Nepean One Design Regatta - June 20, 21 NSC

Formerly known as the Midland-Walwyn Regatta

It was a scorching weekend at Nepean Sailing Club with a strong sun and temperatures well into the 30's as 2 boats from Montreal and 2 from Toronto joined 7 local Fireballs for the NSC One Design Regatta.

Much of Saturday was spent on the deck of the club, trying to avoid the sun while keeping our throats well lubricated. The onshore AP dropped just before the end-of-racing deadline as a few riffles of wind appeared on the water. The race was eventually abandoned as the light breeze disappeared, and that was it for Saturday. (Much to Mike McEvoy's dismay - he had pulled out a considerable lead and was beginning his second beat while a few tailend boats were still trying to fetch the windward mark for the first time).

Many were late to the club on Sunday morning, assuming the day would begin with a postponement. But there was a nice 5 knot breeze on the water, which had sailors sprinting from the parking lot in order to launch in time for the first gun. The RC set a triangle-windward-leeward course with a hook finish. Dave and Mona showed off their light air skills by winning the first race, with Derek and Nicola a close second. The breeze died off during the second race, and several positions were swapped as the fleet slowly and painfully compressed during the final run. Mike McEvoy came from deep in the field to win this race (with a crew that had never sailed before) with Tom and Andrew taking second. At this point some of the fleet had had enough and sailed for shore. The rest followed the RC around the lake for an hour, as they moved the course twice. A third race was finally run as a nice 8 - 10 knot breeze filled in. The wind had shifted again, making for a drag race up the one-tack beat. The race was over in a few minutes as the RC had set a short course, and the extra lap added by the 'E' flag only prolonged the race slightly. The most exciting moment of the regatta came from Ian Maclaren capsizing while in 2nd place approaching the leeward mark with half a dozen boats on his tail (with their chutes up) now trying to find room to go around him.

In social notes, Phil and Antica launched their new boat for the first time (still sailing under the old sail number) and found that at least it floated. Even that was in doubt for awhile when their slot gaskets gave way, but the bailers were able to keep up with the gush from the centreboard trunk and they completed the breezy 3rd race - also snapping a new spinnaker pole end and having to white-sail the final run. The boat was only partially rigged, but should be sorted out in time for the Canadians.

Pos Sail # Club Skipper Crew Pts Individual Races
1 CAN14585 Wishbone AshTS&CC Derek Griffiths Nicola Alston6.752;4;1
2 CAN12939 NSCDavid LandsbergMona Barakat7.751;5;2
3 CAN13890 NSCMike McEvoy.10.757;1;3
4 CAN12362NSCPhil LockerAntica Locker154;6;5
5 CAN14467 Stress PuppyPCYCTom EgliAndrew McCrae173;2;DNS
6 CAN10493 Non SequitorPCYCStephanie MarlerChristian Dechamplain185;7;6
7 CAN11499 NSCJeremy KennedyDJ208;8;4
8 CAN12686 SynergistNSCIan Maclaren.22DNF;3;7
9 CAN3057 MistiveKSCStephan Serre De St JeansMark Jago269;9;8
10CAN1354KSCMike Roper.306;RET;DNS
11CAN7927 ? ScarboroughJustin Harrington.30DNF;DNC;RET