Midland-Walwyn Regatta - June 21, 22 NSC

The Midland-Walwyn Regatta, hosted by Nepean Sailing Club, was well attended as Fireballs made their first appearance at this event. 14 boats were on the starting line, with 5 travelling up from Toronto and 2 from Montreal to join the 7 local boats.

It was a very hot weekend, with temperatures above 30 degrees C. Winds varied from light to heavy. The first race was postponed on the water when the initial breeze died completely. Just when the crash boats were beginning to tow the fleet in, the wind was seen coming down the river, and filled in nicely to marginal trapezing conditions for the first race. By the end of the second race the wind was reaching into the mid-teens, and lighter crews were seen to rake their rigs back while waiting for the start of the third race. This was not the hot setup, as the wind dropped off again, leaving sailers to deal with the chop that had built up. Following the third race the wind did a 180 degree shift as a storm cell passed close by, and the committee decided to call it a day.

Sunday's racing began in about 10 knots of breeze, and continued to build throughout the day until it was in the 20 knot range for the end of race two and race three. By the fourth race it dropped off a bit, moving some of the lighter weight crews to the top of the fleet again. The pairing of Tom Egli and Andrew McRae won the regatta with an impressive string of bullets following the first two races. Debbie Thomas and Marc Bennett were very consistent through all wind conditions to take second place. "Debbie from Hell" also won the top door prize of a jacket at the post-race ceremonies.

This was a weekend of "firsts" for several sailers. It was the first Fireball regatta for both Jeremy Kennedy and Steph Serre de St. Jeans, and it was in fact the first time Steph had ever sailed his boat. It was also the first Fireball regatta for local 5o5 sailers John Bryant and Ron Hughes - we got Jean Saunders' boat Proteus out of storage for them to sail for the event. On Sunday they then switched to Mike McEvoy's boat when Mike's crew was unable to sail. For a windy regatta it was quite damage-free. Steph's boat had jib halyard problems causing him to DNF in Saturday's first race, but he was back on Sunday. The Locker's found Britannia Shoal with their rudder after the second race on Sunday, causing them to miss the final two races. In all the Fireball fleet faired much better than the J24 fleet, where there was a dismasting following a collision on Sunday.

Pos Sail # Club Skipper Crew Pts Individual Races
1 CAN14467 PCYC Andrew McRae Tom Egli11.004;4;1;1;1;1;(15)
2 CAN14507 HellTSCCDebbie ThomasMarc Bennett15.752;1;2;3;(8);3;5
3 CAN12939 NYCDavid LandsbergMona Barakat19.501;2;4;6;(14);6;1
4 CAN13165 FetishNYCJennifer SellarsNick Sellars22.006;3;3;2;3;5;(15)
5 CAN14585 Wishbone AshTSCCDerek GriffithsNicola Alston23.003;(6);5;5;4;4;2
6 USA14 ProteusNSCJohn BryantRon Hughes33.005;(10);7;7;4;7;3
7 CAN11153 Cats PawPCYCMalcom Van HaeftenR. Moore34.0010;7;9;4;2;2;(15)
8 CAN12362 Martian ExpressNSCPhil LockerAntica Locker52.008;5;8;9;7;(15);15
9 CAN1354 KSCMike RoperMark Jago57.00(12);11;12;11;11;8;4
10CAN13890NSCMike McEvoyJason Phillips60.009;8;6;(15);15;15;15
11CAN11105 Wet BannanaNYCAnne RankinChris Rankin63.007;9;10;8;14;(15);15
12CAN12357 BlazeKSCAndy CarranTrish Carran65.0011;12;11;10;6;(15);15
13CAN11499 NSCJeremy KennedyD.J.72.0013;13;14;13;9;10;(15)
14CAN3057THEKSCSteph St. JeansSteve Anderson76.00(15);15;15;12;10;9;15