Challenging Conditions - CORK OCR
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 - Kingston, ON
Day 4 of racing of the Senior Nationals at CORK OCR saw fewer boats on the water after most fleets wraps up their series yesterday. Laser, Radial, Finn, 49er and FX sailors hit the water with winds light and from the east.
On the singlehanded course the easterly breeze held for three races for the Lasers with CST member Robert Davis (KYC/RCYC) taking a bullet in the first race by a large margin. In the second race, First place went to CY Thompson (STYC), who passed CST members Evert McLaughlin (RCYC) and Tom Ramshaw (SLYC) the leaders for most of the race. In the third and final race of the day the wind died off, allowing the current to play more of a factor, making the start a bit tricky. As a result, a number of boats including most of the leaders received a black flag violation. Cy Thompson (STYC), Robert Davis (KYC/RCYC) and Tom Ramshaw (SLYC) hold the top three positions going into the final day of racing.
The Radial fleet faced similar conditions with a solid first race going to CST member Brenda Bowskill (RCYC). In the second race there was some confusion as to which course was being sailed and some sailors started on an inner loop on the course when they should have been sailing on the outer. Connor Blouin (DIYC) came out on top. In race three a number of black flag violations were handed out, Brenda Bowskill (RCYC) came away with another bullet. Bowskill leads going into the final day of racing followed by Blouin and Claire Merry (RCYC).
Finns sailed four races with CST members taking the top 3 positions overall. After protest time Greg Douglas (RCYC) leads, followed by Martin Robitaille (RCYC/CVL) and Kyle Martin (RVanYC) in third.
In Skiff action the 49er and FX fleets each sailed 3 races and were back on shore with time to spare. With 16 races now complete, David Mori & Justin Barnes (RCYC) are holding a strong lead with 10 bullets and a 14 point lead over Michael Brodeur & Daniel Inkpen who sit in second place. John & Aurthur Ferguson (RCYC) sit in third.
Also with 16 races on the books Arielle Morgan & Heather Myatt (RSTLYC) lead the girls in the FX fleet, followed by Erin Rafuse & Danielle Boyd (RNSYS/KYC) in second and Erin Berry & Ingrid Merry (RCYC/RVicYC) in third. Competition is tight with only 4 points separating the top three.
Racing concludes tomorrow!