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Martin Marine Deep Cove Regatta held in Vancouver, BC on Sep 12-13.

Five Farr 30's sailing as a one design class were part of the 45 participating boats. Sunny weather, six to twelve knot breezes, significant currents and some interesting courses made for a fun and challenging weekend. Race management and guest moorage were provided by the Deep Cove Yacht Club.

Congratulations to Through on a well-sailed event. Sportsmanship kudo's to Spiny Norman for retiring from race 7 after realizing that they didn't sail the course properly. The short-handed award goes to Idiopathic for finishing third with a crew of only five. Three of the five boats took bullets in the seven race event.

The BC Fleet's next Farr 30 one design event is coming up fast - Howe Sound Regatta hosted by the West Vancouver Yacht Club on Sep 26-27. This will be the third of four events which make up the BC Fleet Championship Series for 2009.

The Vancouver Area Racing Council (VARC) 2009 racing season got underway this weekend with the 2009 Harken VARC Opener Regatta hosted by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.

March 29, 2009

The Vancouver Area Racing Council (VARC) 2009 racing season got underway this weekend with the 2009 Harken VARC Opener Regatta hosted by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. Six Farr 30's from the BC Fleet sailed as a One Design class at this annual event which offers both One Design and Handicap classes.

Saturday morning was overcast and drizzly, just above freezing; it felt much more like Winter than Spring. Racing started at 1100 with the Race Committee's James McDonald setting a 1.5 mile windward-leeward, twice-around course in English Bay and jamming four races into the day for the Farr 30 class. Winds were from the NW and initially very shifty, with a wind speed of about seven to eight knots for the first two races and a modest build to nine to ten knots for races three and four. As the day progressed the weather lifted and by late afternoon the sun was out. At the end of the first day of racing, "Spiny Norman", skippered by Rich Alban, topped the fleet with a 2-1-2-2 scoreline. "Through", skippered by Hunter Lowden, was close behind with a 1-2-3-3 record. "Idiopathic", skippered by Darren Burns, secured third for the day with a 3-3-1-4 result. The last bullet of the day was secured by "Kinetic IV", skippered by David Sutcliffe, with the result that the four bullets were spread among four different boats. After racing, the crews retired ashore for the Farr 30 BC Fleet's social gathering, sponsored by the Farr 30 Class Association. Recently appointed Farr 30 West Coast measurer Don Martin was in attendance. Food, refreshments and stories were shared by all.

Sunday dawned a cool 1C/34F with brilliant sunshine highlighting the snow-capped North Shore mountains which overlook Vancouver's picturesque harbor. The race committee was on station early, waiting for an un-forecast Easterly to die off and the predicted Westerly to fill in. After a brief postponement, the Westerly filled in at seven to eight knots and the RC set another windward-leeward, twice-around course. Race 5 got underway and the series lead was quickly shaken up on the first beat when "Spiny Norman" retired from the race following a navigational error. "Through" and "Idiopathic" capitalized. Race 6 featured the first four boats crossing the finish line just seconds apart. The wind built and the air temperature rose as the day progressed, with Race 7 sailed in 15 knots, gusting 18. "Short Circuit" demonstrated improving speed. "M Power" retired from Race 7 after doing a textbook-perfect man overboard recovery from the chilly 7C/45F water. Results for the second day of racing: "Idiopathic" sailed a nearly-perfect 2-1-1 for first; "Kinetic IV" followed in second with 3-2-3 and "Through" was third with 1-4-5. The fleet headed to the marina and clubhouse for another social and for the regatta awards.

Final results:
3-3-1-4-2-1-1; 15 pts, 1st - "Idiopathic", Darren Burns
1-2-3-3-1-4-5; 19 pts, 2nd - "Through", Hunter Lowden
2-1-2-2-7-3-2; 19 pts, 3rd - "Spiny Norman", Rich Alban
4-5-4-1-3-2-3; 22 pts, 4th - "Kinetic IV", David Sutcliffe
5-4-5-6-4-6-7; 37 pts, 5th - "M Power", James/Horst Duess
6-6-6-5-5-5-4; 37 pts, 6th - "Short Circuit", Don Davidson

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