by Chris Clarke; photo by Ann Mitchell
Thanks to the support of the club, volunteers and sponsors NYC put on a fantastic Shark regatta on September 11-12 and raised $700 for NYC’s Youth Sailing and Racing School.
Appropriately, 37 boats raced in the 37th Annual Shark Gold Cup Regatta. 13 NYC boats competed, including 4 NYC-owned Shark Club boats crewed by Shark Club members. The regatta was a great success on and off the water.
Saturday was cold and felt like the first day of fall. Despite light winds, International Race Officer Dave Sprague and his terrific volunteer Race Committee ran three windward-leeward races south of Toronto Islands. Sunday brought heavy fog in the morning, and the racing was postponed on shore. There were heavy clouds and a shifty breeze in the afternoon. The race committee worked hard and got three more races in under the deadline.
The winner of the Shark Gold Cup perpetual trophy is defending champion John Dakin and his sons Kyle and Trevor on Duck Soup. The top five finishers took home keeper trophies for each crew member, flags, and prizes donated by Nature Sports Outfitters. The final leader board for the regatta is:
1st DUCK SOUP John Dakin MCC
2nd EAGER FOR MORE Greg Cockburn RCYC
3rd CRAZY IVAN David Foy BYC
4th CRACKER JACK Jack Mitchell GLCC
5th OBSESSION Paul Currie RCYC
NYC’s Stephen Jones, Michelle Tan, Graham Jones and Roland Van Hazel finished 8th in Black Dog, and NYC’s Josh Wiwcharyk, Martha Rafuse and Chris Clarke finished 9th in Cap’n Crunch. Both boats were only 2 points from being in the top five.
Special mention to Al Hansen, Nick McKenzie and Sarah Wong for finishing 11th overall, and particularly for taking Black Magic’s first bullet in a Shark regatta – 1st in race 1 – and coming 2nd in race 6.
Onshore, sailors and volunteers enjoyed an “attitude adjustment” with beer supplied by our neighbour and sponsor Amsterdam Brewery Co. Many sailors squared off in a fun mini regatta held in the Western Basin in Optimist dinghies. The spectator fleet on the seawall enjoyed cheering and jeering (and in two cases capsizing) the competitors. The eventual winner of the coveted Mustard Bottle was Kevin Piper from RHYC (who wisely ceded the helm to an NYC junior sailor for the finals).
Thanks to the NYC Sailing and Racing School who generously (and bravely) loaned their equipment for this event. The NYC Shark Fleet will make a $700 donation to NYC’s Youth Sailing and Racing School with funds raised from this mini regatta and from the sale of raffle tickets for a spinnaker generously donated by Evolution Sails.
Thanks to all of the volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this event such a success. Specifically:
Regatta Chairman: Dave Thomas
Equipment Planning and Scoring: Anne Sanderson
Principal Race Officer: Dave Sprague
Race Committee organization: Stephen Jones
Race Committee: Brian McKay, Luc D’Aoust, Marshall Wilde, Francis Fougere, Bob Magtanong, Keegan Moynihan, Stuart Lawrie, Ann Mitchell, Fleming Armstrong, Ian Hunter, John Kitchener, Jenn Tinning, Dave Getson, Bill Compton
Protest committee: Wendy Loat, Harvey Cracknell, Katie Nicoll
And thanks to the NYC Shark Fleet who worked so hard planning the regatta, cooking at the welcome BBQ, managing registration, acquiring trophies and flags, attracting sponsors, selling raffle tickets, selling t-shirts, and organizing and running the Opti mini regatta.
Finally, thank you to our generous sponsors:
- Luc D’Aoust and Nature Sports Outfitters (www.naturesportsoutfitters.com) for donating bow numbers, Harken products (McLube, Hullkote and OneDrop) for prizes for each race, incredible SLAM! gear bags for overall prizes, and Harken vests for the top women’s boat. Talk to Luc about your gear, apparel and towing needs, and about 2.4mR and Sonar sailboats.
- John Dakin and Evolution Sails (www.evolutionsails.com) for donating a Shark spinnaker. Ask the master to speed you up with new sails.
- Amy McDermott and Telus (www.telus.com) for all of the regatta t-shirts. Talk to Amy about moving your business to Telus.
- Amsterdam Breweries (www.amsterdambeer.com) for donating their wonderful beverages. Pick up your beer at their Bathurst and Lakeshore location on your way to NYC, and order Blonde on draft at the NYC bar.
- Genco Marine (www.gencomarine.com) for donating great regatta bags. Visit Nick’s chandlery on Queen’s Quay for great service and sailing products.
- Francis Fougere and Francis Fougere Photographics (www.fougere.ca) for taking so many great photos of the racing, and for displaying them on shore. Visit this page (www.fougere.ca/sharkgoldcup/sgc-index.html) website and buy a few photos, or talk to Francis about your photography needs.