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Fanshawe Regatta Weekend 2009

The Fanshawe Regatta weekend was held on June 6 and 7 at Fanshawe Yacht Club located inside Fanshawe Lake Convervation Area in London.

If you've got some good photos, please send them in.


The weather on Saturday was just about perfect: sunny and warm, and some decent winds. Because the lake is long and narrow, there isn't much flexibility in setting a course, but the wind lined up nicely providing us with a good long windward leg. We had three excellent races.

Don took an early lead at the start of the first race, and held on to it for the rest of the Regatta!

Photo: Don Heads Down to the Leeward Mark Photo: Mat and Mike Follow Him Down Photo: Steve Tries to Catch Up without a Spinnaker Photo: Les Says Hello to the Race Committee Photo: Heather Alps and Her Friend Emily Photo: Don is First Across the Finish Line Photo: Mat and Mike are Next

There were some closely fought battles a little further back in the pack.

Photo: The Boys are in Neck and Neck with Kayley During the Second Race Photo: Don Leads the Parade to the Leeward Mark for the Third Time Photo: But Steve is Not so Far Behind Photo: The Other Alps Crew Photo: Les, and Kayley in the Background


It was a little cooler and overcast on Sunday morning. The wind had swung round almost exactly 180 degrees, so we were able to use the same marks, just in a different order.

Sorry, no pictures of Sunday's racing.

Race Results

Once we were off the water, we all gathered to hear the outcome!

Photo: Gathering to Hear the Regatta Results Photo: The Competitors
2009 OMDA Fanshawe Regatta Results
Place Sail No. Crew Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Points
1 70098 Don Alps 1 1 1 1 1 8
2 29647 Mat Bienczyk
Michael Pagacz
2 4 4 2 4 12
3 63840 Heather Alp
5 3 3 3 3 12
4 53050 Stephen Steel 3 2 2 4 2 13
5 14351 Les Bienczyk 4 6 5 6 5 24
6 16562 Kayley Pugh DNF 5 6 5 6 26
7 70409 Elaine Richardson
Emma Richardson
7 48483 Steve Richardson
David Richardson

Note: Those sailing single-handed were assessed a penalty of 1 point per race, and each crew's worst result was thrown-out.

Of course, all the competitors wanted to offer our thanks to the Race Committee for their fine work.

Photo: Thanking the Race Committee

The Race Committee: Paulette Tae and Heather Pugh.

Photo: Paulette Tae Photo: Heather Pugh

We'd also like to thank Fanshawe Yacht Club for allowing us to use their facilities.

Other Photos

It turns out Fanshawe is also a great venue for aviation enthusiasts: the Reservoir lies right below the approach path to London Airport.

Photo: There Were Lots of Planes Flying Overhead

Photo Credits

Thanks to Heather Pugh for capturing some great photos from the comittee boat, and Les Bienczyk for capturing some on land.