News and Events for 2011

Cowichan Bay Regatta 2011

The following report is by Peter Vivian.

Friday July 29th saw a bunch of keen Cal 20 racers along with many others lugging loads of gear to boats in anticipation of one of summer’s great sailing events. The Cowichan Bay regatta has been a favourite of some Fleet 13 members for quite a few years now and this year we particularly looked forward to some sailing in warm sunshine as we had such a late start to summer weather.

Kelsib, Polaris and Alga-Y departed RVYC, Cadboro Bay shortly after 1100 hrs in order to catch the flood tide and motored from there up Haro Straits, Sidney Channel, Iroquois Pass and Satellite channel. We picked up a good following breeze in Satellite channel which took us from off Land’s End to Genoa Bay where some of us moored for the weekend.

Saturday, July 31st we had the Doctor come in early and provide us with the conditions we crave for good racing. There were the usual tacking duals up the South shore of the Bay then brisk downwind legs with some fickle wind shifts and enough variable conditions to give everyone in the fleet a few moments of fleeting glory. As usual though it was Kelsib who prevailed and came up with the low score to win the day.

Sunday they sent us on a challenging long course with the wind out of the West at the start but in dying stages which caused very fickle conditions and some difficult light wind sailing. The Easterly in flow did not set in till we were over half way around the course between Musgrave Rk and Patey Rk.

Trevor Hayward showed us all he still has a good grasp of the situation on the Bay as he rounded Patey Rk in the lead and held on to that spot to win the day.

We also noticed a bit of brilliant tactical sailing by Randy Diamond and crew on Bluebird which gave them a brief moment in the lead.
Early in the course a moment of Brilliance by Ed Hale and John Manning on Bellwether as they briefly passed Alga-Y at the first weather mark. This lead soon evaporated for them but though they struggled with the fickle conditions they did stay in it to the end and promised to be back to challenge us again.

Later in the course we rounded Patey Rk hot on the heels of Long Shot and had a great downwind dual with Alga-Y managing to squeak in just ahead of them.

The results only show a small part of the story. There were many great yarns shared of sailing adventures past and present and much good fun. Some took in the BBQ at the beach and some opted for a slightly quieter venue at Birds Eye cove pub but all enjoyed the weekend.

Cowichan Bay 2011 Cal 20 Results

Sail Number Boat Name Skipper Club R1 R2 R5 Total
29373 Kelsib Tom Lowdon RVicYC 1 1 2 4
914 Polaris Steve Lowdon RVicYC 2 3 3 8
111 Alga-Y Peter Vivian RVicYC 3 2 5 10
162 Final Merry Trevor Hayward CBSA & RVicYC 8 DNS 4 1 13
911 Bluebird Randy Diamond RVicYC 4 6 4 14
69 Long Shot Margaret Long CBSA & RVicYC 5 5 6 16
188 Bellwether Ed Hale / John Manning FHSC 6 7 7 20


Cal 20 Championship Regatta Report

A very successful Cal 20 Fleet Championship Regatta was held on June 4th and 5th. We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend with warmth and sun, ten’ish knot northerly winds, great racing between the ten-entry fleet, great food and socializing.

Our very well organized race committee led by Dennis Woodward, with Vidas Stukas got us 12 races over the weekend, seven on Saturday and five on Sunday.  This is more racing than anyone can remember sailing ever before in this regatta.

Saturday’s races were sailed out in Oak Bay and on Sunday we moved into Cadboro Bay.  Those Northerly wind shifts played their usual havoc on the fleet, sometimes paying off big for boats that recognized an advantage on some part of the course.

Trevor Hayward and crew Christine and Kat seemed to be in tune with the Sunday winds often showing the way.  Final Merry ended the regatta in second behind Kelsib with Tom and Steve Lowdon. Kelsib dominated on Saturday and held their ground for the trophy win on Sunday.

Special recognition is due to two boats from Fleet 38 in Vancouver who made the two day long trek across the strait and through Active pass to join the regatta. They were Kerry Brann with Andrea and Parker on Magical, and Ed and Steve Chessor on Osiris.  Kerry sailed over single handed while Andrea and Parker drove.  By all accounts they enjoyed the Regatta and the hospitality.

Our fleet needs to be sure to pay our respects by travelling to Vancouver next year. A good time was had at the tasty dinner of Filet Mignon and Ahi Tuna on Saturday.  Regular Stanley Cup final results were provided throughout the evening.

As per usual Andrew Madding had photographed the proceedings from Tiger and provided a visual recap of the days racing at our dinner on Saturday night. Finally, special mention and thanks go to Peter Coy for taking on the complete organization of the Regatta. His efforts were recognized with the award of the Harry Marshall sportsmanship award.

Regatta Result




THRASH Regatta, April 16th and 17th, 2011

Cal 20 Fleet at the THRASH Regatta
(Photo credit: Andrew Madding, Bowshot Productions)

Nine Cal 20's sailed in this year's THRASH regatta, the largest one design fleet yet again. Saturday and Sunday were very different days.  The forecast for Saturday was for the wind to build to 20+ knots in the afternoon, and the fleet experienced that and more.  The first race was sailed under strong wind conditions that were in quite suitable for the Cal 20 Fleet.  However the wind had picked up significantly by the second race, causing some equipment failures including a broken spreader on one boat, a broken goosneck on another,and a damaged motor and lost wind indicator on a third. The rapidly increasing winds called an end to the racing for the day. We were reminded yet again that it would have been prudent to race with motors afixed to the transom under these conditions.

Sunday was a glorious sunny day with light moderate shifty winds and a strong flood factoring into the racing.  Five very enjoyable races were run very efficiently by the race committee.  The fleet tested different combinations of current and wind over the course to try find a way to the front, but in the end it was Tom and Steve on Kelsib that led the way, winning 6 out of the 7 races with a throw away 2nd in one!. Kelsib was followed by Peter Vivian with new crew on ALGA-Y and David Bleakney/Randy Diamond on Bluebird. Other entries included Artemis, Rock n' Roll, Long Shot, Windlass, La Galatea, and Final Merry.

Racing Upwind at THRASH
(Photo credit: Andrew Madding, Bowshot Productions)


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Winter RTB #2, January 9, 2011 - Sailing in a breeze

The Cal 20 Fleet got battered on our January RTB race. The wind was a northeasterly measured at 29 knots off the dock at RVYC and certainly sustained and gusting higher out in Oak Bay. Several of the more sensible soles including the Fleet Captain called it a day and only stayed out long enough to see that the conditions were borderline for racing. Of the Cal 20’s that stayed out there was a broken boom and a man-overboard experienced on two separate boats. Luckily everyone got back safely. Note that everyone participating in winter RTB racing is required to comply with the PIYA Category III requirements, see the document here. On the positive side it was great to see Jim Allen out for his first race with his recently purchased Cal 20.

Welcome Cal 20 Fleet 8, Tacoma

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Johnstone Reef Race
January 2, 2011

David Bleakney reports that the Johnstone Reef race on Sunday January 2nd saw 2 Cal's out, Kelsib and Bluebird. It was a Lovely day for a 2 hour sail. Kelsib won on the outbound leg. Bluebird and Kelsib met at the buoy on the reef where they were 30 yards apart. Tom got around first and then the wind shut off... the ebb was building... and when Bluebird finally got around Kelsib was a mile or so away and
about an inch high on the horizon.



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