The Canadian Snipe Championship took place this past weekend with two fantastic days of racing on Guelph Lake.
On Day One, the wind direction (and shiftiness) combined with a shrinking lake made it a challenge for PRO Dave Sprague to find a wide enough spot to set a course, but he managed to find just the right spot. The light breeze held through the day, and after eight races, defending champion Harri Palm was in the lead with former Canadian Champion Chris Hains close behind. After blowing out a halyard in the 5th race. Julian and Oliver Inglis finished the day strong with three consecutive wins. Edging them up into third place.
Day 2 presented sailors with typical Guelph Lake challenge: 7-10 knot lulls punctuated randomly by 15 to 18 knot shifty gusts rolling down the lake.
Julian and Oliver Inglis continued their momentum from the previous day and won the first two races, bringing them up to within a point of the leaders, Palm & Hatlelid.
In the final two races the frequency and intensity of the gusts continued to build, throwing some chaos into the races with several boats capsizing on the tricky downwind legs. Juniors Lucas Conrad and Mason McGrath pulled off a second place finish in Race 12 demonstrating some serious heavy air chops and edging ahead of former Canadian Junior Champions Inessa Townsend Fish and Krisina Harris in the standings. Inglis & Inglis pulled off a 3rd place finish and another win, edging into the lead.
With several boats capsized and the wind continuing to build, PRO Irene McNeil called the boats into the dock after the twelfth race.
Results after 12 Races:
Julian & Oliver Inglis 1st
Harri Palm/Tracy Hatlelid 2nd
Chris Hains/Adam Caldwell/Simone Maksym 3rd
Lucas Conrad/Mason McGrath 1st Junior Crew
On behalf of all the sailors, a special thanks goes out to our two PRO’s Dave Sprague and Irene McNeill, and to all the volunteers that helped out through the weekend.