Another fantastic day was had last Saturday at the 3rd annual Heritage Harbour Classic! Please pardon the long post – I had a hard time whittling down the number of pics – thanks to Joost, Kerrin, Robert, Rob, and Valerie for sharing your selection! I’ll keep the whole set of photos available on Dropbox for a while.
The weather was great, though it was another light-wind challenge with a few nice lifts, and we had wonderful participation, with lots of people! We had the sailing race, and new this year, a dinghy race.
The preparations at the dock were intense, as crews got the boats ready and tweaked for maximum performance.
Seeing all the boats (9 sailboats, 4 work/spectator boats) out there was spectacular, and the rivalry was fierce! There have already been some follow-up challenges for rematches. You know it’s getting serious when you see a spinnaker come out!
It was great to have all the spectator boats out, getting people close to the action, and getting a whole lot of close-up photos of the boats and crews!
Milo served as the committee boat, and Atlas, Ella McKenzie, and Molly Sparks were out with spectators.
The sailboats involved were OLAS’s Enke (sailed by Ingrid and Louise), Button Swan (Daniel and Bernie), and Ragna (Kayla), Arnt & Valerie’s two boats Odin and their new boat Anja (still carrying her former name, Time), Sylvester, previous winner Winsome III, Ruggen and Moonbeam. Last year’s winner Ern was not able to defend her title, as she had rudder problems on her way back from the west coast of Vancouver Island, and is awaiting repairs.
The race for the win was very tight, Button Swan leading most of the time, with Ragna hot on her heels. In the end, Kayla sailed Ragna over the line first, having chosen the better end of the finish line – Button Swan lost the wind, and came up against the tide at the far end. Winsome III came in third. The light wind favoured the small boats, and they were able to keep out of reach of the big boats!
Once all the boats were tied up back at the dock, the dinghys came out to play – we had 11 or so out there, ranging from an aluminum canoe (who let THAT in?!) to a couple of SUPs, and a range of rowboats. The canoe came out on top, but the little boat with 3 little passengers should have been declared the winner based on adjusted time – 30 seconds times 3, wasn’t it? Although, that may have only been proposed for the sailing race. It was a great time, and everyone made it back to the dock mostly dry.
The awards ceremony was held after that, with the presentation of enamel mugs for the dinghy race and the sailing runners-up, and the trophy for the win. Sadly, nobody remembered to stop clapping long enough to take photos of the winner, but we do get to see her getting a celebratory salmon burger at the bbq.
There was much food to enjoy, and lots of great conversations about all that went on out on the course, including one collision with a non-participant trying to sail through the course. Besides that, it was a wonderful day, and we’re already looking forward to next year! Who knows – next year might include Providence, North Star, and Ricochet!
Huge thanks to Sheila and Bruce for organizing the day, Valerie and Georgina for getting a bunch of the food, and all the rest who brought their contributions.