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R.H.Y.C. Team Wins Shark Worlds in Germany!
A crew from the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club won the World Shark 24 sailing championships in Robel/Muritz, Germany on Wednesday October 2, defeating 45 other boats from Canada, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland and Austria. The race was convened under the auspices of the International Sailing Federation.
Using a borrowed boat provided by the host Robel Sailing Club, the RHYC team led by Keven Piper along with team mates Tom Nelson and Jordin Clark, won the nine-race series with a total point standing of 31.0.
Sailing under the name of their Hamilton-based sailboat “Bedlam,” the Hamilton-based crew was tied with an Austrian-based boat following the four-day regatta but was awarded the pennant during the tie-breaking process where the team with the highest number of first place finishes is awarded the trophy. Both Bedlam and the Austrian entrant “Alaska” had two first-place finishes but Bedlam prevailed with and additional two second-place finishes during the nine separate races.
Two other Canadian yachts finished in the top ten with “Eager for More”, captained by Greg Cockburn of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club and “Devil with a Blue Dress On” helmed John Brunt from the National Yacht Club in Toronto finishing third and fourth respectively. Piper’s crew was in eighth position after the first day of racing as they struggled with the sails and rigging on the borrowed boat but moved up the standings with a second-place finish in the long distance race Tuesday and posted first, second and third place finishes in the three-race finale on Wednesday. Piper, Nelson and Clark has been sailing together for more than a decade and won the North American Shark Championships last year.
The first 24 foot Shark was designed and built in 1959 by George Hinterholler in his shed in Niagara-in-the-Lake. Since then more than 2500 Sharks have joined the fleet worldwide.
RCYC Team wins 2nd New York Y.C. Invitational Cup
On Monday, September 16,20 yacht clubs from 13 different countries enjoyed sensational
racing at the New York Yacht Club’s 2013 Invitational Cup presented by Rolex. It came
down to the last two races to determine the winner, with Larchmont Yacht Club from New
York just behind the Canadian Team by 6 points. At the start, Larchmont YC managed to get
over the top of RCYC, forcing them to the unfavoured right side of the course and for a time,
Larchmont YC looked like they might be able to put enough boats in between them and the
Canadian team to win the regatta. However, at the top mark, two yachts were penalized and
RCYC made up a few places there before capitalizing on free air to make even more gains on
the run. By the bottom mark, Royal Canadian YC was ahead of Larchmont YC on the water, but light wind called off racing for the day and RCYC ‘s score from the previous day after race 10 kept them in the lead! Courtesy Sail Canada – www.sailing.ca
Cruising The North Channel in a CL16 Dinghy
Any day-sailor will probably know, the title of this account is an homage to the late Frank Dye—an inspirational and some would say mad sailor who took his 16ft Wayfarer “Wanderer” from Northern Scotland to Iceland (not to mention many other destinations). About a year ago, I read his book that documented this journey and began to think about similar (yet, less risky) adventures that I could have. My first idea was to sail around Manitoulin Island. With its rugged and often uninhabited shoreline, it seemed like a great place for cruising and camping. As I looked further, I realized that the south shore was long and exposed to large swells that could build quickly, and to strong and unpredictable westerly winds and storms.