It was a Big Sound Challenge indeed!

wayfarers1849“You can never have too much wind” is an old sailors’ expression but just occasionally, it can pose a challenge.  Saturday was a gorgeous day on the water with a strong gusty wind and whitecaps and a few capsizes in the four races.  Sunday, the perfect steady thousand-mile wind returned to the Big Sound and the Race Committee cracked off the remaining three races before lunch.

 

2016 Wayfarer Ontario Championships

Results FINAL as of 14:26 on August 7, 2016

Overall

Sailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 13, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank SailNo Helm/Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett
1st 10865 Dave Hansman/Dave Richardson 3 1 1 2 3 (6) 6 22 16
2nd 3854 Al Schonborn/Bruce Clifford 1 2 (7) 5 2 4 2 23 16
3rd 10963 David & Anne Pugh 4 4 (5) 3 1 1 4 22 17
4th 397 Sue Pilling/Steph Romaniuk (7) 5 3 4 6 3 1 29 22
5th 10944 Leo & Joanne Van Kampen 8 6 4 1 4 (11) 5 39 28
6th 10861 Marc & Julie Bennett 2 3 (14 DNF) 14 DNC 5 5 3 46 32
7th 3664 Doug & Chris Ryan (14 DSQ) 8 6 6 9 2 9 54 40
8th 994 Kit Wallace/George Waller 5 9 2 (14 DNC) 7 8 11 56 42
9th 1066 Jim & Linda Heffernan (10) 10 8 7 10 10 7 62 52
10th 10137 Alastair & David Ryder-Turner 6 (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 8 9 8 73 59
11th 11136 AnnMarie Covington/Nick Seraphinoff 9 7 (14 DNC) 14 DNC 11 12 10 77 63
12th 10964 Jan & Alannah d’Ailly (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 12 7 14 DNF 89 75
13th 10962 Mike & Marg Duncan (14 DNF) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 98 84

Big Sound Challenge

Lasers

FINAL results on August 7, 2016

Overall

Sailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 13, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank SailNo Helm/Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett
1st 200182 Bradley Sheppard 1 1 1 1 1 1 (2) 8 6
2nd 212333 Stephen Winkworth 2 2 2 2 2 (4) 1 15 11
3rd 7415 David Sivers (8) 4 5 3 4 2 3 29 21
4th 202901 Indrek Aavisto (7) 3 4 4 3 3 5 29 22
5th 200152 Lucas Trapp 3 5 (14 OCS) 5 5 9 4 45 31
6th 200126 Scott Avery 6 7 (14 DNC) 14 DNC 6 6 7 60 46
7th 185958 Anthony Hick (14 DNC) 8 6 14 DNC 8 8 6 64 50
8th 188982 Ross Emmans 5 (14 DNC) 3 6 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 70 56
9th 8797 Jacob David (14 DSQ) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 7 5 8 76 62
10th 175189 Grant Kavanagh 4 6 (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 80 66
11th 187196 Gary Holman (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 9 7 9 81 67
12th 40963 Ben Woitzik (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 10 14 OCS 14 DNF 94 80
13th 196054 Curtis Wilson (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 98 84

Results Courtesy Sailwave Scoring Software 2.19.4

www.sailwave.com

 

A perfect day for Wayfarer Ontarios– Big Sound Challenge

We always enjoy the early morning game of suspense that Mother Nature gives us and our regatta guests.  The day dawned foggy and flat.

Over coffee, the Wayfarers were casting apprehensive glances at the easterly puffs coming across the sailing centre.  The Sail Parry Sound crew reassured them, but truly it is difficult in these conditions to see how there can be a decent day of sailing.

By ten o’clock, however, the usual west wind was hinting at its presence and there were smiles at the skippers meeting as the flag started to crackle in the wind.

A beautiful day on the water followed shortly thereafter.

Results are at http://sailparrysound.on.ca/sps-regatta-management/

 

Photos courtesy Jo Bossart.

Waiting eagerly for spring

Sail Parry Sound is cloaked in snow now.  Before freeze-up, Kirby Hall worked his magic in stone to create a ramp to our future observation deck.

The left side of the photo is real; the right side includes an interpretation of the plan for spring.  The wraparound deck will provide an open, elevated panoramic view of the Big Sound.

Now, we wait for the first signs of spring! Construction could begin as early as March.

Sail Parry Sound members are fundraising; our friends and supporters are embracing the vision.

Winter dreams of summer days: meeting friends at the café kiosk on the new observation deck, coffee in hand, enjoying the breeze, listening to the laughter of children, and watching the sails on the diamond-studded waters of the Sound.

Sails on the Sound

seen from deck height

How many gifts last a lifetime?

A gift of sailing lessons will outlast them all.  It’s a summer of fun to look forward to, and much more.  Sailing gives young people physical literacy, builds self-confidence, helps them to be more socially adept, and most important, provides a lifelong sport to enrich their lives.

For the young person you love, give the gift of sail.

http://sailparrysound.on.ca/sps-sailing-school/registration/

It will take you five minutes to arrange, but that young person will thank you always.

Happy holidays!

 

Autumn

The autumn brings many tasks at SPS.  One of them is the removal of the floating docks to protect them from the winter storms.  It’s hard work, on a rather sad day, realizing it really is the end of summer.  Often the weather is foul.

However, this year, it was warm and misty, and as you can see, somewhat of an adventure.

All heads turned aboard the Island Queen as they cruised past Terry Johnson, towing Wade Perkins, like Huckleberry Finn on a raft.

Just another beautiful autumn day in Parry Sound!

Splash Day!

No matter how grey, and it was, nor how wet, and it was, splash day is the day to celebrate. A day to look forward to the sunny, breezy days on the Sound, heeling gently, listening to the slap of the waves on the hull.

Bring on summer, so we can all Sail Parry Sound!

Blue Pearl

Sailing starts in only a few weeks

Spring—officially only a week away, and yet the Big Sound is still frozen solid, playground for snowmobilers and fishers.  Sail Parry Sound has a small colony of cosy fishing huts just offshore.

Everything ashore is deeply blanketed in snow, smoothing the rocks and crevices into softened terrain. The fleet is snugly covered in white.

On March 6, the sun had already moved far enough north to begin the melt, despite below-zero temperatures.

In mere weeks, the ice will be gone, the boats will be cleaned and rigged, and the voices of happy youngsters will ring out again.

All the instructors are eagerly waiting to get Sailing School started again.  Are your family members registered?  Spaces are filling up fast, in the optimistic belief that summer is not far away.