Single Handed Series 2013

Race

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Race Officer

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Results

Photos

January

January 12

Richard Simpson

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February

February 9

Brian Short

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March

March 9

Robert Sheeley

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April

April 13

Richard Simpson

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September Weekend Race

September 7

Francis Walsh

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December

December 8

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Race Results

January - January 12

Four intrepid adventurers set forth on a sunny winter day on the yachts Aeolus, Great Blue Heron, Runaway Girl and Dragonfly with the lofty goal of travelling from Gallows Point to Snake Island Bell Bouy, and back to the Harbour.  After delaying the start a half hour, alas, the wind still did not blow.  GBH drifted a bit more towards Gabriola, while Aeolus set off limp wing and limp wing on a more direct route.  Dragonfly and RG found a middle ground and enjoyed the sunshine.  At Snake Bell it was Aeolus, GBH, RG and Dragonfly.  GBH may have crept up on Aeolus on the return, but the writer was too busy cooking up cup-a-soup under flogging sails to take in the finer details.  With sunset sneaking up we all retired on the way back to Gallows Point with no finish times recorded.  Another fantasic day on the water.
 

Richard

 

Replay the day's action on TackTracker

 

January Photos

Single Handed Series 2013: January

Single Handed Series 2013: January

Single Handed Series 2013: January

 

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February - February 9

At the skippers' meeting everyone agreed that it was going to be another light air affair today so a "Boomerang" course was initially set to start at Gallows Point and heading to Snake Bell Buoy and then hopefully continue on to P15 before turning around.  Plans however changed when the Gabriola Ferry passed through the stalled fleet at Gallows for the second time (blasting 5 sounds each pass) and the fleet motored out to Snake Island in search of the elusive wind.  A new course and start were quickly calculated and at 12:20 5 boats headed off to Entrance Island.  The winds were light but steady and everyone was able to make it around the course with Cu na Mara leading the way to the top and Dragonfly leading the way home, which matters more, finishing first.  The fleet met at the Dinghy Dock for a light meal and refreshments capping off another great day on the water.

Check out the race action on TackTracker

Video footage from Cu na Mara on YouTube

 

February Photos

Single Handed Series 2013: February

Single Handed Series 2013: February: Extra set of eyes aboard Cu na Mara during Single Handed Race.....Protest?

Extra set of eyes aboard Cu na Mara during Single Handed Race.....Protest?

 

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March - March 9

 

It was a gloomy skippers meeting as the fog blanked out Newcastle Island. Bit Rick enthusiastically advise the 4 other racers that in all his years of racing he had never been "socked in" . After a few "ya, right" comments uttered unenthusiastically, we headed for our boats. Would you believe the fog lifted and off we went. The fog took the wind with it and it took close to an hour to find the corner of Protection. Several took off towards the Bell Buoy in search of wind, the rest stayed in and somehow found enough wind to one tack to 5 Fingers, our first mark.
They had a good run to Snake, but only one racer remained and tuffed it out to the end. 
Congratulations to Steve Ellis on Optimist for a first place finish.

The other racers included Richard, Per, Rick & Robert. We are all looking forward to the start of the Spring Series next Sunday, and there will be enough White Sails for their own Division.  Robert

 

March Photos

Single Handed Series 2013: March: Fleet rounding Gallows Point

Fleet rounding Gallows Point

 

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April - April 13

It was a drifter start for the five April 4S sailors that sailed a course from a start at Gallows Point, to Snake Island Bell Bouy, to P15, back to Snake Bell, and a finish at Gallows Point.  Dragonfly was off first, followed by Babette, Aeolus, Optimist and Runaway Girl.  The boats chased the cats paws trying to connect the dots out of the hole.  The breeze freshened to a southeast on the way to Snake Island Bell with the boats closing the distance quickly at hull speed.  At Snake Bell it was Dragonfly, Optimist, Runaway Girl, Aeolus, and Babette.  With a couple of carefully timed gybes, it was Optimist first to P15, followed by Dragonfly, Runaway Girl, Aeolus and Babette.  Runaway Girl snuck past Dragonfly and Optimist tacked out first.  Runaway Girl dipped below Optimist as they crossed and tacked back out to squeek out a lead back at the Snake Island Bell, with Optimist, Aeolus, Dragonfly and Babette nipping at her heels.  With a half mile to go the Gallows Point finish the breeze shut down and the fleet compressed.  It was a tight finish after three hours of racing and the finish order at Gallows Point was Optimist, Aeolus, Runaway Girl, and Dragonfly.

 

April Photos

Single Handed Series 2013: April

Single Handed Series 2013: April

Single Handed Series 2013: April

Single Handed Series 2013: April

 

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September Weekend Race - September 7

 

Pender Harbour 4S Overnighter
 
Sunshine and light wind dominated the weekend race to Pender Harbour.  Many of the eleven boats that started Saturday morning at Five Fingers Islands crossed the start line several times before eventually leaving it convincingly off their stern.  Unfortunately the day was not long enough and all boats eventually completed the trip to Fishermans Marina in Pender Harbour under motor.  The magic of Pender Harbour was enjoyed by all and discussions with the Garden Bay Sailing Club to combine an event with them next year were begun.  Of the 11 boats that left Nanaimo on Saturday,  7 returned on Sunday, 3 came back on Monday and 1 continued on.  Light wind on all days prevented any finishers on the 25 mile race course.

 

September Weekend Race Photos

Single Handed Series 2013: September Weekend Race

Single Handed Series 2013: September Weekend Race : Ali Oop with self inflicted handicap of dinghy (though much appreciated by others on Sunday tour)

Ali Oop with self inflicted handicap of dinghy (though much appreciated by others on Sunday tour)

Single Handed Series 2013: September Weekend Race : Story of 2013: Light Winds Prevail!

Story of 2013: Light Winds Prevail!

Single Handed Series 2013: September Weekend Race : Motoring to Pender Harbour

Motoring to Pender Harbour

Single Handed Series 2013: September Weekend Race

Single Handed Series 2013: September Weekend Race

Single Handed Series 2013: September Weekend Race

Single Handed Series 2013: September Weekend Race : Ego preparing for voyage home

Ego preparing for voyage home

Single Handed Series 2013: September Weekend Race :

"You're going the wrong way!"

Single Handed Series 2013: September Weekend Race : Morning Nature Hike...

Morning Nature Hike..."a three hour tour, a three hour tour..."

Single Handed Series 2013: September Weekend Race

Single Handed Series 2013: September Weekend Race

Single Handed Series 2013: September Weekend Race

Single Handed Series 2013: September Weekend Race : Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Single Handed Series 2013: September Weekend Race : Settling in for the night before the trip home.  Hoping for some wind.

Settling in for the night before the trip home. Hoping for some wind.

Single Handed Series 2013: September Weekend Race

Single Handed Series 2013: September Weekend Race : Waiting the extra day is eventually rewarded with a great sail home!

Waiting the extra day is eventually rewarded with a great sail home!

 

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December - December 8

Five boats started the December 4S race Saturday in a southeast wind that ranged from less than 1 knot at the start and 15 gusting to 20 knots on the leg back from Snake Bell to Gallows Point.  Some tight racing from the start to Gallows Point eventually saw Great Blue Heron take the lead and set a course closer to Protection and Newcastle Islands for Five Fingers.  Runaway Girl stayed farther out trying to keep above Aeolus, while Dragonfly and Shaheen took the middle road.  At Five Fingers it was GBH, Aeolus, Runaway Girl, Shaheen and Dragonfly.  Runaway Girl snuck past Aeolus on the beat to Snake Island and chased GBH around Snake Bell and back into the Harbour for a finish at the P11/12 lateral buoys. At the finish it was Great Blue Heron, Runaway Girl, Aeolus, Shaheen and Dragonfly.  Another great day of racing in Nanaimo.

 

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