2014 CUTTY SARK SIN Regatta, Results

Winner of the CUTTY SARK Cup: Bruce McQuade on "The Lounge", Nanaimo Yacht Club

Div 1 PHRF + Multihulls:Click to view

Div 2 Melges 24:Click to view

Div 3 PHRF:Click to view

Div 4 PHRF:Click to view

Div 5 PHRF:Click to view

Cutty Sark - Snake Island Nanaimo (SIN) 2014 - Nanaimo Yacht Club enjoys success after another annual regatta.

Nanaimo Yacht Club did it again having delivered another successful, competitive and breezy Cutty Sark SIN Regatta.  While the legendary 'Sark-it-to-Me' dock party & adult Opti Racing on Friday night did not happen (let's just say the bureaucrats are lucky the weather was not favourable), we all enjoyed the great camaraderie and hospitality as is always delivered by the hard working NYC volunteers and race committee.  Heartfelt thanks go to RBC Royal Bank for their financial support, and the prizes contribution from Five-Star Embroidery, as well as the great food from Delicado's and the Dingy Dock Pub (Sex in a Dingy!).  All the months of hard-work in planning and full regatta commitment by the volunteers was recognized with gift-cards from Nanaimo restaurants Fibber MaGeesACMe Food Co, and the Firehouse Grill.  A heartfelt thanks to all sponsors of our event!
The fair winds delivered with solid Southerly breeze on Saturday, allowing for a long distance (Maude madness) race for the Division 1 and Multihulls.  In total, the one-design and PHRF 4 divisions were able to enjoy nine 'round the cans races, mostly twice arounds with a leeward gate option.  On the breezy (max SE 20ish) Saturday, there was a (wo)man overboard on the Martin 242 Zoom Zoom at the leeward gate, but the crew were able to get her back on board and racing again without even losing their position in the race.  While this was happening, Ion stopped racing to attend to a two-man canoe Mayday call off Neck Point - but was able to return to racing after 20 minutes of assistance.  And what would a yacht regatta be without a bit of chaos? The starts on Saturday morning were fast & rolling and unfortunately some technical confusion led to a protest and one of the Division 5 races ultimately not scoring.  On Sunday, breeze was lighter and more from the East and the Race Committee managed to run a very organized and fast paced day of racing for all fleets.  Of note was the beautiful spinnaker run home for the Division 5 boats after rounding Snake Bell late in the day - which made up for the loss of a race the previous day.
Westerly Yachts provided the amazing contribution of two brand new and perfect poweryachts - the 44' Swift Trawler and the 38' Gran Turismo for the Race Committee's yacht race management pleasure.  The 44's fly bridge was used as the Start line for all divisions, and the finish for the (McElhanney Engineering) Melges and PHRF Div 4 fleets while the 38' was used as a finish line for the balance of the (JE Anderson & Assoc. Engineering) PHRF fleets, offset down the racecourse by a mile or so.  This course set-up worked great, as it allowed for a few different and interesting course options (Maude Island/Five Fingers/Entrance Island as marks) for the PHRF fleets, and an undisturbed windward-leeward course for the one-design and Division 4 fleets.
The fleet this year came together at just under 30 racers... a wee bit shy of previous years' numbers but still a respectable and competitive lot.  Local boats claimed most of the hardware with 4 out of 5 first place Division finishers calling Nanaimo their home port.  A tip of the hat to out-of-town boats Area 151, Koru, Ducati, Rhumb Line, Pitoraq, and Rags for all placing well in the results - which can be found in full by clicking here.  First, Second and Third place pennants were provided by the the Sidney loft of UK Sailmakers NW, along with excellent prizes from West Marine and Nanaimo Harbour Chandler.  One lucky draw prize winner, local Beneteau 43' Ion took away a free haulout at Newcastle Marina.
While SIN is a participating regatta in the Vancouver Island Racing Series (VIRS), perhaps the most prestigious award in the whole yachting world (closely falling behind only the Americas Cup and the Jules Verne Trophy) is... the Cutty Sark Cup!  This coveted trophy has seen many sailors lips, and has been passed around to many different yachts over the years.  And this year, the overall winner based on best average overall score - is the one and only Sailor Park Boys on Bruce McQuade's Cal 29' - the Lounge!  Congrats to all racers - see you down the racetrack and back again to the Cutty Sark SIN Regatta in 2015.
David McCallum
2014 Cutty Sark SIN Regatta Chair & PRO.
Selected Races from the 2014 Cutty Sark SIN Regatta have been published on TackTracker.

Race Photo Gallery: Click to view


Results Archive

2013 CUTTY SARK SIN Regatta:
Winner of the CUTTY SARK Cup: Bill Allan on "Lawndart" Nanaimo Yacht Club
Melges 24    
Martin 242   
PHRF Div 1   
PHRF Div 2   
PHRF Div 3   
Non Flying Sails Division   

2012 CUTTY SARK SIN Regatta:
Winner of the CUTTY SARK Cup: Judy Button on "Rags" Ladysmith Yacht Club
2012 CUTTY SARK SIN One Design Final Standings   
2012 CUTTY SARK SIN PHRF Final Standings   

2011 CUTTY SARK SIN Regatta:
Winner of the CUTTY SARK Cup: Brad Bradley on "Nauti Girl" Nanaimo Yacht Club
2011 Results   

2010 CUTTY SARK SIN Regatta:
2010 Results