CBC’s In Town and Out with Giacomo Panico interviewed a few KSC members on their experiences with the club. Listen to the broadcast.
It’s that time of the year again, Labour Day is approaching and (with it) the KSC Open Regatta! Come one, come all to our club and test your skill against some of the Ottawa area’s best racers.
Albacore and Laser sailors can expect a great 2-day event with lots of fun and great people. We are pleased to announce that this year’s prizes are beautiful beer mugs with club and class logos etched in (mug for first place Laser, and a mug each for skipper and crew of first place Albacore).
As always, sailors of other classes of boats are welcome to participate in fine racing (however will be ineligible for prizes).
A change over previous years is that a light lunch will be provided on the water for all participants who register before Saturday August 27! So sign up now!
Date: Sept 3-4, 2016 (Sat/Sun Labour-day weekend)
Entry fee: Single-handed $25, Double-handed $35 (discount for classes with no prizes)
The KSC ‘Katamaran’ Regatta is an open event aimed at bringing local catamaran sailors from various clubs together for a fun day on the water. This FREE event will be held on Saturday August 13th at KSC.
Because the event is free, food/t-shirts/etc will not be provided, but participants are invited to attend a BYO-BBQ on the KSC deck after the regatta.
Well, the wind didn’t cooperate for 12-Mile-Island, and the very light air meant that we were forced to sail with a shortened course (many thanks to instructor Heidi for dropping a mark out by Pinhey’s Point to act as the “Island” for the day). The 11:00 start (monohulls) saw several boats out for more of a “float” than a sail, and it didn’t look like they had much of a head start by the time the Hobie 18 (12:00 start) was approaching.
The wind did pick up a bit (especially on the Quebec side of the river) as the day went on, and perhaps the course was shortened a little too much. The target time for the regatta is 4 hours for monohulls, and 3 hours for catamarans, but the first monohull completed the course after about 2.5 hours (Frank and Jean crossed the finish line at 1:26:07pm after an 11:00am start). Still, I’d rather have a fun 2.5 hour race than a boring 5 hour one…
Actually, the shortened course translated into a close race — all boats (including the cat) finished within a window of 22 minutes, and the adjusted times were even closer. Although Richard in the Laser finished about 10 minutes behind Norm and Monica in an Albacore, the adjusted times were less than 2 minutes apart. Similarly, the Tony and Ken E in the cat (1h 37m 42s elapsed time) were very close to Frank and Jean (2h 26m 07s ET).
The adjusted times (AT) are calculated by taking the elapsed time (ET) and multiplying by a handicapping factor called the Portsmouth Number (PN). The formula used is
AT = ET * (1000/PN)
Okay, now the moment you’ve been waiting for… remember, it’s the adjusted time that determines your placement…
|5||Laser 196258||Richard||–||2h 47m 20s||1095||2h 32m 48s|
|4||Albacore 8034||Norm||Monica||2h 37m 58s||1045||2h 31m 10s|
|3||Albacore 8033||Robert B||Tom N||2h 34m 17s||1045||2h 27m 38s|
|2||Albacore 7485||Frank||Jean||2h 26m 07s||1045||2h 19m 49s|
|1||Hobie 18||Tony||Ken E||1h 37m 42s||765||2h 12m 56s|
Congratulations to 2016 12-Mile-Island Regatta winners, Tony Hendrikx and Ken Eaves!
A special thank you goes out to Heidi who dropped the rounding mark early in the day, Annie and Emily for assisting on shore (and on the water) to make the day run smoothly, Robert for having the foresight to bring a few packages of bottled water for the sailors sitting in the sun, and Darren and Annie for pressure washing the upstairs deck on their duty day!
Registration for the 12-Mile-Island Regatta is now closed
The event will be held on Saturday July 16, 2016. Please see the Notice of Race (NoR) and Sailing Instructions (SIs, to be posted soon…) for event details, including how boat allocation will occur.
To register, enter the details of you and your team-mates below. If you’re a lone skipper looking for crew (or crew looking for a skipper, or someone willing to do either) then send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my best to get you in touch with other sailors to form a team.
If you’re planning on sailing a club boat, we’ll work out who gets which hull the day of (i.e. of 4 teams all want Albacore 8033 then we’ll sort that out later… please see NoR/SIs for details).
The e-mail field is optional (not everyone likes to be spammed but the e-mail helps keep you informed of any changes, like if we have too many sign ups for a particular boat class, etc)
Wow, that was an eventful night…
Although the forecast called for sustained winds of about 7 knots, with gusts of up to 18, Those arriving at the club were greeted with winds at a sustained 15 knots and gusts of who knows how big. The waves were huge (if you were in a trough in a Laser, you would look “up” to see the next wave coming). But, KSC sailors are not so easily daunted, and Mario was out dropping marks, so into the boats we went!
As start time approached, the wind intensified. The AP flag flew, and first start was postponed since so many people had trouble launching in the heavy chop. A few minutes later (now that a few boats were out) the sequence started, but few folks were anywhere near the start line. At least one Laser sailor (who shall remain nameless, but who may or may not be writing this post) got stuck going backwards for several minutes — as soon as he’d get out of irons, the wind induced so much weather helm that it spun him right back in!
A few minutes later, when it was obvious that no one was going to be able to cross the start line, let alone run the course, the race was called, and people did their best to point their craft to shore. A few dramas were had as people fought to get their boats in, but in the end everyone made it back to the deck safely for well earned burgers and drinks (and lots of “Let me tell you about my nasty capsize tonight” stories).
At the end of the night, Mario sent out the recorded wind speeds — sure enough, sustained winds of around 16 knots (manageable) and gusts of 29 (not so manageable, at least for me in a full rig)!
A huge shout out goes to RC Mario and Andy, food-duty Arthur, Luc who helped another sailor get a Byte back to shore and to the club after it had blown downriver. Also, let’s hear it for our Learn-to-sail contingent (Heather and Andy L) who braved the elements (please let me know if I’ve forgotten anyone)!
The racing season’s almost here, and it’s time to get things sorted out! Come out to the club Monday May 16 for a pre-season meeting and we’ll talk all things racing. For those who have never raced before (or, if its been a while) we’ll give a once over of all-you-need-to-know-to-get-started (what to do when you arrive on race-night, what the race course looks like, how the races are started, basic rules, etc). For the old-salts, we’ll go over this year’s SIs and how they are different from last season (especially scoring).
We will be hosting a formal “Racing Clinic” later in the season (after the first Learn-To-Sail lessons are over) as well, but the meeting on the 16th should get us started for the Spring series of races (May 23, water-levels-permitting, to June 20).
Many thanks to Mario for again volunteering as our Principal Race Officer.
If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to race, let me try to persuade you
- you don’t have to be fast — we’re all in it for fun and for many sailors, race night is just an excuse to get out on the water at least once a week
- it’s the safest time to sail — you’re surrounded by lots of other sailors and the crash boat is out on the course if you get into trouble
- racing’s the best way to improve — even if you are dead last (unlikely, if I’m sailing that day) I think you’ll be surprised at how quickly you move from “way behind everyone else” to “just behind everyone else” to “in the middle of the fleet” to “challenging the leaders”
- tips from the pros — watching and talking to the fast-folks is a heck of a lot easier than trying to figure things out on your own
- “nobody left ashore” policy — if you’re interested in crewing, you can always find a skipper (and vice-versa)
- apres-sail is a blast
- it’s free — as members of KSC, there are no entry fees or other costs to you!
See on you Monday the 16th!
Did you know that as a member of KSC, you’re entitled to use any of our Albacores in Canadian Albacore Association events? Well you are! The 2016 Ontario championships are being held in Toronto this year at Mooredale Sailing Club, for anyone who’s interested! Check out http://albacore.ca/ontarios/ for links to the registration page.
We already have a pretty full calender this year, but I’m pleased to propose/announce a new addition — Photo Day! While everyone has a picture or two of themselves on the beach, standing beside a boat, here’s a chance to get some real frame-it-and-hang-it-on-the-wall worthy action shots on the water.
Here’s what I’m picturing (pun intended): At some point (some time after at least the first batch of trainees have graduated) we’ll watch the forecast for a nice weekend day with sunshine and decent (but not too strong) winds. When a good looking day is coming up we’ll notify the membership, and arrange for a photographer to come out to ride along in the power boat for a few hours (we already have a volunteer!)
Rig up your favourite cat or monohull and we’ll do our best to get some great action shots of you — whether you’re flying a hull on one of the cats, hiking out with your kid (or, dare I suggest, spouse) in an Albacore, or planing along on a Laser, we’ll be sure to capture it! It’s your time to shine, so get ready show off your stuff!
The Notice of Race (NoR) and Sailing Instructions for the KSC Open Regatta are posted below. The KSC Open has two classes, Albacore and Laser, and is open to both KSC members and members from other clubs.
For KSC members intending to use KSC fleet boats, a draw will be held at 20:00 on Friday the 4th at the Club to assign fleet boats to members wishing to use them for the race. If fleet boats are still available on Saturday, they will be assigned on a first come first serve basis during registration.
A competitors’ meeting will be held at 10:00 at the KSC Club House.
Register at the KSC Club House. The registration fee is $25/person, and includes breakfast snacks on both days. Lunch and beverages will not be served so people should bring their own.
Friday, September 4th, 2015, from 18:00 to 20:00
Saturday, September 5th, from 09:30 to 10:00