Sunday, September 02, 2012

The Craig & Ross Youth National Sailing Championships came to close Saturday at Gimli Yacht Club in Gimli, Manitoba. The 5-day event kicked off with a practice race Tuesday, followed by 4 days of racing on Lake Winnipeg. Wind varied throughout the week, ending with an average of 10 knots on the final day of racing.
 
Competitors from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia came together at the awards presentation Saturday afternoon to recognize the top performers and thank the event hosts, race committee and volunteers for all the work that went into the event. The local organizers, volunteers and club members at GYC went out of their way to welcome sailors, coaches and parents to the event and made sure that everyone was well fed and taken care of throughout the week.
 
Event Coach Murray McCullough worked closely with sailors and coaches in all fleets over the course of the week and provided daily de-brief sessions with video review. CYA Race officers lead by PRO Peter van Muyden delivered top notch race management providing for great racing all fleets.
 
The close of the event also marked the first stage of the selection process for the 2013 ISAF Youth World Team. Further qualification will take place early next year.
 
Top finishers:
 
Laser
1.      Max Gallant, Royal Victoria Yacht Club (BC)
2.      Dominic Fritz, Royal Vancouver Yacht Club (BC)
3.      Matthew Sherar, Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club (ON)
 
Laser Radial – Male
1.      Luke Ruitenberg, Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (NS)
2.      Austin Stein, Royal Canadian Yacht Club (ON)
3.      Hugh Macrae, Kingston Yacht Club (ON)
 
Laser Radial – Female
1.      Corinne Peters, Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (NS)
2.      Violet Stafford, Kingston Yacht Club / Royal Canadian Yacht Club (ON)
3.      Meghan Henneberry, Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (NS)
 
Laser 4.7
1.      Heather Boyle, Pelican Yacht Club (MB)
2.      Daly Penner, Gimli Yacht Club (MB)
3.      Connor Boyle, Pelican Yacht Club (MB)
 
420
1.      Allie Surrette / Ali ten Hove, Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (NS)
2.      Berg Ellemers / Owen Dunkley, Kingston Yacht Club (ON)
3.      Jake Megaffin / John Alexander Sapp, Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (NS)
 
29er
1.      Frédérique Tougas / Florence Pépin-Delhaes, Point Claire Yacht Club (QC)
2.      Devan Dube / Greg Simms, Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (NS)
3.      Jean-Matthieu Bolland / Ben Strickland, Kingston Yacht Club (ON)
 
Techno 293
1.      Fannie de Alcala, Club de Voile des Deux Montagnes (QC)
2.      Gabriel Verrier-Paquette, Club de Voile des Deux Montagnes (QC)
3.      Olivia Mew, Toronto Windsurfing Club (ON)
 
 
 
 
 
August 31 2012
 
Day three of racing brought lighter and shiftier winds for competitors at the Craig & Ross CYA Youth National Championships in Gimli, Manitoba. With winds ranging from 3-7 knots some of the lighter sailors benefitted and moved up in the standings.
 
Competing in Gimli this week are six of the sailors who represented Canada at the 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds in Ireland earlier this summer. Frederique Tougas & Florence Pepin-Delhaes are 1st in the 29er, Ali ten Hove is 1st in the 420 fleet, while Max Flinn is close behind in 4th place in the 420. In the Laser Radial fleet Hugh Macrae sits in 6th and Violet Stafford is in 7th. This event is the first part of the selection process for the 2013 ISAF Youth World Team.
 
Racing concludes tomorrow and points are tight in most fleets with podium positions still up for grabs. Click here for full results
 
August 30 2012
 
Shifty and puffy conditions made for interesting sailing on Lake Winnipeg today on the second day of racing at the Craig & Ross CYA Youth National Sailing Championships. Winds were higher today starting with winds between 12 & 14 knots and ending with winds in the 20 knot range.
 
Racing is especially tight in the 420 fleet with only 8 points between 1st and 4th place. Currently Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron sailors Jake Megaffin & John Alexander Sapp and Allie Surrette & Ali ten Hove are neck in neck with 11 points each.
 
Event coach Murray McCullough has been working hard on the water travelling between courses to support sailors in all fleets and gather video footage for daily sailor debriefs.
 
Two more days of racing are ahead – stay tuned to the results page!
 
August 29 2012
 
Day one of racing at the Craig & Ross CYA Youth National Championships got off to a great start today with the sun shining and winds between 8 and 12 knots on three courses.
 
The Charlie Course played host to the BIC Techno 293 for 3 races, and the 29er’s who completed 4 races. Racing on the Bravo Course were the 420 and 4.7 fleets completing 3 races each and furthest from shore, on the Alpha course the Laser and Laser Radial fleets put in four races apiece.
 
Racing was tight in all 6 fleets, proving that the competition will be strong over the days to come. Full results are available online - click here
 
Stay tuned to the event website and the Canadian Sailing Team Facebook page for updates throughout the week!
 
 
August 28 2012
 
Racing is set to begin tomorrow for the Craig & Ross CYA Youth National Championship at Gimli Yacht Club, in Gimli, Manitoba. With 104 boats registered in the U19 event, it is sure to be a week of tight racing in the Laser, Radial, Bic, 420 & 29er fleets. Sailors will be well supported by 25 coaches.
 
The Youth National Championships is the first event in the selection trials for the 2013 ISAF Youth World Team in the Boys’ & Girls’ Laser Radial, Boys’ & Girls’ 420, Boys’ & Girls’ RS:X and the Open 29er classes.
 
Throughout the event, CYA Event Coach Murray McCullough will provide on water support and daily sailor de-briefs. Murray will also by scouting athlete and coaches and providing recommendations to the CYA Athlete Development Committee for CANSail Athlete Development and Performance Coach programming.
 
The Organizing Committee, Race Management Team and a strong group of volunteers are prepped and ready to deliver a great event!