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2016 KSC Open Regatta

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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!

Details:

Date: Sept 3-4, 2016 (Sat/Sun Labour-day weekend)

Entry fee: Single-handed $25, Double-handed $35 (discount for classes with no prizes)

Notice of Race

Sailing Instructions

12-Mile-Island Regatta Results

Battle at the Leward MarkWell, 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…

 Ranking  Class/Sail  Skip  Crew  ET  PN  AT
 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!

Pre-Season Race Meeting, Monday May 16 at 18:30

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!

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Pre-Announcing Photo Day

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!

Fun for the family!