The Snipe Canadian Championship was held September 18,19th on Guelph Lake, with eight crews vying for the national title.
Faced with dropping water levels, the competitors first task was to lash two docks together in order to make a single one long enough to launch from.
Day one, with a variable six knot breeze, was all about finding the wind on the course and staying out of the holes. Harri Palm and Stacey Hatleled managed to do this better than anyone else, and finished the first day with a four point lead over defending champions Julian and Oliver Inglis.
The battle for the Howie Richards trophy was being fought between defending junior champions Lucas Conrad and Mason McGrath, and newcomer Ali Çalgici and crew Leo Stephens.
Ali is new to the snipe class and new to Canada, bringing a wealth of Laser Radial experience with him from his native Turkey. It was great to see two strong junior crews at the regatta. Both crews had strong races on the first day, but Calgici and Stephens pulled ahead with a first-place finish in the last race of the day.
Day two brought a 180 degree shift in direction, and a knot or two more breeze at times, but still remained light and shifty. For the juniors, Calgici and Stephens, despite some technical challenges, continued to sail well and edged further ahead of Conrad and Mcgrath to take home the Howie Richards Trophy. to Palm and Hatleled, once again demonstrated their light air mastery, and continued with strong finishes through the day, in the end holding their four-point lead to win the regatta.
Thanks to all the competitors, and a special thanks to our fearless PRO Andrew Rowlinson, who has been supporting the Snipe Class and racing at GCBC all summer. We can’t thank him enough for his commitment to racing at the club.
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