Victoria Day Weekend 2011

This year we had great weather for our first event of the sailing season. The Victoria Day Weekend Regatta was at the Belwood Lake Sailing Club over the long weekend.


Photo: A Beautiful Day, but the Flag is Unmoved Saturday morning started with warm sunny weather. Great for catching up on gossip, and for remembering how to rig the boat. It also gave us a chance to reassemble Charger after collecting all the parts from winter storage.

Photo: Derek and Paul Reconnect Charger's Motor Photo: Marika's Hull Shows How Effective its Camouflage is Against the Grass Photo: Waiting for Some Wind to Appear Photo: The Mirrors are all Rigged and Waiting

Finally, a little after noon, there was finally enough wind to set out (slowly) to the race course. Since the winds were light, the race committee set a fairly short course: triangle - sausage in the OMDA vernaclular.

Race 1

The first race was quite exciting. Marika, Don and Heather took the early lead, but everyone got bunched together at the leeward mark. Steve and Don managed to sneak through the confusion and take the lead. Don popped his spinnaker on the last leg to overtake Steve and win the race.

Photo: Marika has a Small Lead after the First Mark Photo: Marika Rounds the Gybe Mark with Heater Behind Her Photo: Things Get Very Crowded at the Leeward Mark Photo: Description

Race 2

Belwood's shifty winds claimed another victim. Don took an early lead, but after he completed the triangle portion by rounding the leeward mark, he headed to the mark that was actually to windward for the sausage portion. The rest of the field opted to head towards the mark that had been to windward when the course was set!

Photo: Lining up for the Start of the Second Race Photo: Paul Starts at the Committee Boat End of the Line Photo: Don, Marika and Heather Cross the Start Line Photo: Heather Alp and Brenden Photo: Don Rounds the Leeward Mark in the Lead Photo: Don Runs towards the Finish Line and Disappointment, while Heather and Marika head to the Next Mark

Race 3

The winds had started to pick up a bit for this race.

Photo: Heather and Marika Get a Good Start Photo: Converging on the Windward Mark Photo: Heather Rounds First Photo: Don and Marika Follow Photo: Heather Leads the Pack to the Leeward Mark

Race 4

Steve tried a risky port tack start that paid off big in this race.

Photo: Lining Up for the Start Photo: Steve Sneaks Over the Line at the Pin End of the Line on Port Tack Photo: Steve Leads Around the Leeward Mark, Followed by Don, Marika and Paul Photo: Steve Crosses the Finish Line

Race 5

Sorry, no pictures from the fifth race.

Hanzo manned his inflatable and acted as the safety boat.

Photo: Hanzo Manned his Inflatable as Safety Boat

Of course, not everybody was caught up with events on the water:

Photo: Danny Initiates Kayden into the Art of Knitting Photo: Enjoying a Snack and Drink after the Races Photo: Rehashing the Races

Race Results

Photo: Shelley Announces the Race Results

The results were close, and the race committee had to exercise their knowledge of the tie-break rules!

2011 OMDA EventName Results
Place Sail No. Crew Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Points
1 70098 Don Alp 1 4 2 6 1 12
2 16562 Heather Pugh 3 1 1 3 5 12
3 53050 Stephen Steel 2 3 5 1 3 13
4 51161 Marika Beaumont 5 2 3 2 2 13
5 63848 Heather Alp
4 5 6 5 4 18
6 34048 Paul Lingen 6 6 4 4 6 24
7 43756 Aleid Brendeke DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS 32

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

Thanks to all those who helped run the races: Shelley, Richard, Derek and Hanzo. And of course, thanks to Belwood Lake Sailing Club and our host Paul Lingen.


The day began with the traditional President's Pancake Breakfast.

Photo: Wyatt Enjoys his Pancake Photo: Daisy is Almost Ready for Another

Although the day started out sunny, we had rain later in the morning which lasted until after lunchtime.

Photo: Taya and Wyatt Recharge their Water Pistols

Once the rain cleared, the wind really picked up. A few brave souls ventured out. Others socialized.

Photo: A Chance to Catch Up with Friends

At the end of the afternoon, we had a baby shower for Shelley and Kevin, who are expecting the newest addition to the OMDA family in July.

Photo: A Baby Shower for Shelley and Kevin Photo: Taya Presents Shelley with a Gift Photo: Wyatt Helps Shelley Read the Card Photo: The Proud About to be Grandparents Photo: The Happy Couple

Photo Credits

Thanks to all those who provided photos: