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NYC hosts Shark North American Championship
July 29th, 2013 @ 05:20 PM EST by admin

Sharks 2013 logoThanks to the support of the club, volunteers, and the generosity of numerous sponsors, NYC put on another great event on June 29-July 1. Thirty nine boats competed in the 2013 Shark North American Championship Regatta.  The event attracted entries from as far away as Windsor, Ottawa and Montreal; it included thirteen boats from NYC’s ever growing Shark Fleet.  The regatta was deemed to be a great success both on and off the water.

This three day regatta is the major Shark Regatta in North America in 2013. It is a one of a the series of “Counter” Regattas held in Quebec, Ontario and New York State for the Canadian Shark Class Association (CSCA) Shark of the Year Award, and is one of the two regattas in North America of which one must be included in a boats score to qualify.

8 3 1In order to reduce the impact on NYC’s facilities, visiting boats were weighed and checked in at HMCS YORK. The club and the regatta organizing committee are indebted to Lieutenant Commander Scott E Setchell for arranging for the use of this facility. The mobile crane used for Launching was provided by Sponsor Anchor Shoring and operated by Sharkie Dave Noteworthy.  John Brunt and Measurer Al Hansen and their crew of volunteers made sure that boats were launched with a minimum of delay despite miserable rainy conditions

On Friday evening, contestants enjoyed a welcome BBQ cooked By Sharkies Paul Laderoute and Chris Graham of and enjoyed beer supplied by sponsor Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.

Tim Hortons provided enough coffee muffins and pastries each morning to ensure that nobody left the dock with an empty stomach. Sailors and volunteers enjoyed post-racing “Attitude Adjustment” sessions with beer supplied by Beau’s, rum courtesy of sponsor Blaney McMurtry LLP and excellent wines supplied by sponsor Ponte Wines and Spirits.  On Saturday evening, they were treated to an excellent steak dinner prepared by Chef Eric and on Sunday evening they enjoyed a delicious pig roast.

Saturday’s racing was postponed due to extremely light conditions. The fleet did eventually leave the dock, and managed to get 2 windward-leeward races in under light and shifty conditions. Despite multiple attempts by Principal Race Officer Dave Sprague and the volunteer Race Committee to start a third race, it was not to be and the fleet returned to the dock. The leader after two races was Greg Cockburn of RCYC with two bullets.

On Sunday, the maximum allowable 3 races were run in slightly better conditions. Once again the leader after a total of five races was Greg Cockburn of RCYC with first, second, and fourth place finishes.

A post-racing Opti regatta organized by Ned Kremic and the crew of Euro Bandit attracted 14 entries but unfortunately had to be abandoned before the finals due to lack of wind. The $280 entry fees collected will be donated to the NYC sailing and Racing School.

On Monday, the breeze picked up and another three races were run. These conditions apparently suited  Peter Van Rossem of KYC who managed two firsts and a third place.

The winner of the Shark North American Championship trophy is Greg Cockburn of RCYC on Eager For More with crew members Hal Ebert (who celebrated the 10th anniversary of his 60th birthday on the last day of the regatta) and NYC Sharkie Andrew Barlow.

The second place boat was Jeremy Crowder of RHYC on Freak on a Leash and third place boat was Peter Van Rossem of KYC on Jonathan Livingston Seagull. The closeness of the competion can be seen by the fact that second and third places were separated by only one point. NYC’s John Brunt finished 4th on Devil with a Blue Dress. NYC’s Josh Wiwcharyk finished 8th in Cap’n Crunch. Full results may be found here.

The top five finishers took home keeper trophies for each crew member, and prizes donated by our sponsors.

A gift certificate donated by Evolution Sails for a Shark spinnaker was raffled off and raised $985.00

This event could not have been the success that it was without the tireless efforts of the dedicated volunteers, specifically:

  • Regatta Chair: Dave Thomas
  • Co-Chair – On the Water Activities: Chris Clarke
  • Co-Chair – Off the Water Activities: Josh Wiwcharyk
  • Administration: Sean McKee
  • Logistics: John Brunt
  • Treasurer: Rob Burns
  • On Shore Coordinator: Janice Graham-Foscarini
  • Principal Race Officer: Dave Sprague
  • Assistant Race officer: Annie Mitchell
  • Race Committee and Equipment organization: Stephen Jones
  • Scoring: John Crawley (PCYC)
  • Signal Boat: John Kitchener, Steven Wood
  • Pin boat – John Weakley (PCYC), Paul Brandon (PCYC)
  • Mark Set & Safety: Keith Hearst, Chantal Hearst, Brian McKay, Joe Albert, Breck McFarlane, Ash Das
  • Protest committee:  Doug Creelman, Jim Wente, Sean Houson, Dave McGuire and John Waddell.
  • Skippers and crews of the NYC Shark Fleet who worked so hard to contribute to the success of the regatta.

A special Thanks to Janice Graham-Foscarini. Registrar Mary Snider and volunteer Alison Camplin who worked tirelessly at coordinating on-shore activities, registration, raffle ticket and tee-shirt sales.

Another  special thanks to Tal Wolf, Samantha Glass and Marc Williams and staff for their efforts and enthusiasm and making sure that everything went off without a hitch.

Finally, thank you to our generous sponsors (in alphabetical order):

  • Anchor Shoring & Caissons Ltd. who provided the crane used for launch and weighing of boats at HMCS YORK. The Anchor Group offers over 40 years of construction experience in the design and installation of soil retention and engineered foundation systems
  • Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co who provided copious amounts of beer to thirsty sailors. Give their products a try. Ask for Beaus at the NYC Bar.
  • Blaney McMurtry LLP who donated rum for Attitude Adjustment. Providing service in all major areas of law
  • Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons (our friend Walter Kowalchuk) who provided Boating Kits for registration kits and logoed PFDs that were awarded as prizes. CP&SS has been connecting boaters for 75 years.
  • Fogh Marine who provided a donation and provided items for registration kits. You Belong On The Water.
  • Genco Marine who provide very attractive regatta bags. Genco has 45 years of experience in supplying sailors’ needs.
  • Good 2 Go shirts and Signs www.good2goshirtsandsigns.com who provided signage for the HMCS YORK Launch site and a sun umbrella that was awarded to the Middle of the Fleet finisher. Good 2 Go does custom vinyl graphics for vehicle signs and clothing
  • John Dakin and Evolution Sails for donating a Gift Certificate for a Shark spinnaker.  Ask the master to speed you up with new sails.
  • Mitchell Sandham Insurance Brokers who provided funding for the very attractive regatta tee-shirts. Mitchell Sandham knows how to protect you.
  • Ponte Wine and Spirits who provided wine for Saturday’s Attitude Adjustment. Look for their products at the LCBO and at their website.
  • RIO Insurance Brokers and Helm Insurance Group who sponsored the Optic Regatta. Working to offer a new Shark Class Fleet Insurance for 2014.
  • The Binnacle who provided funding for Tee shirts promoting the 2014 Shark World Championship to be hosted  by NYC. Your Online Marine store.
  • The Rigging Shoppe who provided a VHF radio that was awarded as a prize. Marine supplies for Power and Sail.
  • Tim Hortons who provided truckloads of Coffee, muffins and breakfast pastries to start sailors’ days off right. Always Fresh.
  • Transat Marine Who provided Harken Bags and accessories for Registration kits.
  • West Marine who provided the rigging knives used for registration kits.  West Marine for your life on the water.

by Dave Thomas