BC Fleet News 2010

Farr 30 BC Fleet sails at the bbVancouver.com Spring Regatta, held in Vancouver, BC on April 17-18, 2010
 
A record turnout of seven Farr 30's from the BC Fleet sailed as a one design class at this weekend's 2010 bbVancouver.com Spring Regatta, held in English Bay adjacent to Vancouver, BC, Canada.  During the regatta, the Farr 30 BC Fleet welcomed its newest member, Bruce Chan's boat 65 Wild Roses.  Racing was very tight with the top three boats locked in a three way points tie going into the last race. 
 
False Creek Yacht Club's race officer Court Touwslager squeezed in four races on Saturday in overcast and damp conditions with an Easterly wind of 8-12 knots, flat water and a large ebb.  All four races were windward-leeward and twice around.  Three boats had bullets on Saturday - Andrew Hamilton's boat Through took two while Richard Alban's boat Spiny Norman and David Sutcliffe's boat Kinetic IV took one each.  Darren Burn's boat Idiopathic was the most consistent with a 2-2-2-3 scoreline.  Racing was very tight as the closely matched boats fought for every shift and advantage.  A few protest flags flew, and some One Turn Penalties were taken on the water instead of boats going to "the room".  The RC had some close calls to make as boats went through the finish line side by side.  By the time that racing was finished for the day Saturday, there was a three-way points tie at the top of the fleet.  After tie-breaking, the Saturday results were Through - First, Spiny Norman - Second and Idiopathic - Third.  
 
Sunday morning the wind was a little lighter, Easterly 6-10 knots, with the sky clearing as the day progressed.  Once again, racing was windward-leeward, twice-around in flat water.  During the first race of the day, the wind faded on the first run and the fleet crept down to the leeward mark expecting the race to be shortened.  It wasn't.  The RC's crystal ball accurately brought the wind back and the race went the full twice-around.  The second race of the day was another light air race, following which the top three boats were once again in a three way points tie for the lead for the weekend.  It all came down to Sunday's third and final race, the seventh of the weekend.  The warning signal was made with the wind still blowing a light Easterly; meanwhile, an afternoon Westerly was belatedly filling in below the course.    The race started in the remaining Easterly and within a few minutes the fleet transitioned to spinnakers as the Westerly swept rapidly up the course, 180 degrees opposed to the wind it replaced.  The lead changed quickly several times as the wind speed built to over 15 knots and the Farr 30's lit up and took off!  Rounding the weather mark, now a leeward mark, boats that had hurriedly changed headsails and shifted gears were rewarded by a beat in 15-20 knots with some higher gusts.  An anchored freighter slewed around in the new breeze and cast a wind shadow close to the leeward mark, now the weather mark.  Another lap of the course with a Farr 30 style fun run followed by a breezy beat concluded Sunday's racing.  The top three results for Sunday were Idiopathic - First, Spiny Norman - Second and Through - Third. 
 
The final awards for the weekend were:  Idiopathic - First, Spiny Norman - Second and Through - Third.  Results are also online at: http://www.fcyc.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/2010-spring-regatta-results.pdf
 
False Creek Yacht Club provided hospitality, guest moorage and the Race Committee for the event, part of the Vancouver Area Racing Council's 2010 Regatta Series.  The title sponsor bbVancouver.com supplied prizes. 
 
The Farr 30 BC Fleet's next one design racing event is scheduled for June 26-27, 2010 at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club's National Bank Financial Group Easter Seals WAVES Regatta. 

 

2010 BBVancouver.com VARC SPRING REGATTA
False Creek Yacht Club
Farr30 Fleet
Sailed: 7, Discards: 0, To count: 7, Entries: 7, Scoring system: Appendix A
 
Boat
Sail
Club
Helm
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
R7
Total
Idiopathic
CAN 4
RVYC
Darren Burns
2
2
2
3
2
2
1
14
Spiny Norman
CAN 3
WVYC
Richard Alban
3
3
1
2
1
3
2
15
Through
CAN 18
RVYC
Andrew Hamilton
4
1
3
1
3
1
4
17
Kinetic IV
CAN 64
RVYC/WVYC
David Sutcliffe
1
5
4
4
4
5
3
26
Short Circuit
CAN 49
WVYC
Don Davidson
5
4
7
6
5
4
6
37
M Power
CAN 63
WVYC
James/Horst Duess
6
7
5
5
6
7
5
41
65 Red Roses
CAN 7
WVYC
Bruce Chan
7
6
6
7
7
6
7
46
 

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2010 Harken VARC Opener Regatta, held in Vancouver, BC on March 20-21

All six Farr 30's from the BC Fleet sailed as a one design class at the Vancouver Area Racing Council's 2010 season-opening regatta, the 2010 Harken VARC Opener Regatta.  Royal Vancouver Yacht Club's race officer James McDonald ran two races on Saturday, with the first race in sunshine and a 7-9 knot Westerly and the second race being abandoned during the second beat when a major wind shift was followed by the breeze shutting down.  Increasing cloud suggested that a transition was underway but unfortunately the new breeze didn't fill in before racing was called for the day.  The first race had a dramatic finish when Kinetic IV and Spiny Norman crossed the finish line in a near tie.  Results for the day on Saturday:  Andrew Hamilton's Through, helmed by Hunter Lowden, led with a bullet while David Sutcliffe's Kinetic IV took second and Rich Alban's Spiny Norman held third.  



Sunday morning the wind was Southeast at 8-10 knots for the first race, Southeast at 6-8 knots with significant shifts to the South and East for the next three races.  Despite the shifts producing big gains and losses, racing was again tight on Sunday, with three boats finishing one race fully overlapped.  Photo finish, anyone?  Results for the day on Sunday:  Through dominated the day with three bullets and a second, while James Duess' M Power, helmed by Dennis Lefeaux, improved to second and Darren Burns' Idiopathic broke into the top three.  

The awards for the weekend were: Through - First, M Power - Second and Kinetic IV - Third.  

The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club provided guest moorage and hospitality for visiting boats and crews while RVYC's Race Committee did a commendable job on the water in challenging conditions.  Title sponsor Harken supplied door prizes and some very nice award plaques for the top three boats.  The 2010 Farr 30 BC Fleet's season is off to a great start, with the next one design racing event scheduled for April 17-18 at False Creek Yacht Club's BBvancouver.com Spring Regatta.

2010 Harken VARC Opener Regatta
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

Results as of 16:17 on March 21, 2010
Farr 30 Fleet

Boat

Sail #

Club

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

Total

Thrugh

18

RVYC

1

1

1

1

2

6

M Power

63

WVYC

4

2

5

4

1

16

Kinetic IV

64

RVYC

2

5

3

3

3

16

Spiny Norman

3003

WVYC

3

4

4

2

5

18

Idopathic

4

RVYC

5

3

2

5

4

19

Short Circuit

49

WVYC

49

7.0

DNC

7.0

DNC

7.0

DNC

7.0

DNC

34

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