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.
The first snipe regatta of the 2020 season kicked off this past weekend (three months later than usual) with the much vaunted and highly coveted Palm D’Or.
On Saturday, a puffy shifty breeze gave us some classic Guelph Lake racing, which was often close and intense, with the top four boats exchanging the lead through the day. After seven races Harri Palm/Stacey Hatlelid edged ahead with consistent finishes and ended the day with two point lead over the nearest crew.
Sunday unfortunately saw crews sitting on shore for most of the morning waiting for wind that never came. Travis Raw the PRO eventually made the call and cancelled the day’s racing, and the 2020 Palm D’Or was awarded to Palm and Hatlelid.
Great racing everybody, and we look forward to the National Championship next weekend.
See the Final results here.
Just a few last minute reminders before we race on Saturday:
- We will be able to drop boats off and set up on Friday. Just buzz the intercom and tell them you’re with the Snipe regatta
- We should park boats in the same spots as last year (if you’re not sure just check with the EYC reception)
- There is camping on site
- If anyone is planning to sail but is not registered, please do so by Thursday (or you won’t get a steak)
If you are planning to sail the National Championships, get your registration in before August 31 to take advantage of the early bird deadline. Check out the NOR and registration page.
The Briody Regatta is fast approaching. If you haven’t attended before, you’re missing out. Newport Yacht Club in Rochester is an ideal venue with great facilities, amazing hospitality and camping on site. The regatta usually has a good mix of top-level snipe sailors, juniors and novice sailors, and a relaxed atmosphere. So if you’ve never been to an out of town regatta this is a great place to start. We had a strong Canadian contingent last year and we hope to build on that.