Monthly Archives: September 2012

Screwball XXXI

Screwball has its own special traditions. Unlike all other regattas during the sailing season when the wind and action is unpredictable, Screwball is pretty much guaranteed to be exciting and eventful. This year was truly memorable. Mother Nature spoiled us with one day of light and erratically shifty conditions, followed by two days of 25-30 knot winds and is led to much swimming by every participant throughout the entire weekend. Including 3 boats on the start-line of one race with 45 seconds before the gun! Let’s just say the race committee got a pretty good show!!! However, the action had already started back on shore with Tom and Pierre, who on Friday just two hours before the first gun, had their boat upside down in the barn and were still sanding away. But with some teamwork and a bit of luck, they managed to pull everything together and were sailing just in time for the start. Sometimes, luck does run out…rather quickly when it comes to Tom and Pierre. They not only lost their newly installed slot gaskets once, but twice!! Is third time the charm??!! With winds like we had, one can only imagine that boat breakage is inevitable. And you would be right! Nic and Stephen experienced this first hand when their rudder ripped out of their transom. Poor boat! Once everyone was back on-land, dry and warm, we were presented with a delicious Mexican themed dinner Saturday night. We even had a great band playing called: Break in the Silence. Thank you very much Shane, Val, Declan and Matys for being our musicians for the night! I would like to thank Luka Bartulovic for taking some awesome pictures of us in action over the weekend. Please visit his site to check those out ( Finally, for the boring part…the Screwball XXXI podium finishes! Nic and Stephen finished in 3rd place, followed by Rune and Jochen in 2nd place and Tom and Joe in 1st place! Thank you very much to everyone who had a part in this regatta and making it as enjoyable as it always is!!


BC Championships

The Fireball Fleet Warms up Near the Fire on Saturday Evening. Photo by Jamie Cox.

Rob and Francis Thompson are the winners of the BC Championship held at Royal Victoria Yacht Club over the weekend. Ten boats participated in the event following Evelyn “Mother Hen/Evil Twin” Chisholm’s master plan which called for mixing and matching of crews and boats to accommodate some boatless itinerants from Ottawa and Portland. As a result Mike McEvoy sailed with Debra Dietch in Mark Cumming’s boat, Panther Larkin was teamed with Simon Pearson in Jamie Cox’s boat and Greg Desilets sailed with Shannon Gallins in Kelly’s boat. Other highlights included the return of Iain McEvoy after being MIA for several years and the unexpected appearance of Chris and Tracey Mills sailing their new to them (ex Mel Steffin) Fireball. Light air prevailed through the weekend and as usual in Cadboro Bay the tide was as much a factor as the wind. Lake sailors McEvoy and Dietch led the fleet for much of the second and third races after going the wrong way in race 1 but were unable to hold on for the win. Better boat handling and superior unwind speed gave Rob and Francis two bullets and the lead at the end of day 1. With everyone having a bad race counting all were hoping for a couple of races Sunday in order to get a drop. The wind never arrived and so the final results were Rob and Francis in first, Gary Bishop and Rob Warren second and Panther and Simon in third on the tie breaker.