The 5th Annual CanAm Challenge Regatta for Soling 1M’s was held in Stowe, VT on September 6th & 7th. We tried a Fri/Sat format to allow skippers to also participate in the Soling 1M Region 1 Team Race in Worcester, MA on Sunday.
We had 25 entries this year, maintaining the trend of a few more boats added each year. There were 9 Canadian entries (with the largest contingent from the Halifax, NS club), and we are aware of a conflict with a major RC event out in the Kingston, Ontario area. George Dean and Bob Letwenski, our RD’s, dealt with light & variable winds on Friday, and even lighter winds on Saturday, but managed to keep the pace moving along. We ran two-fleet racing under the Odd/Even system, which works well with the regatta’s theme: “A Friendly Cross-Border Rivalry”.
The racing was based on individual performance – no team racing allowed. Yet, in addition to individual scoring, we also took the top 4 scores from each country for the team results for that race. In this manner, any sailor could help out his team by scoring in the top 4 for their team in any given race. Nine races (18 heats) were run on Friday, with 1 throw-out. The variable conditions made things interesting. No one was immune from “getting Stowed” in at least a few races.
At the end of the first day, Jim Goddard (18 pts) and Boots Boutilier (19 pts), both hailing from Halifax, NS, held slim leads over Bruce Nourjian (20 pts) and Charlie Berry (20 pts), both from Stowe. In team scoring, the USA (87 pts) held a 16 pt. lead over Canada. That evening, the Commodores Inn held a great buffet dinner for the sailors & guests. Lots of talk about “how tomorrow would be different”.
Well, it was different on Saturday. The winds were even lighter and shiftier. The RC managed to run 5 races (10 heats) in these challenging conditions for both the skipper and for the RC. Despite these conditions, Jim Goddard and Bruce Nourjian began to pull away from the rest of us. A close battle ended with Jim in 1st (24 pts) and Bruce in 2nd (29 pts). Boots held onto 3rd, with Charlie finishing 4th. Jim Child, from NH, had a very strong day and moved up to 5th overall, despite having to keep a DSQ in his final score. Jim Linville, from MA, was in 10th place after Day 1, and having the second-best scores on Day 2 moved him up to 6th overall. The Team Award once again went to the USA group. And once again, the chant from Team Canada: “Wait ‘til next year!”
The camaraderie both on and off the water said that there will, indeed, be a next year. This “friendly cross-border rivalry” is now an established tradition. It was great to see a new group of 4 skippers from the NH Boat Museum club (Lake Winnipesaukee) join us this year. The 2014 date will be determined and promoted well in advance to avoid as many conflicts as possible and to build support from other U.S. and Canadian clubs.
Place Skipper Club Points
1 Goddard, Jim Dartmouth, NS 24
2 Nourjian, Bruce Stowe, VT 29
3 Boutilier, Boots Bedford, NS 35
4 Berry, Charlie Stowe, VT 42
5 Child, Jim Wolfeboro, NH 47
6 Linville, Jim Hull, MA 50
7 McKinney, John Woodstock, ON 51
8 White, Bob Dartmouth, NS 54
9 Griswold, Bob Green Pond, NJ 55
10 Bugden, Gary Bedford, NS 58
2013 HAMYC Club Championship – Borgal Tub
reported by Gary Bugden
The annual Halifax Area Model Yacht Club Soling 1m Club Championship was held under
sunny October skies at Dartmouth’s Sullivan’s Pond. Perennial national and international champion Jim Goddard was unable to compete this year, as he was preoccupied with duties related to the coincident Nova Scotia Provincial Election.
Twelve eager competitors battled it out over two days for possession of the coveted Borgal Cup. Northwesterly winds made for a lot of frustration as, at this venue, winds from this direction swirl down from the nearby tall apartment buildings. The first day’s ten races
saw HAMYC Commodore Bob White eke out a one-point lead over Boots Boutilier. I was in a solid third, followed closely by up-and-comer Mike Kennedy and Victor Lovitt who were tied for fourth.
The northwest winds persisted during the second day. Unfortunately, Boots suffered an irreparable breakdown halfway through the afternoon, which took him out of the last five of ten races. Commodore Bob continued to sail consistently while Mike Kennedy and I fought it out for second.
Congratulations to HAMYC Commodore Bob White, the winner of the Borgal Cup for
2013, and R/C newcomer Mike Kennedy who had to accept third place because of a couple of bad races the first day. A good time was had by all.
2013 Soling 1M Canadian Championship Hudson, Quebec July 20 and 21, 2013
Jim Goddard wins at Hudson with perfect score – Six Firsts July 20th:
Saturday at 9.30, the 22 sailors gathered on the terrace at the Hudson Yacht Club for the Skipper’s Meeting prior to the scheduled 10 am start of racing. The fleet was split into “Evens and Odds” and everyone headed to the water, The weather was ideal. Sunny, warm with a good steady breeze from the west. The club had borrowed a large ferry barge which provided a perfect platform for all the skipper and the race crew. Race Director Ross Tellier kept everything moving smoothly as the “even and odd” fleets alternated on the water. The course was twice around windward/ leeward with a leeward gate. Two races were completed prior to lunch break with 2 more in the afternoon before the winds picked up too much to continue sailing safely. More time for “Social Hour” prior to an excellent dinner provided by HYC. Everyone enjoyed the slide show produced by May’s Studio from shots taken the day (thanks Ken #288)
July 21st: Another good day. The front had passed and the winds were much lighter, making for trickier sailing. Three more races were completed before time ran out. That added up to 7, which allowed for one drop. Results: There was no doubt who the winner was. Jim Goddard had managed to come up with 6 firsts. He was followed by “Boots” Boutilier, also from Halifax, with 13 points. 3rd place went to Paul Switzer with 14. Next HYC”s Ed Cowell scoring 17 and Robert Meakins with 18 to round out the top five. Awards were presented consisting of Sail Canada (CYA) medals, HYC Soling 1m Plaques and club flags.
Jim Goddard also gets to keep the Soling 1m Championship Trophy for another year Well done Jim ! Many thanks to the gang at HYC for putting on a great regatta. And thanks to all who traveled to Hudson from NS, Que, Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto and Mass, USA to take part in the fun and fellowshi