Race Course: Maclaren Point, north end
Weather: Wind south, ~5 knts
Boats: 1 Laser,1 Albacore
With rain overnight and a cloudy start to the day it was a good morning to relax and read a book, however by the scheduled noon start there was sufficient wind and hints of sunshine to have race. Other schedule commitments, injury and weather affected attendance for the race, but undeterred our co-commodores; Duncan Vipond in his Laser and Ian Maclaren in his Albacore with ringer crew Doug Watt made their way to the start line. It was a close beginning to the race with Ian and Doug crossing the line at the more favoured end and Duncan starting with speed at the other end. By the weather mark Ian and Doug were ahead. The boats turned to head up the lake on a run while the wind strength and direction bounced around enough to keep the positions tight. The mark at the north end had drifted and was initially difficult to find; adding to the competitive positioning of the boats. It was eventually spotted and the boats jibed to get around it. A little added excitement on the Laser had Duncan scrambling to re-thread his mainsheet through the blocks on the boom after having it pull through (as the story was later told, Elizabeth neglected to remind Duncan to tie a ‘figure-eight’ stopper knot on the end of the mainsheet as he left the dock for the race!). By the third mark Ian and Doug were in strong position. Knowing anything can happen however Duncan fought on. In the end the Albacore crossed the finish line first and the Laser second in what was likely one of the best two-boat races in Grand Lake’s history. To mark this occasion, it has been proposed to have this race, the second last of the season, henceforth be known as the ‘Commodores’ Race’.
1. Ian Maclaren and Doug Watt
Race Course: Ford dock, south end
Weather: Wind east/north east, < 5 knts
Boats: 5 Lasers, 2 Sunfish, 1 Albacore and 1 Y-FlyerSailing history was made today with the relaunch of the Steacie Y-Flyer, after over 30 years in dry dock. Mike Avon (with bailing bucket and vice grips in hand) and Kelly Lee launched the boat just-in-time to make the noon race. Mike has been refitting the boat since acquiring it about a year ago. Despite their efforts it wasn’t meant to be a winning christening, however they made it around the course and no doubt became aware of a few things needing re-tuning. Mike suggested sabotage was also involved in their challenges as the two self-bailers were mysteriously opened sometime prior to the relaunch allowing water to seep into the cockpit. Congratulations on getting the boat back in action! Any other of the Y-Flyers hidden away somewhere?
The wind was a bit of a mixed bag of strength and changing direction for the race. This helped or hindered progress of the sailors depending on their location. Duncan Vipond came out on top after mixing it up through the race with Ian Maclaren, Sally Roberts and Sarah Pothecary. Terry Ford and Ann Croll started strong and rebounded after being slowed by weak winds near the narrows. Olivia was seen standing in her Laser like it was a SUP at one point – presumably sighting where the wind was/wasn’t; and the SunFish fleet of Warren Stroud and Chris Wanczycki hinted they deserved a head start over the others -maybe next time.
1. Duncan Vipond
2. Ian Maclaren
3. Sally Lee
4. Terry Ford and Ann Croll
5. Sarah Pothecary
6. Olivia Frith
Mike Avon and Kelly Lee
2. Ian Maclaren
3. Sarah Pothecary
4. Terry Ford
5. Sue Featherstone
6. Chris Wanczycki
7. Warren Stroud.
1: Duncan Vipond and Grace Avon2: Terry and Elyse Ford3: Julia Avon and Gabrielle Bourdon
Race 2 (Novice Race).1: Jenna and Kaleigh, Ian Maclaren2: Duncan Vipond and Grace Avon3: Terry and Elyse Ford.Race 3.1: Ian and Kaleigh Maclaren2: Julia Avon with Sam Bourdon3: Sarah Pothecary.
Boats: 2 Albacores, 5 Lasers
Ian Maclaren had the easiest time of it this week, since he was sailing solo in an Albacore, with lots of sail and little weight. He reached the finish line so far in advance of the others that he decided his advantage was unfair, and refrained from actually crossing the line, thus disqualifying himself from the race.
Race course: South basin, Ford dock
Boats: 7 Lasers, 1 Albacore, 1 SunfishThis was an exciting race. While Ian Maclaren and Duncan Vipond established and maintained an early lead, there was much jostling for position among the remaining seven boats. Boats that were in the back of the fleet rounding the first turning marker then made great progress and were at the front of the fleet going around the second marker in the bay and the third marker in the narrows. Then the positions changed again on the last leg, as boats that had been at the front fell back again.Conditions were very gusty. Olivia Frith capsized at the start but seemed unfazed, and went on to sail a great race. Anne Witt, out in her first race with the GLSA, alternated between forging ahead to challenge the leaders and dropping to the back of the fleet. Sue Featherstone missed the first turning marker so was disqualified. Austin Stroud in his Sunfish was enjoying a trial run, and joined the fleet for much of the race but did not attempt the whole course.
Thanks to Terry Ford, Gary Seymour, and Sarah Pothecary for putting out the buoys. Thanks to Elizabeth Vipond and the extended Ford family for timing.
1. Ian Maclaren
2. Duncan Vipond
3. Sarah Pothecary
4. Sally Roberts
5. Terry Ford, Janice Dempsey
6. Olivia Frith
7. Anne WittSue Featherstone DQ
Warren Stroud DNS
Race date: 30 June. Cancelled owing to excessively high temperatures and thunderstorm warnings.
Race date: 24 June
Race course: South basin, Pothecary dock
Weather: Winds 5-10 knots
Boats: 3 Lasers, 1 Albacore, I Sunfish
The first race was held in unusually steady conditions for Grand Lake. We were 5 boats in all, including a Grand Lake guest who happened to be out in his Sunfish and decided to join in the fun.