovation - LEADERBOARD

Awesome Women's J/105 Ontario Championship at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club

by J/Boats 31 Aug 2021 04:30 PDT 21 August 2021
Inaugural J/105 Ontario Women's Championships © J/105 Fleet 4 Women’s Racing

On Saturday August 21, the strength of women's sailing was on full display in the inaugural J/105 Ontario Women's Championships at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club on Lake Ontario, Canada.

The event was created by J/105 Fleet 4's Doug Bullock and female J/105 skipper Kathy Pask to lower the barriers to women racing in the fleet. Kathy's goal was to encourage and welcome women sailors at every level to participate in the event. The result was twelve J/105 boats and 96 very enthusiastic competitors, with participation ranging from local club sailors to Olympians, and ages that ranged from 15 to 70 years.

Early on the goal became to run a "Regatta for Women by Women". Felicity Rodness was the Regatta Chair, with Kathy Pask as the Regatta J/105 Organizer, Anne Sanderson as Race Committee and Lynne Beale as the Jury.

On the day of the event, what looked like a no-wind day turned into champagne sailing and very tight competitive racing with boats finishing within seconds of each other in a total of four races. The skilled competitors and close finishes had the one of the largest spectator fleets cheering from the sidelines in which many said was some of the most competitive racing they'd watched.

Each race saw a different winner and only nine points separated first to sixth place. In the end, Team WOMandate skippered by Sarah Douglas (just back from a sixth place finish at the Tokyo Olympics) and team of Jenny Farrand, Mariah Millen, Ingrid Merry, Emily Merry, Ali Ten Hove and Mickey McLaughlin, who won the last race to edge out Team HEY JUDE in a tiebreaker with Karen McRae skippering and crew of Charlotte de Heinrich, Laura Chalmers, Martha Henderson, Charlotte Scythes, Stephanie Hardes and Janine Clark.

Team SONIC BOOM finished 3rd, made up of team members Emily Sale, Brownyn Richardson, Joanne Prokop, Allison Boyd, Michelle Skutelsky, Kira Fulford, and skipper Jen Paterson (Provan). Be sure to visit the full results online.

Once racing was finished, the competitors transformed themselves from "sweat and grit" to "glitz and glamour" at the "Tactics to Tiaras" sit-down dinner with a spectacular island sunset and the majestic Toronto waterfront as the backdrop.

The success of every women sailor was celebrated from team biographies to team awards and each crew being personally introduced. Team Biographies can be seen here.

Many photos of the racing, Teams and party can be seen at the J/105 Fleet 4 Women's Racing Facebook Page.

Next year's Regatta Chairs, Michelle Skutelsky and Emily Sale will carry on the success of this fantastic event, that all believe has a very bright future.

The event would not have been possible without generous sponsorship and donations, namely lead sponsor Mike Mountford and Scotia Wealth Management and The Mountford Group, donations from Jessica Perraton from Yacht Charter Company (a regular J/105 racer on Jamaica me Crazy), Susan Reisler, LUG Bags, and Todd Irving and again the generous Fleet 4 J/105 owners who donated the boats for us to sail on:

Thank you to everyone! See you next year - Felicity Rodness and Kathy Pask.

More information here

Related Articles

Gorgeous, stormy Chicago Mackinac Race
One of the rougher, faster races on record for the fleet of 205 sailboats This year's Chicago to Mackinac Race will certainly go down as one of the rougher, faster races on record for the fleet of 205 sailboats. Posted on 30 Jul
Register now for the 2022 Rolex Big Boat Series
The West Coast's most competitive regatta Hitting the start line on time and in a strong position lays the foundation for winning races. Experienced skippers know that prepping for the start of a big race begins with completing entry forms and locking in crew lists on time. Posted on 14 Jul
2022 J/105 Women's Regatta overall
Near-perfect Chesapeake Bay conditions The SC of the Chesapeake hosted the 1st annual J/105 Women's Regatta for J/105 Fleet #3 on Saturday, June 25. When the PRO Drew Mutch announced at the skipper's meeting that he was running a "105 regatta, not a women's regatta," a large cheer was raised. Posted on 4 Jul
Key Yachting J-Cup Regatta 2022 overall
Winners are grinners The Key Yachting J-Cup was topped-off with a third day of fantastic conditions in The Solent. Classic south westerly breeze, pumped up to 15 knots with more in the gusts, but the wind was with the tide for most of the day, giving a flatter sea state. Posted on 3 Jul
Key Yachting J-Cup Regatta 2022 day 2
Brilliant sunshine with a south westerly breeze, pumping up to over 20 knots The Key Yachting J-Cup, in association with B&G, had superb conditions for the second day of racing. Brilliant sunshine with a south westerly breeze, pumping up to over 20 knots, produced stunning, planing conditions for the 56 J/Boats. Posted on 2 Jul
Key Yachting J-Cup Regatta 2022 day 1
Thrilling racing for the 56 teams in the Solent The Key Yachting J-Cup, in association with B&G, kicked off with 56 teams enjoying superb sunny conditions. A south westerly breeze built steadily during the day, and by the second race the gradient breeze was up to 15 knots, with 20 knots in the gusts. Posted on 1 Jul
J/105 Women Skippers Invitational at St Francis YC
Short course, windward-leeward, three-race format in San Francisco The inaugural San Francisco J/105 Women Skipper Invitational took place this past Sunday on San Francisco Bay, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club. Posted on 27 May
Early entries begin for 2022 Rolex Big Boat Series
What's on your regatta bucket list? May's flowers might be just arriving after April's showers, but serious owners are already finalizing their racing calendars for what promises to be sailing's most competitive racing season in years. Posted on 3 May
J/125 smokes Lightship Race
A close battle all the way around the race track in San Francisco The Lightship Race, the first of a 10-race series of the Ocean Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay, kicks off the crewed offshore racing in Northern California. Posted on 2 May
2022 American Yacht Club Spring Regatta kicks off
The long winter wait is finally over The long winter wait is finally over and the 43rd annual American Yacht Club Spring Regatta kicked off the sailing season with 45 boats in competition. Light air frustrated sailors Saturday afternoon, while Sunday provided more than ample winds. Posted on 30 Apr
Lloyd Stevenson Catalyst 45 728x90px2 BOTTOMZhik 2022 Choice of Champions FOOTERSea Sure 2021 - RED - FOOTER