District 12  Regatta Report

Sat Jun 19th, 2004 through Sun Jun 20th, 2004

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2004 Montreal Bi-Annual Regatta


By Rick Burgess:

This past weekend the 12th districtís newest fleet hoisted their first regatta, and what a regatta it was. My crew and I arrived at the Royal Saint Lawrence Yacht Club on Friday morning. This is one of the oldest yacht clubs in North America and the facilities and the members were just great. We were met by the regatta organizer Ian Bruce and made to feel right at home. For those competitors that wanted housing it was provided with club members in most cases with-in walking distance to the club. Being that this was the first Star regatta for this new fleet, Ian wanted to make sure that the racing would be first class.

Ian made a call to his long time friend Mr. Jack Lynch of the Annapolis Yacht Club and invited him to be the PRO. For those of you that have had the pleasure of sailing in a regatta that is run by Jack you know the event will be run right, and it was.

20 boats launched on Saturday morning from 6 different fleets and headed out onto Lake St-Louis, which is part of the St. Lawrence seaway. The weatherman called for breezes building to 30 knots +. We started the 1st race in a nice 18 to 20 knot westerly and sailed course # 1. The breeze increased as we went up the first beat to the 25 kont range so the two reaches were a whole lot of fun. It's been a long time since I have sailed heavy wind power reaches.

The breeze stayed up thru the entire race and caused several break-downs. The race was won by Ted Haines/Larry Scott with Brian Cramer/Len Delicaet 2nd and Mike Feeney/Rob Bowers 3rd. Jack Lynch made the call that it was best to return to the harbor and wait until Sunday. I did not hear any one complaint about this wise decision.

Lots of work on a lot of the boats, but it seamed that there was enough parts and helpers around to lend assistance to those that needed it. Saturday night we were treated to a wonderful cocktail party at Ian Bruceís house which just happens to be next door to the Yacht Club, which provided us with a great dinner. We were told that the city of Montreal was having a fireworks display in the downtown area, but I don't think many of us made it as most opted to let our heads rest on a nice soft pillow.

On Sunday we were treated to breakfast and then left the harbor to test our skills again. The winds had subsided to the 14 to 18 range, and the RC as expected was set up and ready to go right on time. We were treated to 2 very nice races with very close racing between the top finishers. I was sorry to see Mike Feeney break an upper intermediate at the start of the 3rd race and have to withdraw. He was one of the fasted boats and was poised to give Cramer, Haines and Ivey a run for there money.

The royal Saint Lawrence Yacht Club and their members are to be congratulated for hoisting a truly wonderful event. Ian Bruce has worked very hard in the building of star sailing in the Montreal area and it was him that made this regatta happen, Thank you Ian.

Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 Total
1 8143   Cramer   Cutting   8143   LoC   2.0 1.0 3.0 6
2 LOC   Haines   Scott   2     1.0 5.0 2.0 8
3 Sun   Ivey   Meyer   3     6.0 3.0 1.0 10
4 LRYC   Bjorn   Bjorn   4     4.0 4.0 7.0 15
5 7824   Burgess Snr   Assermily   7824   Seneca   5.0 7.0 4.0 16
6 6756   Hendershot   Foucreau   6756   Quebec   7.0 6.0 6.0 19
7 RStLYC   Bruce   Farmer   7     8.0 9.0 8.0 25
8 7628   Feeney   Bowers   7628   Sunapee   3.0 2.0 21.0 [DNC] 26
9 6985   Trepanier   Mercier   6985   Quebec   9.0 14.0 9.0 32
10 Sun   Chiarella   Fletcher   10     21.0 [DNF] 10.0 5.0 36
11 7940   Hofer   Macot   7940   Quebec   21.0 [DNF] 8.0 21.0 [DNC] 50
12 7308   McKay   Conway   7308   LoC   21.0 [DNF] 11.0 21.0 [DNC] 53
13 CNDM   Marcotte   Matton   13     21.0 [DNF] 12.0 21.0 [DNC] 54
14 7520   Gagnon   Despres   7520   Quebec   21.0 [DNF] 13.0 21.0 [DNC] 55
15 LOC   Ferguson   Craddock   15     21.0 [DNF] 15.0 21.0 [DNC] 57
16 6687   Molimard   Molimard   6687   Quebec   21.0 [DNF] 16.0 21.0 [DNC] 58
17 7044   Marcotte   Vranderick   7044   Quebec   21.0 [DNF] 21.0 [DNC] 21.0 [DNC] 63
17 6857   Brunet   Johannette   6857   Quebec   21.0 [DNF] 21.0 [DNC] 21.0 [DNC] 63
17 7835   Atkinson   Atkinson   7835   Sunapee   21.0 [DNF] 21.0 [DNC] 21.0 [DNC] 63
17 6997   Andre De La Porte   Bryant   6997   Quebec   21.0 [DNF] 21.0 [DNC] 21.0 [DNC] 63

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