Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Nepean Sailing Club, in conjunction with the National Capital Adaptive Sailing Association, hosted a successful National Capital Cup Martin 16 event this weekend. Eleven Martin 16 sailors from Montreal and Ottawa joined together for two days of challenging and exciting racing spread over Silver and Gold fleets.
 
Shifty, gusty conditions led to tight standings after Saturday’s racing, with a two-way tie for second and a three-way tie for 4th in the 8-boat fleet. On Sunday afternoon, after 6 interesting races, Pierre Richard of the AQVA club in Pointe Claire (Montreal) took home top prize in Gold Fleet with 11 points, followed by local Katie Paialunga from NSC in 2nd and AQVA’s Marc Villeneuve in 3rd.
 
In Silver fleet, a developmental fleet where rookie racers are provided with companions to help coach racers along, Karell Regnier (an NSC sailor hailing from Gatineau) took top honours with 8 points after 7 races. Karell was followed by Elizabeth Winkelaar of NSC, and Sue Kline – in her first ever regatta – rounded up the podium. Sue also took home the Fraser Tray, and award given to the top novice sailor at the National Capital, presented by longtime ABLE sail volunteer Fraser Robidoux in honour of his aunt Mary Fraser.
 
A huge thank you to Rick Anderton and his Race Committee crew for firing off a total of 13 races over two days in shift, puffy conditions – their expertise and efficiency were appreciated by all. Thanks also to the Nepean Sailing Club, National Capital Adaptive Sailing Association, and the many volunteers who helped with transfers, rigging, meals and planning.
 
The next major east coast Martin event will be July 30-31 at the AQVA Coupe du Quebec, hosted by the Pointe Claire Yacht Club in Montreal. Event details at: www.aqvaqc.com
 
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