Melanie Sherwood, who is the Chair of TGIF, was going to be racing at LYRA and asked the J105 Fleet to host this week’s event at the RCYC.
This weekly fun event is a race out of the Harbour, through the eastern gap, around T1 channel marker and back to a finishing line off the Tender docks in front of the RCYC Clubhouse. It attracts boats of all types and while billed as a race is really just a fun sail followed by BBQ in the Rose Garden.
There were 30 boats out, divided into 3 starts, first all boats over 30 feet, second all boats under 30 and third, the J105 Fleet of which the following boats were out; Trident, Starcross, Mandate, Jamaica Me Crazy, Live Edge, Sonic Boom and Trueblue.
The weather was awesome, the predicted thunder storm held off and the strong wind blowing 15 to 18 knots out of S/W made for a quick race. Everyone who came to the Rose Garden enjoyed a great BBQ and Free Beer compliments of the J105 Fleet.
As with tradition, full beer mugs, engraved with “RCYC Race Winner 2015” were handed out at the discretion of the host MC, in this case myself. Among the awards were; David Howard, Past Commodore, for line honours and sailing his newly restored Dragon, Tomahawk. Vicky & Peter Hall of Jamaica Me Crazy for double handling their J105 and to the Mickey & Terry McLaughlin of Mandate for having guests on board who had travelled the farthest to attend, having just arrived from New Zealand for a visit.
It was an excellent event with J105 Battle Flags flying everywhere, just a great way to start the long weekend.
J105 Fleet 4 Captain
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Over 100 boats attended the 2nd CanAm Challenge (formerly Level Regatta) in Youngstown July 25-26. The J-105 fleet had 13 boats from around the lake competing. Sailors were treated to hot sunny conditions for both days.
Hats off to the Race Committee as they managed to get 7 races in over the two days despite the light/no wind conditions on Sunday. Although the starts were aggressive, recalls were keep to a minimum as the Race Committee was effective at identifying individual boats and/or utilizing the Z and I flags.
With relatively flat water and light winds, the racing was close with tight, overlapped mark roundings and close finishes being common. Mandate and Hey Jude showed a slight speed advantage on the fleet over the weekend with Mandate having the edge on Saturday and Hey Jude on Sunday. With scores being close after the first day, the fading wind on Sunday made for tense racing with big gains being made with each puff and lull, especially when boats from the other fleets entered the mix at the corners.
Saturday night activities included live music, a bbq and beer tent with the J105 fleet well represented at the CanAm Challenge hockey tournament with crew members of Starcross and Trident on the Canadian team in the Final.
The top five finishers were: 1. Mandate 11 pts, 2. Hey Jude 13 pts, 3. Jamaica Me Crazy 33 pts, 4. Endeavour 37 pts, 5. Live Edge 40 pts.
John Millen - Mandate
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Congratulations to Peter Hall and his team - they won in a tie breaker with Hey Jude – having had 4 bullets to Hey Jude’s 1 bullet over 13 races.
The LORC J105 Championship was created in 2013 in support of the Lake Ontario Racing Council (LORC) series of regattas that the fleet attends.
For the last 3 seasons the fleet has attended the following 3 regattas: ABYC Open, RCYC Open and the PCYC Open.
Hey Jude won the LORC J105 Championship in 2013 and 2014 – the winner has to have attended all three regattas and the low score wins with no drops.
The Trophy is a half model donated by Fogh Marine & North Sails is currently on display in the Ovens Room at the RCYC Island Clubhouse.
The Trophy will be presented to Jamaica Me Crazy on Sunday August 9 at the Awards Ceremony for the J105 Summer Regatta.
Again – Congratulations to Jamaica Me Crazy.
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RCYC Open Regatta Report
The seventeen J105s competing at the RCYC Open found themselves on a busy Alpha course sharing water and occasional mark-room with 8-metres and multiple IRC fleets. Crews had to be smart and provident to not only avoid costly mistakes within the tightly contested J105 fleet but also to avoid trouble with the larger boats on the course.
Saturday brought beautiful weather and a relatively steady 10-12 knots from the east. The direction made navigating the waves on port tack and port gybe challenging and concentration was critical. As is common from the east, the left (island) side of the course paid dividends throughout the day with stronger breeze and possibly a small current advantage. Despite lingering effects from the RCYC Summer Ball the previous night, Mandate used two strong starts to work left, build leads and hold on to start the day with two bullets (although Hey Jude provided a scare in the second race). In addition to Jude, Jamaica Me Crazy, Starcross and Thunderstruck all started the regatta well. In the third race Starcross won the pin and sailed strategically to take the lead around the first two marks. Although Mandate closed in and began a tight downwind chase to the finish, Starcross proved too quick and Hey Jude took advantage of the battle to pass Mandate to windward and grab second (and keep within striking distance going into Sunday). Sonic Boom, also with a good pin start, ended the day well with a fourth.
Sunday’s racing was delayed a couple hours due to light and changing winds but the race committee did well to get a good race off in an interesting westerly breeze. Although Hey Jude and Mandate started well at the pin the breeze took a hitch to the right from which Starcross was best positioned to take advantage and lead a pack around the top mark. On the second upwind the right again paid and this time Rounding Error jumped out ahead and sailed fast downwind to take the bullet. A tight finish saw Mandate maintain its consistency with a second followed by Endeavour, Sentient and Hey Jude.
So, in the end a younger-than-usual Mandate crew (credit to the lone veteran Graham bringing the beer) was able to retain the gold flag followed by Hey Jude and Starcross in second and third, respectively. Competitive, fun racing from the entire fleet!
Dirk McLaughlin - Team Mandate
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Mandate 1st, Jamaica Me Crazy 2nd, Sonic Boom 3rd
2015 saw a beautiful weekend of racing at the Founders Regatta.
Weather was near perfect with clear skies both days. A lightish wind on Saturday allowed the fleet to get 2 races in before the breeze switched almost 180 degree and looked like it was dying. The RC made a good call to abandon racing for the day.
After day one the two most consistent boats were Mandate and Jamaica Me Crazy each boat finishing both races in first and second respectively.
Sunday was even better wind and it stayed pretty consistent throughout the day allowing the fleet to get three races in.
The second race on Sunday created a challenge for quite a few of the boats who didn’t notice the location of the green windward marks and significantly overstood the layline - on Sonic Boom, the crew responsible are expected to receive twenty lashes each (unless they bring the beer for the next month!).
All in all, the Founders Regatta remains one of the most pleasant, low key events on our schedule and this year was no exception. Even the food (and the price) got great reviews.
Ian Farquharson - Sonic Boom
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