Civic Regatta 2009 Report

The south wind that dominated the Mid-Ontario Regatta stayed around to provide some great sailing conditions for the Civic weekend regatta.  Civic weekend saw 6 fleets hit the water Saturday and the infamous Parent-Child fleet out on Sunday.  The conditions both days were sunny with a steadily building breeze.

The Laser fleet had only 4 boats but it provided a classic in Sturgeon Point racing, with the Roberts taking on the DesBrisays.  Richard Roberts, who is heading to the World Laser Senior Championships in the fall, was in fine form winning all 4 races and won the Flavelle Cup for the upteenth time.  Nick was a strong second, with David DesBrisay managing to beat Nick in the last race.

The Radial fleet was dominated by Madge Barr, advantage to being the only boat in the fleet.  Madge spent the day racing against the full rig lasers.

With Kate and Amy away in Victoria sailing at the Canadian National Youth Championships, the 420 title was up for grabs.  The 12 boat strong 420 fleet was divided into two classes.  One for Junior sailors not flying spin or using the wire; the other was open age with spin and trap.  Sam Nyhuus and Sam Benson adjusted well to the varying wind conditions with 3 bullets and a 2nd and took home the Tolka Bowl.  Graham Shea and Greg Callahan came out on top in the no spin fleet and took home the Tree Tops Trophy.

The handicap fleet, open to all boat types, started the day with 5 boats all of different classes.  The strong winds definitely favoured the Wisener brothers in their old school 470.  Biz and David Agnew had good results in the last minute borrowed Albacore, with straight 2nds across the board.  The final results showed that the races were closer then they appeared, 2 races had only a difference of 5 seconds between 1st and 2nd place boats.

They byte fleet became a test of survival as only 2 of the 5 boats managed to finish all three races.  John Gilchrist survived and walked away with the first place hardware.

Sunday afternoon saw 7 boats enter the parent and child races.  The strong winds continued for the day.  With many parents tied up in other activities, many young sailors came out with older cousins.  Wind tested from the day before in the 420 fleet, Sara Gilchrist had 4 straight bullets assisted with the expert jib work of her cousin Claire DesBrisay.  Graeme Shea helped by father John had 4 2nds.  A battle for 3rd was between Henderson and DesBrisay cousins.

After all the racing,  it was time to gather again on the DesBrisay compound for a delicious BBQ and prizes.

Full results here.

Photos provided by Cacky Riegle.

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