1990 Canadian Sailcraft CS34 Shoal Draft
Sail #8268

1982 Catalina 22 Fin Keel
Sail #10506

1994 MUMM 36 ACE
Sail # 29206

Saturday, October 31, 2015

ACE Final Sail

Got down to the club at 9:30am (drove Jenny).

Was hoping to get the CS34's cover on, but there was too much to do with ACE.

Jenny and me got all the sails off the boat, and cleaned up the insides a bit.

Michael Cullen came with his truck and we loaded all the sails in the back.

Jenny and I borrowed the club's Kubota tracker to drag the cradle over to the welding shop.

The threaded rods on the cradle are too extended and flex with the boat in the wind.  We found some 2" pipe the we cut in 12" lengths for the back six pads.

Tony would weld them later after we went out for a sail.
  • Me
  • Michael
  • Jenny
  • Ashley
  • Mark
  • Tony
It took us about half an hour to get out into the main channel as the water levels have dropped another 8" in the past week.

We had to have the sails up and everyone on the low side to plough through the mud.

Wins were 5-6 knots from the SSE with a main and Michael's Asym.

We went about 2 miles into the lake, when gybed to the west, then gybed back to the habour. Not much wind, but we were to go over 5 knots the entire time.

Coming back, we took a different track closer to the docks and were able to sail right to the pump out dock without getting stuck.

Leon and Dave were at the mast crane taking their mast down.

All the remaining boats come out next Saturday, but I will be in BC!

Didn't have my GPS with me for stats or track.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Club Race Committee Boat

Tanker Jones, our club race committee boat was last out of the water at 16:30.

Tanker Jones is being refurbished in the off season.  We cleared a space over by the work shop that is sheltered from the weather.  Tanker had have her cradle put on a hydraulic tailer:

On the move

Past the Sailing School

Very tight squeeze for the truck driver; well done!

This will be her home for the winter; out of the wind.  She will be shrink wrapped and have the floor re-cored.

Also got her bottom pressure washed.

Club Sharks

WYC has purchased three Sharks from NYC.

We will be offering adult and junior keelboat lessons on them, as well as lean to race.

Next out were the Sharks.

First was Hercules

Race Team waiting their turn on Great White
Next was Predator:

And finally Great White:

I managed to borrow a gas pressure washer, and Peter and I were able to get the bottoms washed, and the motors off and put in the sailing school:

C22 Hauled Out

Late Friday afternoon, I took the C22 over to the basin near the haulout docks, and un-stepped the mast with the help of Andew, Mark, and Sean.  Too 5 minutes.

At 13:25, she was lifted out of the water

Andrew placing the keel

Removing straps

Spot for the winter

CS34 Hauled Out

Rita and I (and Bogart) stayed on the boat on Friday night.  It was cold, but the Dysan heater kept us warm.  Rita left with Bogart at 6am, as all cars had to be out of the parking lot for the haulout.  I had moved my car to the beach south of the club the night before.

There was ice on the deck of the boat and on the docks!

Had a nice breakfast at the club, and brought the 34 over for its final pumpout.

Big Still Time new cradle position is right near the club house; really nice.

She was the 6th boat lifted out of the water (first lift was a little after 7am).

Start of lift 08:07am


I forgot my camera and GOPRO, so all I had was my crappy phone camera with a cracked lens.

Friday, October 16, 2015

GAR Haulout Race

Grafitti/ACE/Razorbill Haulout Race
Fri Oct 16
Skippers Meeting 17:00
All yachts will sail boat on boat (ie no handicap)
All yachts must be moored at their assigned slip with sails down.
The skipper is responsible for crew safety.
All crew must wear personal safety gear (PFDs).
Monitor VHF channel 72
Race starts on or around 17:30.
Crew must finish pitcher of beer in upstairs clubhouse, then run to yachts, and leave dock.
Motor must be disengaged before leaving the harbour at MX3/4.
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Race west to Pickering Moore Point (N 43 48.386 W 79 02.490)
Leave mark to port
Race south to Ajax Weather Buoy (N 43 46.005 W 78 59.104)
Leave mark to port
Return to Whitby Harbour.
Motor can be used on entrance to harbour after MX3/4
Dock yachts in assigned slip, safely moore, run to upstairs clubhouse.
Winner declared when pitcher of beer is finished by crew.
No time limit.
No redress for draft issues.

We got started at 17:45.  Winds were howling 25+ knots from the NW.
All three boats were having depth issues, as water levels have dropped 18" in the last week.

ACE had nine crew:
  • Me (bow)
  • Mike (driver)
  • Michael (pit)
  • Jenny (runners)
  • Ashley (bow)
  • Durk Steigenga (main)
  • Dave Sandford (jib)
  • Mark Backman (jib)
  • Christine Backman (runners)
ACE was first off the dock; we already had the motor running, we hoisted the main and #4 jib, then used the spinnaker pole to push our bow off the dock.  With the sails up and everyone on the low side, we were able to plough through the mud out into the channel.

Grafitti had troubles,and had the work boat tow them out with sails up.
Razorbill had troubles getting out of their slip.

We sailed around outside the harbour for over 20 minutes, waiting for the other two.
We even looped back into the harbour:

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According to the GPS track, we left the dock at 17:50 and didn't start racing until 18:17.

Razorbill coming out of the channel
We had a close reach directly at the west mark just off of the Pickering Nuclear station. 

7.5 knots of boat speed.  Flat water because of the NW wind.  We had some puffs to 30 knots, but the boat just took it with the #4 and full main.

Beautiful sunset at 18:32:00
We had to tack to get around the Moore Point mark at 19:05.  
It was difficult to find as it is a small unlit spar buoy.

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We hoisted the spinnaker soon after and were doing between 9 and 10+ knots in comfort with the #4 jib up too.

We doused the spinnaker too soon before the Ajax weather buoy, rounding it at 19:31.
We were on a close reach with the #4, too close for a spinnaker hoist (should have brought my Asym!)

Winds were starting to diminish to less than 15 knots, so we decided to do a headsail change to a #2.
Because our foil feed is jamming, we had to do a bare change (drop the #4, and hoist the #2).

In the dark, the #2 got twisted on the hoist, and it took us about 5 minutes to sort it out.  Our speed had dropped to under 6 knots with the main only.  Once we got the #2 up, we were able to get close to 8 knots of speed.

We were first in the harbour with Razorbill closing fast at 10 knots with their Asym up. Grafitti had some rigging trouble and retired early, but were stuck in the habour going to their slip.

We had a navigation error, and pointed ACE to the wrong dock (went to 6 not 7), so we got stuck and had to back track to our slip.  Razorbill passed us and went right into their slip on the end of 7.

Photo from the next morning from ACE:

Razorbill never really made it to the dock!

We both got docked about the same time, and ran to the clubhouse.  

ACE won the regatta by a half a pint!

Mark had made a trophy in the wood shop for this hopefully annual tradition:

What a great night on the water!

Trip Odometer: 17.40 miles
Moving Average: 6.8 knots
Max Speed: 10.7 knots
Moving Time: 02:32:00

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