2013 News and Events

Peter Coy Reports for the October 2013 Mainsheet

On Sunday September 29th we had hoped to race in the Harry Marshall Long Distance Race again. The phrase “long distance” is of course a relative term. Traditionally we race to Zero Rock and back home which gives us ample opportunity to test all of our skills. Unfortunately the weather forecast was for little or no wind and rain. Since this forecast was not conducive to having fun, which is always our aim, we cancelled the race. Later we heard from participants in other races on that day that this was the correct decision to have made.

The following week we had the Thermopylae Regatta and just three Cal 20’s participated.

We enjoyed the challenges of the mass start of PHRF boats with a wide variety of shapes and sizes in warm sunny weather. However we had to deal with light winds coming from every direction in the zero to 5 knot range as well big changes in currents associated with switch from ebb to flood around midday.

The Cal 20 has a sturdy design enabling it to be safe and manageable in winds in excess of 25knots but this means that it is extremely slow in light winds. The main entertainment was listening to the race committee’s on going dialogue on the radio as they gallantly struggled to deal with changing wind.

We decided to finish earlier than most on Sunday and as we motored back to the dock we encountered breezes coming from the west, from the east and from the north. In the Cal 20 fleet Trevor Hayward in “Final Merry” ended in first place after some close racing against Jon Watson in “Bluebird”.

Jon is our newest Cal 20 racer and is learning very quickly . Peter Coy in “ La Galatea” was third but he did manage to finish ahead of Trevor in one race. In another race the finishing team had missed him finishing, he was so far ahead in amongst the faster boats and had him finishing third. Trevor wasted no time in voicing his displeasure when he heard this on the radio and corrections were quickly made.


 

Cal 20 Canadian Championships 2013

Report by Peter Vivian

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A sunny Saturday June 1st morning in Cadboro Bay and a group of keen sailors pulling their best Dacron out of the bag in anticipation of some good tactical fun on the water.

Most of the sailors have been around long enough to remember when these boats were new which was just shortly after Noah stranded and turfed the animals off the ark. We still keep coming back as there is much fun in trying to perfect the art of getting the most out of the sails and perhaps outsmarting the competition with a few tactical maneuvers and working the shifting winds.

We had anticipated a great weekend with visiting crews from Vancouver, San Juan Island and Tacoma to challenge the ancient mariners of Fleet 13. To top it off we had Sunshine and breeze in one of the most delightful settings a person can race in, Cadboro Bay.

A superb race committee run by Dennis Woodward with assistance from Nigel Martin, Vidas Stukas and Dallan Woodward ensured that the only way one got a break from racing was to finish near front of the fleet and idle for a short while till last boat crossed. Always appreciate that there is a last boat there to give a few of us that moment to regroup.

Starts are a challenge especially when Dennis is setting the line, as there is not quite room enough for the fleet which means some tight squeeze at the beginning and of course this gets the conversation between boats livened up a little.

Amazing how long 5 seconds can be when one is only 2 seconds from the pin end with the rest of the fleet hot on ones heels. This involved a crash jibe and rocket (figuratively) across the sterns of the Starboard tack fleet to get a clear lane. Slightly back of the lead at this point but with an open bay to work on we were soon back in contention.

There were also a couple of finishes where a quick and well executed gybe onto Starboard a few boat lengths out gave us the lead by a fraction of a boat length. Thanks to the excellent foredeck work of my long faithful crew Allen we pulled that one off.

The efforts made by those from out of town are greatly appreciated as Kerry Brann, Zenon Samiia and John Goffe sailed over from Vancouver. They had somewhat heavy conditions so brought a larger boat then borrowed Long Shot (a first class Cal 20 owned by Margaret Long ).

Ed Hale and John Manning came across from Mitchel Bay on San Juan Island on Bellwether, a boat that we have seen here numerous times in the past which is now on next generation of ownership. These fellows were working on their “apprenticeship” of our fickle bay conditions and did so with a smile. Great to have them participating and we hope they will be back again often.

The star of the show was without a doubt the very well prepared and superbly sailed boat, Willie Tippit, from Tacoma. Jon Thompson and Debbie Yeend trailered the boat here via Anacortes. They are no strangers to our waters as competed here before in T. Birds. Seems the almost perfectly smooth bottom, Gresham rudder and crisp new Ullman sails did what they were meant to as they started out with a trio of wins. Then pandemonium as they hit a raft of kelp and in the panicked attempt to work free of it they somehow lost their motor well plug. Without this the boat is just not in the race so they dropped out and quickly went to the visitors dock, searched the idle boats in the fleet, borrowed a motor well plug from an idle boat, scraped off barnacles and jammed plug in place. Got back out in time for next race and only had to take one DNF. Fortunately that became a throw-out. In spite of that adversity they still managed to eak out a one point overall lead on our long time fleet champions Tom and Steve Lowdon on Kelsib.

Alga-Y was not far off the pace either and we did manage a few moments of delight with a couple of bullets which gave us a feeling that if we could just get through that initial traffic jam we had a reasonable chance. Very close, always, was Trevor Hayward on Final Merry with his quick thinking crew, Duncan Davies and Christina Schallenberg. Trevor is certainly still a formidable force on the race course and his enthusiasm is enduring.

Gerry Porter and Peter Blencowe were out there with good old Rock N Roll and we saw plenty of them on the course as well with some brilliant moments the best of which was a lead on the fleet snatched away by a large raft of Kelp. I noticed Rock N Roll chewing at our heals several times and sometimes showing us theirs to confirm moments of great success.

David Bleakney sailed Bluebird with able crew Graham Diamond. Graham is one of the clubs up and coming junior sailors and I am sure he learned many valuable lessons on racing tactics during a weekend with his capable veteran skipper.

Peter Coy who is largely responsible for keeping our fleet organisation going, was out there with his ever reliable crew, Glenn Wright and Bob Fuchs. They got La Galatea going well at times and we enjoyed several sessions of tactical maneuvering. Once we both sailed into a nasty windless hole and squirmed back and forth searching zephyrs until Alga-Y caught a puff and managed to pull away.

It never ceases to amaze me just how reasonable all this fun is. The slick boat from Tacoma, Willie Tippit, was salvaged from a storage yard where it had been neglected and was full of mouldy cushions and covered in gunge and mildew. They picked up this gem for $500.00 cleaned up the boat, buffed the hull, put an excellent rudder and new sails on and presto, they had a winner! Sounds simple but fact is they also have tonnes of sailing expertise, and they did certainly put a lot of elbow grease into the boat but out of that they have a very fun sailing craft and a truck load of trophies with their name on. Included in the trophies was the Harry Marshall Sportsmanship award. This was well deserved as not only had they travelled from afar but had dealt with adversity and come out victorious.

Another point of interest was discussion around Spinnakers. Both Vancouver fleet 38 and Tacoma Fleet 8 noticed that we have our boats rigged for spinnakers and are going to encourage this venue in their fleets. Perhaps in the future we will see Cal 20 championships regattas that include flying the kite!

For those looking ahead, there was talk of a good contingent of Cal 20s heading up to the Cowichan Bay regatta in August. Also talk of a “Regional Championship” to be held in Anacortes. Stay tuned for more info to come on that one.

Saturday night we all gathered round a long table in RVYC dining room and enjoyed a hearty meal together as we expounded on the successes and upsets of the day along with our usual optimism for bright things in the future.

First place honours went to Jon Tompson and Debbie Yeend on Willie Tippit who were awarded the Canadian Championship Hazelton Trophy and the Fleet 13 regatta Max Young trophy. First Fleet 13 boat was recognized by the venerable Stan Howell memorial trophy going to Tom and Steve Lowdon on Kelsib. In addition Jon Thompson was awarded the Harry Marshall Sportsmanship Trophy in recognition of all of his efforts in getting to Vitoria.

The finale was time to kick back on the patio with some thirst quencher as we savoured the warmth of the June afternoon sun covered off a few final sea stories and distributed the hard earned trophies.

Overall

Sailed: 10, Discards:1, To Count: 9, Entries: 9, Scoring System: Appendix A
Rank
Fleet
Boat
Sail No
Helm
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
R7
R8
R9
R10
Total
Net
2nd
13
Kelsib
29373
Tom Lowdon
3
(7)
2
1
2
2
3
1
2
2
25
18
1st
8
Willie Tippit
999
Jon Thompson
1
1
1
(DNF)
7
1
2
2
1
1
27
17
6th
13
Blue Bird
911
David Bleakney
5
4
8
5
6
(9)
9
3
5
5
59
50
9th
13
Bellweather
118
John Manning
6
(9)
9
6
8
6
8
9
9
9
79
70
4th
13
Final Merry
162
Trevor Hayward
4
3
3
3
4
4
4
5
3
(7)
40
33
7th
13
Rock N Roll
183
Gerry Porter
7
6
4
7
5
(8)
5
7
8
3
60
52
3rd
13
Alga Y
111
Peter Vivian
2
2
5
4
1
3
1
4
(6)
4
32
26
8th
13
La Galatea
19337
Peter Coy
8
8
7
8
(9)
7
7
8
7
8
77
68
5th
38
Long Shot
163
Zenon Samila
(9)
5
6
2
3
5
6
6
4
6
52
43

 


 

Peter Coy Reports for the Cal 20 May 2013 Mainsheet

In recent years some Cal20’s have been showing that they can compete effectively in and win in PHRF regatta’s such Swiftsure Inshore Classic, Lipton Cup, Cow Bay Regatta and Thermopylae Trophy race.

Recently Cal 20 participation in Around The Buoys racing has dropped to the point where a One Design separate start for the Cal 20’s was not justified. The Cal 20’s during the Spring Series have been starting , unlike the Melges boats, with the PHRF fleet.

This has provided us with some exciting moments on the race course especially at the start when the Committee Boat end of the lines is favoured. The rating applied to the Cal20, with or without a spinnaker, appears to be providing well balanced results.

Tom Lowdon in Kelsib sailing with his son Steve has for many years been one of our best Cal 20 skippers especially when he has his son to advise him about sail trim, wind shifts , currents and overall tactics. Looking at the overall results for the ATB Spring Series one might notice that Tom was first in two races and was eighth overall , may be sixth if the correct averaging is applied for race committee duties. Trevor Hayward in Final Merry was close behind, finishing half way down the list in the races when he participated. We are trying to persuade him that racing in a Cal 20 is still more fun and rewarding than in the Martin 242. The overall results would support this conclusion . David Bleakney in Bluebird, Peter Vivian in Alga Y and Peter Coy in La Galatea have been participating as well, with results amongst the rest of PHRF Fleet.

Trevor Hayward and Peter Vivian participated in this year’s Lipton Cup regatta. Peter Vivian was finished at the Pedder Bay mark, 8.8 nautical miles from the start at Ogden Point, with a time of 5 hours 38 minutes. His corrected time gave him an eighth place finish out a fleet of 28 boats. In all, on a beautiful sunny day with favourable current conditions, he was out on the water for 8.5 hours . Unfortunately Trevor Hayward was not able to finish.

We hope that people looking for a rewarding sail boat racing experience will remember that the Cal 20 still provides a very economic opportunity to gain this in a variety of situations.


 

Cal 20 Annual Report for 2013 RVYC Annual . Jan 12th 2013
By Peter Coy


There are still a small number of Cal 20 skippers who manage to convince themselves and crew that one design racing in Cal 20’s has its moments in spite of a variety of weather and other challenges. Three Cal 20’s had a spectacular day in the Swiftsure Classic race Trevor Hayward in “Final Merry”, Peter Vivian in “Alga-Y” and David Bleakney in “Bluebird” were first second and third in their Division. A week later five Cal 20’s participated in the 37th Annual Fleet 13 two day Regatta. After eleven races David Bleakney emerged first overall with ten bullets and one second place and was presented with the Max Young Trophy.

This was first presented in 1966 being won by Norman Marcus in a boat called Selene Recently a Cal20 called “Selene” was spotted tied to the dock in the Oak Bay Marina. The Max Young Trophy has been awarded every year except 1974 and 1976 since. David ,in the knowledge that the future of Cal 20 sailing rests in growing the interest of Cal 20 sailing in young people, on the first day had Tristan Stamper aged 7 as his fourth crew member  and on the second day of racing Abby Stamper aged 10 as fourth crew member. In recognition of this he was awarded the Harry Marshall Sportsmanship award.


Seven Cal 20’s participated in Thermopylae compared with eleven 10 years ago. Six were in THRASH compared with 15 ten years ago. Three Cal 20’s started the Harry Marshall Long distance race around Trial Island with very light winds and an adverse current through Enterprise Channel and all finished after 5 hours of thought provoking “racing” which included trying to remember how to fly a spinnaker. Tom Lowdon in “Kelsib” was first, Trevor Hayward in “Final Merry” was second and Peter Coy in “La Galatea” was third.

Another evaluation of spinnaker skills was our Spinnaker series in December. Five Cal 20’s participated in this annual competition for the Silver Beer Can Trophy, an event first held in 1971.This has been held every year since except 1994 and 1995. Peter Vivian in Alga –Y after eight races, many twice around the course, emerged the winner.

In spite of the continuing drop in Cal 20 participation there remains a small number of enthusiastic skippers who remain interested in a variety of events. May we remind you all that racing in a sturdy Cal 20 is a very economical way of enjoying sailboat racing of all kinds and skill levels year round. Visit the dock to see for your selves and visit our website at “Cal 20 Fleet 13” to gather all the information that we have about us.


 

Scott Roberts Reports on the 2012 Spinnaker series

The highlight of the month for Fleet 13 was the Spinnaker Series and our annual dinner held on December 8th. Special thanks to the race committee Mark Malleson and his colleagues for running eight (yes, that many!) well-organized short course races. The conditions included lighter, tricky northerly winds that made the racing challenging. However, the lighter conditions were nice for those of us challenged by the rarely used (in our Fleet) Devil Sail. Congratulations to Tom and Steve Lowdon on Kelsib who ended up with the best results of the day. The day of racing was followed by a wonderful dinner in front of the fireplace. As a nice end to the evening, Peter Coy completed his slide show from last year, with the fleet members enjoying remembering and telling tales of friends and boats from the past.

Thanks to Andrew Madding for continuing to provide a photo record of our racing. Several new photo sets have been updloaded to our Flikr photo page, accessible from www.cal20fleet13.ca.

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