Hey Jude takes LORC Championship
This year’s winner of the J105 LORC Championship is once again Jim Rathbun in Hey Jude.
This Championship Trophy was created last year in support of the LORC Regatta Series. Only J105s that participate in all LORC Regattas on the Fleet’s schedule are eligible. Low total score wins the Trophy with no drops allowed.
This year, there were 16 races over the 3 regattas: ABYC Open, RCYC Open and PCYC Open. Scoring results are here .
The Trophy is a half model donated by Fogh Marine and North Sail and is on display in the Ovens Room at the RCYC Island Clubhouse. The Trophy was presented to Hey Jude at the J105 Summer Regatta Awards Ceremony on Sunday July 20.
Fleet Captain Doug Bullock (right) Presents LORC Award to Hey Jude's Jim Rathbun (left)
Congratulations to Jim and all his crew for a great performance!
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Mandate wins the 2014 J105 Summer Regatta
First Place: Mandate
Second Place: Tusk
Report from Tusk
The 2014 J105 Summer Regatta held on Saturday June 19th featured 16 of the fleet's 25 boats competing just south of Toronto's Island with a north easterly 10-12 knot breeze and a nasty bump on port tack. Onboard Tusk, our pre-race strategy was go left no matter what, and when we thought we'd gone far enough, to keep going. Most of the fleet had the same idea - but not everyone could get off the line clean enough to execute the strategy. Those that did rounded the top mark in good shape. This strategy would not change for each of the 4 races on the day.
The first start attempt was abandoned by a general recall - and then, the first time in Fleet4's history this writer can remember, the RC went immediately to the I-Flag which was displayed for every start. Being over the line within 60 seconds of the gun meant you had to go round the ends to restart. We thought that most boats would favour an end opening up the middle which is where Tusk headed to get a good lane. Tusk's fearless skipper Ted was able to pull off 4 flawless starts to allow the Tusk crew to cruise to a 2, 3, 1, 4 result ending up tied for first with 10 points.
Mandate's finest were able to get clean starts to win both of the first 2 races rather easily. But Usual Suspects fought for the pin on Race 3 and Mandate was pushed over, forced around the end and the best they could do was get back to 7th. Jamaica recorded their worst finish on the first race and improved as the day went on sitting in 3rd place where they would finish up with 6, 2, 3, 2 finishes.
The regatta winner was determined in Race 4 although at the time we didn't know this as everyone expected more racing on Sunday - not to be. The wind was a little lighter and Tusk's start was a little further off the line but we held our lane and rounded the top mark on the final leg in 3rd place which would have placed us 1 point ahead of Mandate at the end of the day as they were once again in 1st rounding the top mark. However, Hey Jude having pulled off 2 uncharacteristic finishes of 15th and 11th for races 2 and 3 decided to pull up their socks and sneak past Tusk just before the finish and take away the clear win allowing Mandate to tie Tusk with 10 points and a well deserved victory with a 1, 1, 7, 1 record for the regatta.
In 4th with 8, 5, 2, 8 for 23 was Rounding Error which showed good speed all day, followed by Forro helmed this event by George Mezo who tallied 3, 7, 5, 9 for 24. Usual Suspects showed good results for races 2 and 3. Looking through the results, it is clear that most of the fleet had a couple of good races sandwiched between a couple of poor ones. Obviously, consistency is key and being in the top 3 or 4 boats is all that's needed to win the bigger events.
Sunday's weather didn't cooperate with fluky winds that never filled in even though the RC waited 3 hours in a shore side postponement before abandoning racing for the day.
At the awards ceremony, Mandate's Rod Wilmer reminded everyone that we're all improving with the tight competition ramping up to the Canadians and North American Championship in September. It's critical for all to get out and compete in order to be ready for those key events. Next regatta is the Sat-Sunday of LYRA Day races on August 2nd and 3rd. Let's get everyone out for it !
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Mandate wins the 2014 PCYC Open
Mandate prevailed over Jamaica Me Crazy and Hey Jude for the 2014 edition of the Port Credit Yacht Club Open Regatta.
Port Credit Open Regatta - July 5&6, 2014
Peter Hall, Skipper Jamaica Me Crazy
The Port Credit Regatta was a very enjoyable event and provided conditions that were challenging, taxing even the hotshots on Mandate & Hey Jude. The wind seemed more predictable on Saturday, and like Wayne Gretzsky's strategy, you needed to sail on both days to where the wind would be next. Jamaica Me Crazy had an open hotline with the wind gods on Saturday, but then lost contact on Sunday when the winds were somewhat stronger and where the shore side of the course was a death trap.
There was also a current on Sunday from the west which probably acccounted for less general recalls that day than the record performed the day before: it felt like we were doing a race start clinic. Unfortunately Endevour and Voodoo Magic each had a BFD in Race#1 but otherwise sailed well in several races with Voodo's best finish a 2nd and Endevour a 4th. Tusk decided to play chicken with a Melges which cost them race # 3 but would otherwise heve been close to the podium.
Race management anchoring errors meant only 3 of the 4 races scheduled were run on Saturday but by then after all those starts we all probably wanted to head in for a beer.
The final results for the top five are as follows:
- Mandate 18 points, with three first place finishes and an eighth their worst. For the second time this year she was skippered by Dirk, the leader of the "B Team", proving how formidable these guys are;
- Jamaice Me Crazy 22 points, with two first place finishes and a seventh for their worst, just breaking a tie with Hey Jude by beating Mandate by a whisker in Race # 6;
- Hey Jude 22 points, with four second place finishes and a tenth their worst;
- Usual Suspects 31 points, with a second for their best; and
- Starcross 35 points, with a first for their best finish.
While the lake conditions was one of the best so far this season it would have been really "Grand" if more boats had turned up. So hopefully participation will improve as the North Americans approach.
And last but not least we should welcome H-Bomb to the fleet. She is skippered by Russell Hopper from the National YC and were out for their second regatta. They certainly caused a few necks to look upwind to see their stern in the early stages of many races. This performance must have been good starts and great boat speed which makes us suspect that they have a good shot at the podium. The Jamaicans would like to invite them over for some post race Appleton at the Summer Regatta at RCYC July 19 & 20th.
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Hey Jude wins the 2014 RCYC Open
Hey Jude won with 4 races over the two day regatta with two bullets and top five finishes. Jamaica Me Crazy, and Forro filled out the top three with one win for each boat. Mandate and Starcross were 4th and 5th overall.
Perspective from H-Bomb (new to the fleet in 2014)
After a number of mechanical issues, we finally made it out to a regatta. The RCYC Open lived up to expectations although we missed the party. I want to extend a special thanks to Michael Penny for looking after the weigh in - this process was really well done and we got through six boats in short order. It speaks well for the fleet’s future that there are four new boats in Toronto for 2014.
Now to the racing - it has been 30 years since I raced competitively and I must admit to some butterflies as we approached the starting line. As an aside, it must be noted that the fleet is much friendlier on the dock than they are at the starting line and at mark roundings. Normally the focus is on the perspective from the front of the fleet. I am going to focus on our experience because we were not close enough to the leaders to provide any commentary on what was happening up there. There is plenty happening throughout the rest of the fleet.
Race #1: Our objective was to not get blown out. As it turned out we were doing pretty well until a minor altercation required us to do a couple of turns. In this fleet a couple of turns take you from mid-fleet to back of the pack in a hurry. Final results were: 1 st – Jamaica me Crazy, 2 nd – Tusk, 3 rd – Live Edge
Race #2: Bad boat speed and brutal tactical decisions following a pathetic start – what can I say. We needed binoculars to see Hey Jude. When all was said and done: 1 st – Hey Jude, 2 nd Jamaica me Crazy (plus a penalty) and 3 rd – Forro.
Race #3: Finally we sailed a decent race and were quite thrilled with a 9 th place finish. We spent a lot of time after the race trying to figure out what was different between race #2 and race #3 – we like to think that race #3 was normal and #2 was an aberration. Meanwhile, up at the front: 1 st – Forro, 2 nd – Jamaica Me Crazy, and 3 rd – Hey Jude
Race #4: No wind at first but after much waiting around, we finally got going. A big shift to the right on the second windward leg changed the order around pretty significantly. Hey Jude was first followed by Mandate with Jamaica Me Crazy in third.
#1 – Hey Jude
#2 – Jamaica Me Crazy
#3 - Forro
The takeaways from this event are:
- A complete vindication of my decision to join the J105 community in Toronto (what a blast),
- The pleasant realization that the boat should be competitive (thank you one design),
- The confirmation that this fleet is extremely competitive from top to bottom (the bar has been set pretty high),
- If you are not the lead dog the view never changes, and
- There is a lot of work to do before September.
Well, that is all from the Bomb Squad – see you in Port Credit.
Written by: Russell Hopper
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2014 RCYC Founders - Mandate
Mandate's McLaughlin/Wilmer team scored 4 bullets to win the 2014 edition of the RCYC Founders Regatta. Thunderstruck's Andrew Moor crew provided sparring to Mandate all weekend long, and prevailed for R2, An OCS marred what was a great weekend for that crew, always known to do well early in the season.
Jamaica Me Crazy and Hey Jude also were dominant, with Starcross and Tusk finishing as the top 6 boats of an 12 boat starting line.
Wind conditions were ideal, persistent Saturday with flat seas. Although there was an on-shore postponement of about one hour, racing was fair and challenging for all. Choppy wave action and oscillating surface winds of varied speeds prevailed on Sunday. The RCYC Race Committee ran two races on Saturday and three Sunday in a course shared with the 8 meter fleet.
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