OMDA Logo Photo: A Parade of Spinnakers

Provincial Championship Regatta 2009

The Provincial Championship Regatta was held on the weekend of September 19 and 20, 2009 at Sibbald Point Provincial Park. It was a great weekend to be outside: warm and sunny.


Some of the participants arrived on Friday afternoon. There was plenty of wind then! Aleid an Ynskje bicycled to Jackson's Point for ice-cream.

Photo: Ynskje Admires the Whitecaps Photo: Aleid and Ynskje Enjoy their Ice-Cream Photo: Playing Tourist in Jackson's Point


The winds were pretty light on Saturday. We managed to sail one race, but the wind died before everyone could make it across the finish line. Heather made it just inside the time limit, while those following were stuck with a DNF.

Photo: Look at those Whitecaps! Photo: Getting Ready for a Start Photo: More Jockeying for a Good Starting Position Photo: Aleid Heads for the Start Line

Later in the afternoon, the wind picked up and we headed out to try running another race. Conditions looked great on the way out, but the wind disappeared as soon as the start-line pole was raised into position on Charger, and the race was abandoned. The trip back was a lot slower.

Photo: Good News, I Have Two Praddles! Photo: Stephanie Helps Them Disembark at the Boat Ramp

Most of the participants gathered for a communal dinner on Aleid and Ynskje's campsite.

Photo: Mat and Les Photo: Some Preferred the Table Photo: Ynskje and Hanzo Photo: Shelley and her Crew Photo: Steve, Derek and Heather Photo: Ineke Photo: Aleid's Self-Portrait Shows his Shoes Match his Boat!


Sunday brought some steadier winds. We used a shorter course (triangle-sausage) and managed to sail 4 races while the wind held up. The course for the last race was shortened even further (just a triangle).

Photo: Don and Steve Decide to Start on Port Tack Photo: Les Waves to Charger as he Starts Photo: Steve has to Yield Right of Way to Les Photo: And They're off to the Windward Mark Photo: Description Photo: Aleid and Don Fly Their Spinnakers Photo: Aleid, Don and Mat Pass by Charger on an Upwind Leg Photo: Mat, Don, Steve, Shelley and Heather Photo: A Parade of Spinnakers Photo: Relaxing after the Races

Race Results

2009 OMDA Provincial Championship Regatta Results
Place Sail No. Crew Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Points
1 43758 Aleid Brendeke 1 1 1 1 1 8
2 70098 Don Alp
Stephanie Alp
2 2 3 3 2 9
3 29647 Mat Bienczyk DNF 3 2 2 3 14
4 51161 Shelley Walker
Michael Walker
3 5 5 5 5 18
5 16562 Heather Pugh
Jeremy Rice
4 6 6 4 7 20
6 53050 Stephen Steel DNF 4 4 6 4 22
7 14531 Les Bienczyk DNF DNF DNS 7 6 33

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

Because only double-handed crews were eligable to win the championship, Don and Stephanie were declared the Provincial Champions. The single handed sailors results will still count towards the overall ranking results for the 2009 OMDA season.

Many thanks to Marika, Hanzo and Paul for volunteering as race committee.

Photo Credits

Thanks to Aleid Brendeke and Hanzo VanBeusekom for capturing some great photos.