BC Fleet News
2009 Lewmar VARC Closer Regatta, held in Vancouver, BC on October 24-25
All six Farr 30's from the BC Fleet sailed as a one design class within the Vancouver Area Racing Council's 2009 season-closing regatta, the 2009 Lewmar VARC Closer Regatta.
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club's race committee PRO James McDonald ran two races on Saturday and two races on Sunday, each windward-leeward and twice around. Racing was delayed Saturday until a Westerly filled in at 6 knots under blue skies and the wind remained light and patchy for the afternoon. The second race was shortened at the second weather mark rounding due to a dying breeze. Conditions rewarded competitors who stayed in pressure and who had upwind boat speed and point in light air and choppy water.
Saturday, Andrew Hamilton's Through led comfortably with a bullet and a second, with second held by Darren Burns' Idiopathic with a fourth and a bullet. David Sutcliffe's Kinetic IV was consistent with two thirds for third place for the day.
Sunday's racing was delayed until shifty winds from the Southwest, Southeast, East and North settled down into an Easterly of 7-8 knots blowing under cloudy skies from downtown. The warning signal for the first race heralded an increase in pressure to 10 knots and the wind built to 14 knots, in flat water, as the race progressed. The Race Committee signaled the second race very quickly as the wind ranged from 14 to 18 knots, still with flat water. Boat speed and handling were critical factors Sunday, along with favoring the North side of the course in both races.
Through added two more bullets to lead Sunday's results, Kinetic IV was again consistent with two seconds for second on the day, and Idiopathic and Rich Alban's Spiny Norman each counted a third and a fourth. Short Circuit and M Power sailed aggressively throughout the regatta, keeping the pressure up on the middle of the fleet.
Farr 30 top three boats for the 2009 Lewmar VARC Closer - Through first, Kinetic IV second and Idiopathic third.
The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club provided guest moorage for visiting boats and RVYC's Race Committee did a commendable job in challenging conditions. Title sponsor Lewmar supplied loads of high quality door prizes. Another full turnout of the BC Farr 30 Fleet made for excellent one design racing. With the close of the 2009 VARC season, the BC Farr 30 Fleet will turn its attention to Snowflake racing which consists of nine races in two series held from November through March.
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