We are not sure how COVID-19 will affect our
summer sailing season. We believe that exercise and outdoor activities are an
important component to physical and mental health, especially during a
stressful time, and that we can stay physically isolated sailing our respective
However, we are monitoring the recommendations of Manitoba Health, the government of Canada and the World Health Organization (WHO) and will keep you updated on how we might open and operate by implementing protocols that control the spread of the virus, keep us safe, and respect the health needs of permanent residents of the Whiteshell Park area.
As we approach our opening date (May 16) we
will update you on whether, or how we might open the Club while respecting
recommended protocols. For example, it is possible that clean-up can be
completed over several days by small groups of people working independently on
After one postponement, we got some nice weather; a fairly gentle breeze, and five boats completed all three races. It was a relatively cool day, and we were glad to be warmly dressed and sailing keelboats.
Dave/Jean finished first overall, followed very closely by Al/Penny, with Charles, Marcello and Ian following farther behind.
We had worried that the weather would require postponing the Commodore’s Cup regatta due to rain, but on Saturday morning, the sun was shining and there was no lack of wind, instead there was some concern about the strength of the wind as we rigged our boats. 11 boats completed the first race in a brisk wind, enjoying bracing reaches and gybes. By the last race, four boats finished, hanging on through some violent gusts. A big thank you to Brian K and Deb W for running the races on the water.
Commodore’s Cup Results: Craig First Sharlene Second Mat Third
Pretty quiet at the club August 17; many sailors away at the Lasers Masters regatta, and the wind not putting up much of a show, but sufficient breezes from the South – South west to set up a sausage course and run five races:
On Sunday a strong and gusty wind blowing from the West, and four boats headed out to the start line, but some parts broke, and in the end a few boats just zoomed around in the mighty wind.
No lack of wind on the holiday Monday. Strong gusts from the W-NW, and a few other directions. Set up a triangle course. Those who went out had to hang on and move fast, but we hit top boat speeds over 20 kph on the reaches.
Nice breezes mostly from the West, 5 keelboats and one Wayfarer out. We set a triangle-sausage course, and ran three races. Since the Wayfarer finished in roughly half the time it took the keelboats (including the race committee), it was not scored for the races.
The results for the day were scored on the basis of the two best races for each skipper, so Dave Hudson was first with two points, followed by Marcello, with three.
The Races were followed by a lovely BBQ on the upper deck.
10 skippers were keen to race on this hot August Saturday, but we had to wait for the wind, which finally showed up at 2. It was mostly light, and a very unpredictable, but that’s Falcon Lake. We set a sausage course, and headed out to race. Of course, by the time we got out there, the wind veered more and more off the course, so Sharlene moved the windward mark once from her Laser, and we worked with what the wind gave us.