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Race Night #5 & 6

Final two race night results are in! Full tally will be calculated and announced later on.

August 2021

Race 1

  1. Zsombor
  2. Jason M
  3. Lewis
  4. Alex

Race 2

  1. Zsombor
  2. Jason M
  3. Lewis
  4. Alex

September 1st 2021

Race 1

  1. Steve
  2. Ken E. and Andy W.
  3. Carla
  4. Mike L
  5. Tony
  6. Mark (DNF)

Race 2

  1. Steve
  2. Ken E. and Andy W.
  3. Carla
  4. Mike L

12 Mile Island Results & Race Night #4

Race night Wed 11 Aug 2021

Only 3 boats showed for race night with very light winds but when we approached the start line the winds picked up to 12 kts or so and gave us a great couple of races. The odd configuration sent Carla in the wrong direction not once but twice with Ken in the steady lead. She caught him on a few legs but lost the challenge after a tough fight. Jean gave Liz her first intro to Cat sailing with smiles all around. They put in a competitive effort but the diminishing wind offered no breaks for the Hobie in the end and they were not able to finish the last race.

Results

  1. Ken S  Race 1&2
  2. Carla Race 1&2
  3. Jean and Liz Race 1 and DNF Race 2

12 Mile Island Race Sat 14 Aug 2021

The morning started with promises of moderate winds WSW at 15 km. By start time for all 8 vessels, the rounding of 12 Mile Is. was going to be putting all of their sailing talents and skills to the test as the winds picked up from WSW 25-30 km.  The first of the sailboats set out with fair winds and hopes of glory, the Harry Adderley trophies for the taking and hopes of a stop at the Poutine Barge just up river. That’s what lured Leopol out with his mum Corinne in the Tasar. Until of course Corinne, in her eager bid to show Leopol how you sail in big wind, forgot the most important task on hand, PUTTING HER  FEET UNDER the hiking straps. Finding herself out of the boat and her son alone in the boat, Corinne’s attempt to not be totally left behind, discovered the hand grabs on the inside of the Tasar cockpit and hung on for dear life while being dragged alongside the sailboat for some distance. Round and round they went. Her desperate pleas to head up wind and un-cleat the Jib went unanswered as Leopol reminded her that he couldn’t with her demands by exclaiming “Mama my hands are much too sore, I can’t do that!.”  until finally Corinne found her way flopping onto the sailboat. A short trip was had as they eventually made their way back followed by another capsize pushed by winds of 25-35 kms that drove them to shore and Leopol again exclaiming “I cannot help you  Mama, my hands, Too Sore!!” Frank and Jean headed out in the Hobie 16, eager to finally get going, equipped with everything they needed for such a long arduous journey, including a full lunch spread prepared by Jean. Did I hear wine glasses clinking? NWN 30-44 km strong winds and driving waves forced the pair to turn back at the Marina, dashing any hopes of a beautiful lunch on board and trophy in hand. Steve set out in the “Farr 3.7” home built. Attempting to be Farr and away, Steve also made it as Farr as the Marina but decided that hanging off the trapeze wire with the winds now blowing a steady 30-35 kms with gusts and large waves that left him at times dangling and swinging off the wire like a puppet in a circus act wasn’t worth the long journey.  The other sailboats passing nearby did comment that he made trapezing look easy despite the winds.  He managed to stay upright all the way back and quite enjoyed the ride until the last minute, in front of a waiting crowd on shore, he proceeded to capsize while lifting his rudder. We enjoyed that for sure!. Devin rang the shore crew from an area still unknown further up river saying his large sail on his windsurfer type sailboat was too much for the conditions and decided to quit while he was ahead and turned around but not before informing us of Tom’s cruising in the Laser near the Quebec shore. Several capsizes later, we were informed by a nice guy on a SeaDoo that Tom needed rescuing. He was found doing his Blue Heron impersonation, wading along the sandy shore line in the  marshes looking for fish and any way out of not having to sail the Laser back. Cold and tired he was greeted with smiles by the rescue boat of Frank and Steve where he happily traded seats with Steve who sailed the Laser back. Glad you were OK Tom. Heidi, Zsombor and Csanad, sporting scant but fashionable swimsuits and life jackets, set out for their fun in the sun adventure in the Albacore. Armed with nothing but a jug of water and several granola bars, they reached the welcomed shores of Port of Call Marina. Half Frozen and in need of Poutine refuelling, they were found doing the lizard thing, baking on the rocks for 2 hours to absorb enough radiant heat to sustain them for the remainder of their trip around the Island. Returning in just over 7 hours and 5 mins, the crew likely set an all time record of the longest rounding. The rescue squad, AKA Frank, Jean and Steve were kept waiting for their safe return.  Frank, who was ready to leave hours beforehand, resorted to being a permanent fixture on his recliner beach chair yet again. Ken S. set out to have a leisurely fun sail in his laser but decided after the strong winds carried him practically to 12 Mile Island that he might as well just join the pursuit and continue in the hunt for that prized 1st place finish. Carla, the PRO, was convinced he had headed in the opposite direction and had likely gone to a pub somewhere to celebrate the nearing of the end of training season, when he failed to return after 2 and a half hours. After several death rolls and practice capsizes, Ken appeared unscathed to capture 2nd place.  That left the 8th vessel , the other Hobie 16, carrying Newlyweds Robert and Bianca, fighting for top spot on the leader board. Nearing the Island, the couple went searching for a secluded romantic spot to stay but left empty handed.  Armed with a competitive spirit, the newlyweds decided to head back to the KSC on a blistering fun, fast surf in a mere 2h 29 mins to capture 1st place.  Congrats!

Results

  1. Robert and Bianca  1st place
  2. Ken Skublics,  2nd place
  3. Zsombor, Heidi and Csanad 3rd place
  4. The rest:  survived!

Carla—KSC Sailing Director

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

Results:

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

RACE 2

  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

RACE 3

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

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 sailing@kanatasailingclub.com 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