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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valvetech Bridgewater MarinaFor many years now, we have used gasoline in our cars and trucks that contains some amount of ethanol, a form of alcohol, and just as a few drops of water combine almost instantly in your Scotch, moisture from the atmosphere can combine with the ethanol in the gasoline that is in your boat’s fuel tank.

Your motor vehicle has a sealed fuel system to control evaporative losses that are a source of air pollution. Fuel is moved into the engine under pressure and any drips that might escape, drop onto the pavement. The engine is open to the pavement below. In an inboard boat, the hull is below the engine and any drips will collect in the bilge with potentially explosive consequences. 

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Four WInns HD 180By Andy Adams

The Four Winns HD 180 is the kind of family boat I love to drive and enjoy. It’s very approachable, even for less experienced drivers and the accommodations and scale are like a comfortable family car or SUV. It all feels familiar and part of that is the Volvo Penta V6 200 SX stern drive. The engine is inboard; built into the boat and unobtrusive in use.

That is unless you shove the throttles open. Then the performance side of the Volvo Penta V6 200 appears with instant throttle response, partly a result of the variable valve timing and partly because of the direct injection system. 

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ILCA DinghyAustin, Texas, USA (25 April 2019) – In the wake of last month’s termination of its contract with its European builder, the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) announced today that, from 25 April 2019, all new, class-approved boats will be sold and raced under the “ILCA Dinghy” name. This change will have no impact on existing ILCA-authorized boats and equipment, which will be able to race alongside ILCA Dinghies in all class sanctioned events.


“It’s a big change for a racing class that hasn’t seen anything like this in our almost 50- year history,” said Class President Tracy Usher.

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The DocksBy Katherine Stone

Docks are well-lit and wide to accommodate dock carts.

Steeped in tradition that goes back to one of the oldest towns in Canada west of Quebec City, is Penetanguishene. This bilingual community of 9,000 is located in the middle of Huronia on the southeasterly tip of Georgian Bay in Simcoe Country, Ontario. The name is believed to have been derived from Algonquin (also believed to have come from the Wendat, Abenaki and Ojibwe tribes) meaning “place of the white rolling sands”. 

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