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Paralympic Appreciation Night

On Wednesday, November 9, we as a club and as a community, expressed our sincere congratulations and excitments for our Paralympians. Bruce, John and Jackie received applause from many attendees at the club itself, as well as 'virtual' applause by anyone that watched our live Facebook broadcast of the evening's presentations.

Commodore, Dunnery Best and Past Commodore, Gus Whitmore presented each Paralympian with a beautifully framed photo of themselves at the Rio 2016 Paralympics with a plaque. As each Paralympian received their gift, they each recounted stories of their experiences getting to Rio, the hard work, dedication and all the support they received in their journies. Finally, they were presented with an updated Wall of Racing Excellence, where John and Bruce's photos were updated, and Jackie was added. The Wall of Racing Excellence can be found in the Main Lounge, by the fireplace 

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Bruce gave a heartwarming speech of his hard work and dedication and gave a very moving and loving gesture of great gratitude to his wife, Barbara who has helped him throughout the years and has never given up on him or his dreams. 

John and Jackie told stories of their experiences mostly at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, and John created a very vivid picture of the historic final day where they achieved the Silver Medal.

Finally, Dunnery and Gus presented a gift to Head Coach, Steve McBride for an incredible job well done and his recent award from the BC Sailing Association for Coaching Excellence.

If you missed the presentation, a live recording can be found on our Facebook page here.

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2016 RVYC Thermopylae Regatta

What a weekend for Thermopylae! 

The 2016 Thermopylae Regatta saw a wonderful turnout with 7 entrants in the Melges 24 Divison, 5 boats in the M242 Division, 9 boats in the ATB PHRF 1 Division, 6 boats in the ATB PHRF 2 Division, and 8 boats in the Distance PHRF 1 Division! 

Friday started with a lively group registering for the regatta, enjoying a burger and beer special and being entertained by a live Jazz Trio led by Edie DaPonte. 

Saturday started off with a very excited group of racers all ready to head out. All fleets started their races on what felt like a gusty day; however, the wind decided to die right down, causing the Race Management Committee to abandon all races for the day.

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Everyone headed back to the Club, and went straight to the bar for a drink and fun camaraderie while they awaited the dinner and entertainment. All racers enjoyed a delicious meal then listened to Bruce, John and Jackie tell their story about their experience in Rio for the 2016 Paralympic Games and their road to the Silver Medal in SKUD sailing for John and Jackie. Steve also presented his experiences to the eager crowd. The Paralympians were given a standing ovation from a very excited crowd, and John and Jackie even showed off their medals!

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Sunday looked up, weather wise. With a steady 5 knots of wind blowing through the bay, all fleets raced multiple races and put themselves on the leader board. I got a chance to head out on a member’s boat to enjoy the excitement right from the water!

Once all the races were finished, everyone headed back to the clubhouse. Volvo Sailing happily presented a cheque to the Junior Program for $500 to Commodore, Dunnery Best to another standing ovation! 

All race results are available on the website, here: http://www.rvyc.bc.ca/index.php/racing-overview/race-results/view-race-results.html but the big winners were:

Distance PHRF 1 Division:  Nigel Martin, Bulletproof – 1st

Melges 24 Division:  Wet Coast Sailing Team, Sunnyvale – 1st

M242 Division:  Liane Kern, Crantini – 1st

ATB PHRF 1 Division:  Mike Turner, Off the Chart – 1st

ATB PHRF 2 Division:  Simone Walker, Peptide – 1st

Congratulations to all racers!

A BIG Thank You to UK Sailmakers for their sponsorship and Stuart Dahlgren who chaired the event, Trotac Marine for their Sponsorship and Volvo Sailing for being the title sponsor. We couldn’t have done this event without all of their support!

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John & Jackie win SILVER at the Rio Paralympics

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After 6 days of sailing and a total of eleven races, John and Jackie have secured the Silver medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics! 

There were a few white knuckled moments and plenty of cheering after every race, but we can't wait to congratulate the team in person when they return to Victoria. 

A report done by the Globe and Mail before the final race was finished, was published with John saying, “First five minutes after a race, there might be a few words shared,” ... “That happens with any team. And then you realize that you have to spend the rest of your life together too, and you go ‘Okay, I might have to apologize for something I said there."

“It’s been a life lesson. Or 20,” [Jackie] laughed.

For the full report, click here.

Bruce Millar also fought hard at the 2016 Paralympics, securing the 10th position overall with 16 entries in the 2.4mR fleet. Bruce sailed over 5 days (day two was rescheduled due to lack of wind) and 11 races. 

Congratulations teams! GO CANADA GO!!

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Paralympian Arrivals

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Bruce, Jackie and Coach Steve are all back in Victoria now after a long flight from Rio. All three were greeted by a very excited and happy group of friends, family and fans. Everyone cheered and clapped as they walked through the gates at YYJ Victoria International Airport, and surrounded the paralympians with hugs, handshakes, congratulatory welcomings and plenty of smiles. 

Bruce and Jackie told us about their travels, how happy they are to be home and Jackie exlaimed that she can't wait for her bath!

Coach Stephen McBride was in very high spirits as he was congratulated by everyone as well, and even greeted by his mom and dad! 

John will be arriving around 10:30 pm on Friday, September 23rd - let's show him a welcoming home party he won't forget either!

For a video of the paralympian's entrace, please see our Facebook page here (you do not need an account to view our page). 

John, Jackie and Bruce will all be speaking after dinner at the Fall Dinghies Regatta on Saturday, September 24 and again after dinner at the Thermopylae Regatta. All members are welcome to attend the presentations to hear about their experiences on and off the water in Rio for the 2016 Paralympics. 

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Cadboro Bay 26 - Zig Zag

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I had the chance to snag Vidas Stukas away from the growing crowd of onlookers, thunderbird enthusiasts, excited members and crew mates to learn about the new Cadboro Bay 26, Zig Zag

Vidas explains they took the top off an old Thunderbird in February, removed the cabin, pushed the mast back a couple inches from where it used to be, and they wanted swept back spreaders.  

Vidas then described the difference in Zig Zag, as compared to Owl, his old Thunderbird; “[We] took the uppers and moved them to the aft lowers, so in effect moved them back 18 inches, and what this does is triangulate the rig and makes the long part of the mast stiffer. And by taking the jumpers off, we actually now have a mast that is actually quite flexible at the top and depowers easily but meanwhile we have a foresight tension that has maintained a rig tension and mainsheet tension. So this actually allows depowering the rig under choppier and heavier conditions but yet allowing you to deploy. This is actually rare”.

Vidas continues to say “during Owl’s experiment, changing from a standard T-Bird, with these changes, roughly around $500 in used sails and $50 in aluminum, we chopped 10 – 11% in speed around the course. So basically 5-7 minutes in a 50 minute race”.

Vidas and his team hoisted Zig Zag off the trailer, and lowered it to just the right angle for Vidas to christen the boat with a pinch of sailor’s rum, then they lowered her down to the ocean for her first floating test. 

It was a resounding success!! Zig Zag comfortably floated while Vidas and wife, Hilary happily smiled for the camera from within the Cadboro Bay 26. 

We can’t wait to see how she does in a race! 

P.S. Next time you see Vidas, ask how many names they went through before deciding on Zig Zag - there were quite a few contenders! 

The interview can be found here, on our YouTube page: https://youtu.be/AkvVzCLMmY0

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