by Jason Hearst, NYC Member, ‘The National Event’ Chair
The National Yacht Club hosted their first ever [modern] skiff regatta on the weekend of July 31-August 1. The aptly-named National Event drew competitors from Toronto, Barrie, Sudbury, Montreal, and Boston. Five 49ers, and three 29ers were in attendance. A modest, but good start for developing the National Yacht Club as a skiff- and dinghy-racing centre.
The weekend was sun-filled, flat, and windy, which provided the perfect environment for skiff racing. A total of 12 races were completed for the 49ers, and 10 for the 29ers. At the end of the event, Matt Dubreucq and Trevor Parekh from Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club (Montreal) were on top of the 49er fleet, and National’s own Chantal Hearst and Alison Ludzki were the inaugural National Event winners in the 29er with straight bullets (first) in all 10 races. Other notables in the 49er fleet were Gordon Delgaty-Cook and Oliver Blake from NYC, and Canadian 49er Olympian Gordon Cook (yes they have very similar names) from RCYC.
Special thanks to Anne Sanderson (event organizer) who did an excellent job as Principal Race Officer with all competitors leaving satisfied, and David Foscarini who served as Vice-Chair of the event organizing committee and was the windward mark boat throughout the event. VC Fleet Bob Magtanong was responsible for getting the project rolling and provided guidance and encouragement throughout the organization process. Ron Jenkins also deserves credit as he took excellent regatta photos (some featured here) over the two days, and designed the regatta logo.
The event was a success this year. Although the turn-out was relatively low, everyone left in good spirits. We hope that over the winter, word will spread that The National Event was a good regatta, and next year’s numbers will be double or more, with this event eventually becoming a staple of any skiff sailor’s summer.
In closing, I would like to thank all the volunteers that came out on the two days and helped make this event a success.