by Guy Perrin
Soaked crews made it back to PCYC after experiencing the full gamut of conditions in the 2011 Susan Hood Trophy Race. Many abandoned the race after hours of drifting near the Burlington Weather Mark; PCYC's Simon Hampson on Kawabonga explained when I saw him on the docks at 5:30 AM: 'Despite the light winds at the start, we still managed to get to within two miles of the Burlington mark in three hours, then we spent the next three hours drifting towards the mark in the slow current with no wind in the sails. We were still a half-mile away when we decided to turn on the engine and come back home. A bit frustrating but at least we were out on the water!'
Umi Taka crosses the finish line under gray skies
Those who persevered towards the Niagara mark at the mouth of the Niagara river were eventually greeted by a cold front that swept across lake Erie and the western end of Lake Ontario on Saturday morning; torrential rain was accompanied with high winds. Some crew reported having to run with the storm in sustained 30 knot winds for extended periods while others were simply recovering from being knocked down by even stronger gusts.
Afterburn is being led towards the finish
After many hours on the finish line, we finally saw three spinnakers over the horizon; these were eventually replaced by small headsail as the winds changed directions and increased in velocity close to shore. Half a mile out, Keith Bechard's ZOOM from RCYC was the first boat to round the PCYC Mark before the crossing the finish line a few minutes later at 10:35 AM to take line honours. They were closely followed by Umi Taka and Chariot; it would be almost another two hours though for the next boats to finish as the top three had avoided the worst of the storm.
Yachts were racing in IRC, PHRF Flying Sail Crewed and Double-handed, PHRF No Flying Sails Crewed and Double-Handed. Top three in each division are as follows:
|Place, Yacht Name, Type, Owner/Skipper, Hometown, Results, Total Points|
|IRC - 1 (IRC - 11 Boats)1. Umi Taka, Beneteau First 40.7 40, Chris Rypkema , Oakville, Ont, CAN 2. Chariot, Killing 40 40, Jamie MacCorkindale , Oakville, Ont, CAN3. ZOOM, Farr 395 39.5', Keith Bechard , Toronto, Ont, CANIRC - 2 (IRC - 12 Boats)1. Crime Scene, J 35 35, Stephen Trevitt , Gormley, ONT, CAN 2. Cesan, C&C 41 41, Paul Delacourt , Oakville, ONT, CAN3. Upstart, Sunfast 3200 32', Bert Barrett , Toronto, Ont, CANPHRF-LO Flying Sails – Double Handed (PHRF_ToT - 8 Boats)1. 1-800, Morgan 27 27.5, Alison Jones , Burlington, Ont, CAN2. Pearl, C&C 35 MKII Mod 35, Brent Hughes , Pickering, Ont, CAN3. Kaizen, Farr 30 31, Vladimir Melnikov , Ajax, Ont, CANPHRF-LO Flying Sails – Full Crew 1 (PHRF_ToT - 13 Boats)1. Air Force, Beneteau First 36.7 36, John Ferreira , Toronto, Ont, CAN2. Shorthanded, J 35 35, Michael Pietz , Brampton, Ont, CAN 3. Sula Sula, C&C 115 37'8, Carey Crawford-Brown , Toronto, Ont, CANPHRF-LO Flying Sails – Full Crew 2-A (PHRF_ToT - 11 Boats)1. Plika, Beneteau First 10R 34, Ian Struthers , Toronto, Ont, CAN2. Afterburn, Dash 34 34, Darren Gornall , Mississauga, ONT, CAN3. Still Holding On, Beneteau 10R 34, Peter Welsby , Youngstown, NY, USAPHRF-LO Flying Sails – Full Crew 2-B (PHRF_ToT - 7 Boats)1. Demon's Dance, C&C 99 32'6, Ric Doedens , Toronto, Ont, CAN2. Zoom, Tripp 26 26, Mark Shannon , Oakville, Ont, CAN3. Tracker, Express 35 35, Ken Graham , Oakville, Ont, CANPHRF-LO Flying Sails – Full Crew 3 (PHRF_ToT - 10 Boats)1. Folichon, C&C 34 33.5', Ian McAllister , Mississauga, ON, CAN2. Still Crazy, X-95-TM-Mod 29.95, John Danahy , Mississauga, Ont, CAN 3. Aponivi, CS 33 33, Eric Neate , Mississauga, Ont, CANPHRF-LO Flying Sails – Full Crew 4 (PHRF_ToT - 6 Boats)1. Kat's-Paw I, C&C 27 Mark III 27, Kathleen Timmis , Toronto, Ont, CAN2. Emerald, Elvstrom 1/2 ton 31, Paul Willis , Hamilton, Ont, CAN3. Alchemist, C&C 29 Mk 2 28.5, Ron Ander , Thornhill, Ont, CANPHRF-LO No Flying Sails – Double Handed (PHRF_ToT - 6 Boats)1. Naxos, Dufour 36 Classic 36, Mark Boudreau , Toronto, ON, CAN2. Southern Cross, Sabre 402 40, mike newbury , Toronto, Ont, CAN3. Nordic Belle, Hanse 370 37'3, Torstein Braaten , Toronto, ON, CANPHRF-LO No Flying Sails – Full Crew 1 (PHRF_ToT - 9 Boats)1. Keego II, Hunter Legend 35 35, Peter Chalkley , Markham, Ont, CAN2. French Vanilla, Mirage 33 33, Harvey Ostrander , Newcastle, ON, CAN3. Mythos, CS Merlin 36 36, Ted Spanos , Brampton, Ont, CANPHRF-LO No Flying Sails – Full Crew 2 (PHRF_ToT - 8 Boats)1. Ilene, Catalina 30 TR 29'11', Milutin Ajdacic , Toronto, Ont, CAN2. True Blue, Hunter 326 32, Tim Thomas , Burlington, Ont, CAN3. Nepenthean, C&C 27 MKIII 27.9, William Harney , Toronto, Ont, CAN|
Full results are available at http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_detail.cfm?Race_Number=1&eID=435
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