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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CompassBy Katherine Stone

Not a hard re-installation - just line up the holes and replace the screws.

I remember vividly my first experience using a chart plotter and navigation system. Deciding that we should try the cruising lifestyle, we purchased an older boat and set out from Hindson’s Marina in Penetanguishene at dawn to sail across Nottawasaga Bay to Thornbury, Ontario for the Canada Day long weekend. It was a beautiful start to the day when we left and motored out of Penetanguishene Bay and rounded the corner, heading toward Christian Island, right into pitch black clouds. 

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J99By Katherine Stone

All set to pull out the Code 0 before dousing the jib.

It was a very cold and wet beginning to the summer and we never thought it would arrive in Southern Ontario. Doing a 100 miler race on Lake Ontario (billed as the COOLEST race on the lake) with my 8 layers of thermal clothing, woolen ski toque and ski mittens, along with a neck warmer kept me on the edge all night, just out of frostbite reach. I shouldn’t have complained, as we also had wind!

July and August arrived, and it has certainly warmed up, in fact, its too warm, AND we don’t have wind. We are now counting 5 Wednesday nights in a row without wind to race. 

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Wellcraft 242 FishermanBy Andy Adams

Boat buyers are gravitating to the latest centre console boats for a wide range of reasons but for the Wellcraft 242 Fisherman, you can sum it up by saying it’s about features, style and value.

This great-looking boat is just as capable on a family picnic cruise as it is doing serious blue water fishing. A wide range of options let the buyer tailor the boat for their specific interests, but it’s all there to choose from. Our test boat was well-equipped for that comfortable cruise with easy access via the swim platform and through the transom gate into the cockpit.

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KingstonBy Amy Hogue

Cruise into the city of Kingston, Ontario, and it will quickly become clear that this city and surrounding waterways have something special. Built around the northern shore of Lake Ontario, Kingston is the place to go if you love to explore new waterways, fantastic views, and exceptional boating opportunities.

Sitting at the intersection of three world-class Canadian bodies of water, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal (Cataraqui River from Kingston to Newboro), the water’s influence is deeply woven into Kingston’s culture and history. 

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