DayThree: Canadian National Championship
Farr 30 Canadian National Championship Photos
The third day and final day of racing in the 2010 Farr 30 Canadian Nationals was held in breezy sailing conditions, with winds of 12-18 knots, cloudy skies with rains showers falling everywhere except on the course. Easterly breezes built during the morning for the first of the two races scheduled for the day. During the early afternoon, the winds began to diminish and the racing finished in 8-10 knots of an easterly breeze.
Andrew Hamilton of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club dominated the championship with one more bullet penultimate race and a second in the final race to clinch the Canadian National Championship. Tight racing was the norm in the next 4 positions with 3 points separating 2nd through 5th position.
Racing was tight and with no throwouts every start, mark rounding and potential foul was the difference between one and perhaps two positions in the standings. Second and third positions were tied and settled on a tie-breaker.
The final standings for the 2010 Canadian National Championship are:
1st Andrew Hamilton, Royal Vancouver Yacht Club 14 points
2nd David Sutcliffe, West Vancouver Yacht Club 34 points
3rd Rich Alban, West Vancouver Yacht Club 34 points
4th Darren Burns, Royal Vancouver Yacht Club 35 points
5th Dan Randolph, Sloop Tavern Yacht Club 37 points
6th James Duess, West Vancouver Yacht Club 47 points
7th Don Davidson, West Vancouver Yacht Club 74 points
8th Bruce Chan, West Vancouver Yacht Club 76 points
Farr 30 Redux, eh
The Farr 30 is the most successful high-performance one design keelboat in the Vancouver area and has become a benchmark for active racers in the area. The Farr 30 class has transitioned from a Grand Prix class with an active travel schedule and high-budget traveling teams into a very popular regional one-design class. The class has developed a strong following and has been actively promoted by the owners and the International Class Association. Tight racing between the boats is the norm and the owner-driver class rules prevent the class from being dominated by sailing professionals. Sail development is actively pursued by four of the major sail lofts and owners actively support each other in sharing boatspeed tricks and local knowledge.