2020 Races Can Begin this Weekend with a Revised Notice of Race

MSA has sanctioned our race program for 2020, so we can start racing this weekend.

We have been advised to adjust the wording of our Notice of Race in order to comply with provincial health regulations as they stand now. Therefore:

Starting immediately, and continuing until further notice, all FYC Notices of Race are amended to include the following:

All racers, volunteers and race management people must;

  • Pass the COVID-19 self-assessment test before coming to the club each day. https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/  Anyone with COVID19 symptoms must not come to the club.
  • Ensure that the number of people congregating is less than 50.
  • Travel with individuals within their own household and jurisdiction.
  • Maintain social distancing (2 metres/6 feet). Avoid all physical contact.
  • Maintain good handwashing and respiratory hygiene
  • Minimize the number of people in the dock/launching/rigging/parking areas.
  • Not invite visitors/guests to the facilities.
  • Nothing to be shared.  Everything must be provided by the individual. Avoid sharing tools or equipment. If shared disinfect affected tools after use.
  • Avoid the common courtesy of helping others with their lines or accepting help unless there is an immediate need to avoid injury or damage. Wash hands or use sanitizer after handling someone else’s boat or lines.
  • Responding to an incident on or off the water (sailor in the water/other injury) may cause the responsible person to come in physical contact with the sailor. As such participants should always have gloves, masks and hand sanitizer available to protect themselves, and sailors, should contact become necessary.
  • When required, wear gloves that can be washed after use or put aside for several days – do not put gloves in your pocket – virus can live on surfaces up to 7 days – wash hands after taking off the gloves.
  • Safety Boat and Committee Boat should be sanitized after every use;

These amendments to the rules replace the ones we published last week, and may change again quite quickly, based on advice MSA gets from public health.  Watch our website for changes.

Changes to FYC Notices of Race

In order to comply with provincial health regulations, we have to change some of the things we do automatically.  Please read this list carefully, for the safety of all of us.  It is going to feel unsociable, but we can still sail, race, and chat – at a distance!

Starting immediately, and continuing until further notice, all FYC Notices of Race are amended to include the following:

All participants must;

  • Self-screen before coming to the club. https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/  anyone with COVID19 symptoms must not come to the club.
  • Follow the club guidelines on hygiene, sanitation, physical distancing, maximum number of people congregating, and to preventing the spread of communicable diseases.
  • Travel with individuals within their own household and jurisdiction.
  • Maintain social distancing (2 metres/6 feet). Avoid all physical contact.
  • Maintain good handwashing and respiratory hygiene
  • Minimize the number of people in the dock/launching/rigging/parking areas.
  • Do not invite visitors/guests to the facilities.
  • Nothing to be shared.  Everything must be provided by the individual. Avoid sharing tools or equipment. If shared disinfect affected tools after use.
  • Avoid the common courtesy of helping others with their lines or accepting help unless there is an immediate need to avoid injury or damage. Wash hands or use sanitizer after handling someone else’s boat or lines.
  • Responding to an incident on or off the water (sailor in the water/other injury) may cause the responsible person to come in physical contact with the sailor. As such participants should always have gloves, masks and hand sanitizer available to protect themselves, and sailors, should contact become necessary.
  • When required, wear gloves that can be washed after use or put aside for several days – do not put gloves in your pocket – virus can live on surfaces up to 7 days – wash hands after taking off the gloves.
  • Safety Boat and Committee Boat should be sanitized after every use;

These rules may change quite quickly, based on advice MSA gets from public health.  Watch our website for changes.

FYC Racing Report 2019

We had a good year of racing, sailing a total of 39 races in the club dinghy series, plus the Sumer of Sailing Regatta, two sailing clinics, and three days of keelboat racing.

17 skippers participated in the dinghy race series.  Nine skippers completed fifteen races, the number required to be competitive in the final results.  

The keelboat races on June 23, August 4 and September 1 were well attended; three boats on the line in June, five in August and September.

Al Cade was named the most improved sailor at the AGM, for becoming a successful keel boat racer in 2019.

Dinghy club championship results:

2019DinghyResults
Club championship race results 2019
AlCadeAward2019
Al Cade receiving Most Improved Sailor award at 2019 AGM

September Keelboat Race

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 topped it off with the last BBQ of the season.

Al and Penny
Al and Penny
Liz sailing
Liz sailing

Commodore’s Cup 2019

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

Rigging for Commodore's Cup
Rigging for Commodore’s Cup
Mat on final downwind
Mat on final downwind
Brian and Deb running the races
Brian and Deb running the races
Cory between races
Cory between races

August 17 & 18

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.

Jay in Brian’s Laser Radial
Hit 24.6 kph reaching in the Tasar; felt a lot faster!

August 5 Racing

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.

Back in the game
Back in the game
Race timing GPS track
Speed profile for that track…

August Long Keelboat Race

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.

Race 1
RACE 2
Dave H22.1314.5681
Marcello24.0814.7762
Feavers25.0015.3063
Al Cade29.4617.5964
Ian27.3517.7965

Race 3:

Marcello33.3420.5511
Ian33.1621.4622
Al Cade37.2722.1383

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.

Awesome day.

Al's team
Al’s team
Colette calling the puffs
Colette calling the puffs
Serenity beating
Serenity beating
Wayfarer on the beat
Wayfarer on the beat
The spread
The spread
The dining setting

August 3 Races

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.

10 skippers skipping...
10 skippers skipping…