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    2014 J/105 Canadian Championship - Hey Jude

      Hey Jude wins the Canadian Championship

    2014-J105 Canadians - Hey Jude

     

    2014 J/105 Canadian Championship: GAME ON!

     

    J/105 Fleet 4 Lake Ontario The J/105 Canadian Championship was held on September 6th and 7th at RCYC. This traditional 3-day event was shortened to 2-days to respect the time requirements of the J/105 North Americans, also at RCYC, later in the month. The event attracted 21 teams and the entries included boats from the USA and Bermuda; teams were ramping up and it promised to be a warm-up for the North Americans.

    On Saturday the teams were met with medium breeze from the west, which was forecast to shift to the north; to add to the fun there were patches of west to east current that made the laylines a bit of a challenge. Mandate jumped out of the blocks to take the first race, with Hey Jude following in second and Endeavour taking third. It became apparent that there was going to be “no love” on the start line for this event as there were a number of General Recalls and Black Flags the became a recurring theme. In races two and three, Mandate and Hey Jude traded firsts and seconds with Jamaica Me Crazy and Distant Passion (Bermuda) taking third respectively. On this day, teams were rewarded by getting off the line clean, and then helping the boat go upwind in the short chop. With a sudden drop in the breeze and then a hard shift to the north, the race committee wisely decided to call it a day. After three races, the top five consisted of Mandate (4 pts), Hey Jude (5 pts), Live Edge (13 pts), Forro (17 pts), and Jamaica (19 pts).

    The crews enjoyed a fun social evening where the day’s challenges and opportunities were discussed. Topics like: how to keep the boat powered up in short chop, or how to get a handle on the current and local knowledge, for the visitors, were discussed. It was apparent in Saturday’s informal debrief that the key asset of Toronto’s J/105 Fleet is its willingness to share knowledge.

    The schedule planned for an earlier start on Sunday, and the teams were hoping to get one good race in during the dying northerly before the afternoon’s uncertainty. The first race was a tedious affair and crews were rewarded by keeping the boat going fast through the water at all times; being caught downspeed was a killer. There was a familiar outcome in this race with Hey Jude taking the gun, and Mandate finishing a close second; Endeavour was an even closer third to Mandate. The second race of the day proved pivotal; it was really difficult to figure out what, if anything, the wind would do and it became a choice of whether the remaining gradient would prevail, or whether the seabreeze would come in this late in the day. Hey Jude placed their bets on the seabreeze and it payed off for a first, with Jamaica and Usual Suspects not far behind.

    There was time for a sixth race and Hey Jude just needed keep it clean to take the Canadian title; easier said than done in a quality fleet with no drop races. A shaky first-beat saw Hey Jude round the weather mark deep in the fleet; while Mandate was out to a commanding lead with Jamaica close behind. Hey Jude was able to leverage boatspeed and boathandling to be upwardly mobile and take a 3rd in that race and clinch the regatta. Mandate claimed second, while Forro took third with Jamaica forth, and Endeavour fifth.

    What became clearly apparent was the competitiveness of the local fleet and the learning curve of the visiting boats as they prepared for the North Americans. Local boats like Forro, Jamaica, Endeavour, Live Edge, and Tusk all showed that they were ready to roll. Visiting boats like Distant Passion (Bermuda), Ali Cat (California), and Good Lookin (Michigan) gave notice that they were getting a handle on the local conditions were going to be a force in the NAs. Many thanks to Doug Bullock and his team of volunteers for this prelude to the 2014 J/105 North Americans at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto.

    GAME ON!
     

    Written by Scott Collinson - Hey Jude

    | Regatta Photos| Video (from Jamaica Me Crazy) | Regatta Results | Fleet Standings |

     1st place:  Hey Jude

    2014 Canadians 1st HeyJude 
     

      2nd place:  Mandate

    2014 Canadians 2nd Mandate
     

     3rd place:  Forro

    2014 Canadians 3rd Forro
     
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  • 2013 ABYC Open

    2013 ABYC Open - Mandate

    Mandate wins ABYC. A fine debut for Mandate.  Co-owners Terry McLaughlin and Rod Wilmer and crew scored a convincing victory with 5 of 6 bullets.  Only Hey Jude was able to marr a perfect game. Terry Michaelson was most improved overall with two second places on Sunday.

    Hey Jude, The Usual Suspects, Belles & Whistles and Jamaica Me Crazy rounded up the top 5.  Fourteen boats were at the start line both days.

    Conditions were ideal. Winds from the N to NW shifted in varying oscillations both days, and wind conditions started in the lower 20's and waves on Saturday diminishing. Sunday, water was mostly flat and in the teens. 

    Here are the pictures for the regatta, and some good ones of just about every boat. 

     

    Regatta Results  | Regatta Photos |

     

  • 2013 LYRA at NYC (Course Races)

    2013 LYRA at NYC (Course Races) - Mandate

    Mandate wins the LYRA weekend at NYC.

    Friday to Sunday, Mandate, Hey Jude, had the better of the fleet with Jamaica Me Crazy, The Usual Suspects and Live Edge as the next cluster in a great weekend for racing.  Varied conditions all three days, testing all measure of tactics and boat handling.  The Usual Suspects winners the last time LYRA was raced in the Toronto area, could not keep up with Mandate and Hey Jude each with top 5 finishes in all races (save one for #83 with a rare 6th).  

    2013 is remarkable in the great improvement of all finishers, with great compression of the fleet, with seconds, not minutes generally separating the first rung from the last at each of the 5 regattas raced thus far.

    Course Races Results Fleet 4 Standings | Regatta Photos |

     

     

  • 2013 J/105 Fall Regatta

    2013 RCYC Autumn Regatta 9-8-2013 10-43-30 AM-1

    2013 J/105 Fall Regatta at RCYC - Mandate

    Windy, blustery conditions on Saturday were followed on Sunday by a diminishing wind, with lots of shifts which were handled deftly by the RC (well done Mike Milner and crew!) but played favourites on the race course. The challenge of making the right calls was reflected on the scoreboard, with many boats posting both very high and very low race finishes.

    It was great to see Casual Elegance come out to play, and to play host to Endeavour and Voodoo Magic from Mimico, to help make sixteen boats on the line.

    Mandate won the regatta with another outstanding set of results, proving like father like son, with the younger McLaughlin handily posting single digits in all his races.

    2013 RCYC Fall Regatta - Mandate

     

    Congratulations to the Tusk crew for second place and their best-ever J105 regatta result!

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    Live Edge squeaked into third place, in the process getting a bullet to break Mandate’s perfect score.

    In an extremely tight grouping, Jamaica Me Crazy and Thunderstruck took fourth and fifth place, both within one point of third. And just a few points farther back were Endeavour, The Usual Suspects and Hey Jude, all within one point of each other.

    After Saturday’s racing in the rain, the skies cleared for an outstanding BBQ, with great food, music and entertainment (including Bocce and the brilliant Crime Scene puzzle to solve). Thanks to Doug Bullock for organizing a great event, Vicky Hall who looked after the food, Libby Bullock who set up the Crime Scene, and our great chefs Peter Hall and Terry Michaelson.

    Be sure to check-out the regatta album. There are great shots of crews and boats, including close-up action photos.

    Regatta Results|Fleet 4 Standings | Post-regatta/race course 

     

  • 2013 Royal Weekend

    2013 Royal Weekend Report - Mandate

    Fourteen J105s hit the starting line for the start of the 2013 Royal Weekend.

    The wind forecast did not look good for Saturday and was worse for Sunday. However, a light easterly arrived and with adept race committee work three races were held on Saturday and two on Sunday.

    Looking up the course it was apparent that there was always more wind on the left side of the course so a leeward end start and holding on starboard tack to or close to the port tack layline and sailing back inshore on the run turned out to be the right call. Mandate won the pin end start 4 out of 5 races and were not far from that end in the other race enabling them to get left early to round the first mark in first place every race.  With fewer passing lanes than usual with the favoured left side Mandate managed to hold on to their leads to end up with a perfect score.

    In a good battle for second overall Full Tilt Boogie slipped by a few boats close to the finish line of the last race to claim second over Belles & Whistles. Thunderstruck beat out Starcross on a tie breaker to finish fourth. Hey Jude finished sixth overall carrying a BFD from Saturday’s third race.

  • 2014 ABYC Open Regatta - Mandate

    Mandate wins ABYC

    by Terry McLaughlin

    Twelve J-105s showed up on the starting line for the 2014 season opening regatta the ABYC Open. Three races were run on Saturday by the RCYC Race Committee in a 6-10 knot, somewhat tricky, breeze. It was cold on the water but the sun helped to warm up the sailors. The predominant wind was from the SW but there were plenty of puffs and lulls. Every once in a while the wind would shift hard right and make the run a tight port gybe reach or favour the right side of the upwind leg. Usually the left side of the course had the old lake breeze direction. It looked like the more offshore big boat course had steadier breeze all day whereas the more inshore courses were less so.

    Mandate navigated the conditions well enough to record a 1, 1, 2 on the day followed by Hey Jude with a 4, 3, 1. Hey Jude sailed with their North American crew minus Ian Richardson who didn’t quite make it to the ABYC parking lot gate when his front wheel brake locked up and sent Ian’s left side of his face and shoulder straight into the pavement. Ian was carted away by ambulance for stitches and skin repairs. Usual Suspects had a consistent day recording a 3, 4, 5.

    Sunday gave us continued brilliant sunshine and a more consistent SW breeze. Hey Jude won the first race of the day going away while Mandate could only recover from a bad start to finish 7 th . That put Hey Jude in the lead in the regatta by two points. In race 5 Mandate was able to chase down Tusk and Usual Suspects to finish first with Hey Jude in third place knotting up the score for the regatta lead. It all came down to the last race for the regatta win. In race 6 Mandate got off the starting cleaner than Jude and was able to score another bullet. Hey Jude cane back strong to finish 3 rd in the race and finish two points behind in regatta. Usual Suspects, with their worst race being a 6 th , claimed the final podium position. Endeavour had two second place finishes on Sunday to move them up in the standings. Sentient had a very good 2, 6, 4, 3 regatta going before fading in the last two races. Of the twelve participants eight teams had at least one top three finish. The separating factor in the final results was consistency.

    Next up is RCYC Founders Regatta June 7-8.

    Full Results

     Regatta Results | Fleet Standings | Photo Gallery

  • 2014 RCYC Founders - Mandate

    2014 RCYC Founders - Mandate

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    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.

    Regatta Photos  | Regatta Results  | Fleet 4 Championship Standings  |

  • 2014 PCYC Open - Mandate

    Mandate wins the 2014 PCYC Open

    Mandate

    Mandate prevailed over Jamaica Me Crazy and Hey Jude for the 2014 edition of the Port Credit Yacht Club Open Regatta.

     Regatta Results  | Fleet 4 Standings  | Regatta Photos

     

    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:

    1. 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;
    2. 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;
    3. Hey Jude 22 points, with four second place finishes and a tenth their worst;
    4. Usual Suspects 31 points, with a second for their best; and
    5. 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.

  • 2014 J105 Summer Regatta - Mandate

    Mandate wins the 2014 J105 Summer Regatta

    J105 Summer Regatta 2014 First Place MANDATE

    First Place: Mandate

    J105 Summer Regatta 2014 Second Place TUSK

    Second Place: Tusk

     Regatta Results  | Fleet 4 Standings

    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 !

    Robert Baker

    Team Tusk

  • 2014 LYRA Regatta - Jamaica Me Crazy

    Jamaica Me Crazy takes LYRA and the Winner's Flag

    During the two-day regatta for LYRA 2014, dominated by a textbook case of a Lake Ontario August glassy calm, despite the heroic diligence of the Bravo course RC only a single race (with shortened course at that) could be completed. Jamaica Me Crazy won the race, and with it the regatta and the right to fly the yellow winner's flag. The podium was rounded out by Mandate in second place and Hey Jude in third. Tusk took fourth and Usual Suspects fifth, with the newcomer to the fleet - H-Bomb - taking sixth place. Full results are here .

    Saturday started with around 4 kts and an AP. After an hour's wait, the breeze steadied enough at 6 kts for the fleets to be started. As the boats searched for pressure, the breeze fell to around 2 kts, and the RC wisely shortened the course to ensure at least one finished race. On Sunday conditions were so glassy that the race was AP'd on shore, and under unchanging conditions the day was called in the afternoon.

    Kudos to the RC for their excellent race management, unceasing efforts to assess conditions, wise decisions, razor-sharp radio communications and sense of humour!

    Regatta Photos  | Regatta Results  | Fleet 4 Standings
     

    Congratulations Jamaica Me Crazy!

    2014-LYRA winners Jamaica Me Crazy-001

  • 2014 Royals Regatta - Mandate

    Mandate Reclaims the Winner's Flag at Royals

    A strong fleet of nineteen J-105s came out for the 2014 Royal Weekend Regatta. Sailing on Alpha course with the Eight Meters and the IRC fleet, Saturday finally brought some long awaited wind. Three good SW hiking breeze races were held, the last one being a windward leg followed by a long sail downwind through the Eastern Gap and a finish off the RCYC dock. Rod Wilmer and Terry McLaughlin’s Mandate won the day with three bullets followed by Jim Rathbun’s Hey Jude with three seconds. Jamaica Me Crazy and Live Edge both had consistent days with all three races in the top six and eight respectively.

    Sunday saw a wait for the offshore gradient to be overcome by a light southerly lake breeze. Hey Jude won the leeward end favoured fourth race starting line and worked left into the better wind on that side of the course. Mandate chased Jude the whole race but even after a last leg light air gybing duel was not quite able to get close enough to steal the win. Full Tilt had a strong race to finish third followed by Sonic Boom.

    In a bid to start a fifth race prior to the 2 PM deadline, after one General Recall, the Black Flag came out for the heavily leeward end favoured start. Needless to say it was hard to get off the line with speed and clear air. Hey Jude managed to get left and rounded the top mark second behind Usual Suspects before slipping into the lead soon after. Mandate rounded in sixth place. Initially starboard gybe paid off but not for too long as the east part of the course saw a dying breeze. Hey Jude stayed in the middle trying to protect their lead while Mandate and Sentient sailed off on port gybe to become the most westerly boats with Rounding Error not far away. The course was shortened to the leeward gate where the south wind had now died completely and there were signs of a very light northerly staring to appear. With too much clean living on their side Mandate was able to sail around the remaining boats and two sail reach into the finish line to win the race closely followed by Rounding Error and Sentient.

    Top five in the regatta were Mandate, Hey Jude, Full Tilt, Jamaica Me Crazy and Live Edge.

    Next up are the Canadians and North Americans.

    - Terry McLaughlin (Mandate)

    Regatta  Photos  | Regatta  Results  | Fleet 4  Standings
  • 2014 J/105 Canadians - Hey Jude

     Hey Jude wins the Canadian Championship

    2014-J105 Canadians - Hey Jude

     2014 J/105 Canadian Championship: GAME ON!

     

    The J/105 Canadian Championship was held on September 6th and 7th at RCYC. This traditional 3-day event was shortened to 2-days to respect the time requirements of the J/105 North Americans, also at RCYC, later in the month. The event attracted 21 teams and the entries included boats from the USA and Bermuda; teams were ramping up and it promised to be a warm-up for the North Americans.
     
    On Saturday the teams were met with medium breeze from the west, which was forecast to shift to the north; to add to the fun there were patches of west to east current that made the laylines a bit of a challenge. Mandate jumped out of the blocks to take the first race, with Hey Jude following in second and Endeavour taking third. It became apparent that there was going to be “no love” on the start line for this event as there were a number of General Recalls and Black Flags the became a recurring theme. In races two and three, Mandate and Hey Jude traded firsts and seconds with Jamaica Me Crazy and Distant Passion (Bermuda) taking third respectively. On this day, teams were rewarded by getting off the line clean, and then helping the boat go upwind in the short chop. With a sudden drop in the breeze and then a hard shift to the north, the race committee wisely decided to call it a day. After three races, the top five consisted of Mandate (4 pts), Hey Jude (5 pts), Live Edge (13 pts), Forro (17 pts), and Jamaica (19 pts).
     
    The crews enjoyed a fun social evening where the day’s challenges and opportunities were discussed. Topics like: how to keep the boat powered up in short chop, or how to get a handle on the current and local knowledge, for the visitors, were discussed. It was apparent in Saturday’s informal debrief that the key asset of Toronto’s J/105 Fleet is its willingness to share knowledge.
     
    The schedule planned for an earlier start on Sunday, and the teams were hoping to get one good race in during the dying northerly before the afternoon’s uncertainty. The first race was a tedious affair and crews were rewarded by keeping the boat going fast through the water at all times; being caught downspeed was a killer.  There was a familiar outcome in this race with Hey Jude taking the gun, and Mandate finishing a close second; Endeavour was an even closer third to Mandate. The second race of the day proved pivotal; it was really difficult to figure out what, if anything, the wind would do and it became a choice of whether the remaining gradient would prevail, or whether the seabreeze would come in this late in the day. Hey Jude placed their bets on the seabreeze and it payed off for a first, with Jamaica and Usual Suspects not far behind.
     
    There was time for a sixth race and Hey Jude just needed keep it clean to take the Canadian title; easier said than done in a quality fleet with no drop races. A shaky first-beat saw Hey Jude round the weather mark deep in the fleet; while Mandate was out to a commanding lead with Jamaica close behind. Hey Jude was able to leverage boatspeed and boathandling to be upwardly mobile and take a 3rd in that race and clinch the regatta. Mandate claimed second, while Forro took third with Jamaica forth, and Endeavour fifth.
     
    What became clearly apparent was the competitiveness of the local fleet and the learning curve of the visiting boats as they prepared for the North Americans. Local boats like Forro, Jamaica, Endeavour, Live Edge, and Tusk all showed that they were ready to roll. Visiting boats like Distant Passion (Bermuda), Ali Cat (California), and Good Lookin (Michigan) gave notice that they were getting a handle on the local conditions were going to be a force in the NAs. Many thanks to Doug Bullock and his team of volunteers for this prelude to the 2014 J/105 North Americans at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto.

    GAME ON!

     Written by Scott Collinson - Hey Jude
     

     

    1st place:  Hey Jude

    2014 Canadians 1st HeyJude 
     

    2nd place:  Mandate

    2014 Canadians 2nd Mandate
     

    3rd place:  Forro

    2014 Canadians 3rd Forro
     
     
     

     

  • 2014 J105 North American Championship - Mandate

     

    J105 NACs Thur 9-25-2014 1-25-33 PM

     Light air start on Lake Ontario

     

    The biggest regatta on the J105 schedule, the North American Championship, was hosted by RCYC on September 24-28. Twenty seven teams from California, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Bermuda and Canada made their way to Toronto to duke it out for the Championship. The expected late September strong winds failed to materialize as a very large high firmly planted itself over the Great Lakes and refused to move along. Despite the poor forecast for the opening day Thursday the race committee managed to squeeze in 3 good sized races in the light ESE breeze.

    On that day four boats - Rod Wilmer and Terry McLaughlin’s Mandate (1, 3, 2), Rick Goebel’s Sanity (3, 1, 4), Peter Hall’s Jamaica Me Crazy (4, 2, 3) and defending champion Jim Rathbun’s Hey Jude (2, 7, 1) - proved that they were the teams to beat in the 27 boat fleet. Rick had brought his boat all the way from San Diego, California. Getting off the starting line with speed was the key and the fleet was very aggressive at starting. The first and third races started under black flag after two general recalls each time. Apres racing the crews were treated to a Caribbean BBQ on the front lawn entertained by Errol Blackwood and his Reggae band.

    The second day of racing on Friday was a non-event as the fleet never left the dock. The race committee was stationed out in the lake all day but could only report back on the lack of wind. That meant that the pool party could start a little earlier than planned. The party featured music by Jack Squat and a juggling contest for the sailors run by a professional juggler.

    Saturday’s forecast didn’t look any better than Friday’s but after a delay on shore the fleet was sent out to wait for wind. A light southerly finally came in and the race committee did a good job to squeeze in two races. The second race of the day was shortened at the second weather mark with the breeze dying fast. Mandate (2, 2), Sanity (3, 1) and Jamaica (1, 3) all scored 4 points on the day to maintain the narrow point gap at the top of the standings. Hey Jude had a 4 & 7 finish to drop off a bit. Saturday night featured a magnificent buffet in the ballroom.

    The stage was set on Sunday to have a real battle for the championship. Mandate led Sanity by 2 points and Jamaica was only one point behind Sanity. Given the 2 PM race start cut off time it was unlikely that more than two races could be held. As the sailing instructions stated "no drop races", anything could still happen. One bad start, over early, Black Flag, miss the first shift or DSQ could scupper a boat’s regatta in a real hurry. By virtue of Sanity’s two first places to Mandate’s one first place Sanity would win a possible tie break between the two of them. With a lot on the line, and for other reasons, it was difficult to get a good night’s sleep on Saturday night/Sunday morning for some of the contending skippers.

    As it turned out on Sunday morning when the crews came across to the Island the harbour was flat calm and there was no more wind in the lake. Once again the race committee went out to the lake to wait for wind while the teams were held ashore but the breeze never developed. At 1 PM the three signals were fired abandoning races for the day and the regatta was over. The team of Terry McLaughlin, Rod Wilmer, John Millen, Andrew McTavish, Graham Hicks, Fraser Howell (on Thursday, Friday, Sunday) and Sandy Andrews (on Saturday) aboard Mandate were declared 2014 J105 North American Champions. Sanity was second, Jamaica Me Crazy third, Hey Jude fourth and The Usual Suspects fifth.

    Many thanks to the Regatta Chairman Doug Bullock who, along with this team, did an excellent job in all aspects of the championship. Michael Penny led the measurement team and Mike Milner was the PRO. Janet McDougall organized a first class International Jury.

    The quality of racing and the camaraderie of the fleet have other RCYC Members now thinking of the buying a J105 and joining the fleet. If interested, please contact Doug Bullock the head of Fleet 4.

    Terry McLaughlin - Team Mandate

     

    J105NAC Mandate FirstPlace

     First Place:  Mandate

     

    J105NAC Sanity SecondPlace

    Second Place:  Sanity

     

    J105 NAC JamaicaMeCrazy Third

    Third Place:  Jamaica Me Crazy

     

    Results  | Regatta Details  | Class Association Report| Fleet 4 Photo Album | Race 3 - Drone Video (Mike Wolfes) |

    | Tim Wilkes Photography Event Photos  |


  • 2015 Canadian Championships

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    MANDATE WINS THE 2015 J/105 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

    1st Mandate - 10 pts

    2nd Jamaica Me Crazy - 54 pts

    3rd Hey Jude - 56 pts

    4th The Usual Suspects - 61 pts

    5th Live Edge - 67 pts

    Full Results | Photography | Dinner Video

    Mandate Team Photo Wins J105 Canadians 2015

    2015 J105 Canadians

  • 2015 Canadians - Mandate

    Mandate wins 2015 the Canadian Championship

    2014-J105 Canadians - Hey Jude

    2015 J/105 Canadian Championship: Mandate

    The J/105 Canadian Championship was held on September 25th to  27th at RCYC, 18 participants, including Two Feathers (Fleet 16, Texas).
     

    MANDATE WINS THE 2015 J/105 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

    1st Mandate - 10 pts

    2nd Jamaica Me Crazy - 54 pts

    3rd Hey Jude - 56 pts

    4th The Usual Suspects - 61 pts

    5th Live Edge - 67 pts


     

    Full Results | Photography | Dinner Video

     

    First Place: Mandate

    Mandate Team Photo Wins J105 Canadians 2015

     

    Second Place: Jamaica Me Crazy - Peter Hall

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    Third Place: Hey Jude - Jim Rathbun

     

    Fourth Place: The Usual Suspects - The Suspects Syndicate

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    Fifth Place: Live Edge - Michael Mountford

  • 2016 Fleet 4 Championship Standings

    Results to date have been posted after the Port Credit Yacht Club regatta.  Link

    Jamaica Me Crazy leads the 2016 Fleet 4 Lake Ontario Association championship after 23 races.

     

  • Video J/105 Fleet 4 Racing - Summer 2013 from Endeavour

    Published on Jul 21, 2013

    Racing on Endevour last leg of Race 2 Saturday 20th, 2013. Followed by Hey Jude, Mandate and Sonic Boom. (c) Fleet IV Lake Ontario Class Association