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2013 North Americans

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The weather forecast was for light airs but there was hope that the warm weather would result in the famous Kingston thermal kicking in.

Twelve crews arrived in Kingston to sail the 2013 North Americans as part of the CORK One Design Regatta.  Kingston, site of the 1976 Olympic sailing events, has long had a reputation for good winds and great sailing.  Expectations were high as the fleet left Portsmouth Olympic Harbour for the start on the One Design Regatta.  Unfortunately the thermal struggled and the result was light and somewhat shifty breezes.  With four other fleets sharing the course the start sequences were long especially if there were any postponements as a result of the shifty conditions. Two races were sailed and with several boats (including a couple of the frontrunners) scored OCS the day ended with the top three boats separated by three points and a promise of more wind the next day.

The winds filled in for the last day of CORK One Design Regatta with 10 knots from the South West.  With three more races sailed the Fireball North American Championship finished with a total of 5 races. The North American Fireball Champions are Robert Levy and Jonathan Driver with 6 points over the 5 races.

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2013 North American Champions Rob Levy and Jon Driver from Pointe Claire YC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second and third place crews were tied on 9 points however the tiebreaker went to Stephen Waldie and Nic Mocciutti.

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Stephen Waldie and Nic Mochiutti

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Joe Jospe and Tom Egli

 

 

Completing the Pointe Claire YC sweep of the podium was Tom Egli and Joe Jospe.  Full results can be found on the CORK results page

 

 

 

 

Canadian Nationals as part of SOAR 2013

The Canadian National Championship was hosted by the Squamish YC as part of their Squamish Open Annual Regatta (SOAR) on the August 10/11 weekend.

The following report comes from Debbie Kirkby:

Day one winds started 12-15 knots but by race 2 ballooned to 20-24 knots gusting to 30 knots but only about 2/3 of the very long leg where it would drop in speed and become shifty. This helped with spinnaker launches and early gybes. This wind pattern is always there with slight variations in direction.
The top 4-5 boats stayed close often finishing overlapped. All courses were windward leeward finishing on the run. With the very long downwind leg it often payed to reach at a hotter angle and gybe more often. Many places changed as a result. Gorgeous venue and very fun sailing with no need to drive anywhere and the infamous Howe Sound Pub and Brewery only a one block stagger from the club!

A keelboat participant said “I was racing SOAR (Squamish open annual regatta) this weekend, it was a total blast, 25 knots Saturday, 20 Sunday. And there were tons of fireballs! Oh the carnage! They were fun to watch.”

Canadians 2013 1st

Fraser McMillan and Kieran Horsburgh
Canadian Champions 2013
Canadians 2013 2nd

Noah Purves-Smith and Sean Holmes-Smith 2nd

Canadians 2013 3rd
Jamie Cox and Simon Pearson 3rd

Kelly Gallins and Eric Diller are the winners of the Classic Boat Award

Full results can be found at Fireball Can Nationals-1