Race Results

2017 season summary. The Lou Langlois cup for best overall sailor was awarded to Ian Maclaren. The trophy for best performance by a Laser went to the Maclaren boat (sometimes sailed by John Maclaren). The trophy for best performance by an Albacore went to the Ford boat sailed by Terry Ford and Ann Croll. The Junior Cup was awarded to Olivia Frith: and the Most Improved Sailor trophy went to Julia Avon.
Among the less serious awards, the Lunch Box award was presented to Janice Dempsey; the Submariner award to Duncan Vipond; the Headbanger award to Sarah Pothecary; and the Clock award to Anne Witt!
It has been a great season, and we look forward to 2018.
Race: September 3, 2017. Race cancelled owing to inclement weather.
Race: August 27, 2017
Course: South basin, Ford dock
Weather: Wind E, 0-5 knots
Boats: 3 Lasers, 1 Albacore, 1 Sunfish.
Very light winds meant that strategy was important today. Duncan Vipond chose the right course, staying close to the shore in the channel, and his judgement paid off. Ian Maclaren got becalmed north of Zed’s island. Keith Butler decided to pack it in and sailed home. Terry Ford and Ann Croll crossed the finish line ahead of Sarah Pothecary but, after adjusting for Sarah’s Laser 4.7 handicap, came in the overall rankings.
1. Duncan Vipond
2. Ian Maclaren
3. Sarah Pothecary
4. Terry Ford and Ann Croll
DNF Keith Butler



Race: August 20, 2017

Course: North basin, Maclaren point

Weather: Sunny. Moderate to strong SW winds

Boats: Three Albacores, seven Lasers, and a Sunfish

The sunny weather and good wind attracted a diverse group of 14 sailors in 11 boats to participate in Sunday’s race. It was wonderful to see the excitement resulting from all the boats and sailors, as well as the spectators that came out to watch and cheer.

In the end the results were:
1. Duncan Vipond (Laser)
2. John Maclaren (Laser)
3. Keith Butler (Sunfish)
4. Jenna and Ian Maclaren (Albacore)
5. Victoria Witt (Laser)
6. John Langlois (Laser)
7. Sarah Pothecary (Laser 4.7)
8. Terry Ford and Ann Croll (Albacore)
9. Madeline Witt (Laser)
10. Olivia Frith (Laser)
11. Janice Dempsey and Erica (Albacore)

Duncan got a great start and — apart from a four-boat challenge for first place up the reach to the end of the lake between Duncan, Jenna/Ian, John Maclaren and Victoria — he handily led the fleet around the course to finish first. John Maclaren finished second despite dumping his Laser while attempting to save his hat from blowing into the water (the maneuver didn’t help, as he still lost his hat!). Keith, in his first race of the year, who sailed very consistently to cross the finish line a close 10th, finished 3rd position after adjusting for the Sunfish’s handicap. Kudos to Janice and Erica who sailed the Poole Albacore and successfully navigated the challenging conditions – finishing with smiles amidst a hearty amount of cheering and clapping.

The wind was mostly consistent in direction and speed. However, it still provided a range from light to moderate in strength, which at times was over-powering for most boats. One sailor characterized the way the wind shifted and changed velocity, with no apparent explanation, as ‘goofy’. The effect of the conditions was to see gains and losses being made and positions changing throughout the race. This added to the excitement and kept many positions undecided until boats crossed the finish line, where they received a chorus of cheers and clapping from both ashore and on the water.

Thanks to our volunteers: Doug Watt, Alec Maclaren and Kaleigh Maclaren for timing, Guy Cogan for being on station to assist on the water, and Don, Jan and Ian for placing and retrieving the marks.

Next week, August 27th, the race will start off the Ford dock and is your second last chance to join the GLSA racing fun this summer.

Race: 13th August 2017

Course: South basin, Sarah Pothecary’s dock

Weather: Sunny. Wind W, 0-10 knots, with occasional higher gusts and occasional lulls.

Boats: 7 Lasers, 2 Albacores

A very nice day to be out sailing. Most of our sailors were present, with some guest sailors from the Maclaren family. Once the race started, everyone was pretty close with the Witt girls in the lead, a position they maintained right to the finish. Going around the second buoy, Alexandra Witt was in the lead, followed by Zoe Witt, Duncan Vipond, and Olivia Frith. The Witts were still in the lead around Taucer’s Point, followed by the rest of the sailors, and the same order was maintained all the way to the finish.

Thanks to the timers, Anne Witt and Elizabeth Vipond. Thanks to Guy Cogan, Gary Seymour, and Terry Ford for setting the buoys.

1. Alexandra Witt

2. Zoe Witt

3. Duncan Vipond

4. Olivia Frith

5. Terry Ford and Ann Croll

6. Ginny and Leith Maclaren

7. Ross Maclaren

8. Sarah Pothecary

9. Julia Avon

FOUNDERS REGATTA  August 6, 2017

Course: North basin, Maclaren Point

Weather: Gusty, cool west wind, partially sunny

Boats: Three Albacores, three Lasers, one Sunfish

Ten boats set out and, after facing challenging gusty winds, seven boats made it to the start of the third annual Founders Regatta. The winds abated and three short triangle courses were raced followed by a BBQ and prizes.

It was great to see several new and old faces out for the regatta including, John Langlois sailing in the family Laser; Don Poole sailing with Janice Dempsey in the Poole Albacore; Ginny Maclaren visiting from Toronto sailing in a Sunfish; and Mike Cockburn sailing in Sarah’s Laser. And after a hiatus away from the water, Bill Young’s Albacore was relaunched by the Maclarens and sailed by Ian with various crew.

It was also great to see several spectators from the sailing community (past and present) out to watch the action – both on shore and on the water.

The racing was tight in the very shifty and temperamental conditions. The overall results after breaking a three-way tie for first were:
1.   Terry and Elyse Ford (Albacore)
2.   Ian Maclaren with Kaleigh and Jenna Maclaren, and Sarah Pothecary (Albacore)
3.   John Langlois (Laser)
4.   Don Poole and Janice Dempsey (Albacore)
5.   Ginny Maclaren (Sunfish)
6.   Sue Featherstone (Laser)
7.   Mike Cockburn (Laser)

The second race, known as the ‘Novice Race’, enticed several new and returning racers to helm one of the seven boats. Congratulations to all who participated.

Novice results were:
  1. Jenna Maclaren with Ian (Albacore)
    2.  Janice Dempsey with Don (Albacore)
    3.   Ginny Maclaren (Sunfish)
    4.   Sue Featherstone (Laser)

Thanks to all the volunteers assisting on and off the water before, during and following the regatta. And particular thanks to our timers: Jan Poole, Maddie and Lindsay Coulas and Ann Witt. And to Guy Cogan who helped ensure on-the-water logistics ran smoothly. The regatta’s success was a concerted effort.

Next race: Sunday August 13 off the Pothecary dock.


Race: 28th July 2017

Course: South basin, Ford dock
Weather: Sunny. Wind W, 0-5 knots
Boats:  4 Lasers, 1 Albacore
The winds were very light leading to a shortened course: around the first marker, straight to the narrows and around the red shallow marker, to the third marker, and then straight back. Terry and Ann managed (with the help of some Sunday prayers) to get to the first mark with only one tack and took an early lead. All sailors managed to avoid the large submerged rock marked by the red buoy. Arriving at the third marker everyone was very close, but then Olivia and Ian took the lead. Olivia was first over the finish line, followed by Ian.
Thanks to Terry Ford and Sarah Pothecary for putting out the markers. Thanks to Karen Ford, and to Donna and Jan Dempsey for timing, and to Phil Rodrigue for assisting.
1. Olivia Frith
2. Terry Ford and Ann Croll
3. Ian Maclaren
4. Sarah Pothecary
5. Sue Featherstone


Race: 23 July 2017
Course: South basin, Pothecary dock — short course
Weather: Sunny and warm. Wind E, 0-5 knots with occasional higher gusts
Boats: 7 Lasers, 1 Albacore

The winds (there were definitely several different ones out today) were capricious for this race, with some members of the fleet enjoying a strong breeze while others sat becalmed. At first, the fleet was strung out, with Duncan Vipond first round the first marker, followed by Terry Ford/AnnCroll; meanwhile, Olivia Frith, Julia Avon, and Ian Maclaren brought up the rear. Then the fleet converged, rather too tightly, as they rounded Zed’s island. Then those that had been at the back surged ahead, with Julia, Olivia, Duncan, and Gary Seymour passing the second marker in that order. Ian  managed to make gains to finish first across the line, with Julia and Olivia close behind.

Welcome to newcomer, Sue Featherstone. Thanks to Gary Seymour, Terry Ford, and Guy Cogan for putting out the markers, and to Guy for towing Olivia to the start line. Thanks to Elizabeth Vipond, Anne Witt, and Phil Rodrigue for timing.

1. Ian Maclaren
2. Julia Avon
3. Olivia Frith
4. Gary Seymour
5. Duncan Vipond
6. Sarah Pothecary
7. Sue Featherstone
8. Terry Ford/Ann Croll

Race: 16th July 2017

Course: South basin, Ford dock

Weather: Cloudy. Wind W, 0-10 knots, with gusts

Boats: 4 Lasers, 1 Albacore

The winds were very light today, but five boats nevertheless came out to race. First to arrive at the marker by the Pothecary dock was Olivia Frith, followed by Duncan Vipond and Julia Avon. Going around Robinson’s Island, Olivia Frith and Julie Avon were neck and neck, while Duncan Vipond took the lead, closely followed by Terry Ford/Ann Croll. There were twice as many women out today as men, perhaps a first for Grand Lake sailing.

Thanks to Karen Crowder Ford and Donna Dempsey for timing. Thanks also (on behalf of the loon community of Grand Lake) to all sailors who altered course to accommodate the wishes of two loons who were out on the lake with their new-born chick.

1. Duncan Vipond

2. Terry Ford/Ann Croll

3. Olivia Frith

4. Julia Avon

5. Sarah Pothecary


         Race: 9th July 2017

         Course: North Basin, Maclaren dock

Weather: Sunny with clouds. Wind NW, 10-20 knots, but with gusts of 25 knots.

Boats: 4 Lasers, 1 Albacore, 1 Sunfish

Very strong gusting winds were the challenge today. Sarah Pothecary got hit by the boom before the race started, which meant that she had to withdraw. Everyone else got a strong start, with Ian Maclaren in the lead followed by Duncan Vipond, Gary Seymour, Terry Ford & Janice Dempsey, Sam Butler and Olivia Frith. The race lasted around 40 minutes, with all racers very close to each other, but Ian Maclaren taking the lead. Arriving at the last stretch, Duncan’s attempt to challenge Ian was thwarted when his boat’s mast was ripped out by an extra strong gust of wind, preventing him from finishing.

Following the race, the Maclarens hosted the annual Mug Up, which was an opportunity to socialise, relax and recover. Many thanks to Ian and Shelley Maclaren.

Thanks to Kaleigh Maclaren and Doug Watt for timing, and to Mana Herel for assisting, especially when just before the end of the race Doug went to help a sailor in distress, aka Duncan, who was trying valiantly to control his mastless boat. Thanks also to Guy Cogan/Anne Witt for helping in the rescue mission.

1. Ian Maclaren

2. Gary Seymour

3. Terry Ford, Janice Dempsey

4. Sam Butler

5. Olivia Frith
DNS Sarah Pothecary
DNF Duncan Vipond

Race: 25th June 2017

Course: South basin, Ford dock

Weather: A clear break in otherwise rainy conditions. Wind NW 5 knots.

Boats: 3 Lasers, 1 Albacore

A lull in the thunderstorms meant that the race went ahead as scheduled. It was not officially timed. However, Karen Ford blew the start whistle; Terry Ford and Sarah Pothecary put out the markers; and the boats had a ‘dry run’ so to speak. It was nice to get out on the water for the first time this year.

Race: 3rd July 2017

Course: South basin, Pothecary dock

Weather: Sunny with cloudy patches. Wind NW, 5 knots but with gusts of 15 knots.

Boats: 4 Lasers, 1 Albacore, 1 Sunfish

Strong and frequent gusts were the challenge this week. They overturned Duncan Vipond, Gary Seymour, and Olivia Frith before the race had started, but all three recovered to take part in the race. The race was quick — very quick for Ian Maclaren, who came in first, way ahead of the rest of the pack. Gary Seymour did very well in his first race of the season, and after some duelling back and forth for most of the race managed to beat Duncan (by seconds) into second place. John Maclaren, sailing the Sunfish, kept pace on the upwind leg of the race but couldn’t match the Lasers’ downwind speed. Terry sailed with Janice in his Albacore; Olivia, who gave her Laser at least one more batch during the race, marched on to finish closely behind the others.  

Thanks to Elizabeth Vipond for timing, with the help of Anne Witt and guest Martha. Thanks to Terry Ford/Sarah Pothecary, for putting out markers.

1. Ian Maclaren 

2. Gary Seymour

3. Duncan Vipond 

4. John Maclaren 

5. Terry Ford and Janice Dempsey

6. Olivia Frith.