Monthly Archives: May 2014

So you want to go to a regatta!

With the 2014 regatta season about to start that means loading the boat on a trailer and heading out. Some have never done it….here’s some tips.  Contacts have been updated so if you have questions ask

A reprint from the Ontario Fireball newsletter, May 2001

I’ve been sending these occasional bulletins out with the hope of getting more boats on the water this season. ‘Fleet-building” for the entire province is somewhat difficult from Ottawa, so I’m also depending an all the old regulars out there to help nurture and encourage any fleet newcomers in their areas.

I know for a fact that there are Fireballers out there that have never travelled to a regatta outside of their home waters. Guess what – it’s actually a lot of fun. The social side of Fireball sailing should never be overlooked either, it’s what keeps many of us in the fleet (okay, the boats are fun to sail too).

Let’s go over a list of concerns you might have before going on your first road trip:

  • Do you need a measurement certificate? While we encourage all boats to be “legal” Fireballs, with the certificate to prove it, in reality the only nearby regatta where you’ll be asked for it this year will be the Canadians in Montreal in September. If this worries you, don’t hesitate to contact our measurer, Dave Landsberg. ( He can issue you a new certificate if there is a record of the boat being measured or arrange to have the boat measured.
  • Do you need to know the rules? I’d encourage you to be familiar with the basics, and generally just try to do what everyone else does and stay out of trouble. It gets a bit aggressive at times at the front of the fleet, but if this is your first regatta that probably isn’t a concern to you.
  • Do you need a launch dolly? No. Sure, they make it convenient for getting on and off the water, but usually you can borrow one (or get a few others to just carry your boat to the water). You MAY need something to set the boat down on though – a couple of carpeted chunks of 4×4 will do the trick.
    • Nepean Sailing Club (NSC) – Nepean One Design in June and Fanfare in September – the dinghy area is gravel, but there is a grass strip near the water that will accommodate a few boats. Launching is from ramps. You can park near your boat. Camping is allowed on club grounds. Contact Jeremy Kennedy ( if you have questions about this venue.
    • Britannia Yacht Club (BYC) – National Capital in August – there is a small area near the gas dock that can accommodate a few Fireballs. Main dinghy area is around on the North side of the harbour and a long walk back to the Club
    • Pointe Claire Yacht Club (Montreal). All paved, no grass. Concrete ramps for launching. No camping allowed on the property. Stephen Waldie ( ) is your contact.
    • Sam Myers Regatta at Pymatuning Sailing Club (Andover Ohio) in July. Great venue. Camping on site is encouraged and the beer flows freely (there are a few B&Bs in Andover if you aren’t a camper). All grass. Boats are lifted in off of floating docks. Cal Cotton ( is your contact.
    • Pymatuning Yacht Club (Jamestown PA) Opposite end of the lake from PSC Lots of grass, camping club, ramp launching
  • What else do you need to bring? Have a watch, preferably one that can be set to work as a countdown timer. Make sure you have a small paddle (it’s the law, and also handy for getting in & out of unfamiliar harbours) and a life jacket for each person on the boat. Pack a light lunch for each day, and have a bottle or two of water on the boat. Sunscreen is a good idea, and think about having more clothing (spraytops etc) on the boat than you think you’ll need. It’s no fun being cold & wet. Most of these things can be stuffed into the tanks through the inspection ports. Have enough cash for the entry fee, dinners, and drinks. Most regattas aren’t terribly expensive affairs, unless you’re into staying at posh hotels. And there are discounts available on hotels through the CFA. Don’t be shy about asking the regatta contact if any of the fleet locals will put you up for the duration of the regatta – usually there are some billets available.
  • Get to the site early enough to be sure you’re rigged in time and not stressed out by rushing. This may mean arriving the night before. Look up the Notice of Race beforehand to know what time the first start is, and be out there on time. The Race Committee won’t wait for you.

That’s all there is to it. I hope to see a lot of boats out there this season!


Phil Locker, CAN14678

2014 Spring Dinghies

2013 Canadian national champion Fraser McMillan and 2013 BC champion Iain McEvoy teamed up to sail to victory in a 3 race series at RVYC.

Rob Thompson and Colin Huggett arrived in time for the second race and were fast enough for two bullets Saturday afternoon. Jamie Cox and Leigh Anderson recovered nicely in the first race to eek out a close win over Iain and Fraser. Geoff Huggett sailed Colin’s boat with fresh recruit Jeff Wilson and Mark Cummings/Evelyn Chisholm and Peter Gerber/Gary Bishop rounded out the fleet. Good close racing on the first day was was followed by breezeless drizzle on the second day, which the race committee thankfully allowed us to spend on shore

RVYC Spring Dinghies 2014


Sailed: 3, Discards: 0, To count: 3, Entries: 6, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank SailNo Club HelmName CrewName R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
3rd 14680 RVYC Jamie Cox Leigh Andersen 1.0 3.0 5.0 9.0 9.0
1st 13890 RVYC Fraser MacMillan Iain McEvoy 2.0 2.0 2.0 6.0 6.0
4th 11882 CBSA Mark Cummings Evelyn Chisholm 3.0 4.0 3.0 10.0 10.0
5th 14757 RVYC/CBSA Gary Bishop Peter Gerber 4.0 5.0 4.0 13.0 13.0
6th 14727 CBSA Geoff Huggett Wilson/Kingsley 5.0 6.0 6.0 17.0 17.0
2nd 15098 RVYC Rob Thompson Francis Thompson 7.0 DNC 1.0 1.0 9.0 9.0

Sailwave Scoring Software 2.9.7

Fireball International Elections

Elections for Executive Office

The term of office for the Fireball International Executive is expiring at the end of this calendar year. The constitution reads:

“7.2 Council shall call for nominations for Flag Officers not less than eight months prior to the expiry of the current term of office. Nominations shall be closed four months prior to the expiry of the current term of office.”

Please be advised that nominations are now open, and interested candidates are encouraged to apply for the following positions:

  • Commodore
  • Rear Commodore Africa
  • Rear Commodore America
  • Rear Commodore Asia
  • Rear Commodore Australia and Oceania

In order to apply, the Constitution requires that:

7.3 The Commodore shall be nominated by a NCA and seconded by another NCA. The Rear Commodores shall be nominated by a NCA in their region and seconded by another NCA.”

Please submit nominations to the Fireball International Secretary, Andrew Davies at: The deadline to apply is August 31st, 2014.

The Constitution further provides:

7.4      In the absence of a nomination, the Council shall appoint the Flag Officer.

7.5      Council, as the case may be, shall elect or appoint the Flag Officers two months prior to the expiry of the current term of office.

7.6       Flag Officers shall be elected for a term of three years and may be reelected.

 Joe Jospe

Commodore, Fireball International