Race Results

WELCOME TO THE 2021 GLSA SEASON... SAILING PHOTO GALLERY!

Race date: August 22, 2021

Course:  North end, Maclaren Point

Weather: S shifting to N; 3-12 kph, rainy.

Boats: Three Lasers, one Albacore

Two short races were run off Maclaren Point in somewhat peculiar winds (only at Grand L. do we describe winds as ‘peculiar’). The first race saw boats slowly ghosting across the line toward the narrows in a very light SW wind. The three Lasers were clumped together claiming an early lead ahead of the Maclaren Albacore, ‘Allons Y’, which was out for her maiden voyage of 2021. And then something ‘peculiar’ started to happen. A dark cloud was looming from the north threatening to bring something with it. It slowly crept towards the fleet, along with a wall of rain and some wind. Patiently the awaiting boats bobbed towards the first mark while anticipating the oncoming180 degree wind shift from the north … and the rain. At first, the sound of the rain was beating down mere boat lengths away, without touching the boats. A very novel situation. The wind gradually took hold and the fleet rounded the first mark in a practical 12 kph breeze with Duncan Vipond in the lead. The second mark was off the Watt’s dock and the third near the end of Frank’s Island. The Albacore liked the fresher wind and reached into a lead as Duncan and Dan Gray battled for maximum speed and Sally Lee kept pace close behind. It was a close finish with the Albacore holding the lead. With the wind settled in from the north and rain subsiding (mostly) the boats got off to a second start. They were neck and neck heading toward the Frank Is. mark with Dan Gray taking a slight lead. The Albacore caught Dan on ‘starboard’ prior to making two quick tacks to round the mark in first – exciting sailing. The rain beat down harder and the winds continued to do peculiar things resulting in the fleet getting well spread out. In the end, the Albacore took another bullet. With the rain back in strength (the racers barely noticed it) the proposed third race was cancelled and everyone sailed home in a good breeze and advancing sunshine.

Thanks to Ian, Kaleigh and their visitors for putting out and retrieving the marks. To Don Poole for delivering the marks, and to Sarah Pothecary, Guy Cogan and Astrid for braving the peculiar wind and rain to time the races. In the end the racers and timers were all soaked but it was a lot of fun.

Next race is 29 August and starts at the Ford Dock.  The final race for 2021 is 5 September back at Maclaren Point. See you there!

RESULTS:

Race 1

  1. Ian and Kaleigh Maclaren – Albacore
  2. Dan Gray – Laser
  3. Duncan Vipond – Laser

Race 2

  1. Ian and Kaleigh Maclaren – Albacore
  2. Duncan Vipond – Laser
  3. Dan Gray – Laser
Race date: 15 August 2021
Course: Pothecary dock, south basin
Weather: Slight gusts from NW
Boats: 1 Albacore, 2 LasersThere was no wind, then a little bit of wind just to get us excited, then no wind once the race started. By unanimous consent, the first marker was treated as the end of the race.Results:
1. Dan Gray
2. Ian Maclaren
3. Terry Ford and Ann Croll

Thanks to Sarah Pothecary and Guy Cogan for coordinating the timing.

Race date: 8 August 2021
Course: Ford dock, south basin
Weather: Wind E, 5 knots
Boats: 1 Albacore, 3 Lasers

It was nice to see Sally Lee out in her Laser today, which she had rigged the day before with the help of Dan Gray, who happened to be kayaking past her dock just when he was needed. However, the victor today by a mile was Duncan Vipond, who finished nearly 5 minutes ahead of the next boat. Duncan’s boast is the oldest Laser still being sailed on the lake, and probably one of the oldest still being sailed in Canada. There’s a moral there somewhere.

Results:
1. Duncan Vipond
2. Dan Gray
3. Sally Lee
DNF. Terry Ford and Ann Croll

Thanks to Sarah Pothecary and Guy Cogan for timing.

Race date: 1 August 2021.
Race cancelled owing to rain.
Race date: 25 July 2021
Course: Pothecary dock, south basin
Weather: Wind W, 5-10 knots, with gusts
Boats: 1 Albacore, 3 Lasers.The wind was stronger today than in previous races, although still capricious in true Grand Lake style. Dan ’Gray starboarded’ Tyler Gray at the start of the race and went on to take the lead. Heading towards the third marker, the boats were spread out with Dan in the lead. However, Dan lost some wind as he rounded the marker, while Tyler and Duncan Vipond each took different tacks towards the middle of the lake. At one point, all three Lasers were on different points of sail as they headed to the finish line. It looked as if they were all going to converge at the same time! But Duncan ended up crossing the line ahead of the others by 20 seconds. Dan came second, albeit in a capsized state. We are not sure of the official rules about crossing the finish line while capsized, but Grand Lake rules state that it is perfectly OK. This means that Dan beat Tyler by 2 seconds. Terry Ford and Ann Croll were not far behind.Results:
1. Duncan Vipond
2. Dan Gray
3. Tyler Gray
4. Terry Ford and Ann Croll
Race date: 18 July 2021
Course: Ford dock, south basin
Weather: Wind E, 2-5 knots, with lulls
Boats: 1 Albacore, 4 LasersDan Gray was slightly ahead going over the start line, but was immediately overtaken by Tyler Gray. Some judicious tacking then took Duncan Vipond into the lead. After the first marker, Ian came up from the back of the fleet, overtaking Tyler and Duncan. In the final stretch, Ian overtook Dan, too, and held on to his lead around the third marker, although it was touch and go as to who was going to be first over the finish line. It was an exciting finish, despite the light winds, which were too light for Terry and Ann in their Albacore, who decided to head for home with our finishing the race.Also, the mystery was answered of why Tyler Gray last week headed to his dock after finishing the first of the 3 races, returning in time to take part in the 2nd race. There was a vital need for a cup of coffee!Results:
1. Ian Maclaren
2. Dan Gray
3. Duncan Vipond
4. Tyler Gray
DNF Terry Ford and Ann Croll

Race date: 11 July 2021
Course: Maclaren point, north basin
Weather: Wind SW, 5-10 knots, with strong gusts
Boats: 1 Albacore, 4 Lasers, 1 Hobie CatThis week there were three shorter races. The regular fleet was joined by Emily in the Segal Hobie Cat, taking part in the Sunday race for the first time.The first race saw an exciting start and some family rivalry, as Dan Gray nearly ran down Tyler Gray who crossed the finish line a few seconds ahead of the whistle and duly did a 360 degree turn. Tyler regained ground and was first around the 1st marker, 2nd marker, 3rd marker, and finish line. Emily got attacked by an underground rock lurking near the start line, which slowed her down.The second race saw the boats jostling for position over the starting line, but Ian Maclaren took the lead round the 1st marker and maintained it through the race, closely followed by Duncan Vipond at the finish line.The third race saw Emily in a good position at the start line but heading towards the same rocks which slowed her down in the first race. Lesson learned, she jumped out of her boat to make the necessary course adjustment. Ian got a good start but was closely followed by Dan Gray who came a close second to Ian over the finish line.

Thanks to Ian Maclaren for putting out the markers. Thanks to Guy Cogan and Sarah Pothecary (and Astrid the German Shepherd dog) for timing. Thanks to Cal Gray (and Sutton, the Labradoodle) for picking up the marks.

Race 1.
1. Tyler Gray
2. Ian Maclaren
3. Dan Gray
4. Duncan Vipond
5. Terry Ford and Ann Croll
6. Emily Segal

Race 2.
1. Ian Maclaren
2. Duncan Vipond
3. Dan Gray
4. Tyler Gray
5. Terry Ford and Ann Croll
6. Emily Segal

Race 3.
1. Ian Maclaren
2. Dan Gray
3. Tyler Gray
4. Duncan Vipond
5. Terry Ford and Ann Croll
6. Emily Segal

Race date: 4 July 2021
Course: Pothecary dock, south basin
Weather: Wind NW, very light
Boats: 1 Albacore, 4 LasersThree of the boats from the north basin who wanted to take part in the race this week had to be towed to the start line, as there was insufficient wind to get there! Gary Seymour had his boat in the water but decided that the wind was not strong enough to join in. There was hope, however, that the wind would pick up, so the race started as planned, with the caveat that the course would be shortened if the anticipated pick-up failed to materialize. But by the time the boats reached the first marker at Terry Ford’s dock, the weather was dead calm. The temptation was too much for Terry Ford, who decided to stay put at his dock. A shortened course was duly called. The other boats tried to find what wind they could. Ian Maclaren crossed the finish line first. That left the three remaining boats heading to the start line from different directions, depending on whether they had opted to go round Zed’s island or not. It looked like it might be a three-way tie for second place, but in the event the boats drifted over the finish line at staggered intervals.Thanks to Terry Ford and Guy Cogan for putting out the markers. Thanks to Cal Gray for towing three boats to the start line, and again towing three boats from the finish line home: at least he managed to get some fishing done in between times.1. Ian Maclaren
2. Tyler Gray
3. Duncan Vipond
4. Dan Gray
Terry Ford and Ann Croll DNF
Race date: 27 June, 2021
Race Course: Ford dock, south end
Weather: Gusty, variable NNW
Boats: 2 Lasers, 1 Albacore
The sailors who missed today’s race missed a good one.  Four hardy sailors headed out for the first race of the season in gusty variable winds.  As one of the hardy sailors, Dan Gray, encouragingly reported prior to the race, “… From the west side of beautiful Grand Lake I can report that we have sunshine, wind, no rain and no snow!”  
The course started at the Ford dock. With Duncan Vipond working the clock, racing started bang on time at the strike of 12:05. Dan was first across the starting line with Duncan in hot pursuit while both eyed Terry Ford with Janice Dempsey in the Albacore who were close behind and ready to capitalize on any faults by the leaders.
Dan was first around the windward mark heading towards Robinson (aka Kitts) island. On route, Duncan kindly alerted Dan, who is renting on the lake for a second summer, to the proper rounding of the island. Duncan skilfully worked the gusts to catch up such that he and Dan were overlapped as they made the turn ’round the island. As exciting as this was it got even more eventful when a big gust of wind blew through. Dan peeled off and did a “turkey gybe” in the wrong direction while Duncan stopped to take a refreshing swim and wash his sail.
No harm done but unknowingly Duncan may have started a new tradition for the first race of the season being a biathlon of sorts!! Sadly we’ll have to wait a year to see what fun the next first race of the season has to offer.
As they were back underway it was an uneventful route, albeit a work out, to the leeward mark (the rock hazard mark).
Thanks to Terry Ford for getting out and retrieving the marks for today’s race.
Next week’s race starts at the Pothecary dock in the south end of the lake.
FINAL RESULTS:1. Dan Gray
2. Duncan Vipond
3. Terry Ford and Janice Dempsey