|Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Race 5||Race 6|| Overall
|Johan of Rhu||7||7||7||7||7||7||5|
North American Championships - Vancouver, B.C. July 24 - 25, 2004
Full results soon.
On the first day the conditions were perfect and consistent with clear blue skies and sun and very warm (90F, 30C) with 12 -15 knots and a slight sea. It has been many years since 7 sixes have been on English Bay, and Vancouver put on her best clothes for the event. The Kitsalano Yacht Club hosted and ran the races with the Vancouver Maritime Museum providing moorage. The courses were windward-leeward of approximately 6 miles and CAN 37 Frenzy, led by Eric Jespersen, took early command of the regatta, with strong wins in the first 3 races, but Roger Ivie and the crew on USA 122 Capriccio started to make their move later in the day with a last race win. In the Classics US 73 Saga walked away with KC 12 CaVa battling it out with US 96 Hanko III.
A new boat to the area made her debut yesterday. It was the first time on the racecourse against other sixes for over 20 years for KC 17 Johan of Rhu. The crew was still bolting things down an hour before the start, and some kinks need to get worked out, but it was a great day to welcome her to the course. The 1939 McGruer design represented Great Britain at the 1948 Olympics and spent the 50's and 60's in the Toronto area. She eventually made her way to a remote area of Lake Huron. She was recently sold to a syndicate in Vancouver and towed behind Jim Metteer's truck for the 2000+ mile journey. While Johan of Rhu was making her debut, both US 73 Saga, ex. KC 33 and US Hanko III, ex. KC 30, made a homecoming of sorts. Both boats were previously Canadian flagged and spent much of the 80's in Victoria, Maple Bay and Vancouver.
After dockside chatter and rehash of the day over rum drinks, the assembled participants held an impromptu meeting to decide the venue for the 2004 Lipton Cup, then moved over to the wonderful dinner at the Kitsalano Yacht Club ...
Sunday was slighly cooler with a little less breeze. The first course of the day was like Saturday's, but the finale was a distance event around a buoy far out in the bay and back for double points. The start of the last race saw spectacular match race tactica between Frenzy and Capriccio, who were furiously manouvering around each other for leeward advantage. The wind decreased on the run back and keeping the boat moving proved more successful than straight line downwind sailing. Scoring at the end was a little convoluted, as the classes were broken into Modern and Classic using high point scoring, though everyone had the same start. A tie breaker between Ca Va and Hanko III could have gone either way based on how the scores were counted, but eventually favored Hanko III for 2nd among the Classics.
Our thanks go out to Fred and Audrey Davies, among many others, for their hard work on the event organization and on the race committee. It was memorable and a great start to what we hope will be a long relationship with Kitsalano Yacht Club.