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NOTICE OF RACE: KSC Cat Regatta Saturday 26 August 2023

Saturday, 26 August 2023
Rain Date will be Sunday 27 August 2023
Registration: 0930-1000h
Skipper’s Meeting: 1010h
First start: 1045h
Final race before: 1515h

The Kanata Sailing Club is pleased to announce its 10th annual Open
Catamaran Regatta Saturday, 26 August 2023. This event is open to KSC
members. Guests are welcome to join as crew members if space is available.
Please let the sailing director know if you have guests who wish to sail. All types
of catamarans are welcome to compete.

There is no entry fee for this event. Just bring your smile and your energy.

Lunch and beverages are provided by the sailors themselves. We suggest you
assemble your lunch to enjoy on the deck as we will break during the race for a
short lunch, around 45 mins in length. Depending on the weather , lunch time will
be discussed at the skippers meeting. BYO Water and snacks, to consume on
the water.

  1. Registration will begin online the evening before ( Friday 25 August ) starting
    at 1900h by sending the sailing director an email at
    sailing@kanatasailingclub.com or 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.
    You must have a RED TAG or Green Tag (RS 16 Cat) to skipper a KSC Cat.
  2. Skipper’s meeting is at 1010h at the Clubhouse back deck.
  3. First start will be no earlier than 1045h. We will not start the final race after

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.)

This event is meant to be fun but some competitive spirit is always welcome, just
leave your cat claws at home.

Your Acting Sailing Director,
Carla Millar, sailing@kanatasailingclub.com

An island 12 miles away

NOTICE OF RACE: KSC 12 Mile Is. Regatta Saturday 22 JULY 2023

Saturday, July 22nd
Registration : 0930 -1000
Skipper’s Meeting 1000
Start right after the skipper’s meeting
Last Racer start no later than 1100

The annual 12-Mile-Island (Harry Adderly) Regatta has been held since 2011. It is KSC’s longest distance race. Depending on boat used and wind conditions, the rounding of the island can take from 2.5 to 5 hours (with 3-4 hours being typical). Participating in the 12-Mile-Island Regatta (and completing the rounding) counts as a rounding for the Harry Adderly and Ken Eaves sponsored 12-Mile-Island Challenge.

Eligible Sailors/Boats KSC members with boat sign-out privileges and their guests are welcome to enter the event. Boats signed out on a first come basis. So get there early.

Classes and Starts : All dinghy classes including monohulls and multihulls are permitted to race. Portsmouth Numbers will be used to determine the handicap rating for each class and to calculate the Corrected Time (CT) for each boat’s Elapsed Time (ET).

There will be one start — monohulls and multihulls will be required to start between 1000h and 1100h. This is intended so that competitors will finish closer to the same time. A self timed start and finish using the honour system will be used for this event. A mark will be placed out on the water creating a line between the jetty at KSC and the mark. You are to use this line as your start. You are to pass the times on to the sailing director upon finishing at sailing@kanatasailingclub.com or by cellphone (provided onsite). Your Actual time will be calculated using the PN handicap numbers to determine the scores.

Entry Fee : There is no entry fee

Registration : Online Registration to the sailing director’s email address to sailing@kanatasailingclub.com until 11:59pm Friday 21 July 2023 or On-site Registration at the KSC clubhouse on Saturday 22 July 2023 starting at 0930h and continuing until 1000h.

Formal Sailing Instructions (SIs) will be communicated at the skippers meeting at 1000.

Bring your own food and fluids for your sailing journey and for any meals you choose to have after the event. The Deck and BBQ are open.

We will not leave you on the water. I will be on site for the start and available for any urgent help if needed as RC and crash boat until end of the race. No crashing please. I will give out my cell phone number to you all at the skippers meeting. The KSC instructors are welcome to race that day.

Race Finish: The sailing race will officially end at 1700h or 5:00 pm. Bragging rights go anyone who finishes the entire race especially to the top three finishers. Prizes will be awarded.

Carla Millar Acting Sailing Director – KSC sailing@kanatasailingclub.com

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 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

2017 KSC Open results

The KSC Open turned out much better than I could have hoped, in terms of wind.

Saturday, Sept 2

Forecasted “floating conditions” threatened to put a damper on the event, but a steady breeze of about 6 knots filled in from the west, allowing us to get some good races in.  In the Albacore fleet, we had four boats from Nepean (all National level sailors) as well as Balazs and Tom N representing KSC.  For the Lasers, we had Carla going up against KSC youths Zombor and Csanad, all of whom selected full rigs for the light air day.

Simon/Elenor set the pace with a few early wins, with Peter/Ross and Dominic/Patrick fighting for second.  Dominic found his grove and racked up a couple of wins later in the day.  Former KSCer Jim and Irene set were able to hold of Balazs/Tom most of the time to score 4th place finishes (and even a second, beating out Peter/Ross and Simon/Elenor in a light-wind race where tactics was everything).

On the single-hander front, Carla was the early favourite, taking 3 of the 4 first races, with Zombor coming up behind.  Csanad made the most of the light-wind 5th race and used an amazing start to his advantage, to leave both Zombor and Carla in his wake.  He even passed one or two of the big Albacores, which usually do better in light air.

Lunch on the water was AMAZING, with Annie and Jean providing amazing ham and turkey sandwiches, brownies, juice boxes and pop.  This is in addition to the coffee, muffins, and other prep work that they had done before the boats were even rigged.  This regatta owes a huge debt to those two, working their butts off to make things happen.  Many thanks to Tony as well who drove the mark set boat and ensured we had square courses of appropriate length all day, and to Heidi without whom scoring and starting the races would’ve been quite difficult.

Sunday, Sept 3, in which I was introduced to match racing

If the story of the day for Saturday was “light winds”, the story for Sunday was “heavy air in rain”.  The forecast was “12 knots, gusting 21” aka “heavy wind with nuclear gusts”.  It turned out to be a more steady 13-16 knots, with the waves being killer.  Most of the fleet (Jim/Irene, Peter/Ross, Simon/Elenor, Csanad, and Balasz) did the wise thing and stayed ashore in the nice warm, dry club house.  Dominic/Patrick, Carla, Zombor, and Tom were game for a bit of fun though, so Heidi and Jason set a course.  Remember how Balazs was smart, and decided to stay dry?  Well Jean and Csanad volunteered do RC with Heidi, which meant Jason could take up the “it seemed like a good idea at the time” mantle, and jumped into the Albacore with Tom, to represent KSC alongside Carla (in a Byte today) and Zombor (in a radial Laser).

The first race saw Dominic/Patrick jump out to an early lead with Tom/Jason and Zombor close behind.  Jason/Tom tacked onto port which forced Zombor to bear off.  Curses, a 720 for Tom/Jason.  Having said that, the Albacore soon passed Zombor, and closed the gap with Patrick/Dominic on the last couple of legs, finishing less than a minute behind.  Zombor came in third, followed by Carla who capsized and was forced to retire after the race.

The second race is really the one to write home about.  It may not have happened quite like this, but this is the way I remember it, and I’m sticking to my story.  Jason/Tom won the start over Dominic/Patrick.  Although NSC boat seemed set up to point better than the KSC Albacore, Tom/Jason would tack to cover, and Patrick/Dominic would try to break cover.  A slow tack near the windward mark meant that Jason/Tom had a lead by the reaching legs.  On the first reach, Patrick/Dominic had greater boat speed, but Jason/Tom held them off by sailing defensively, and rounded the gybe mark first.  Dominic/Patrick changed their strategy and sailed high on the second leg, passing Tom/Jason to windward, but then having to bear off to get to the leeward mark.  They were overlapped within the circle, so (rather than go around) Jason/Tom elected to slow down, get in behind Patrick/Dominic and tacked around the mark.  It was neck and neck for the first half of the second windward leg, but the Patrick/Dominic were able to outpoint Tom/Jason and got to the upwind mark first.  The downwind was processional, with Dominic/Patrick taking the race by about 30 seconds over Jason/Tom.  Still, not bad considering Dominic is one of the top Albacore sailors in the country.

In hindsight, I should have headed up on that second reaching leg, and forced Dominic past the mark so I could stay on the inside around the leeward mark.  Ah well, live and learn.

Zombor finished the race in nice style, but as he was the only Laser on the course it was very much a “the boat vs the waves” sail.

Back at the KSC Clubhouse, the party was in full swing, with NSC and KSC folks together were watching the “match race” of KSC’s Tom/Jason vs NSC’s Patrick/Dominic and there was cheering, laughter, and an all around good time.  I’m glad we were able to put on a show!

Award ceremonies were held, with Dominic/Patrick winning first overall for Albacores, and Carla winning first for the Lasers.  Dominic and Carla went home with nicely engraved KSC beer mugs, and Patrick (being under 19) went home with a nicely engraved pop mug that looks remarkably like a beer mug.

Thanks again to Heidi, Jean and Csanad for running RC and Annie/Jean for providing food/coffee.

Results are final as of 15:20 on September 10, 2017

Albacore Division
Sailed: 8, Discards: 1, To count: 7, Entries: 5, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank SailNo Club Helm Crew Rating R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total Nett
1st 7950  NSC Dominic Patrick (3.0) 2.0 3.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 14.0 11.0
2nd 7968  NSC Simon Elenor 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 1.0 (6.0 DNC) 6.0 DNC 21.0 15.0
3rd 4126  NSC Peter Ross 2.0 3.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 (6.0 DNC) 6.0 DNC 29.0 23.0
4th 4028  NSC Irene Jim 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 2.0 4.0 (6.0 DNC) 6.0 DNC 34.0 28.0
5th 7290  KSC Balazs Tom (5.0) 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 2.0 2.0 34.0 29.0
Laser Division
Sailed: 8, Discards: 1, To count: 7, Entries: 3, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank SailNo Club HelmName CrewName Rating R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total Nett
1st 196254  KSC Carla 1.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 (4.0 DNC) 14.0 10.0
2nd 196276  KSC Zombor 2.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 (3.0) 2.0 1.0 1.0 14.0 11.0
3rd 196281  KSC Csanad 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 1.0 3.0 (4.0 DNC) 4.0 DNC 24.0 20.0

2017 KSC Open Notice of Race

It’s that time of the year again!  The 2017 KSC Open Regatta will be held on Sept 2-3 (Sat-Sun, Labour Day Weekend).  Official Notice of Race (NoR) and Sailing Instructions below

This is a chance for KSC Sailors and those from other clubs to put their Albacore/Laser skills to the test.  Feel free to contact me (sailing@kanatasailingclub.com) for more info!

2017 KSC Open NoR

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KSC Open 2017 Sailing Instructions

KSC Catamaran Event Results

(From Jean, who organized/ran the event):

A big thank you to Instructor Heidi for setting the mark in front of the club and Jason for all his pre-race organizing and postings.

Weather forecast was good: cloudy with warm wind @ 26 degrees; 40% chance of rain; possibly of thunderstorms later in day @ 5 pm.

Wind forecast: SW 7-10 knots, gusts: 12-14 knots.


Hobie 18: Tony/Annie, race 1 – 23 minutes (ET)/1.091 = 21.08 minutes (AT)
Hobie 16: Frank/Jean, race 1 – 20 minutes (ET)/1.193 = 16.76 minutes (AT)

Albacore: Norm/Devon, race 1 – 33 minutes; race 2 – 29 minutes
Albacore: Mary/Kathy/Grace (6 years old) – social sail
Albacore: Dengfeng/guest – social sail

Skipper meeting went well. We discussed route, markers, timing and landing. We also discussed what to do in case of thunder or lighting. Important  note:  We emphasized – no crash beach landings!!! 😉

The first Albacore Mary/Kathy/Grace (new blue taggers) set sail just before 11 am. We decided to wait until they were close to Aylmer Island before starting our race. Tony/Annie got some good speed on their start but unfortunately sailed too close to the Ontario side hitting possibly the only patch of no wind that day. This helped Frank/Jean judge where to avoid and sailed in good wind across the river on one tack. Eventually, Tony/Annie caught some stronger wind and picked up their speed as they sailed into Lac Deschenes. Norm/Devon took some time to find the wind and once they did, they were able to blaze across and were almost unstoppable. Frank/Jean caught up to Mary/Kathy/Grace just before heading into the beach in time to jump out and help catch the arrival of our boats as they landed. Mary/Kathy/Grace (new blue taggers) had a successful maiden voyage to Aylmer Beach. The climax of their trip was their exciting beach landing – an accidental gybe with the shrill of a six year old in some strong winds. All sailors were fine as the boat came to a stop as it pointed into the wind. The second Albacore landing with Norm/Devon increased the excitement as the boat was coming for a crash beach landing just as a few of us lunge to catch and turn the boat into the wind to bring it to a stop. Originally, Dengfeng and his wife weren’t sure if they were going to join us for the sail and lunch. They were the last to launch from the club but quickly caught up to us at the beach. All boats landed safety and were brought ashore. We had a lovely lunch on the patio with some friendly ribbing between the Cat racers.

On the second stage of our trip, the winds had picked up and the sky was looking interesting… the possibly of rain was increasing. Rain coats were worn for the return trip and some of the Albacores switched up skippers. The Albacores were safely launched off the beach first to give them a head start. Then, the Hobie skippers converged and decided that it would be best to sail around than to race back. We sailed back and forth enjoying the winds and waves before heading to shore. There was a bit of light rain but we were all ready for it, and the winds calmed as the boats returned to our familiar, beautiful shoreline.

A big thanks to all who came out to race and participate on Saturday. The spirit and the comradely of the KSC people are the best.

KSC Catamaran Races (and monohull) Not-Regatta

The KSC Catamaran crew seemed lukewarm on the idea of a Cat Regatta like we traditionally run.  But some were still looking for an excuse to hit the water.

Jean stepped up and will be running a pair of races to and from Aylmer Marina on Saturday, Aug 19!

Those who did the 12-Mile Event this year will find the format familiar — these will be self-timed races between two points, so bring a stopwatch. You sail from a mark in front of KSC to a point on Aylmer beach, and time your run.  We’ll then break for lunch (and possibly a beer or two) at the marina.  A second race from the beach back to KSC will cap off the day.  Once we get back to KSC we’ll figure out the “adjusted times” of each boat for each race.

Points in the vein of Appendix A will be award, with the “total adjusted time” being the tie-breaker.

Monohulls are more than welcome to come join the fun, but this is our one “cat event” of the year, and only the multihulls will be scored.  I would ask that any monohulls sailing avoid enforcing their right-of-way if coming up to a cat to allow the cat to score her best possible time.

Our Principal Race Officer (PRO) Jean will hold a skipper’s meeting at the KSC beach at 10:45am and the first race sets off at 11:00.  We anticipate boats to arrive at Aylmer by about 11:45.  After enjoying a lunch, rig up, and start race #2 at about 1:30 (or whenever everyone is ready, at the PRO’s discretion) to arrive back at KSC by about 2:15.

Please send the Sailing Director (sailing@kanatasailingclub.com) an email so we know how many people to expect, along with your preference of boat (Hobie 16, Hobie 18, or one of the monohulls).  First choice will be given to those who reply to the Sailing Director first.

The ugly details (SIs)

What would a race be without ugly details laid out in Sailing Instructions?  These are not formal SIs, but should be enough to get us through the day.  The PRO will clarify any questions you may have about the race.

  1. Any of these instructions may be changed by the PRO at any time up to the end of the Skipper’s Meeting.
  2. The races will take place Saturday Aug 19
  3. Each boat shall track her own time for each race using a stopwatch or similar means.
  4. Times for each race shall be reported to the PRO after the 2nd race
  5. The 1st race shall be between a mark in front of the KSC clubhouse to a point on Aylmer Beach designated by the PRO.  The boat shall pass as close to the KSC mark as possible and start her time.  The boat shall finish when the crew disembarks from the boat at Aylmer Beach.
  6. The second race shall be between Aylmer Beach and a mark in front of KSC clubhouse.  The boat shall start her watch when she pushes off from Aylmer Beach (that is, when the crew are all aboard).  The boat shall sail as close as possible to the mark in front of KSC and stop her watch as she passes it.
  7. Crews shall disembark or push off as close to the Aylmer shore as is safe and practical.  Boats with crew disembarking or pushing off far out into the river may be penalized or disqualified at the PRO’s discretion if it is felt that they did so to try to reduce their time.
  8. RRS right-of-ways rules when racing.
  9. Boats should start as soon as is safe and practical after each other, and should not unduly delay their start in anticipation of changing winds or other conditions
  10. Anticipated timetable.
    1. There will be a Skipper’s Meeting at the KSC beach beginning at 10:45am
    2. The 1st race shall start at 11:00am or as close to that time as the PRO deems fit
    3. Arrival at Aylmer is anticipated at approximately 11:45.  Boats should pull up onto the beach and possibly lower sails to prevent flogging.
    4. Lunch (at the crew’s own expense) shall be at the Aylmer Marina
      1. Your Humble Sailing Director can’t make it that day, so have a beer for me 🙂
    5. The 2nd race shall take place after lunch at the PRO’s discretion, with the PRO giving boats time to rig up before the start.  A 1:30 start time is expected.
    6. Arrival back at KSC is expected by about 2:15.
  11. Scoring
    1. The SCHRS for Hobie 18 is 1.091.  The SCHRS for Hobie 16 is 1.193
    2. SCHRS numbers for any other class of multihull may be looked up online
    3. The Adjusted Time (AT) for each race/boat shall be the Elapsed Time divided by the SCHRS number for the boat
      1. AT = ET / SCHRS
      2. Examples:
        Hobie 18 Elapsed Time of 35:05
        AT = 35:05 / 1.091 = 32:09Hobie 16 ET of 36:23
        AT = 36:23 / 1.193 = 30:30

        The Hobie 16 would be the winner

    4. Each boat shall be awarded points according to the place it finished in for each race, based on Adjusted time.
      1. 1st place gets 1 point, 2nd place gets 2 points, etc
    5. The winner after all races shall be the boat with the lowest number of total points.
    6. If there are 2 boats with an equal number of total points, the tie shall be broken by comparing total Adjusted Times

KSC 12-Mile Island Event this Saturday, July 29, 2017

Each year, Kanata Sailing Club holds a “12-Mile Island” event as a long distance race.  We’ll be doing things a bit different this year, so please read on.

Where is 12-Mile Island?

The island, also called Ile Allen, is upriver (i.e. away from Ottawa) a good distance from KSC.  You sail North-West, past Pinhey’s Point, through the narrows at the Port-of-Call Marina, past Baskin’s Beach (both on the Ontario side), around the island, then back downriver to KSC.  Note that we recommend that you stay near the centre of the channel, especially when you’re sailing on the Quebec side of the island as it can get a bit shallow there.

How long does it take?

Depending on the wind conditions, and the type of boat you sail, a round trip journey generally takes the better part of a day.  The record, as far as I’m aware, is just over 2 hours (set in a fast catamaran, on a big-wind day, by ridiculously skilled and fast sailors).  On a more typical day, it’ll take 3+ hours in a cat, 4+ hours in an Albacore.  A light wind day could take 5 or more hours.

I don’t want to sail that far.

We have another option, and we’ll get to that.  Please keep reading.

How is it fair to people who sail slower boats?

We “handicap” the time.  There are generally accepted ratios as to how fast different boats sail.  The RYA (the UK equivalent of Sail Canada) maintains the handicaps for a bunch of boats.  According to their numbers for example, the Albacore is slightly faster than the Laser.  So, if a Laser can do a course in 60 minutes then it should take an Albacore 57 minutes and a Hobie 16 catamaran should be able to do it in 44 minutes.  We don’t consider the handicaps on our normal race nights, but will do so for this event.  The 2017 list of Portsmouth handicap numbers for monohulls can be found here and for cats here (we’ll be using the “PN Look-a-like” numbers for the cats).

Smaller numbers mean the boat should be theoretically be faster.

Okay, so let’s say I want to participate in the 12-Mile Island Event.  What’s the plan?

In previous year’s we’ve run the event as a “race” with a start line, and finish line, etc.  This year we’re doing things a bit differently since it’s really boring for a race committee to wait 4 hours for a boat to finish.

We’re setting a target finish time of 3:30pm.  You can start whenever you would like (be it 11:06am, 9:48am, noon, 1:21pm if you’re really optimistic, etc).  There will be a bouy in front of the sailing club to act as a starting/finishing point.  Sail from downriver, as close to the bouy as possible, to start your island rounding.  Record what time you started.  As you finish, pass the bouy as close as possible again and record your finish time.  Alternatively, you can use a stopwatch to track how long the run took you.

We’ll figure out an “adjusted time” based on your elapsed time and your boat’s handicap.

Once everyone is back at the club (target 3:30pm with a 4:15pm cut-off) we’ll crunch the numbers and see who did the rounding in the least amount of adjusted time.  Winners to be announced as soon as is practical after everyone is ashore.

As of July 25, the wind forecast is for moderate winds (maybe on the light side of moderate).  I would encourage monohull sailors to target a start time of around 11:00.  This would get you home right on time if the rounding takes you 4hr 30min.  Having a group of monohulls all leaving at the same time also allows you to keep an eye on each other.

What to I win?

Bragging rights, and a round of applause at the club’s AGM.  Also, this counts as one of the roundings for the 12-Mile Island Challenge and the trophies that go along with that.

12-Mile Island Challenge?  What’s that?

KSC founding members Harry Adderley and Ken Eaves have challenged the members of the club to round 12-Mile Island as many times as they can in a season.  There are trophies for those who complete:

  • the most roundings in a cat
  • the most roundings with a double-handed monohull
  • the most roundings with a single-handed monohull

If you round the island as part of this event, it counts towards your yearly total.  Note that in 2016, there were no single-handed monohull roundings, and only 2 (I think) double-handed roundings, so if you had done the 12-Mile Event in a Laser, you would have won.  On a tangential note, I had heard that Carla challenged Norm to round the island in an Opti, so we’ll see if that pans out.  Norm, I suggest you leave the club at 8:00am to make it back by 3:30.

I’m not ready to commit to that long a voyage.  Is there another option?

Yes!  I’ll be dropping a bouy in the middle of the river just past Pinhey’s Point.  This is about 1/2 way to 12-Mile Island.  We’ll actually announce two winners — the fastest time around the island, and the fastest time around the 1/2 way mark.  So, if you can’t get to the club until say 12:30, you might be able to grab a boat and do the half-run before the cut off.

I’m sold, how do I sign up?

Just show up at the club on Saturday July 29, rig your boat, and start your sail!  I aim to have the start mark in the water by 10:00, and the 1/2 mark shortly after.  As mentioned, aim to finish as close to 3:30, as possible, so everyone arrives back at the club around the same time.  Bring something to BBQ, a drink or two, and we’ll go through the results.  We’ll consider boats not finished by 4:15 disqualified.

Boats are first-come-first-serve.

Why the 4:15 cut off time?

This gives us time to crunch numbers, announce winners, and go out in the powerboat to pick up the half-way mark.  If we see any KSC boats struggling to make it back to the club, we’ll also give them a tow home, but please be advised that KSC should not be considered a rescue service.  Use your good judgement to take into account your sailing skills, experience, and weather conditions (both forecast and observed).

I don’t want to sail solo.  How can I find a skipper/crew?

Send me an email at sailing@kanatasailingclub.com if you’re looking for someone to sail with.  I’ll try to get people who email me in touch with each other.