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UK Sailmakers Racing Clinic 2019

 

On the weekend of March 9-10, sixty four sailboat racers from the five Central Vancouver Island yacht clubS, INCLUDING 33 FROM SCYC, participated in a racing clinic held at the Nanaimo Yacht Club. Participants ranged from very experienced racers to new participants in yacht racing. SCYC racers were very well represented at the event.

Initiated by SCYC, the Racing Clinic was led by Stuart Dahlgren and his wife Joy, both very experienced racers. Stuart and Joy are the owners of the northwest loft of UK Sailmakers in Sidney BC. They also own several racing boats ranging from a 24 foot sport boat to the 70 foot long “Westerly”. They are skilled sailmakers and are regular participants in distance races and regattas. They donated their time and resources to deliver this valuable racing clinic.

The program focused primarily on enhancing the knowledge of the participants about the International Racing Rules of Sailing and how tactical decisions and safety on the race course result from those rules. Stuart explored and interpreted the Racing Rules through presentations and discussion with the audience on the Saturday afternoon.

Stuart used were very professional, proprietary UK Sailmakers training resources for the presentation. Videos and pictures showed situations involving boats at race starts, rounding windward and leeward race course turning marks, sailing between turning marks, avoiding obstacles and finishing a race. The big topics were about right of way, which is a critical issue among boats competing in the congested racing environment on the water.

UKClinic1Stuart’s visual presentations and explanations showed situations on the water developing, how rule infractions developed, protests among the boats and the rules that apply in the situation. Learning tools helped the participants understand how the rules are interpreted to determine which of the illustrated boat(s) had right of way and how the boat(s) that must give way could have improved their situation.

 

Sailing on Sunday on eight boats under Stuart’s critical eye on the water and the eye of his drone in the air, the participants sailed a series of race starts and mark roundings to put tactics that result from the rules into practice. Winds and currents were favourable for this practice.

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Boats effected multiple starts. After each start they sailed to round the turning mark, set a few hundred meters to windward of the start line, and return to the starting area for the next start. As the experience and skill of the boats increased the start line was shortened to increase congestion – thus making the correct use of the Racing Rules of Sailing increasingly important.

Fom NYC Fleet Captain Ron Campsall’s boat, Stuart videoed boats jostling for position on the start line and as they proceeded across the line. The drone videoed the boats rounding the turning mark.

Following the on-the-water practice Stuart conducted a detailed debrief, using the videos he took from the boat and the drone to discuss the tactics of the boats on the water. He offered suggestions to help boats understand how they could have improved their performance.

Net proceeds of the event are to be donated on behalf of the five Central Island Yacht Clubs to Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue following a draw from local community-focused charities nominated by each of the five clubs.

The Pie Factory from Parksville, which has also catered for several SCYC major racing events, delivered a delicious chili dinner and volunteers at NYC opened the bar at NYC for the participants.

SCYC is grateful to SCYC present and past executive members for handling on-line and on-site registration, fee collection and program planning and delivery and to NYC for providing their wonderful facility for the event. George Bishop, Racing Director, and several NYC volunteers facilitated activities there. DBYC representative Peter Schiedel, LMS representative Gerard Nachtegaele MBYC Fleet Captain Don Brown and NYC Racing Director Beorge Bishop promoted the Racing Clinic to their local racers.

On behalf of all of the participants, SCYC thanks Stuart and Joy Dahlgren of UK Sailmakers for their skill and knowledge as they delivered this very effective program. Their commitment contributes directly to the benefit of our clubs’ racing programs and the racing skill of our racers. Our racing community acknowledges UK Sailmakers for their ongoing support of racing on Vancouver Island.

THE 2018 BMW LASQUETI ISLAND REGATTA

SCYC has an incredible skill base to draw from to organize and pull off a successful and spirited regatta weekend. The BMW LASQUETI ISLAND REGATTA is a favourite amongst racers from as far away as the Mainland, Campbell River, Sidney and Victoria. 31 boats were registered this year with one having to withdraw due to damages incurred the week before the event. Club members felt so badly when they heard that ARIYAS would not be racing, after all. The comments and kudos from the returning and new racers throughout the weekend, was a tribute to the reputation SCYC has for hosting the BEST Regatta in the VIRS series.

The week leading up to the Regatta was spent with constant tracking of the weather forecast, as SCYC organizers prepared to host the event, regardless of the conditions (rain, snow, sleet, sunshine..).Oh please Sun Gods, make that happen! And perhaps just add a strong wind for Saturday's Race, as well! It kept the entire club talking and anticipating what this year's weather conditions would be. Friday afternoon didn't bode well, as the rain started to fall. But no one gave up hope that the clouds would part and the sun would shine down on the barbecue. (Well, it might have appeared for a brief five minutes in the late afternoon, but at least it didn't rain.) No one seemed concerned or fussed about the cloudy, windy evening. The organizers had anticipated this and provided canopy shelters for their guests to enjoy a burger barbecue on the greens overlooking Schooner Cove. A crowd of SCYC members joined the racers (225 diners in total) for a lovely launch to the Regatta weekend. Live music with the Vance Brothers put everyone in the mood to celebrate the regatta weekend. Breakfast was served both Sat. and Sun. mornings and chili with cornbread was waiting for the hungry racers when they returned Saturday evening.

   

The Sun Gods were listening and the weather turned out perfect for yet another awesome Regatta weekend. Rumour has it that there may have been one small glitch at the beginning of the race when a certain SCYC sailor tied one of the starting line buoys and it freed itself. (Brian Steane was dispatched to pick it up.) It is now called the SKIPSEY SLIPSEY KNOT!

Another great story belongs to Claudia Hand. She was looking forward to crewing on ARIYAS, but when they had to pull out of the Regatta, she put her name forward to crew with anyone who may be short a crew member. She was called on Saturday morning while walking her dog. Claudia made a dash down to the dock with all her sailing gear in tow, ready to hop on the boat. Just as she reached the dock, she spotted Amazing Grace disappearing behind the breakwater. Members tried alerting Amazing Grace on the radio that they had left Claudia on the dock, but to no avail... Luckily for her, James Robinson (in an inflatable chase boat) came to her rescue. They picked her up and literally deposited her onto Amazing Grace, just as they were positioning for the start. It's a good thing Claudia is of small stature; imagine being loaded from the dingy onto the deck of Amazing Grace. She had such a memorable Regatta day and felt fortunate to be part of it. (It didn't hurt winning the 50/50 draw    the night before, either!)  

   As everyone knows, an event such as this, does NOT happen without a village. Some of the key people involved, included:

 PETER MILNE- the overall coordinator/chair of the Regatta Committee and a most conscientious leader who spends months preparing for this event! His detailed leadership style keeps the entire Regatta so successful. (Anne is secretly excited that all of his TO DO LISTS will be put away after months of preparation!)

 John Collins, Tim Rann, and David Christopher- recruited many of the Regatta sponsors and supported the event in countless ways. (The sailors truly enjoyed the complimentary Rum Punch after their race, Tim.)

 BRUCE PETRY- (2017's SI WOOD Memorial Trophy recipient) organized sponsors and gathered the prizes. He continues to be our GO-TO-GUY in the club who helps out on too many fronts to mention.

 WALLY CLARK- organized the Race Committee, found slips for visiting boats and communicated the directions to their berths.

 CHARLINE SINCLAIR - coordinated a team of volunteers, to serve the well-attended barbecue on Friday Night, a breakfast on Saturday morning, a chili dinner on Saturday night, and a final pancake and sausage breakfast on Sunday morning before the Awards Ceremony. This was no small feat for this energetic woman to undertake. Hopefully the sleep deprived, overworked woman is home relaxing after the intense weekend she just finished. You are simply amazing, Charline.

KATHY SWANGARD (SCYC's Communications Director) and CLAUDIA HAND (web administrator) organized the regatta poster, contacted racers on the Island and the Mainland promoting the regatta. They promoted the event through the Scyline, ensuring that all members were involved as much as possible.

JOE SKIPSEY- served as the Principal Race Officer and his Race Committee did an excellent job from start to finish.

RYAN LAUDIEN- handled the bar service and managed his team of volunteers to serve libations with both dinners.

DAVID KRATT, Fairwinds Marina Manager and Staff -supported the SCYC with the hosting of the Regatta.

 

 Saturday's race enjoyed great winds and the Division 1 winner, actually made it back to Schooner Cove in record time. James Robinson skippering his multihull (PRPR2) crossed the finish line at 14:02, sailing at up to 19 knots! The boats completed the race in record times, and as the sun came out and warmed up in the mid-afternoon, a couple of boats lost the wind altogether and ended up having their chili a little later than their fellow yachtsmen. As the sailors returned to their berths, they all had glowing reports of their day on the water and how ideal the conditions were for the race. After chili, the crews were relaxed and sat out with one another sharing their stories of the latest BMW LASQUETI ISLAND REGATTA.

         

 

 

Sunday morning, COMMODORE Simon Huddy addressed the group of spent sailors and SCYC members, thanking our exceptional SCYC volunteers and business sponsors. He then passed the program on to Peter Milne to recognize the skipper/crew draw winners and then the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in all four divisions. Tickets were drawn for both skippers and crew. Check out the collage to see who the lucky winners were of: jackets and sweaters from Independent Marine, sail bags from Evolution Sails, an inflatable vest from Harbour Chandler, gift bags from BMW, an SOS Buoy from Pacific Net and Twine, stainless steel mugs from Tro Tac, a gift certificate from Black Goose Pub, and a jump starter from LORDCO. What an array of prizes!

 

Special presentations were made to: Chris Read for registering his boat, AMISKWI, first (March 15th) and to Brian Robinson (FLIGHT) for his tenaciousness as a skipper. Brian's response was, "It was so nice out there on the water, my crew and I couldn't understand why everyone was in such a hurry to make it back to the marina!"  

Neal Berger was called upon to present first, second and third pennants and prizes to the Division Finalists. 3rd place winners received a windbreaker, 2nd place winners won a rugby shirt. And 1st place winners went home with a treasured SCYC jacket.Div. 4 (cruising) Winners:      

3rd - Wally Clark- REGALO                           

2nd - Tim Rann- STARLIGHT EXPRESS                                 

1st - Dick Duffley- PYRA

                                                                                                                                                     

 

                                                  Div. 3 Winners:

                                      3rd - Wade Major- KATANA

                                      2nd - Graham Heath- PITORAQ 

                                      1st - Simon Palmer- PRINCESA 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div. 2 Winners:

3rd - Ron Turner-Blue Shift

2nd - Clint Abbott- NOFLYK

1st - Tim Daniel - Optical Illusion

 

And finally, the Div. 1 Winners:

3rd - Greg Johnston - SURFRIDER

2nd - Wayne Gorrie - MAIL ORDER BRIDE

1st - James Robinson - PRPR2             

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

   Vice Commodore Ryan Laudien presented the FAIRWINDS CUP. (The SCYC CUP for BEST PERFORMANCE) to SKIPPER NEAL BERGER of                                    SHINGEBISS.          

 

Commodore Simon Huddy presented the WINDSOR PLYWOOD CUP to the OVERALL REGATTA WINNER. This went to SKIPPER JAMES ROBINSON of PRPR2.

                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 Congratulations to all the fine sailors that participated from near and far to make this event the traditional success that everyone expects. Sailors from other clubs took the time to express their appreciation for being hosted during the entire weekend in such a welcoming and exceptional way. And thank you again, Peter for organizing an outstanding Regatta with which SCYC feels proud to be associated. Kudos to you for making this special event happen!

 

- Article written by Mary Laudien ( Go to http://www.marylaudien.com for Praire Girl Learns to Sail Series )

- Many thanks to photographers Wally Chinn, Joanne McIlveen, Philippe Erdmer, Jim Mendria, Linda Rann, Jim Sinclair and Ron Davis.

- Official Regatta Photographer:  Wally Chinn

SAIL PAST 2018

It's official... the 2018 boating season had a brilliant opening on Sunday, May 6th. The sun shone down on Schooner Cove and a record number of members arrived on the Afterdeck to attend the Commodores' Procession. Once again, our traditional bagpiper, Josh Dielemon led Commodore, Simon Huddy and Nanoose Power Squadron Commander, Jim Dutton with an impressive entourage of Past Commodores down the boardwalk!

Past Commodore Peter Howells welcomed everyone to the event. Bruce Berry, our personable and entertaining member who always reviewed the Sail Past procedures in a comical way was sorely missed this year. Peter was thrilled to see the crowd of participants filling the Afterdeck and adjoining pier. Commodore Simon Huddy welcomed everyone. Our national anthem was sung (thank you Lou Boulanger for leading the participants) as the Canadian flag was hoisted. Commander Jim Dutton said a few words, mentioning that he refrained from wearing his PORT /STARBOARD socks this year as Commodore Simon wouldn't need these navigational aids to position the stationary vessel. The boat being used this year happened to be Commander Jim's own boat (CARIAD). (Hmmm, maybe it was only Past Commodore Peter that he thought needed the help...) Fleet Captain, Neal Berger, addressed the membership, reviewing the procedures to follow out on the water. He must have been crystal clear, as the picture taken from above the water, showed the boats looking organized.

 

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