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KSC Race Night #2: July 21, 2021

9 Boats presented to the start line on Wednesday evening with a wind building to 15-20 kms and gusting to 30. Under warm skies, sailors partnered up with others that haven’t sailed in over 2 years. Jean took Annie in a H16 to familiarize themselves with the Hobie for the regatta on Saturday.  Carla forgot the main piece of equipment for the Farr, the hiking harness, so sent Steve out in it instead to watch him battle the power of the gusts. Jason showed up with his 29er and sailed with Carla on helm. Brave lad. Tom discovered the cats again and teamed up with Tony in the Nacra 17. The Ken’s had some fun rides on the lasers, putting in again some great performances, while Robert with Corrine and Leopold flew around the course on the H18 to gain practice and hopefully an advantage for the upcoming Cat regatta. Zsombor broke free of the instructor’s clutches and had a fun sail as well.

Thx to our RC : Heidi and Connor


Race 1

  1. Robert/Corinne/Leopold
  2. Ken S
  3. Jean/Annie
  4. Zsombor
  5. Steve
  6. Ken E
  7. Jason/Carla
  8. Tony/Tom
  9. Bruce DNS


  1. Robert/Corinne/Leopold
  2. Ken S
  3. Steve
  4. Carla
  5. Zsombor
  6. Jean/Annie
  7. Ken E
  8. Tony/Tom OCF
  9. Bruce DNS


  1. Steve
  2. Ken
  3. Zsombor
  4. Robert/Corinne/Leopold
  5. Rest of fleet : DNS

Carla : Sailing Director

Catamaran Regatta Results

From July 24, 2021.

The 9th annual Cat Regatta got off without a hitch on Saturday morning with 4 vessels fighting it out for Top Cat bragging rights. Winds blew at a steady 20 kms with some fun gusts up to 33 kms/hr and a warm breeze at 28c. Liam was unfortunately unable to make it to the event so calls went out to other would-be Cat competitors. Robert showed up last minute after discovering that vacuuming on a Saturday morning wasn’t as exciting as he had thought, so joined Corinne on helm and Tom on crew on the H18. Tony and Frank had a few tricks up their sleeves heading to the start in Tony’s Nacra 17. Nathan pulled Connor from the RC to show him what fun can be had in a H18 and adopted him as crew. Jean and Annie had such a great finish on Wednesday race night that they teamed up again to show us their feral cat claws and put in some stiff competition. 

The first race showed Tony and Frank with a brilliant start with 3 other competitors trailing but fell to the back of the pack despite Nathan and Connor shredding their jib. Even a wicked tape job wouldn’t hold out for the second race so found the lads changing jibs at the lunch hour break. Jean and Annie, sporting the colours of the French flag on the main, stirred  competitive jitters in Corinne . It didn’t faze her in the end as she/Robert and Tom finished in first place.

Race 2 saw some close roundings of the first mark with all 3 vessels in a pack, jostling for the lead. Tony and Frank struggled to find their footing but discovered that some necessary sail adjustments would give them a welcomed boost of speed their boat so badly needed.  The wind found the cats flying around the course in race 2 before stopping for a nutrition break.

Race 3 found Nathan and Connor nearly capsizing near the upwind mark as the winds picked up to 25-30 kms/hr. Frank and Tony pulled in closely behind in 3rd place with hopes of overtaking while Jean and Steve (Annie had abandoned racing with better plans downtown) caught them at the rounding to take over the lead. With Frank at the helm and Tony on Jib, a brilliant race was had, as the Nacra flew to a very close 4th place just 3 seconds behind the 3rd vessel.

Race 4 had all 4 vessels cramming at the reaching mark before heading up with Jean and Steve giving way to a pushy Nathan and Connor yelling for buoy room.

Race 5,  Corinne/Robert and Tom suffered a massive wardrobe malfunction as their jib also split in 2, resulting in Tom standing on the bow acting as both figurehead and rip stopper. This placed them back in 3rd place allowing Frank and Tony to creep ever so close.  Jean and Steve were seen flying on one pontoon only to have Jean teabag Steve just to cool him off after rounding the upwind mark. Nathan and Connor were too far ahead to notice.


Race 1

  1. Corinne/Tom/Robert
  2. Nathan/Connor
  3. Jean/Annie
  4. Tony/Frank

Race 2:

  1. Corinne/Tom/Robert
  2. Nathan/Connor
  3. Jean/Annie
  4. Tony/Frank (OCF)

Race 3

  1. Nathan/Connor
  2. Corinne/Tom/Robert
  3. Jean/Steve
  4. Tony/Frank

Race 4

  1. Nathan/Connor
  2. Jean/Steve
  3. Corinne/Tom/Robert
  4. Frank/Tony

Race 5

  1. Nathan/Connor
  2. Jean/Steve
  3. Corinne/Tom/Robert
  4. Frank/Tony


1st place, Top Cat …..Nathan and Connor
2nd place, Medium Cat…..Corinne/ Tom/ Robert
3rd place, Kitten award….Jean/ Annie/ Steve
4th place, Participation award…Tony/Frank

Congratulations to all competitors,
Carla –Sailing Director.

Notice of Race – Cat Regatta: Saturday, 24 July 2021

The Kanata Sailing Club is pleased to announce its 9th annual Open Catamaran Regatta Saturday, 24 July 2021.  This event is open to both KSC members and members from other Clubs if they wish to participate. All types of catamarans are welcome to compete. There is no entry fee for this event. Due to CoVID, Lunch and beverages are provided by the sailors themselves.  We suggest you assemble your lunch to enjoy on the back deck as we will break during the race for a short lunch. Depending on the weather , lunch time will be discussed at the skippers meeting.  Snacks, Water, BYO to consume on the water.

Registration can begin online the evening before starting at 1900h by sending the sailing director an email at or will be in person at 0930 -1000h, the day of the race.

For KSC members, KSC boats will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Skipper’s meeting is at 10:30 at the Clubhouse back deck. First start will be no earlier than 11:00. We will not start the final race after 1500h. The course will consist of multiple windward/leeward laps approximately 1-2 km apart (depending on wind),  with a mid-course entry and reaching finish. (formal Sailing Instructions will follow.) Scoring will be awarded based on fastest across the finish line. 

Carla Millar — Sailing Director

KSC Race Night #1: Wed 14 July 2021

This evening’s first race of the season opened with 9 boats and 13 sailors. Nice start to the season. Winds were moderate at the start, luring all 6 monohulls and 3 catamarans to the start line with winds W 15 kms with the odd gust to 30 kms . Steve and Liz decided to give the pack a large margin at the start while passing the reef at the club entrance when the start whistle went off.. They managed to catch most of the fleet by the first upwind mark and slowly pulled away by the leeward mark. Ken led the entire fleet around the next 3 marks only to be caught at the second upwind leg by the New Farr 3.7 skippered by Carla, making its new presence known . The wind eased to around 7 kms however at the upwind mark leaving several boats scrambling to round, reminding us all that the current heading downstream towards Ottawa can wreck any clever short efficient plans you may have had trying to round the mark in 2 easy tacks. 7-10 kms winds followed for the rest of the evening.

Race 2 saw less wind and a sad offering to the Cat Sailors.

The finish saw the following results. :

Race 1

  1. Carla  – Farr 3,7
  2. Ken    – Laser 
  3. Steve and Liz  -Tasar
  4. Zsombor   – Laser
  5. Jason      – Laser 
  6. Tom   –   Laser
  7. Nathan and Mike—-Hobie 18
  8. Frank and Jean — Hobie 16
  9. Tony and Annie — Nacra 17

Race 2 

  1. Carla – Farr 3.7
  2. Steve and Liz-  Tasar
  3. Ken   – Laser

RC Heidi and Connor ( KSC instructors) , great job so thank you

Welcome to all old  members and new members this year . Returning and Honourable mention goes to Jason (NSC- x 2 years_) , Mike (having kids now),  Annie who because of CoVID couldn’t sail last year, so cheered from the beach,  Tom back after a 1 year hiatus due to CoVID, along with Frank and Jean who were also sorely missed. 

Next Wednesday Race Start : 1830. 

Cat Regatta  Saturday 24 July . Details to follow. 

Carla Millar   Sailing Director.

KSC Open – Saturday 31 Aug

6 Sailboats participated in the KSC Open this past weekend with 7 sailors partaking. The winds which continued to build throughout the morning met us at the start line at 15-20 km/h with gusts to 30. We sailed 3 races in the morning before breaking for lunch followed by 4 races in the afternoon.  Mike T. and Jason M., past board members of KSC joined us from the NSC and sailed in the 29er. 4 lasers and 1 byte joined in the chase. A great day was had by all. 

The results are as follows:

  1. Ken S – laser
  2. Liam M. – laser
  3. Carla M – byte
  4. Eric N – laser
  5. Gerry – laser

Mike and Jason competed but were not scored.

Thanks to Annie, Amy, and Steve for Race Committee

Thanks to Annie M and Jean M for the lunch.

Race Night Results – August 28th

So no doldrums to speak of this August, as yet another windy evening arrived in time for race night on Wed. Winds came in from the south east and shifted right  to the south as the evening progressed with averages at 20 km/hr gusting to 30 and higher. 

Battles ensued throughout the race course on Wednesday between the pros in the name of Ken E and Tom in the Albacore and Ken S in the laser, with bumping and gnashing of teeth and yelps of “STARBOARD”, “UP, UP, UP” and the term “Keel-haul” may have been uttered once or twice.  Some man-overboard maneuvers were practiced by Carla in the Byte followed by Corinne in the laser because you never know when or how often these skills will be called upon. 2 Hobie cats joined in the fun with Nathan and Annie, putting in a brilliant show for the evening, in fact I think I heard them purring at one point,  while Frank and Jean in the other Hobie gave a competitive chase.  

Results are as follows. 

Race 1 

  1. Ken S – laser 
  2. Ken E and Tom- Albacore
  3. Nathan and Annie – Hobie
  4. Jean and Frank – Hobie
  5. Corinne
  6. Carla – byte

Race 2

  1. Nathan and Annie
  2. Ken S
  3. Ken and Tom
  4. Corinne
  5. Carla
  6. Jean and Frank DNF

Race 3

  1. Nathan and Annie
  2. Ken S (forgot to protest pirates below)
  3. Ken E and Tom
  4. Carla
  5. Corinne- DNS

Thanks to the race committee:  Instructor Annie and her partner Amy for setting the course and to Liz who supplied us with the food including her delicious corn from her farm. 

This newsletter marks the last race night for this year for 2019. Thanks to all the volunteers who came out to make the races happen and to all the sailors who offered their skills and assistance to the new members learning to sail and to the old salts who are always looking for a challenge. See you on the water. 

Carla – Sailing Director

Harry Adderly 12 Mile Island Regatta – Sunday 11 August

The Harry Adderly regatta brought in a nice mix of sailboats to the event this year under 27°C and beautiful partly cloudy skies with a NW wind blowing at 20 km/h increasing at times to 41 Km/h down river. 

Starting with a self timed start and finish between the KSC dock and buoy mark, from 11:15h – 11:50h, 7 sailboats set up river to round Allen Island (12 mile Island). Challenging wind conditions brought back the Wave after 2 hours and the rest found their way back from 4.25 hours to 5.5 hours.

The Portsmouth Yardstick Handicap scores were used to adjust the times and even out the results. The results will be entered in the Harry Adderly 12 Mile Island Challenge that is managed this year by Frank Boyaner .

Thanks to all the participants for coming out and challenging your fellow sailors and sharing in a celebratory “cold one” after the race. 

SailorsBoatAdjusted TimePlace
Mike RLaser237 mins1st
Liam and AlanisTasar247 mins2nd
Ken E and Tom NHobie 18254 mins3rd
NathanHobie 16273 mins4th
Frank and JeanHobie 16274 mins5th
Tony and DevinNarcra 17322 mins6th
Eric N.Hobie WaveDNF

Carla Millar- Sailing Director

Race Night Results – Aug 14

Race night was welcomed by a large NW wind that brought gusts up to 45 Km/h and a temp around 20 c at the start line to run a challenging triangle course with buoys to port. 8 boats approached the start line with the Tasar in front followed closely by the Albacore and then the laser. Rounding the first gybe mark nearly brought the Tasar over in a capsize as well the Albacore with yelps heard all around followed by the laser that did toss Ken S. into the water. Many others in the rest of the fleet followed suit, all practicing their man-over-board maneuvers and swimming techniques. Even Corinne discovered that tucking your feet under the hiking strap works better than on top, as she did the seal thing and flopped off the side of her Albacore, leaving Kathryn to fend for herself as her skipper abandoned ship.  The Tasar with a healthy lead in the first race decided one more rounding of the gybe mark, for reasons unknown to both skipper and crew, and the rest of fleet, would be a good idea until they looked over to port and to see the Albacore bearing down quickly on the finish line. Panic ensued as they finally altered course towards the finish and came in a disappointing second place. Ken S, who managed to leap into his laser in lightening speed was close on their heels for third place.  The Tasar accepted a self disqualification for fouling 2 boats on the  race #3 start line as the skipper managed to tuck the tiller handle into her life jacket for safe keeping, losing steerage, again for reasons unknown!! We had a fun time and a challenging set of races, offering a fabulous show for our spectators on shore.  Thanks to Ken E.  for the fabulous food and drink and to Instructor Annie again for setting out the race course.

Results are as follows: 

Race #1

  1. Ken E and John –Albacore
  2. Carla and Liz- Tasar
  3. Greg and Hayden- laser I think
  4. Ken S.- laser
  5. Liam – laser
  6. Lee Jing- laser
  7. Tom N. – laser
  8. Corinne and Kathryn- Albacore

Race #2

  1. Ken S
  2. Carla and Liz
  3. Ken E. and John
  4. Greg and Hayden
  5. Tom N
  6. Liam
  7. Corinne and Kathryn
  8. Lee Jing

Race #3

  1. Ken S
    Carla and Liz (DSQ) foulers!
  2. Ken E. and John 
  3. Corinne and Kathryn
  4. Tom N
  5. Greg and Hayden
  6. Liam
  7. Lee Jing

Race Night – Aug 7th

A few storm cells rolled through in the afternoon but as the rains shifted off to the south and the wind filled in from the SSE at 13 km/hr, race night was a go. We had 5 boats out that night. Results as follows:

Race #1

  1. Carla – Byte
  2. Corinne and Leopol – laser
  3. Liam and Eric – Tasar

Race #2

  1. Carla- byte
  2. Corrine and Leopol – laser
  3. Ken and Tom N – Albacore
  4. Lee Jing – Laser
  5. Liam and Eric – Tasar

Race #3

  1. Ken and Tom
  2. Carla
  3. Corrine and Leopol
  4. Liam and Eric
  5. Lee Jing

Thanks for Lee Jing for the fabulous food and drinks. And to the race committee of Steve H and Instructor Annie.  Next weeks food and bevvies will be brought to us by Ken E. 
Carla Millar – Sailing Director