5O5 Canadian Championships
Sept 8-9, 2018
Hosted by Canadian 5O5 Fleet 1 and Kitsilano Yacht Club
10 5O5s from the Pacific Northwest and as far away as California made the trek to Kitsilano Yacht Club in Vancouver this weekend for the annual Canadian 5O5 Championship. The competitors were met with the first weather system of the Fall and light and variable wind from the East and Southeast, coming onto the course over—and between the buildings of—the city of Vancouver. Stereotypical rain accompanied. Really, it’s never like that in September here. J Nine races were sailed over two days of racing Saturday and Sunday.
Five races on Saturday were held in light and variable conditions from 2-7 knots, with large shifts and pressure differentials. Local 5O5 heavyweight Phil Cragg and crew Curran started strong with a bullet in race 1, but the variable conditions led to variable results for the whole fleet. There were 4 different race winners in 5 races, and every boat at the top end of the fleet also registered a finish at the back of the fleet. Passing lanes abounded. As Phil put it, we were all playing “Snakes and Ladders”. Other race winners included Courtney Stark and Tom Crawford from Washington, Mike Poulos and Jon Seestrom from Bellingham, and Eric Coburn and crew from Bellingham. Bob Tennant and Steve Bourdow sailed kind-of consistently to stay in the hunt. At the end of the day, Phil and Curran demonstrated their mastery of the local conditions and led the fleet coming out of day 1, with Mike & Lee and Bob & Steve tied for second behind them.
Competitors arrived at Kits YC on Sunday morning to similar conditions, but slightly more wind. Four races were sailed in 5-10 knots. As with the previous day’s racing, conditions were variable and with large pressure differences, but the slightly stronger wind made holes a little less deadly. Jon Seestrom and Mike Poulos were new race winners in the first race of the day, but the wind built just enough in races 2 and 3 to let Bob & Steve wire run and they took the next two races. The wind backed off to end the day and Courtney and Tom took their second race of the regatta.
In the end, the two races of slightly more pressure were decisive. The half-Canadian and half-Californian crew of Bob & Steve were able to catch up to Phil & Curran and tie them on points. Bob & Steve ended up winning on the countback. A little further back on points but having sailed a strong regatta, Courtney and Tom finished third.
As usual, the warmth and hospitality of the Canadian 5O5 contingent and the Kitsilano Yacht Club made up for the inclement weather. Fun was had by all in the difficult conditions. Thanks to all the volunteers who made the regatta possible, and we’ll all look forward to next year!
--Bob Tennant, CAN 9009
Results of the regatta overall
Results of each race
Photographs courtesy of Nancii Bernard (email email@example.com for the password)