The 2011 J/105 Canadian Championship, the premier racing event of the J/105 Fleet 4 season was awarded to Dave Shaver's Retern, also winner of the 2007 edition. This year's Championship war flag was well earned in one of the closest events for the season. Second place went to Jamaica Me Crazy, last year's winner whilst third place went to Hey Jude.
The three day event was the perfect test for J/105 sailing out of Toronto, with variable wind conditions from moderate (Friday and Sunday) to high waves Saturday, current and oscillating wind directions, testing sailing and strategy of all the top crews. Of note Sunday's racing which saw Sentient, displacing from the day winner podium any of the four top contender boats this weekend. Sunday's racing, did not disappoint, with the final winners consolidating their respective positions on the very last two legs of the regatta.
The J/105 Canadian Championship was hosted at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, sponsored by Evolution Sails, North Sails Loft Toronto, Steamwhistle Brewery, Matt Johnston Rigging and the J/105 Fleet 4 - Lake Ontario Class Association.
Details and photography from the event can be found on the J/105 Fleet 4 website at http://www.j105.ca
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