Day One: Canadian National Championship
2010 Farr 30 Canadian Nationals kicked off today with five races held in perfect sailing conditions, with winds of 15-24 knots, cloudy skies and mild temperatures. With the breeze maintaining a southeasterly onset, the waters of English Bay were nearly flat with ideal conditions for upwind work. Starts and upwind legs were very tight and the fleet only separated on the downwind legs. Puffs were strong enough to provide exciting moments for the over-trimmed on the downwind legs.
Competitors were unanimous in their praise for the race committee being able to hold five races with square start lines and true upwind legs. The only complaints heard from the fleet was from the crews after 6 hours of hard hiking.
The Canadian Nationals are scheduled for 10 races over the weekend with the final presentation of the Ronstan Farr 30 National Championship Trophy scheduled for Sunday, September 26.
Deneen Demourkas, the Farr 30 International Class President, is an observer for the Canadian Nationals and is actively promoting the Farr 30 class in the Pacific Northwest. "I think that West Vancouver Yacht Club has done great job of bringing the whole Pacific Northwest Farr 30 fleet together for tough one-design racing in what has to be one of the most beautiful racing venues in the world. The Farr 30 Class Association is just thrilled with the progress of the fleet."
Standings after the first day were:
1st Andrew Hamilton, Royal Vancouver Yacht Club 8 points
2nd Dan Randolph, Seattle Yacht Club, 12 points
Third and fourth places were tied with a tie-breaker required:
3rd David Sutcliffe, West Vancouver Yacht Club 18 points
4th Darren Burns, Royal Vancouver Yacht Club 18 points
5th Rich Alban, West Vancouver Yacht Club 20 points
6th James Duess, West Vancouver Yacht Club 29 points
7th Don Davidson, West Vancouver Yacht Club 37 points
8th Bruce Chan, West Vancouver Yacht Club 39 points
Tomorrows racing forecast is for continued breeze, partly sunny skies and unseaonably mild temperatures.
The Farr 30 is well suited to Northwest waters with break-away boatspeed available in fresh breezes and the ability to keep moving in drifting conditions. Both of these extremes are normal for western Canada with Pacific gales alternating with west coast highs.
The resurgent Farr 30 class has 7 actively raced boats in the Vancouver area and the fleet has enjoyed full participation and fierce competition as the fleet built from the start of a single boat in 2008. Five of the Farr 30's are dry sailed from the new dry storage and crane area at the West Vancouver Yacht Club. The Club web site is www.wvyc.bc.ca