OMDA Logo Photo: Just After the Start of Race 6

Open Provincial Championship Regatta 2011

The Open Provincial Championship Regatta was held on September 17-18 at Sibbald Point Provincial Park.


It was very cold in the morning when everybody arrived at the boat launch area, and there was almost no wind. We rigged our boats, optimistic that the day would warm up and some wind would appear.

Photo: Marika and Aleid Rig Their Boats

We decided to have an early lunch on shore. After lunch, our patience was rewarded as the sun came out and brought some light winds. Not a lot, but enough to race with. Lorne and Hanzo went out in Charger to set up a course, and we all ventured out on the water.

Photo: Les and Mat Brave the Waves

Photo: Steve Photo: Heather Photo: Marika

Race 1

There were plenty of shifts and puffs to keep us on our toes.

Photo: Practising Starts During the Start Sequence Photo: It's Crowded at the Start Line Photo: Rounding the Leeward Mark

Race 2

Photo: Another Start - Aleid, Steve and Heather Photo: Mat and Marika Photo: Heading Upwind Photo: Les Opts for the Right Hand Side of the Course

Race 3

We had a really close start for this race.

Photo: Waiting for the Third Start Photo: It's a Very Close Start! Photo: The Fleet Quickly Seperates Photo: Heather is First Around the Leeward Mark Photo: Steve Heads Back to the Windward Mark as Les and Mat Break Out Their Spinnakers to Catch Up

Marika made some gains on Heather during the last circuit, but not enough to steal the lead.

Photo: Heather Finishes Just Ahead of Marika

Potluck Dinner

Most of the participants met at Hanzo and Ineke's campsite for a potluck supper. We'll need more wind on Sunday after all those deserts!


Sunday's weather was warm, sunny, and there was lots of wind. Since the wind was from the southeast, we didn't have to contend with the large waves Lake Simcoe is famous for.

Race 4

Photo: Aleid, Heather and Steve Get Warmed Up for the Start Photo: And They're Off Towards the Windward Mark Photo: Aleid Finishing

Race 5

Marika and Aleid were over the start line early, and had to double back below the line to restart.

Photo: Aleid and Marika Cross the Start Line Early, Ahead of Les Photo: Lorne Photo: Heather and Mat Lead the Pack Photo: Then Come Aleid, Steve and Les

Race 6

Photo: The Start of Race 6 Photo: Heather Rounds the Leeward Mark, with Aleid Right Behind Her Photo: Mat and Aleid Heading Back Upwind Photo: Mat has Crept Ahead of Heather

Race Results

2011 OMDA Open Provincial Championship Regatta Results
Place Sail No. Crew Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Points
1 43456 Aleid Brendeke 4 1 3 1 2 1 8
2 16562 Heather Pugh 1 4 1 2 3 3 10
3 29647 Mat Bienczyk 2 5 6 3 1 2 13
4 51161 Marika Beaumont 3 3 2 4 6 4 16
5 53050 Stephen Steel 5 2 4 6 4 5 20
6 14351 Les Bienczyk 6 6 5 5 5 6 27

Note: Since everyone sailed single-handed, no penalty was assessed for doing so in the points total. Each sailor's worst result was thrown-out when calculating the points total. Sadly, no one actually qualified for the Provincial Championship trophy (as this requires a double-handed crew).

Many thanks to Lorne and Hanzo for serving as the race committee, and to Derek for helping with launching and retrieving Charger.

Photo Credits

Thanks to all those who provided photos: