Victoria Day Weekend 2013

The 2013 OMDA sailing season began, as usual, with the Victoria Day Weekend Regatta held May 18 & 19 at Belwood Lake Sailing Club just outside Fergus (near Guelph).


Some eager participants arrived late Friday afternoon to set up.

Photo: Charger Upside Down on its Trailer from Winter Storage Photo: The Pugh's Set Up Camp Photo: Hanzo and Ineke Park Their Trailer


The first order of business was to get our boats rigged. Once Steve arrived with Charger's contents and motor from winter storage, we could get our committee boat ready to go.

There were some excellent sailing winds that kept the participants on their toes: lots of shifts and big gusts.

Photo: Steve Getting Ready to Race Photo: Don and Brandon Photo: Marika Photo: Heather and Heather Photo: Heather Squared Passes By the Committee Boat Photo: The View from Charger's Stern Photo: Tacking Upwind to the Finish

Steve provided some extra excitement at the end of the third race. Just after rounding the final mark, a big gust caught him and sent him for a swim. The water was quite refreshing, but Steve had his wetsuit on. He was able to recover fairly quickly and finish the race.

Photo: Mike Helps Retrieve the Mark Buoys


Sunday morning began with another OMDA tradition: the President's pancake breakfast. Aleid was cooking up a storm for the hungry campers.

Photo: Aleid Cooking Pancakes Photo: Hungry Campers Waiting in Line Photo: Paulette Photo: Erik Photo: Linda and Ineke Photo: The Line Keeps Getting Longer Photo: Hanzo Gets a Pancake While Mike and Marika Look On With Envy! Photo: Peter Photo: Mike Photo: Margret Photo: Danny Photo: Steve and Derek Know Coffee is Even More Important Than Pancakes! Photo: Aleid Explains the Tradition Behind President's Pancakes

After breakfast, we set out on the water and squeezed in another three races.

Photo: Don and Brandon Try to Keep the Spinnaker Flying

Then it was time to come off the water for some lunch while Belwood held their regular Sunday race.

Photo: Derek and Audrey Street Showed Up

Don Alps, his daughter Heather and her boyfriend Brandon are planning to enter two boats in the Mirror Worlds in Ireland this summer. OMDA made a contribution.

Photo: Don, Heather and Brandon Accept a Contribution from OMDA for Their Trip to the Worlds

Then it was time to take some of the youngest OMDA members out for a short sail.

Photo: Steve, Daisy and her Younger Sister Photo: Marika and Steve Set Sail Photo: Aleid, Erik and Alex Photo: Paul Lingen's Mirror 16 Photo: Aleid and Marika Return to Shore Photo: Marika and Steve Photo: Another Happy Sailor Photo: The Next Generation of OMDA Members Photo: Putting the Boats Away

Race Results

The first three races were held on Saturday afternoon, and races 4 - 6 took place Sunday morning.

2013 OMDA Victoria Day Weekend Regatta Results
Place Sail No. Crew Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Points
1 16562 Heather Pugh
Heather Alp
1 1 1 4 2 1 6
2 70098 Don Alp
2 3 2 3 4 2 12
3 51161 Marika Beaumont 4 2 3 2 1 4 17
4 53050 Stephen Steel 3 4 4 1 3 3 19
5 34048 Paul Lingen 5 5 DNS 5 5 DNS 32
6 67069 Aleid Brendeke DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 40

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

Many thanks to John McCulloch and Mike Coombes for serving as the race committee. And of course, thanks to Paul Lingen and Belwood Lake Sailing Club for hosting a great event!

Other Photos

Photo Credits

Thanks to all those who provided photos: