2015 Canadian Match Racing Championships

2015 Canadian Match Racing Championships

The Canadian Match Racing Championship returned for the first time since 2011 on October 17 – 18 in Toronto Harbour. The event was put on by Sailing 2 Sustainability and featured six teams, 4 countries and 3 top 100 ranked athletes competing in the Flying Tiger 7.5 which were provided by The National One Design Sailing Academy. The FT 7.5 is a 25 ft. sport boat with an asymmetric kite that is sailed by a crew of four or five.

Saturday was a fantastic day that was blowing 8-12 knots from the Northwest and many races were won and lost on crew work alone. The day was cut slightly short in the middle of the second round robin by a large weather system. Both Peter Holz (USA) and Lance Fraser (BER) completed the first round robin with four wins each.

Sunday was a completely different story and a much trickier day with the wind light and swirling, making it very difficult for the race committee to set a course. Weather only allowed for the second round robin to be completed and unfortunately the excitement of the semis and finals were not to be had this year. In that round Landon Gardner of RCYC was able to go undefeated and finish with a final record of 7-3. Lance Fraser also finished with 7 wins but did not hold the tiebreaker against Gardner which would be the deciding factor.

Full Results available at www.matchracingresults.com.

Sailing 2 Sustainability is committed to growing the sport of sailing through match and team racing. We are looking forward to putting together the 2016 schedule and getting old rivalries in match racing back up and running across Canada. Contact canadacombatsailing@gmail.com for more info and get involved!

As with many regattas there are a lot of contributors required to make it happen. A special thanks goes out to The Royal Canadian Yacht Club as venue host, Sailing 2 Sustainability for putting together the logistics, The Harbourfront Centre for supporting equipment needs, National yacht club for supporting with race committee, and Porter Airlines too! We would also like to thank volunteers; Annie Mitchell (PRO), Anne Marie Shewfelt, (OA Rep), Bruce Brown from NYC, Peter Borland (Chief Umpire), and all the social media team (Kyle and Elsa), race officers, umpires and competitors for making the return of the Canadian Match Racing Championship a great success! See you next year!

Team Gardner, from RCYC, ashore after their big win, Left to right: Sandy Macpherson, Alex Byczko, Brandon Townsend, Landon Gardner

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