Monday, September 24, 2012

The end of summer brings the inevitable haul out and a longing for next spring’s launch in Canada, and what a way to end such an eventful summer as Canada has this past weekend with fantastic results in a handful of events all over the map. In Kingston at Portsmouth Olympic Harbor fall CORK concluded Sunday, bringing a rest to this season for the local regattas. On the west coast, Royal Victoria, Royal Vancouver and West Vancouver Yacht Clubs all played host to different events over the weekend including M242 North Americans, District 7 Dinghy Fall Champs and the Howe Sound Regatta. South of the border the Canadians were battling in World Champion events in Milwaukee and Rochester. It’s with very notable postings that the 2012 summer season comes to a close in Canada.
For the second consecutive year, Peter Hall has captured a World Title in the Soling fleet with crew Paul Davis and William Hall. These gentlemen sailed a very tight regatta with a total of 10 points after 9 races. Close behind was Hans Fogh with crew John Finch and Gordon Devries at 25 points total and in third Billy Abbott, Joanne Abbot and Tom Freeman with 26 points total. All three podium finishes were gained through tough conditions over three days. Day one was cancelled due to heavy breeze leaving a tight timeline for the remainder of the regatta. Through heavy air and shifty conditions the 30 boat fleet from 9 nations sailed a total of 9 races. Congrats to our Canadians for taking the top three spots! Also south of the border were the J24 Worlds in Rochester where 96 boats competed through 10 races. Conditions were up and down making for tricky sailing. Canadian Rossi Milev finished 7th overall.
The popular regatta CORK in Kingston concluded its season this weekend with Fall CORK which included the Albacore Canadians. Participation was high seeing strong fleets in the Optimist, Laser and Radial class. 420’s and 29ers were also on the scene with representation from both Quebec and Ontario. Results are available at www.cork.org.

On the west coast, the Martin 242 fleet was hosted by Royal Vancouver for their North American Championship, West Vancouver Yacht Club was host to the Howe Sound Regatta, and Royal Victoria Yacht Club held the District 7 Fall Dinghy Champs. 38 Boats in 3 divisions turned out at West Van for the Howe Sound regatta – a two day course regatta in the most scenic region of BC where class racing was the name of the game for the Farr 30 and Melges 24 fleets. At the M242 North Americans nearly 30 Boats arrived to battle around the marks in what was tight racing. Results for the M242 NA’s available at www.m242fleetone.org, for the Howe Sound regatta through West Vancouver Yacht Club and for the Royal Victoria Yacht Clubs Fall Dinghy Champs through Royal Victoria.

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