Day Two: Canadian National Championship
The second day of racing in the 2010 Farr 30 Canadian Nationals was held in perfect sailing conditions, with winds of 15-25 knots, clear skies and unseasonably warm temperatures. Easterly breezes built during the morning and by 1 pm strong winds and flat water gave the competitors ample surfing conditions offwind and interesting beats. During the early afternoon, the winds began to diminish and the racing finished in 10-12 knots of an easterly breeze. Four races were sailed with two-lap windward/leeward courses averaging an hour in length. Starts became more competitive during this second day of the regatta with one general recall and numerous individual recalls.
Andrew Hamilton of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club dominated the days racing with four bullets and is in a nearly insurmountable lead for the Canadian National Championship. Tight racing was the norm in the next 5 positions with each boat having at least one race on the podium for the day.
The Canadian Nationals are scheduled for 10 races over the weekend with the final presentation of the Ronstan Farr 30 National Championship Trophy scheduled for Sunday, September 26.
Standings after the second day were:
1st Andrew Hamilton, Royal Vancouver Yacht Club 12 points
2nd Dan Randolph, Seattle Yacht Club, 25 points
3rd Rich Alban, West Vancouver Yacht Club 28 points
Third and fourth places were tied with a tie-breaker required for the days racing:
4th Darren Burns, Royal Vancouver Yacht Club 29 points
5th David Sutcliffe, West Vancouver Yacht Club 29 points
6th James Duess, West Vancouver Yacht Club 47 points
7th Don Davidson, West Vancouver Yacht Club 59 points
8th Bruce Chan, West Vancouver Yacht Club 61 points
Tomorrows racing forecast is for continued breeze, heavy rain and cooler temperatures.
About the Farr 30:
The Farr 30 is well suited to Northwest waters with break-away boatspeed available in fresh breezes and the ability to keep moving in drifting conditions. Both of these extremes are normal for western Canada with Pacific gales alternating with west coast highs.
The resurgent Farr 30 class has 7 actively raced boats in the Vancouver area and the fleet has enjoyed full participation and fierce competition as the fleet built from the start of a single boat in 2008. Five of the Farr 30's are dry sailed from the new dry storage and crane area at the West Vancouver Yacht Club. The Club web site is www.wvyc.bc.ca