OMDA Logo Photo: Heading Out to the Race Course

Graham Pilling Provincial Championship Regatta 2013

This year, the OMDA executive decided to rename the Provincial Championship Regatta in memory of Graham Pilling, who recently passed away. Graham was a long time member of OMDA, and no stranger to the Provincial Championships: his name appears on the Provincial Championship trophy more than any other. This year Regatta was held on September 14-15 at Sibbald Point Provincial Park, its usual location.


Photo: Steph and Brendan Finish Rigging

It was a sunny but cold morning, and the competitors were busy rigging their boats. After a while, it was apparent there has been some mixup or miscommunication - our race committee wasn't showing up. We convened a skippers meeting and came up with a workable solution thanks to the volunteer efforts of Roseann Pikelin and Bill Kominek. First, Steve and Don went out in Charger and laid out a race course. They returned to launching ramp and launched their boats. Bill and Roseann took Charger out to the course and managed the races.

The wind was a little light when first started, and the first two races were sailed with a shortened course (just a triangle). However, the wind picked up later on and we did the full course (triangle-sausage).


The weather was a bit grey and overcast Sunday morning, but warmer than Saturday morning. The wind was coming from the south, pretty much the opposite of the previous day. We got an early start after Steph and Steve laid out a new course and sailed another two races.

Photo: Heather and Friend Watch from the Breakwater Photo: Steph and Brendan Launching

Then it was time to get out on the water for some more races.

Photo: Steve and Wyatt Get a Great Start Photo: Don and Jonas Photo: Sue and Steph Photo: Marika Had to Sail Single-Handed on Sunday after her Crew Mutinied Photo: The Fleet Reaching to the Gybe Mark Photo: The Competitors Photo: The Competitors after the Races

Race Results

2011 Graham Pilling Provincial Championship Regatta Results
Place Sail No. Crew Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Points
1 36476 Sue Pilling
Steph Romaniak
2 1 1 1 1 2 6
2 70098 Don Alp
Jonas Pikelin
3 3 2 2 2 1 10
3 530050 Stephen Steel
Wyatt Beaumont
1 2 3 3 4 4 13
4 51161 Marika Beaumont
Kaiden Beaumont (races 1-4)
4 4 4 5 3* 3* 20
5 63840 Steph Alp
Brendan Kominek
5 5 5 4 5 5 24

Note: Those sailing single-handed (marked with *) were assessed a penalty of 1 point per race, and each crew's worst result was discarded.

Photo: Steph and Brendan Photo: Marika Photo: Steve and Wyatt Photo: Don and Jonas

Appropriately enough, for the first year under its new name, the Graham Pilling Provincial Championship Regatta was won by a boat skippered by Graham's daughter Sue. Sue and Steph have had a good season of sailing, having also placed third at the Wayfarer Worlds in August!

Photo: The Winners - Sue and Steph

Of course, Sue is no stranger to the Provincial Championship Trophy - She's been on familiar terms with it since the 70's!

Photo: The Pillings with the Ontario Championship Tropy

And of course, many thanks to Roseann and Bill for stepping in at the last minute to serve as the race committee. They did a great job!

Photo: The Race Committee - Roseann and Bill

Photo Credits

Thanks to all those who provided photos: