Thanks to the support of the club, volunteers and sponsors, NYC put on another great event on September 8-9, when twenty-two boats raced in the 37th Annual Shark Gold Cup Regatta. The entry included nine NYC boats for our ever growing Shark Fleet. The regatta was a great success on and off the water.
Heavy Winds Made Racing a Challenge
Saturday’s weather forecast was for high winds with waterspout warnings. Principal Race Officer Irene McNeill and her outstanding volunteer Race Committee managed to get off three windward-leeward races in very heavy conditions. At one point in the day the PRO had to have her feet held down in order to take a wind shot from the deck of Grand National. During the second race there was a man overboard. He was quickly rescued by one of the two boats that went back to pick him up and he was swiftly returned to his boat. By the third race the wind was up to 25 knots with gusts to 35 knots. Several boats did not finish this race due to equipment failures – One boat suffered a broken rudder and three others suffered broken pintles.
Sunday morning brought lighter breezes and racing was postponed to wait the wind to build and settle in direction. The PRO and her team are to be thanked for their patience in waiting for steady and suitable conditions. Eventually they did get a race off with wind speed less than half of what it been the day before. This was to be the only race of the day since it was not possible to start anther before the 2 pm curfew.
The Winner Is…
The winner of the Shark Gold Cup perpetual trophy is John Dakin from MCC on “Duck Soup”. The second place boat was our own Josh Wiwcharyk on “Cap’n Crunch” and the third place boat was Jeff Mitchel on “Frankly Scarlett”. NYC’s John Brunt finished 4th on “Devil with a Blue Dress”. Full results may be found at here. The top three finishers took home keeper trophies for each crew member, flags, and prizes donated by the regatta’s sponsors.
Onshore, Tim Hortons provided enough coffee, muffins and parities to ensure that nobody left the dock on an empty stomach. Sailors and volunteers enjoyed post racing “Attitude Adjustment” sessions with beer supplied by sponsor Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. and rum courtesy of sponsor Blaney McMurtry LLP. On Saturday evening they were treated to a memorable dinner prepared by Chef Francis and accompanied by excellent wines supplied by sponsor Lifford Wine Agency. On Sunday afternoon after racing pizza was provided The North Shore Shark Class Association.
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
- Treasurer: Rob Burns
- Principal Race Officer: Irene McNeill
- Race Committee and Equipment organization: Stephen Jones
- Scoring: Paul Barry
- Signal Boat: Harvey Cracknell, Ian Hunter, Alex Pringle, Jane McLaughlin, Boris Broz, Scott Wedge, Duane Myers and Dick Bryer. A special thanks to visitors Eric & Brenda Courtney from BQYC
- Pin boat – Brian Young, Aaron Fenton, Stephen Jones
- Weather mark – Ash Das, Geoff Bayne, Stuart Lawrie, Steven Wood and Meg
- Protest committee: Doug Creelman, Steve Reid and Harvey Cracknell.
Thanks to the members of the NYC Shark Fleet who worked so hard planning the regatta, cooking at the welcome BBQ, managing registration, acquiring trophies t-shirts and flags, attracting sponsors, and selling raffle tickets and t-shirts.
A special thanks to Samantha Glass and Marc Williams and their staffs for their efforts and enthusiasm and making sure that everything went off without a hitch.
Finally, thank you to our generous sponsors:
- Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co www.beaus.ca who provided copious amounts of beer to thirsty sailors. Give their products a try. Ask for a Beaus at the NYC Bar.
- John Dakin and Evolution Sails www.evolutionsails.com for donating a Shark spinnaker. Ask the master to speed you up with new sails.
- Lifford Wine Agency www.liffordwine.com who provided wine for Saturday’s dinner and for prizes. Look for their products at the LCBO and at their website
- Blaney McMurtry LLP www.blaney.com sponsored the after sailing Attitude Adjustment featuring “Dark n Stormys” and can provide service in all major areas of law
- Tim Hortons www.timhortons.com who provided truckloads of “Always Fresh“ coffee, muffins and breakfast pastries to start sailors days off right.
- West Marine www.westmarine.com/Canada who provided the bags used for registration kits and a Yacht Timer as a prize. West Marine, for your life on the water.
- Fogh Marine www.foghmarine.com who provided a gift Certificate as a prize and Race Flag sticker for registration kits. Fogh Marine is “Passionate About Sailing & Kayaking”.