Boats participating in the 2011 Fleet 4 racing season

Hull Owner/Helm Boat Name Sail Number Home Club Full Name Status
73 David Shaver Retern 73 RCYC Royal Canadian Club OW
110 James Rathbun Hey Jude 110 RCYC Royal Canadian Club OW
136 Ian Farquharson Sonic Boom 136 RCYC Royal Canadian Club OW
158 Peter Hall Jamaica Me Crazy 158 RCYC Royal Canadian Club OW
192 Kevin Pask Full Tilt Boogie 54865 RCYC Royal Canadian Club OW
221 Geoff Clarke Casual Elegance 221 BC Boulevard Club OW
238 Robert Baker Planet B 238 RCYC Royal Canadian Club CO
238 Jamie Bateman Planet B 238 RCYC Royal Canadian Club CO
238 Stuart Kilpatrick Planet B 238 RCYC Royal Canadian Club CO
267 Michael Mountford Live Edge 267 RCYC Royal Canadian Club OW
283 George Mezo Forro 283 RCYC Royal Canadian Club OW
293 Terry Michaelson The Usual Suspects 54317 RCYC Royal Canadian Club CO
293 John Trumpener The Usual Suspects 54317 RCYC Royal Canadian Club CO
293 Gavin Disney The Usual Suspects 54317 RCYC Royal Canadian Club CO
293 John Wright The Usual Suspects 54317 RCYC Royal Canadian Club CO
339 Peter Wolniak Another Hazard 339 AYC Alexandra Yacht Club OW
358 Andrew Moor Thunderstruck 358 RCYC Royal Canadian Club OW
371 Glen Malcolm Starcross 371 RCYC Royal Canadian Club CO
371 Arthur English Starcross 371 RCYC Royal Canadian Club CO
476 Todd Irving Trident 476 RCYC Royal Canadian Club CO
476 Doug Bullock Trident 476 RCYC Royal Canadian Club CO
476 Doug Farrand Trident 476 RCYC Royal Canadian Club CO
560 Mike Chapman Sentient 560 RCYC Royal Canadian Club OW
636 Ed Berkhout ali-kat 636 AYC Alexandra Yacht Club OW
641 Bill Bevan Endeavour 641 MCC Mimico Cruising Club CO
641 Paul Martini Endeavour 641 MCC Mimico Cruising Club CO
642 Bob Fler Scotch Rocks 642 MCC Mimico Cruising Club OW
665 Bjug Borgundvaag Voodoo Magic 665 MCC Mimico Cruising Club OW
677 Ted Weir Tusk 677 RCYC Royal Canadian Club OW
             

31.Oct.11 - East Coast Championship  As has been tradition for the last few years, we close the sailing season's website updates by re-calling yet another great finish by Hey Jude at one of the many regattas were they have represented RCYC and Fleet 4. With three races completed Sunday in sunny but cold surroundings, Fleet 3's Pete McChesney on Mystery Machine tallied 6 points to edge out James Rathbun's Hey Jude (8 points) and Jim Konigsberg's Inigo (12 points).  East Cost Championships - Complete results

Fleet 3 - The East Coast Championship The East Coast Championshp and the Chesapeake Bay Championship were combined this year. Extreme and unusual weather resulted in a Friday cancellation of Saturday's racing as high winds, extreme low temperatures, and wind driven wintery mix brought a halt to championship weekend on the Bay.

Sunday turned into a beautiful fall day and three races were held. The conditions were typical trailing edge filling winds from the Northwest with puffy 30 degree oscillating shifts, a persistent right shift, a big ebb current, and 16 boats trying to sort it out. After 2 races The Mystery Machine (Peter McChesney) had 5 points, with Hey Jude (James Rathbun), and Inigo (Jim Konigsberg) at 6 points.

AYC set up a 5 leg finishing race for the championship. Mystery Machine won the last race to capture first (6pts), with Hey Jude in 2nd (8pts), and Inigo a 6th to hold onto 3rd place (12pts). Veloce (Marty Bublitz & Eddie Hornick) finished 4th (13pts) and Bat IV (Andrew Kennedy) in 5th (22pts) to finish out the award positions. No one can say that they completely solved the tactics but the top boats mostly went to the left side on the up-wind legs, inside the 1AH-Thomas Point current line, and that seemed to be the difference maker. The variety of conditions across the course made for big differences, with the boats that tried to protect the forecast right shift, to use the apparent better pressure, taking the biggest hit as the fleet spread over 7.5nm in the final race was about 20 minutes.

Post Season RacingOct 22, 2011. The last post season race took place on a typical autumn day at the Toronto Harbour.  Temperature of 10C and calm wind, did not deter the last three hold-outs to finish the 2011 sailing in a flourish. The J105 Fleet 4 sailed in great concitions most of the sailing season.  Late season September and October racing is very rewarding as conditions are generally very favourable to sailing with good to great wind and the short courses on the Toronto Harbour with multiple races each day. Post sailing races, although informal, are a great way to practice and test new ways to approach old habits. Late season racing usually also means that as crews thin out there's an informal understanding that the remaing will encourage mixing crews of amongst the remaing racing boats.

This Saturday is the last of the Toronto Harbour/Bay racing - everyone is welcome.

We will have 3 J105s out - simple up down once around - start 11:00 - finished by 2:30/3:00 - catch the 4:00 tender home. We get 5 or 6 racing in - fly the chute - lots of fun.

Catch the 9:45 over - meet on the front lawn - divide up the available people.

Weather forecast is perfect. Bring a sandwich & drink - I have beer and scotch for after.

Please pass to anyone you know who would prefer a sail to raking the leafs.

Thanks Doug Trident

jGreat video from The Usual Suspects at 2011 EYC Open, with sustained wind at 23 knts gusting 28 knts, as they approach the windward mark. A regatta all those that participated will remember fondly. Choose HD full screen setting for best viewing.

The sequence is framed on a Port Tack Layline, and begins with normal up-wind to "Tack or Cross" on Sentient and the rest of the fleet near by. The crew makes a good tack, and they are ahead at the windwark mark.

They are five that day but six would have been better. They are not deterred and once their chute is up and the boat speed quickly races to to a comfortable, but fast 14 knts. Note the calm an ease of handling even as the puffs over 28 knts push her boat speed to 16.7 knts and the bow wave is spilling over the sides!!!  "Hey is the forehatch dogged?" screams Terry. No matter, what a sweet ride indeed! 

Video courtesy of Terry Michaelson.

 2011 - Thunderstruck and the Usual Suspects - J/105 Fleet 4 Lake Ontario
EYC 2011 Thunderstruck wins EYC weekend with two bullets and one point over Sonic Boom. The Usual suspects was third. Sunday's high wind conditions created havoc after 5 boats retired on the third leg of Race 3. Planet B rescued a crew member after falling overboard from the low side during a failed gybe. A personal flotation device and cool heads prevailed in the rescue that saw Tusk, Endeavour, and others (Jamaica Me Crazy, Scotch Rocks ?) all approach the downed sailor's area to offer assistance.  Only Jamaica Me Crazy returned for the 4th race. 

Regatta Photos | Regatta Results | Video from The Usual Suspects New!