Tuesday, October 21, 2008
1. Rondar (GBR 473) for $2,500 (US) + import. See pics at: http://s286.photobucket.com/albums/ll113/Contender473/
2. Ridge (1995; GBR 621) for $5,250 (US) + import. Comes with a new sail and carbon boom.
3. Bonezzi (1995; GBR 1771) for $7,850 (US) + import. The top spec includes a current Cassidy rig and Superspar.
We also have cheaper boats available that would be great for learning. For more information, contact Neil Smith - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
And video from the awards are HERE.
he last day of the Worlds started out looking like we would have the same conditions as the Canadians. The wind was up and the bay was whipped with whitecaps. By the time competitors hit the racecourse, the rollers were big (boats would disappear beneath the six foot swell), but the wind was diminishing steadily, so by the third and last race it was marginal trapezing. Marco, Marcus and Chris Sutherland each scored a bullet, and with nine races, two drops were allowed. Demonstrating he is both an ace in light and heavy air, congratulations go to Marcus Hamilton who won the 2008 Velocitek Contender World Champions (and who announced he's taking a break from racing the Contender for a little while). Marcus acknowledged it was not an easy regatta to win, with Marco Versari and Soren breathing down his neck. Apparently the cure for stress relief is finding a lot of jagerbombs post-racing.
Marcus' fellow Aussie, Chris Sutherland, was the recipient of the Master's trophy, Cristoph Engel won the Youth, and yours truly barely squeaked by Vanessa to win the Women's trophy (which I've already slightly damaged but will repair in short order). I would like to extend a huge thank you from the North American Contender fleet to all of the competitors who came to Kingston and made this such a great event. Travelling here was not an easy feat, so we really appreciated the time and expense you incurred to take part. A special thanks to Schappi and Vanessa who stepped up to get the containers from Europe and the UK packed up. I don't think anyone hasn't learned a lot from watching the competition and talking to the international sailors post-racing. I would also like to say thanks to all the local boys and girls who really pulled this all together behind the scenes. While I was sitting on my butt sending out emails, keepers were being made, boats were being imported and towed to Kingston, events were being coordinated, and the competitors were being helped in every way possible. Also, none of this would have happened without the great help we got from CORK. Thanks to their experience with world class regattas, we didn't have to worry about any of the racing logistics, there were no issues with the courses that were set, there were lots of crash boats out keeping an eye on everyone, and they've certainly inspired more of us to volunteer to run these kinds of events.
Neil Smith, who in a moment of weakness agreed to be the 2009 ICA Chairman, has been doing an outstanding job of taking video of the Worlds and sending it out so everyone can follow the regatta. If anyone else has any photos to share, send them to me and I'll post them on the blog.
Thanks again and safe travels home!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
POS SAIL SKIPPER RACE RACE RACE RACE RACE RACE TOTAL NET
1 2 3 4 5 6 POINTS POINTS
Tue. Tue. Wed. Thu. Thu. Fri. AFTER
1235 1415 1412 1300 1445 1200 1 DROP
1 AUS2323 * HAMILTON, MARCUS 15 1 1 7 4 2 30.00 15.00 AUS Melbourne,BRYC
2 DEN44 * ANDREASEN, SOREN 2 2 OCS 2 5 7 53.00 18.00 DEN Hellerup,HS
3 ITA99 VERSARI, MARCO 12 6 7 1 2 3 31.00 19.00 ITA Milano,CNB
4 GER531 HARPPRECHT, JOACHIM 7 5 5 3 3 10 33.00 23.00 GER Molfsee,TSS
5 USA2396 BIXBY, ETHAN 9 14 3 10 1 1 38.00 24.00 USA FL St Petersburg,
6 GER53 BRANDT, OLIVER 5 3 OCS 5 6 6 60.00 25.00 GER Hamburt,HSC
7 GER488 BILLERBECK, MAX 4 8 2 8 15 4 41.00 26.00 GER ,WSVK
8 AUS2443 SUTHERLAND, CHRIS 3 7 10 14 7 5 46.00 32.00 AUS WA Swanbourne,RFBYC
9 GER551 HOMEIER, CHRISTOPH 1 9 4 18 21 9 62.00 41.00 GER Kiel,TSVS
10 NED212 THORBORG, BART 11 4 13 9 8 19 64.00 45.00 NED leiden,WB
11 2398 SMITH, NEIL 13 13 12 4 13 14 69.00 55.00 CAN ON North York,OHCC
12 NED232 THORBORG, MARK 6 10 8 19 17 18 78.00 59.00 NED haarlem,KMJC
13 473 WHITE, RODGER 21 23 9 6 22 8 89.00 66.00 GBR ,KGSC
14 CAN2397 SMITS, MICHAEL 20 20 16 11 11 12 90.00 70.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCC
15 GER540 ENGEL, CHRISTOPH 14 11 11 16 18 20 90.00 70.00 GER ,KYC
16 CAN2399 MARTIN, ROGER 8 18 18 21 16 11 92.00 71.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCC
17 2372 ANOSOV, ARTHUR 10 12 20 17 12 23 94.00 71.00 USA FL Ruskin,
18 GER425 ROESLER, JOACHIM 16 16 19 13 9 22 95.00 73.00 GER CT New Canaan,
19 NED218 THORBORG, RIK 19 15 14 23 10 15 96.00 73.00 NED NH Bergen,WSVH
20 GBR1771 MOLLAT, ALAN 23 19 15 15 14 13 99.00 76.00 GBR Deal,SBSWC
21 NED233 HAANSTRA, JAN 17 17 24 12 19 16 105.00 81.00 NED ferwoude,GWS
22 CAN2428 MARTIN, PETER 30 27 6 24 24 17 128.00 98.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCC
23 CAN84 MAGNAN, JOEL 18 25 21 20 23 24 131.00 106.00 CAN ON Etobicoke,OHCC
24 CAN1599 WHITTINGTON, FRANK DNF. 22 27 22 20 21 147.00 112.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCBC
25 USA2117 WOOLLEY, GIL 22 26 17 27 27 30 149.00 119.00 USA CA Palo Alto,SCYC
26 967 CHIDDY, JOSHUA 24 24 23 28 26 27 152.00 124.00 CAN ON Hamilton,OHCC
27 CAN68 NEEDHAM, RICHARD 25 29 22 26 31 28 161.00 130.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCC
28 81 BIEBER, BERNIE 28 21 26 29 29 29 162.00 133.00 CAN ON Hamilton,OACC
29 CAN80 MAH, STEPHANIE DNF. 31 25 30 25 26 172.00 137.00 CAN ON Richmond Hill,OHCC
30 USA192 CAMERON, BRAD 26 28 30 25 30 31 170.00 139.00 USA CA Tracy,SSS
31 GBR621 WEEDON-JONES, VANESSA 29 30 28 31 28 25 171.00 140.00 GBR Eaton Bray,OSC
32 USA200 MASHI, MIKE 27 32 29 34 34 33 189.00 155.00 USA TX Seguin,SAYC
33 CAN726 JANIDLO, TOM 31 33 DNF. 32 32 DNF. 198.00 163.00 CAN ON Ottawa,
34 CAN61 WOOD, STEVEN DNC DNC DNC 33 33 32 203.00 168.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCC
Friday, August 22, 2008
POS SAIL SKIPPER RACE RACE RACE RACE RACE TOTAL NET
1 2 3 4 5 POINTS POINTS
Tue. Tue. Wed. Thu. Thu. AFTER
1235 1415 1412 1300 1445 1 DROP
1 DEN44 * ANDREASEN, SOREN 2 2 OCS 2 5 46.00 11.00 DEN Hellerup,HS
2 AUS2323 * HAMILTON, MARCUS 15 1 1 7 4 28.00 13.00 AUS Melbourne,BRYC
3 ITA99 VERSARI, MARCO 12 6 7 1 2 28.00 16.00 ITA Milano,CNB
4 GER531 HARPPRECHT, JOACHIM 7 5 5 3 3 23.00 16.00 GER Molfsee,TSS
5 GER53 BRANDT, OLIVER 5 3 OCS 5 6 54.00 19.00 GER Hamburt,HSC
6 GER488 BILLERBECK, MAX 4 8 2 8 15 37.00 22.00 GER ,WSVK
7 USA2396 BIXBY, ETHAN 9 14 3 10 1 37.00 23.00 USA FL St Petersburg,
8 AUS2443 SUTHERLAND, CHRIS 3 7 10 14 7 41.00 27.00 AUS WA Swanbourne,RFBYC
9 GER551 HOMEIER, CHRISTOPH 1 9 4 18 21 53.00 32.00 GER Kiel,TSVS
10 NED212 THORBORG, BART 11 4 13 9 8 45.00 32.00 NED leiden,WB
11 NED232 THORBORG, MARK 6 10 8 19 17 60.00 41.00 NED haarlem,KMJC
12 2398 SMITH, NEIL 13 13 12 4 13 55.00 42.00 CAN ON North York,OHCC
13 2372 ANOSOV, ARTHUR 10 12 20 17 12 71.00 51.00 USA FL Ruskin,
14 GER540 ENGEL, CHRISTOPH 14 11 11 16 18 70.00 52.00 GER ,KYC
15 GER425 ROESLER, JOACHIM 16 16 19 13 9 73.00 54.00 GER CT New Canaan,
16 473 WHITE, RODGER 21 23 9 6 22 81.00 58.00 GBR ,KGSC
17 NED218 THORBORG, RIK 19 15 14 23 10 81.00 58.00 NED NH Bergen,WSVH
18 CAN2397 SMITS, MICHAEL 20 20 16 11 11 78.00 58.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCC
19 CAN2399 MARTIN, ROGER 8 18 18 21 16 81.00 60.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCC
20 GBR1771 MOLLAT, ALAN 23 19 15 15 14 86.00 63.00 GBR Deal,SBSWC
21 NED233 HAANSTRA, JAN 17 17 24 12 19 89.00 65.00 NED ferwoude,GWS
22 CAN2428 MARTIN, PETER 30 27 6 24 24 111.00 81.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCC
23 CAN84 MAGNAN, JOEL 18 25 21 20 23 107.00 82.00 CAN ON Etobicoke,OHCC
24 CAN1599 WHITTINGTON, FRANK DNF. 22 27 22 20 126.00 91.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCBC
25 USA2117 WOOLLEY, GIL 22 26 17 27 27 119.00 92.00 USA CA Palo Alto,SCYC
26 967 CHIDDY, JOSHUA 24 24 23 28 26 125.00 97.00 CAN ON Hamilton,OHCC
27 CAN68 NEEDHAM, RICHARD 25 29 22 26 31 133.00 102.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCC
28 81 BIEBER, BERNIE 28 21 26 29 29 133.00 104.00 CAN ON Hamilton,OACC
29 USA192 CAMERON, BRAD 26 28 30 25 30 139.00 109.00 USA CA Tracy,SSS
30 CAN80 MAH, STEPHANIE DNF. 31 25 30 25 146.00 111.00 CAN ON Richmond Hill,OHCC
31 GBR621 WEEDON-JONES, VANESSA 29 30 28 31 28 146.00 115.00 GBR Eaton Bray,OSC
32 USA200 MASHI, MIKE 27 32 29 34 34 156.00 122.00 USA TX Seguin,SAYC
33 CAN726 JANIDLO, TOM 31 33 DNF. 32 32 163.00 128.00 CAN ON Ottawa,
34 CAN61 WOOD, STEVEN DNF. DNF. DNF. 33 33 171.00 136.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCC
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
POS SAIL SKIPPER RACE RACE TOTAL NET
1 2 POINTS POINTS
Tue. Tue. NO
1235 1415 DROPS
1 DEN44 * ANDREASEN, SOREN 2 2 4.00 4.00 DEN Hellerup,HS
2 GER53 BRANDT, OLIVER 5 3 8.00 8.00 GER Hamburt,HSC
3 GER551 HOMEIER, CHRISTOPH 1 9 10.00 10.00 GER Kiel,TSVS
4 AUS2443 SUTHERLAND, CHRIS 3 7 10.00 10.00 AUS WA Swanbourne,RFBYC
5 GER488 BILLERBECK, MAX 4 8 12.00 12.00 GER ,WSVK
6 GER531 HARPPRECHT, JOACHIM 7 5 12.00 12.00 GER Molfsee,TSS
7 NED212 THORBORG, BART 11 4 15.00 15.00 NED leiden,WB
8 AUS2323 * HAMILTON, MARCUS 15 1 16.00 16.00 AUS Melbourne,BRYC
9 NED232 THORBORG, MARK 6 10 16.00 16.00 NED haarlem,KMJC
10 ITA99 VERSARI, MARCO 12 6 18.00 18.00 ITA Milano,CNB
11 2372 ANOSOV, ARTHUR 10 12 22.00 22.00 USA FL Ruskin,
12 USA2396 BIXBY, ETHAN 9 14 23.00 23.00 USA FL St Petersburg,
13 GER540 ENGEL, CHRISTOPH 14 11 25.00 25.00 GER ,KYC
14 CAN2399 MARTIN, ROGER 8 18 26.00 26.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCC
15 2398 SMITH, NEIL 13 13 26.00 26.00 CAN ON North York,OHCC
16 GER425 ROESLER, JOACHIM 16 16 32.00 32.00 GER CT New Canaan,
17 NED218 THORBORG, RIK 19 15 34.00 34.00 NED NH Bergen,WSVH
18 NED233 HAANSTRA, JAN 17 17 34.00 34.00 NED ferwoude,GWS
19 CAN2397 SMITS, MICHAEL 20 20 40.00 40.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCC
20 GBR1771 MOLLAT, ALAN 23 19 42.00 42.00 GBR Deal,SBSWC
21 CAN84 MAGNAN, JOEL 18 25 43.00 43.00 CAN ON Etobicoke,OHCC
22 473 WHITE, RODGER 21 23 44.00 44.00 GBR ,KGSC
23 USA2117 WOOLLEY, GIL 22 26 48.00 48.00 USA CA Palo Alto,SCYC
24 967 CHIDDY, JOSHUA 24 24 48.00 48.00 CAN ON Hamilton,OHCC
25 81 BIEBER, BERNIE 28 21 49.00 49.00 CAN ON Hamilton,OACC
26 CAN68 NEEDHAM, RICHARD 25 29 54.00 54.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCC
27 USA192 CAMERON, BRAD 26 28 54.00 54.00 USA CA Tracy,SSS
28 CAN1599 WHITTINGTON, FRANK DNF. 22 57.00 57.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCBC
29 CAN2428 MARTIN, PETER 30 27 57.00 57.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCC
30 USA200 MASHI, MIKE 27 32 59.00 59.00 USA TX Seguin,SAYC
31 GBR621 WEEDON-JONES, VANESSA 29 30 59.00 59.00 GBR Eaton Bray,OSC
32 CAN726 JANIDLO, TOM 31 33 64.00 64.00 CAN ON Ottawa,
33 CAN80 MAH, STEPHANIE DNF. 31 66.00 66.00 CAN ON Richmond Hill,OHCC
34 CAN61 WOOD, STEVEN DNF. DNF. 70.00 70.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCC
Monday, August 18, 2008
S SAIL SKIPPER RACE RACE RACE RACE RACE TOTAL NET
1 2 3 4 5 POINTS POINTS
Sat. Sat. Sat. Sun. Sun. AFTER
1200 1400 1645 1245 1402 1 DROP
1 AUS2323 HAMILTON, MARCUS 3 3 1 2 1 10.00 7.00 AUS Melbourne,BRYC
2 DEN44 ANDREASEN, SOREN 2 2 DNS 1 2 39.00 7.00 DEN Hellerup,HS
3 GER551 HOMEIER, CHRISTOPH 4 1 2 3 5 15.00 10.00 GER Kiel,TSVS
4 ITA99 VERSARI, MARCO 5 5 4 4 3 21.00 16.00 ITA Milano,CNB
5 AUS2443 SUTHERLAND, CHRIS 6 4 5 5 4 24.00 18.00 AUS WA Swanbourne,RFBYC
6 NED233 HAANSTRA, JAN 15 6 3 6 6 36.00 21.00 NED ferwoude,GWS
7 GER531 HARPPRECHT, JOACHIM 1 7 10 8 9 35.00 25.00 GER Molfsee,TSS
8 GER540 ENGEL, CHRISTOPH 12 11 7 7 8 45.00 33.00 GER ,KYC
9 GER53 BRANDT, OLIVER 7 16 8 10 12 53.00 37.00 GER Hamburt,HSC
10 GER488 BILLERBECK, MAX 9 8 13 9 11 50.00 37.00 GER ,WSVK
11 GER425 ROESLER, JOACHIM 8 15 DNS 12 7 74.00 42.00 GER CT New Canaan,
12 2398 SMITH, NEIL 13 14 9 14 10 60.00 46.00 CAN ON North York,OHCC
13 2372 ANOSOV, ARTHUR 14 10 11 11 15 61.00 46.00 USA FL Ruskin,
14 CAN2397 SMITS, MICHAEL 10 12 12 16 13 63.00 47.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCC
15 USA2396 BIXBY, ETHAN OCS 9 14 15 14 84.00 52.00 USA FL St Petersburg,
16 CAN2399 MARTIN, ROGER 11 13 16 13 16 69.00 53.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCC
17 CAN84 MAGNAN, JOEL 18 18 15 17 17 85.00 67.00 CAN ON Etobicoke,OHCC
18 USA2117 WOOLLEY, GIL 17 17 6 DNF DNF. 104.00 72.00 USA CA Palo Alto,SCYC
19 473 WHITE, RODGER DNF. 20 17 18 19 106.00 74.00 GBR ,KGSC
20 967 CHIDDY, JOSHUA 20 22 19 20 20 101.00 79.00 CAN ON Hamilton,OHCC
21 CAN1599 WHITTINGTON, FRANK 16 21 18 DNF. DNF. 119.00 87.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCBC
22 81 BIEBER, BERNIE DNF. 19 DNF 19 18 120.00 88.00 CAN ON Hamilton,OACC
23 USA192 CAMERON, BRAD 19 DNF DNF. 22 21 126.00 94.00 USA CA Tracy,SSS
24 CAN68 NEEDHAM, RICHARD 21 23 DNF. 21 DNF. 129.00 97.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCC
25 USA200 MASHI, MIKE DNF DNF DNF. 23 22 141.00 109.00 USA TX Seguin,SAYC
26 CAN2428 MARTIN, PETER 22 DNF DNF. 24 DNF. 142.00 110.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCC
27 CAN726 JANIDLO, TOM 23 DNF DNF. DNF. DNF. 151.00 119.00 CAN ON Ottawa,
28 CAN61 WOOD, STEVEN DNS DNF DNS 25 DNS 153.00 121.00 CAN ON Toronto,OHCC
29= CAN80 MAH, STEPHANIE DNF. DNF. DNF. DNF. DNF. 160.00 128.00 CAN ON Richmond Hill,OHCC
29= GBR1771 MOLLAT, ALAN DNF. DNF. DNF. DNF DNF. 160.00 128.00 GBR Deal,SBSWC
29= GBR621 WEEDON-JONES, VANESSA DNF DNF. DNF. DNF. DNF. 160.00 128.00 GBR Eaton Bray,OSC
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
1. An older Rondar for 1000 pounds (GBR 473) - can include a carbon boom and sail brand new. See pics at: http://s286.photobucket.com/albums/ll113/Contender473/
We also have some older boats in Toronto for sale after the Worlds. If you're interested, contact me or Neil Smith (email@example.com). And if you're in the area, we can certainly arrange for a ride.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
One competitor asked a very good question about what kind of internet access to expect (no doubt to keep friends and family up to date about your victories (and defeats)). The Portsmouth Olympic Harbour's sailing centre will have wireless internet and will set up an internet cafe that will be open to all competitors. If you're staying at the St. Lawrence College, there is no wireless available in the residence, but there is in the college portion of the university grounds.
Three weeks to the Worlds!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
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Excellent outer layer but also excellent base layer
Even when fully immersed it dries in minutes once out of the water
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Kit Boarding & Windsurfing
Monday, July 7, 2008
I have been asked to give some advice on what to expect of the conditions on the CORK course Foxtrot during the Contender Worlds this August.
There are 5 common wind directions, and each has its own key elements to understand. I will explain my best understanding of each. There are of course transition winds in which the wind direction is shifting between one of these common wind directions and those conditions are a matter of knowing which wind direction is winning or likely to win out. Determining this is usually just a matter of watching the water 500 M to 1 km out and you will know what is likely to happen.
1. South West Wind
This is the wind everyone says is the “standard Kingston wind or the Kingston Thermal”. It is not all that standard but is the most common direction in the summer. If there is an underlying gradient wind from the West in the morning and the daytime temperature is expected to be 8 or more degrees higher than the night time temperature, this wind is likely to be strong by about 1- 2 pm. By strong, I mean it can get up to 25 knots. Without much underlying gradient from the West it is not likely to exceed 15 knots and may only get up to 8-10 knots. As this breeze builds it usually backs to 210 degrees and oscillates 7- 10 degrees either side of that for 2-3 hours. If the wind is right of 210 expect a back. If it is left of 210 expect a veer.
On Foxtrot, the typical strategy once the thermal has set in is to go left. This works because there is a shift to the left as you approach Simcoe Island. I believe that this due to the coriolis effect– wind slows down when it comes over the land due to increased friction and shifts to the left in the northern hemisphere due to the spin of the earth under the wind. There is an additional effect here that is in my opinion even more important and that is there is increased velocity when you get to the zone where the left shifted wind is mixing with the wind that did not get slowed by the land. This convergence zone has more wind and results in boats covering more distance in the left shift and even means you are able to stay in the left shift longer due to a velocity shift in every puff. The velocity shift means that you are able to point higher because of the sudden shift of the apparent wind towards the true wind direction. All you need to know is that it works, but only if you are close enough to shore. Too close and the wind will die. Usually, all you need to do is sail to or slightly past the port layline and you will be in the right place. This is one condition that it usually pays to hit the layline from a long way out. The waves are smaller and boats that will plane upwind will benefit from this as well as the extra velocity and lift on port. It’s a trifecta on the left when it works. The same side is also good on the downwind due to increased velocity. (Right side when you are going downwind.)
Beware of the left. Until the thermal has solidly established itself, going right can pay. It can also pay as the thermal starts to die. The key is to remember to go hard right if you must, but it is usually not preferable to go right, especially because most of the fleet will want the left and it becomes risky to split with them. If you get stuck out there, remember to go big.
2. Northish (about 60 degrees either side of North)
This is completely head-out-of-the-boat sailing. It is usually quite windy (15 knots plus), cold and very shifty (60 degree+ shifts).
Sail to stay in the puffs and get on the lifted tack when you are in a puff. The mistake people often make is to keep going if they are lifted but not in a puff. The puffs will have an extra 10 knots. You must be in the puffs. Often it will not matter what side of the shift you are on as a 10-knot puff will yield at least a 10-degree velocity shift in your favour. Whether or not you should tack on the puff to get onto the lifted tack is usually obvious, because you will be ½ - ¾’s of the way through a tack when the puff hits. – sometimes called an “auto-tack” if you can avoid getting “tea bagged” when the sails back-wind.
3. East (could include about 40 degrees either side of East)
This condition is fairly rare and usually associated with bad weather. It usually pays to stay away from the shore of Simcoe Island. (Go left - towards the south shore = mainland.) Remember, there is a magnetic anomaly in the Kingston Harbour and it seems to me to be most pronounced on Foxtrot in an east wind when sailing close to the shore of Simcoe.
4. Due South
If you get this wind it will be strong early in the morning (6 am and earlier). It almost invariably dies by noon and gets replaced with something else that is rarely as strong unless it shifts to the South West. If it is not dying by 11 am, it may well shift to the South West.
In a South Wind, they sometimes move Foxtrot out into the lake past the lighthouse on Simcoe. The biggest factor there is the size of the waves. Get ready for slow upwind legs and surfing downwind. Basically, in this wind expect oscillating breeze about 10 degrees either side of the median.
This is the most rare type of wind to sail in because it us usually dead by noon and you will have been waiting ashore from 9 am because it is too windy to go out.
This is more common later in the Fall, but is usually strong and may have a tendency to shift to the left if it gets warm. If it is a true west Wind, left or right can work fine, even the middle can work, depending on how close you are to Simcoe Is. The RC will typically move the course north away from Simcoe Is. and this reduces the effect described above for the South West wind, but watch for that same pattern if your port layline is with in 4- 500 M of the shore of Simcoe.
Remember anything can happen and it probably will. The advice above are rules of thumb and the user assumes the full risk of following them.
A 16-year veteran of the Canadian Sailing Team in both the 470 and Tornado classes, John Curtis represented Canada in the 2004 Olympic Games in the Tornado with Oskar Johansson. In 2005, John was hired as the Canadian Yachting Association's High Performance Manager & General Counsel. Today he practices Sport Law, Mediation and Conflict Coaching. He also continues to coach sailors at all levels.
A resident of Kingston with many CORK regattas under his belt, John was the natural go to guy for advice about what to expect from the Foxtrot course. We'd like to extend a huge thank you to John for his time and comprehensive insight.
Many of you are eager to take in the sights in and around Kingston, and one of the best (and cheapest) ways to do it will be to rent a bike. If you're interested, there are several places in Kingston to rent one for a day or the entire week. We are also aiming to set up a group bike tour during the measurement day. Check out the following suggestions for places to acquire some wheels:
Frontenac Cycle and Sports
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
The highly recognizable Velocitek SC-1 is an easy-to-use speedometer/GPS compass, which is helping sailors around the world to push their performance to another level. Compatible with various tracking software programs, the SC-1s help sailors to maximize speed performance during practices, and deconstruct their performance after races.
The Contender is one of the fastest single-handed dinghies on the market, with large and highly competitive fleets around the world, so it was a natural fit for Velocitek to become the naming sponsor of the 2008 Contender World Championships. The 2008 Worlds will be held in
Velocitek is demonstrating generous support of not only the 2008 Worlds, but of the sport of sailing in general, and the NACA and the International Contender Association are proud to have the 2008 Worlds associated with one of the most well-known racing tools in the sailing world.
See you at the Worlds in August!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I'm sure that all of you will be bringing your finest threads for the off-water fun, but you're probably also wondering what to bring for the on-water portion of the Worlds.
As we noted in our promotional material, August is one of the hottest months of the year. The average high temperature is 75 fahrenheit (24 celsius) and the low is 59 f/15 c. The dominant wind direction is South, and the water temperature (according to the Volvo Youth Worlds website) is around the low 20s (celsius). If you're really interested in the weather history for Kingston, Wunderground lets you see the detailed weather history of each day for the last several years.
Since it's going to be warm, a drysuit is probably overkill, but given that we're going to be quite far away from the sailing centre, I also wouldn't recommended doing the Worlds in shorts and t-shirts or swimsuits. A light wetsuit with a spray top is probably the best compromise.
Of course, you ultimately have to be your own judge of what to wear. If you get cold really easily, bring the drysuit; and if you are your own little nuclear reactor, then we look forward to seeing you racing in just a speedo. Like Neil.
The Worlds are almost upon us, and we understand several of you are arriving in Toronto and need to figure out how to get to Kingston. If you contact me with your travel details, I will do my best to try and coordinate your transportation. Depending on your date of arrival, you may be able to catch a ride with a local sailor, or you can travel in larger groups to Kingston on a bus, train, car, etc.
I'm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Sail No: GBR 621
Sailing Club: Oxford SC
Why did you get on the Contender? I wanted to helm, but I also wanted to trapeze. The contender has long been my idea of the perfect boat and I'm lucky enough to be almost the right size.
Number of Worlds? 0 in a contender. I did a 470 worlds but dislocated my shoulder. D'oh!
What you'd like to do/see at the 2008 Worlds? Get lots of good sailing in, drink beer, eat good food, enjoy my first trip to Canada.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
One of the highlights will be a dinner and show at Fort Henry. The original Fort was built during the War of 1812 when the Brits felt Canada was still worth defending from the Americans. The Fort which now stands was the second one erected to keep the Yankees at bay.
(*photos poached from the Fort Henry web site)
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Nickname: I'm not aware of being given one
Sail Number: NED 212
Boat Name: Loctudeal, a friend of mine bought his Contender in Kiel and called it Kiel Deal. So when I decided to buy the 212 while at the Europeans in Loctudy, France, it was easy to find a name
Sailing Club: Watersportvereniging Braassemermeer
Height: 2 m
Age: 47 by the time I get to Kingston
Number of years sailing? Started at 12, like my brothers on a Vaurien, a big international class (sail numbers over 30.000 at that time) and later bought a Laser. At 20 I quit sailing, apart from joining my brothers occasionally on touring trips on yachts around the North Sea. In 1999, both my brothers were sailing Contender and they convinced me to go sailing again, in a Contender of course.
Favourite Food? Smoked salmon on toast, along with a not too cold Sancerre.
Stupidest thing you've done on the boat? Fremantle, 1st race, doing a couple of pre-start test gybes and ruining my back.
Goals for the 2008 Worlds? Having fun and being as fast as I can.
Monday, May 5, 2008
2008 OPEN CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
AUGUST 15-17, 2008
2008 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
AUGUST 18-23, 2008
KINGSTON, ONTARIO, CANADA
NOTICE OF RACE
The Organizing Authority for the regatta is CORK/SAIL KINGSTON in conjunction with the International Contender Class Association.
53 Yonge St
Kingston, ON, K7M 6G4
Phone: (613) 545-1322. Fax: (613) 548-3752 e-mail: email@example.com
The championship will be governed by:
1.1 The rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS). In the event of conflict in any translation, the English version will prevail;
1.2 The class rules and championship rules of the International Contender Class Association;
1.3 The prescriptions of the Canadian Yachting Association, which shall be stated in full in the sailing instructions. They can be found at: http://www.blogger.com/target=
1.4 The Equipment Rules of Sailing will apply and can be found at: http://www.ifds.org/technical/ERS2005-2008.pdf
Any changes will be stated in full in the Sailing Instructions.
The regatta will be classified as a Category C event.
The regatta is open to boats of the International Contender class with skippers that meet the ISAF eligibility requirements of Appendix 2 of the ISAF Eligibility Code who have paid their respective Contender Association fees for 2008 and the regatta entry fee, and have submitted the completed entry and declaration forms.
Entry forms for online registration will be available on the CORK/Sail Kingston website: http://www.cork.org/
The regatta will be hosted from Portsmouth Olympic Harbour (POH), in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Refer to the CORK/Sail Kingston website.
After June 30, 2008 the race entry fee will be CAN $550.
The ICA will pay half of the entry fee for Juniors (under 21 years) and half the entry fee for overseas competitors under the age of 25.
The entry fee includes entry to both regattas, to 3 regatta functions, and one T Shirt .
CANADIAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Time: 12:30pm warning signal
Race: 1, 2 and 3
Date: August 17, 2008
Time: 12:30 pm warning signal
Race: 4 and 5
Five races are scheduled for the Canadian Open Championship.
August 18-23, 2008
Date: August 18, 2008
Time: Measurement: 9am- 5 pm; Registration at CORK regatta office
Time: 12:30 pm Warning signal
Race: 1 & 2
Time: 12:30 pm Warning signal
Race: 3 & 4
Time: 12:30 pm Warning signal
Race: 5 & 6
Time: 12:30 pm Warning signal
Race: 7 & 8
Time: 12:30 pm Warning signal
Race: 9 & 10
A valid measurement certificate acceptable to the International Contender class shall be presented for each boat. In addition the following measurements will be taken: measurement of sail and boom markings, hull weight, measurement and weight of rudder, centreboard and mast. Measurement checks and inspections may be carried out at any time during the event. A boat notified of inspection shall follow the instructions of the Race Committee and/or the jury.
Measurements will begin on August 16th at times posted on the notice board.
8. SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
The Sailing Instructions will be available at registration. An electronic copy may be available earlier on the regatta website.
9. THE COURSES
The course location will be Foxtrot course, as described on the CORK/Sail Kingston website.
The courses to be sailed will be described in the Sailing Instructions, including course diagrams.
The courses to be sailed will be triangle courses with angles of 60-30 degrees.
Length of courses will be adapted according to wind strength in order to have expected race durations of about sixty minutes for the leading boat.
10. RADIO COMMUNICATION
A boat shall neither make radio transmissions while racing nor receive radio communications not available to all boats. This restriction also applies to mobile telephones.
11. SUPPORT BOATS
Support boats shall fly their national flag or a flag with their three national letters clearly displayed, or shall be permanently marked with a sticker of their national flag or of their three national letters on each side of the boat.
All competitors shall wear personal flotation devices at all times when afloat, which are in good condition and in accordance with the specifications issued or approved by a national authority affiliated to the ISAF, or a standards organisation, or certification authority, recognised for the purpose by its respective government. Attention is drawn to RRS Fundamental Rule 1.2.
RRS Appendix P, Immediate Penalties for Breaking Rule 42 – Propulsion will apply.
13.1 Flag[Oscar] displayed at the start or near a mark, indicates that: "After starting or rounding the nearby mark, RRS 42 is varied in that except on a beat to windward, pumping, rocking and ooching are permitted".
13.2 Flag [Romeo] displayed near a mark indicates that: "After rounding the nearby mark, RRS 42 applies without variation".
13.3 Section 13.1 may apply in winds of 10 knots and above, measured at deck level.
13.4 Flags specified under 13.1 and 13.2 above may be changed by the Notice of Race and/or Sailing Instructions.
14. INTERNATIONAL JURY
An International Jury will be constituted for the World Championship in accordance with Appendix N. Decisions of the jury will be final as provided in rule 70.4.
15.1 The Low Point scoring system, Appendix A.4.1 will apply.
15.2 (a) When fewer than 5 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.
(b) When 5 to 8 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.
(c) When 9 or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her two worst scores.
Prizes will be awarded for the Canadian Open Championship as follows:
The Canadian Open Champion may be from any nationality. The winning helmsman’s name will be inscribed on the International Contender Canadian Championship trophy.
The first three places will be awarded prizes
A prize for the first Canadian will be awarded.
Prizes will be awarded for the World Championship as follows:
The first three places. The helmsman of the first placed boat will be awarded the International Contender World Champion Perpetual Trophy.
The Junior World Champion will be the first overall under the age of 21 on the date of the first scheduled race.
The Master World Champion will be the first overall aged 50 years old or more on the date of the first scheduled race.
Woman World Champion will be the first female overall.
A prize for the first North American will be awarded.
17. DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority, its associates and appointees will not accept any responsibility for material damage or personal injury or death or inconvenience sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta. The organising committee encourages each competitor to continually re assess their ability to race or continue to race and to make decisions accordingly.
Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of CAN $1 million.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Sail No: New boat AUS 24 XX
Boat name: Travelling Girl
Sailing Club: Royal Freshwater Bay Y C
Age: At an age where asking is not polite
Number of years sailing (and on what)? Over 40 . Done most things. Started in 505 in HK, Mirror in UK, then back in Australia Cherub, 470 which is the boat I started to get competitive in, J24, Ocean racing 2 x Sydney Hobarts, Windsurfing (found my wife windsurfing), Americas Cup - Fremantle (Aus II, III. IV), Match racing all round the world, Maxi boats, Etchells, Magic 25 (sportsboat), Contenders, then throw in just about every other boat except sadly Skiffs.
Number of years sailing the contender? Probably 8 years.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Sail No: GER 551
Boat name: Buzz Schroeder
Sailing Club: TSV Schilksee
Weight: 82 kg
Height: 187 cm
Number of years sailing (and on what)? 14 years
Number of years sailing the contender? 8 or 9 years
Why did you get on the Contender? In my opinion it's the best single handed boat
Number of Worlds? Many
Favourite Worlds Moment? There are always great moments!
Favourite Food? Vegetarian
How do you keep in shape? Sailing, running, swimming, gym
Stupidest thing you've done on the boat? seeing the pumping flag twice a day and continuing the second race so that I got a DNE...
Goals for the 2008 Worlds? having fun and giving my best
What you'd like to do/see at the 2008 Worlds? meet lots of good sailors and friends and a good race committee
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Number of years sailing (and on what)? Yngling from 86-91; Contender since 95; 505 1998-2000.
Number of years sailing the contender?12.
Why did you get on the Contender? Looked cool, always liked them since I was a little boy.
Number of Worlds? Many.
Favourite Worlds Moment? Garda worlds, the best worlds we have had so far, with the strongest fleet we will have in many years.
Favourite Food? Italian, although a big t-bone is my favorite dish!
How do you keep in shape? Sailing the contender and going to the gym in the sailing club.
Stupidest thing you've done on the boat? No way I am going to admit those things! Not checking my gear probably before going racing is one of them!
Goals for the 2008 Worlds? Beating Marcus and Andrea just like I managed to do at the Dutch Nationals in 2006, ups also need to beat Christoph!
What you'd like to do/see at the 2008 Worlds? Happy faces, a serious event where the sailing is the important part.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Boat Name: still thinking about it
Sailing Club: Outer Harbour Centreboard Club
Weight: 155 lbs
Number of years sailing (and on what)? 25 years. Laser 2, iceboat, keelboats, Contender
Number years sailing Contender? 17. For many years, I was sailing and racing it “in secret” on Georgian Bay, and doing silly things like loading it up with camping gear for overnight sailing adventures to the islands, before I saw the light and “discovered” the Toronto fleet.
Why did you get on the Contender? It was fast and challenging, lots of power, I love trapezing and I’d rather blame myself rather than someone else.
Number of Worlds? 2
Favorite Worlds moment? Finishing a windy day race in Medemblik 2000, just minutes before the pintles ripped off the back of the boat and getting towed back to shore.
Favorite Food? A nice thick Rib Eye steak followed by chocolate mint Nanaimo bars for dessert.
How do you keep in shape? Running, cycling, kayak, swimming.
Stupidest thing you’ve done on the boat? Turtle the boat with both feet securely fixed in foot straps. Those foot straps were promptly removed.
Goals for the 2008 Worlds? It would be great to be surrounded by other competitors while on the race course.
What you’d like to do/see at the 2008 worlds? I hope not to have to make big repairs to my boat or someone else’s!
Friday, February 8, 2008
Sail No: USA-2117
Boat name: Atzuma
Sailing Club: Santa Cruz Yacht Club
Weight: 15 stone
Height: 1.97 m 4 ft, 29 inches.
Age: 71 (by the time of the Worlds)
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Number of years sailing the contender? 7
Why did you get on the Contender? Right number of crew required
Number of Worlds? 0
Favourite Worlds Moment? upcoming
Favourite Food? lots of spicy foods
How do you keep in shape? sailing
Stupidest thing you've done on the boat? hard to choose from the many
Goals for the 2008 Worlds? survival
What you'd like to do/see at the 2008 Worlds? race and have fun in a large fleet
Friday, February 1, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Probably your best bet for where to stay is St. Lawrence College, as it is a five-minute walk to Portsmouth Harbour. You can book a single room for CDN $54.50 per night, or a double room for $68.00. It has:
- Lots of free parking
- A kitchenette (small fridge/stove)
- Private bathroom
- A cafeteria nearby
This makes it great for families or individuals.
Because it's so popular with CORK competitors, the St. Lawrence Residence will book up fast (they start to get inquiries in March). If you are interested, BOOK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. You can book via email (write to Lana Campbell: lcampbell @sl.on.ca (remove the space in front of the @)), or give them a call: 613-544-6600 x4999. You will need a credit card.
The address of the residence is: 23 Country Club Drive, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7M 9A4. The St. Lawrence Residence has been added to the customized map, HERE. If you click HERE you can find a virtual tour of the rooms.
Contact me if you need further help.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
As well as having some great cities, the province of Ontario is also famous for its fantastic parks, one of the most famous being Algonquin Park. If you love the outdoors, you have to make time to go see it. Algonquin is about four hours drive Northwest of Kingston, and is a lovely spot to camp, canoe, hike, pick berries, bicycle, swim in clean lakes, and see all sorts of wild animals, like moose, beavers, foxes, fish, and the wildest animals of all - other Canadians.
Unlike the typical Australian animal, this moose doesn't want to kill you.
If you aren't travelling with your camping gear, you can also rent some. Wikipedia has a great entry about Algonquin with more pictures.
You should also be aware that Algonquin books up pretty fast in the summer, so if you're interested, reserve something as soon as possible!
It's Mr. Canoehead!
Other useful links:
Algonquin Park Eco-Lodge (a great place to stay in the park)
Voyageur Quest (they'll arrange canoe trips and other excursions in the park for you)
Bartlett Lodge (an upscale place ($$$) to stay in the park)
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Number of years sailing (and on what)? From the age of 7 but, on lead mines. The bigger the better is what I thought until 4 years ago. My son turned 7 and he needed to learn sailing so I bought a performance dinghy (US1) and realized I was the person learning how to sail.... That boat is like a Finn.. I have literally hiked my shorts off it. Plumbers butt is not pretty.
Number of years sailing the contender? Zero.
Why did you get on the Contender? Cause I'm suicidal. Seriously.... the Garda Vid, I hate hiking and I want to race single handed with 1 sail.
Number of Worlds? Nada.
Favourite Worlds Moment? I got nothing.
Favourite Food? Falafel.
How do you keep in shape? I'm working on that part. St. Pete said hello to my body and if your gonna sail this boat, get in shape now!
Stupidest thing you've done on the boat? Take a Contender sailing for the first time in 30+ winds. Ended up with 11 holes in the bottom and stuck on a lee shore in freezing cold weather for 2 hours.
Goals for the 2008 Worlds? Be there!
What you'd like to do/see at the 2008 Worlds? Have a great time!
Sail No: 2398
Boat name: Adele
Sailing Club: Outer Harbour Centreboard Club
Number of years sailing (and on what)? around 30 years, but for many crew of a CL16(I am not sure if that counts) .
Number of years sailing the contender? 8 years.
Why did you get on the Contender? I always loved the look of the Contender, and since I didn't need to worry about crew it was a great option.
Number of Worlds? 4 Kingston 2001, Plymouth 2003, Perth 2006, Medemblik 2007.
Favourite Worlds Moment? Sailing in 35 knots in Perth, also when sailing out seeing the flying fish jump over your bow.
Favourite Food? Salad.
How do you keep in shape? Swimming, Cycling and Yoga - if the knee is working.
Stupidest thing you've done on the boat? Sail with a torn meniscus.
Goals for the 2008 Worlds? To sail to my best ability - #1 is to be able to sail with my knee issues.
What you'd like to do/see at the 2008 Worlds? Over 50 Contenders and then to Party like it is 1999.
Any other comments? I promise that everyone who comes to Kingston will have a great time, there will be lots of free beer and great things to do. Plus we will get to see Steph mounting the centerboard trick which is very amusing. [The Dictator: It really is something to see!]