July 26, 2018

Optimists Everywhere Optimists everywhere!

During the week, more than 430 youngsters in over 220 boats descended upon Port Credit YC July 19 and 20 for the annual Steerers Regatta. For more than 40 years, this regatta has been the forum for sailing schools to bring their various dinghies to PCYC for two fun-filled days of competition.

PRO Paul Brennan, PC Chairman Katie Nicoll and regatta chairman Alison Jones put together a fantastic team of close to 100 volunteers to accommodate these young people and introduce many of them to racing as well as sailing at a different venue for the first time. In total, 27 sailing schools participated from across the GTA and down the lake, to Lake Erie, and many small lakes across the province and teams from the United States.

Rush Hour laser and 420 launch area is like the 401 at rush hour

In total the race management team banged off 50 races on four courses to accommodate 29ers, 420 spinnakers, Radials, Optimists, RS Fevas and RS Visions. A much smaller course accommodated the Optimist Green and 420 White Sail beginner sailors.

Conjestion on the Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

420 conjestion on Lake Ontario.jpg, photo credit LindiBarz

The winds and sunshine were perfect, ranging from 4-10 knots over the two days. Seas were moderate, but began to build by the end of the day on Friday as the wind moved to the east.

Use of the Trapeeze

 

 

 

use of the trapeze, photo credit LindiBarz

For regatta results click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CYOB Destinations: We Visit the Hilton Beach Marina

Hilton BeachBy Amelia Morris

Ah Canadian simplicity at its finest; small town, big marina. Little Hilton Beach (population 200!), which I am lucky enough to call my cottage country, is located on the north-east coast of St. Joseph Island. The Hilton Beach Marina is one of the largest and most major ports of call in the Western North Channel. It also has a long and rich history dating back to the 1850’s.

I spoke with Marina Manager, Laura McRae and got the full scoop on what goes on in this inconspicuous but busy marina.

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Scarab 255 Open

Scarab 255 OpenBy Andy Adams and John Armstrong

You can imagine,at the GroupeBeneteau dealer meeting in Michigan last fall where all the Four Winns, Scarab, Wellcraft, and Glastrondealers had come to see the latest new models, the docks were lined up with gleaming brand-new boats to show the dealers and media – and they certainly put on a show! But for me, the Scarab 255 Open was an immediate stand out. This is a boat that breaks new ground and brings fresh thinking and interpretation of the boating experience to a wide range of buyers.

We had a quick look around but the test drives would have to wait until the next day.

Read more about the Scarab 255 Open....