Conditions on Guelph Lake were ideal over the weekend for the Canadian Snipe Championship/Ontario Open. Day one was breezy, with gusts topping 25 knots. Over the course of the first three races, the ten boat fleet was reduced to five, as several dramatic capsizes, gear failures, minor injuries, and general mayhem ensued. PRO Irene McNeill sent the fleet in for the day as the breeze continued to build into the late afternoon.
Coming out of the first day, lone Americans Andy Klein and Kerry O’Brien led the standings with consistent first and second place finishes, and three Canadian boats were tied for second spot and the national title: Julian Inglis and Rachel Oktem, Harri Palm and Molly Kurvink, and Chris Hains and Barbara Mann.
Much steak and salmon was consumed, and more than a few participants were seen lying in the grass stretching out sore muscles and trying to recover.
Day 2 saw a diminished 10 -12 knot North Westerly that still packed a few surprise punches and kept crews on their toes. Klein and O’Brien continued to dominate, and Palm and Kurvink pulled ahead of the rest of the Canadians through the day with consistently strong finishes and a very quick capsize recovery in the 6th race. After seven races, Klein and O’Brien won the regatta and took home the coveted Ontario Open Trophy, Palm and Kurvink were crowned Canadian Champions.
Junior Skippers Bridget Walsh, Simon Miley and Owen Durocher battled for the Canadian Junior title with the Miley brothers, Simon and Gordon, taking the Howie Richards trophy.