25 Boats on the water for the weekend regatta, which included 17 Lasers, 4 Optimists and 4 dual-handed boats.
The weather was extremely variable, with the wind blowing, or not blowing, various strengths from various directions. It meant lots of adjusting by the race committee, and lots of waiting for the sailors, but sailors had a good time; and those who stayed out for all the races sailed between four and seven races each.
At our 2018 AGM, we decided to change to the UK handicap system, because it offered some ratings which better reflect the performance expected from experienced sailors than the US system.
I have found the newest UK Portsmouth numbers, which have increased the handicap 5 points for Tasars (also MScow), one point for Laser, three for Laser Radial, and all our other active classes no change. Note; an increased handicap means less of a penalty. I will apply these handicaps to all races this year.
Mark your calendars! On July 20 and 21, 2019, the Falcon Yacht
Club is hosting the District 4 Laser Championships/Summer of Sailing
Regatta. This will be our biggest racing
weekend of the season and a great reason for a Saturday evening BBQ. Club members are encouraged to race or
volunteer for the weekend.
Laser International divides North American
into 25 Districts (6 in Canada).
District 4 includes Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario (including Thunder
Bay). For the “seasoned” Masters sailors
in our club who are feeling extra adventurous this year, the District 4
Championships will be an excellent warm-up for the Laser Masters Canadian
Championships, which the RLWYC is hosting this year in August.
For the District 4’s, only those with an International
Laser Class Association (ILCA) membership will be scored in the District 4 Championships.
(An ILCA membership is also required for the Masters and is available online
For sailors born between 2003 and 2010, the
District 4’s/Summer of Sailing Regatta is also the qualifiers for the South
Region for the 2020 Manitoba Games. If
you know a sailor who might be interested, please visit the Sail Manitoba 2020
Manitoba Games site at: sailmanitoba.com/2020-manitoba-games.
We are also looking for a few more
volunteers. If you are not planning to
race, but would still like to be a part of the event, many hands make for light
work! If you are interested in
volunteering, please email Charles (on the water) or Liz (on land).
The club 2018 AGM decided to adopt UK handicaps for dinghies to adjust finish times in 2019. I have posted the handicaps we will be using in 2019 on the Racing Handicaps page. Tasar and Laser full rig sailors will have to work harder this year!