On Friday September 16 eighteen boats gathered at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto for the J105 Canadian Championships. Friday’s racing saw three light air races out of the east with a significant current running roughly with the wind. The current, along with a left over swell, made weather and offset mark roundings challenging, especially for those in a crowd. Several boats were forced to do circles after either hitting the mark or fouling a competitor. Eight different boats had at least one top five finish on the day. Full Tilt Boogie owned by Kevin Pask had a solid day with at 4, 3, 10.
Saturday brought a fresh SW breeze with a good amount of waves to power through. Three races were sailed in winds that ranged from 8 to 22 knots. Mandate (Terry McLaughlin and Rod Wilmer), which seems to like the breeze, got clean starts and sailed to three bullets to take a firm lead in the regatta. Hey Jude (Jim Rathbun) got progressively better over the day with finishes of 7, 5, 2. Starcross (Frank McLaughlin/Paul Currie/Michael Penny) with a 6, 2, 4, Jamaica Me Crazy (Peter Hall) 2, 8, 3, Sonic Boom (Ian Farquharson) 3, 4, 7, Rounding Error (Felicity Rodness) 8, 3, 5 and Live Edge (Michael Mountford) 4, 6, 8 all had good days to keep themselves in contention.
Three races were planned for Sunday but the weather did not cooperate. In the only race of the day, Hey Jude got off the starting line going left to never be challenged for the win. Fleet Captain Doug Bullock sailing True Blue sailed a solid race working the left side of the upwind legs to round the last mark in second place with Mandate on their heels. Despite Mandate to True Blue discourse down the last leg, in attempt to throw Doug off, True Blue kept their lead on second until close to the finish line when Mandate was able to gybe onto starboard and force True Blue to do the same thus preventing them from reaching zone. None-the-less, Doug had sailed well and was happy with his third place finish.
All in all it was three days of great racing. Many thanks to Regatta Chairman Doug Bullock, the RCYC race committee and the volunteer jury members who sat through a few number of protest hearings.