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
First Place: Mandate
Second Place: Sanity
Third Place: Jamaica Me Crazy
| Tim Wilkes Photography Event Photos |
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The J/105 North American Championship Toronto has officially started, with the Skipper's briefing and welcome ceremonies.
Day 1 Racing (Thursday) with day winners and Day one on-the-water photos here --> Photos .
Jamaica Me Crazy
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Hey Jude wins the Canadian Championship
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.
1st place: Hey Jude
2nd place: Mandate
3rd place: Forro
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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)
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