1990 Canadian Sailcraft CS34 Shoal Draft
Sail #8268

1982 Catalina 22 Fin Keel
Sail #10506

1994 MUMM 36 ACE
Sail # 29206

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

CS34 Boatel for RBC Canadian Open

Today I pack up Still Time and will sail her single handedly to The Oakville Club to use her as a boatel when I am volunteering as a marshall at the RBC Canadian Open.

This is the 10th time in 12 years that I have volunteered.
One year it was in BC, and last year I took it off because of responsibilities for hosting the LYRA regatta.

My buddy Neil will join me on Wednesday for the Pro Am.

Looking forward to it.

The Oakville Club will be hosting us again for the week.
They have the most awesome bathroom/shower facilities on the lake.
Great spot, only about 5km from Glen Abbey.

I spent yesterday getting the boat ready:

  • filled the diesel tanks
  • changed the oil
  • filled the water tanks
  • filled a propane tank
  • washed the hull sides
  • checked the coolant levels
  • checked the battery levels
  • provisioned the boat with food and water
  • provisioned the boat with beer and booze
  • cleaned and blew up the dingy
  • mounted the outboard motor

I just have to bring my clothes on board, do a pump out before heading out.

Monday, July 24, 2017

CS34 Dodger Completed

Marcio from Dreamcast Canvas came out today to install the side panels for the dodger.

From the outside

From the inside
Looks great; really freshens up the boat.

All around front of the dodger are removable lexan windows.  Each panel has a removable canvas cover for privacy, keep the boat cool, and adding longevity to the lexan panels.

In the above photo, you can see the protective plastic on the lexan; this will come off tomorrow.

We should have the sides of the full enclosure and the new cockpit cushions before we head to the 1,000 Islands in August.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

C22 WYC Series 2 Race 5

Just Melissa, Tariq, and I.

Winds showed 4-6 knots at the dock, looked like a floater.
We rigged racing main and #1 genoa and headed out.

Race committee postponed for half a hour and the wind fill in from the NE about 10 knots.

Course was 8 short.

Good start, and we followed behind our competitor Firebird actually gaining on him in the downwind leg.  Pretty sure we beat them on corrected time.

UPDATE: We won the race and first place in Series 2!

Spectacular sunset at the dock:

Trip Odometer: 11.36 miles
Avg Speed: 4.5 knots
Max Speed: 7.2 knots
Moving Time: 02:30:00

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CS34 Bimini

With the top part of the dodger done, Marcio from Dreamcast Canvas was out last week to pattern top for the binini.  Today he installed it.

Looks great!

He then did some patterning to finish the sides on the dodger and connecting panel.

Pattern for the dodger sides

Connector panel from inside

Connector panel from outside

Should have these pieces done for next week when we take Still Time to Oakville for the RBC Canadian Open.

Dave Sandford and I drank beer at the back of the boat while Marcio worked.

Monday, July 17, 2017

ACE Lake Ontario 300 Day 3

After rounding the Niagara mark at 11:30am on Monday we were speeding towards Port Credit under headsail on a close reach at 6 knots with 9 knots of true wind.

After a while, the wind backed and we were able to fly a reaching chute with a 70 degree AWA:

Winds started dropping and backing so we switched our largest symmetrical.

Not bad for 8 knots of wind
In case you are wondering how they do the live tracking of the race, here is a picture of the Yellow Brick satellite transponder on the stern rail:

Ashley got a turn on the tiller for a while:

We headed up a little east until we had the gybe angle to the PCYC turning mark.

Now we were approaching the dreaded Port Credit Finish Line WINDHOLE!
Winds were lightening; we were being sucked in!

About 100ft from the turning mark, the winds dropped to 2 knots and we had to douse the spinnaker and goto a headsail.  The leftover waves were such that you could not set a sail!

Turning Mark
Flapping sails

The Finish Mark
Took us half an hour to go the final half mile!

We scored a DFL in our division of 5 boats, but finish 7th of 9 boats overall, beating the Open 60s in corrected time.

The difference in corrected time between first (Spitfire) and us (ACE) was four and a half minutes
We were the 13th boat to finish from the field of 80.

We sailed as good a race as we could, but got killed by our decision to go left after Point Petre.

After getting our sails down, we parked on the wall in front of the pool and were greeted by our Whitby friends from Razorbill who won the Sperry Cup for PHRF overall; CONGRATULATIONS

Neil and Peter from Razorbill
They helped us fold our sails and had a drink with them before having another on O Canada.

Ashley and Jenny grinding on O Canada

Love sailing on ACE.
Love sailing with the people on it.
Can't wait until next year.

Another Lake Ontario 300 is in the record books.

This year we decided not to use the regular water bottles and go with four 20L water jugs with spiggots.  We secured them to the galley with padeyes and shock chord.  Everyone had a water bottle that they kept refilling.  After 3 days on the water we only had one small bag of garbage!

Trip Odometer: 328.34 miles
Avg Speed: 6.1 knots
Max Speed: 12.7 knots
Moving Time: 53:45:00

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

ACE Lake Ontario 300 Day 2

So we rounded the mark at PCYC at 12:40pm and blasted down the lake under spinnaker.

Winds were fluctuating between 12 and 22 knots true wind.
Our largest white chute that we had up has an upper limit of 15 knots of true wind.
If we had a sustained wind of over 20 knots apparent, we would have to take it down to a smaller chute.  As a result I stayed on deck all night because we might have had to do the change.
I slept maybe an hour on deck.

We did one gybe in 20ft of water near Oswego to get to the mark.

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We rounded the Ford Shoal mark at 05:27am.
That would be 16:47 to cover 133 miles or an average of 8.1 knots!

Rounding Ford Shoal Mark
Winds were such that we couldn't fly a chute, so we hoisted the #2 and were blasting north towards Main Duck.

We rounded just after Sassafrass (Swan 47) and just before Lively (J/109).
We were able get well ahead of both of these boats before Main Duck.

About 1/2 way across the 30 mile crossing, the wind swung behind us and were able to hoist the white chute again for some more speed.

Once past Main Duck, we were close hauled with the heavy #1 towards Prince Edward County.

We got cell service and found we were the 8th boat to round Main Duck and were first in our class (IRC-2) and 2nd in IRC overall.

We tacked up the shore several times to less than 10ft of water (ACE drafts 7-4):

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When we past Point Petre (circle on the left above) we found we were about 2 miles from out friends Razorbill.

We looked at some weather models and decided that going north of the rumline was a bad idea.  We confirmed that the other boats ahead of us Razorbill, Spitfire, Holligan, and others were only doing 3 knots north of the rumline.  We decided to sail on a close reach at close to 7 knots under #1 genoa.
Our heading was 265M and the rumline was at 260M.

Close Reach
38 degrees apparent
6.19 knots speed
After about half an hour, the wind started dying and going behind us.  We had to go south to keep our wind angle and keep our speed up.  After a couple of hours, the wind just petered out; NOTHING. ZERO boat speed.  We trying an ASYM while the windex was spinning around in the 1-2ft waves. Meanwhile, the wind had filled in north of the rumline and our competitors were speeding away from us at 6-8 knots.

The ASYM was just flapping in the waves, so we quickly doused it and hoisted the ghost.
It is Michael's staysail made out of spin cloth.  It got us moving again, as the light winds came in the from SE.

We were able to go back to spinnaker in 5-6 knots of breeze and muster 3-5 knots of boat speed towards the Niagara mark in the waves.

I had probably only got about 2 hours of sleep in the past 24 hours, and tried to go down to bed, but discovered a new enemy: FLIES - BITING FLIES.  They were everywhere; in the cockpit, on deck, and especially down below.  You could not sleep with them biting you.

It was SO BAD that Michael duct taped his socks to his pants to keep them from biting him.


At one point I went NUTS with a fly swatter for over an hour, killing thousands of them.
Their carcasses seemed to only attract more of them.
We even got a bucket out to wash down the cockpit.

I donned my thermal underwear and socks in a failed attempt to not get eaten alive:

That night it was dark and from our vantage in the middle of the lake we could see thunderstorms on shore all over the place: Oshawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara, and Rochester.  We got a little smattering of rain.

We were prepared for a gust front from the storms: let the guy run free from the cockpit, and dump the halyard to get the chute down as fast as we would.  We never had to.

We were neck and neck with IMXtreme and Lively, changing tacks and positions all night.

Several lakers from the Welland Canal passed us in the dark:

We could see them on the AIS, so no worries.

At 7 in the morning, I hit a wall from lack of sleep.
I went below with the flies.  I covered myself with a sleeping bag, and made a tent out of towels around my head and used my CPAP machine to give me fresh air WITHOUT FLIES from the cabin.
I slept for 4 hours and woke up just before rounding Niagara.

Great percolated coffee!

At Niagara, the winds where shifting all around.
We had to do several gybes and finally a headsail to get around:

WTF is that?
Alas we made it!

Approaching Niagara Mark

Rounding it

We past Point Petre @ 14:30 and the overnight slog to Niagara had us rounding at 11:30 the next morning.  Thats 19 hours to cover 90 miles or 4.73 knot average, which really doesn't seem that bad considering we didn't have much wind.  Our competitors who went north probably averaged over 6 knots and sailed less distance.

We were now DFL in our division, but were correcting out over several larger boats in IRC-1.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

ACE Lake Ontario 300 Day 1 PM

Blasting down the lake with perfect wind angles on one tack between 8 and 10 knots was champagne sailing!

...without the champagne!

Don't just sit there...

...do something!

I got the nickname of "Captain Crotch"...

...with my new Spinlock deck vest with integrated crotch straps.

We passed a couple of C&C 99s:

That's the Toronto skyline in the background
Our masthead windex was stuck in the close hauled position:

We also passed Zoom (Beneteau First 10R) and Lively (J/109)

Lively is the distance

Zoomin by
Dinner was Mr Noodle bowls with added cooked chicken:

Passed a freighter

And a nice sunset: