Edge Midwinters

The 2018 Edge Midwinters, Regatta #3 of the 2018 CanAm series took place at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club Jan 27,28. Day 1 saw winds of 13-17kt, with gusts to 20+kts. The race committee set up a nice course for 3 races in lumpy conditions with Dee Smith putting 3 1’s on the board, Bruce Millar 2,3,2, and Allan Leibel 3,2,3. Day 2 was forcast to have a lighter breeze, but the fleet saw gusts to 20kt again for 2 races as the wind started to swing around to the south. Dee again showed the fleet how to get it done with 2 more bullets and first place for the regatta, Allan Leibel was 2nd with 13 pts, Bruce Millar 3rd with 19 pts. Peter Eager put the heat on the leaders day 2 and narrowly missed a podium spot with 20 points for 4th place. Thankfully the rain held off until most were done putting the boats away, next up is the Western Hemisphere Championships Feb 20th-23, then CanAm #4 Feb 24,25. A big thanks to the Race committee and all of the volunteers.

Complete results can be seen here Edge Midwinters results , and here for the 2018 CanAm series standings

CanAm 2018 regatta #1 wrap up

December 7th 2017
Dee Smith


The first regatta of the second annual CanAm Regatta Series finished yesterday with all six races complete in beautiful, warm Charlotte Harbor, Florida. First day was pretty light 3-6 knots of wind that shifted quite a bit. The current running out of the harbor kept everyone on their toes making lay lines hard to master and leaving passing spots for some.

It was quite a close first beat to the first race as 3 boats rounded overlapped. Bruce Millar made the most of the run on the right side and was able to get a small edge at the leeward mark and carry it to the finish. I had to hold off Peter Eagar at the finish for second. Bruce set the pace by sailing a very nice race all around.


The second race, I got off to a good start and lead around the course. Peter Wood sailed a very good race for second place and Bruce followed with third. These races were very light and shifty with the current running left to right on the race course. The wind died at the finish of the second race and we waited around for over an hour before the PRO sent us in.

With only two races sailed the first day the schedule was changed to start early to be able to get in 4 races to complete the series. It was quite light when we sailed out to the course but a nice breeze came in just in time. PRO Roger Strube set up a good course quickly and we were off. My start was another good one and lead around. Bruce was a close second but over stood the second top mark and let Tony Pocklington slide in for second. This gave me another two points over him, which I needed.

The second race of the day was pretty similar, I lead, Bruce second and Charlie Rosenfield had his best race for third. The wind went right in this race and was moving toward a sea breeze direction. With two races left it seemed to be a two boat race Bruce and myself. The next race I started on the wrong side of the line. I won the right side, Bruce won the left side, When we crossed he was well ahead and so was Tony. I did get the third but with Bruce winning, there was only a 2 point gap to second where Bruce sat. No other boat could have passed either of us, so it was all on in the last race.

I was not going to be too far from Bruce at this last start. In fact he left himself open so I push him off the pin side of the starting line. A few times. When I returned to the line I was surprised to see most of the fleet on the right side of the line and giving me the pin to start on port, crossing. That worked out well. Bruce a few boat lengths back could not cross and tacked toward the left. I tacked with him to make sure I stayed with him. Went off to the port layline and ended up rounding with Allan Leibel. And that was pretty much of the series. Allan sailed his best race to win, Second for me, Third for Tony and Bruce fourth.


It was a very good two day series. Now we have one day off and we sail the second CanAm regatta, the 3 day US Nationals, which count double… We have a guest joining us from Norway, Bjornar Erikstad. It is always a pleasure to sail against him. This will make it a 19 boat fleet. With a cold front due to come through, there will be much more wind and not the 83 degrees on the course. But the cool 70 degrees is much better than further north….

Final results:

1, USA 7 Dee Smith 10
2, Can 39 Bruce Millar 14
3, Can 8 Allan Leibel 30
4, USA 3 Tony Pocklington 34
5, Can 14 Peter Wood 39
6, Can 22 Peter Eagar 39

2017 2.4mr North Americans wrap up

2.4 mR Open North Americans wrap up by Dee Smith

Pointe Claire, Canada
In early August, Joc, Sully and I headed out of dodge on a road trip to an area we have never been to before.   With a little extra time on our hands, we  were able to take our time to drive North through the beautiful States of PA and NY.  It was a good time to get out of the Annapolis heat and go sail the little boat again, against some very good competition in Canada for the first time.

We crossed the St. Lawrence River and slipped into Canada  and headed towards the Pointe Claire YC, our home Club for the next week of racing.  I can’t thank the members and their staff of this little Club enough as everyone was just so welcoming and helpful.

We were a day earlier than most, and were able to unpack the boat, find our hotel and relax after our long drive. The next day we headed East about 12 miles to Montreal.
What a great City! Tres French and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves wandering around the wonderful architecture of Old Town, and eating delicious French food. I do believe this day was our windiest day of the whole week.

Everyone else showed up over the next couple of days and we were all busy setting up our riggs and prepping.  Then the waiting started.  There was no wind for 3 days, 1 Practice day and 2 racing days. The only practice was putting the boats in and out of the water…  This was a drag as I have never sailed there before, and was hoping to have some local knowledge by now. The area we were sailing in was called Lake St Louis, but it was really a wide part of the St Lawrence River, with plenty of current, wind shears and things that were very hard to pick up on the 2.4mR.
The breeze finally arrived for the last day of the Regatta.  With no start after 2:00 pm, it was a challenge to get the 4 races scheduled in.  The PRO, Madeleine Palfreeman did a great job managing the shifts, as there were many, and ultimately get the 4 races in the time allotted.
The forecast was for the wind to blow from 8-13.  I was a little nervous using my new, untested, light Quantum Main, but decided on using it along with my medium Jib.  As luck would have it the 1st race was lighter than expected, and I had to make do with what I had on board.  I even thought  about going back in, but did not think there was enough time for a sail change.  This race was to be my problem race, finishing 7th, and put me well behind the competitive boats.   To be honest it was not the sails that put me behind but my tactics.  My initial inclination was the right side would be favored upwind because of less current.  On the 2nd beat the wind went 25 degrees left and I completely missed that shift.
I was even more nervous going into the 2nd race, but I was lucky enough that the wind filled in to 13-14 knots which was the sweet spot for my sails and I ultimately took off.  I was really beginning to enjoy sailing my new boat.  I played the right and rounded 2nd on the 1st beat.  Gybed 1st to lead at the leeward mark and sailed away upwind.  At the finish, the fleet was very mixed up and I was fortunate enough to be back up to 2nd place.  Here we go!

The next race, I played the right side again, with a great start, I just did not play it far enough.  Darell Suderman played it perfectly, hitting the lay line with a big right shift.  I still rounded 2nd and the competition was on with Allan Leibel just behind me. On the 2nd beat it all happened.  The right was favored but the wind was still oscillating.  Darell did go too far this time.  Allan grabbed the lead 1/2 way up the beat on a good left shift.  I was trying to play the shifts and not the boats to get very close to Allan while we were approaching the last windward mark.  The last 2 tacks made the difference to give me the inside as we rounded overlapped.  This is when my new Quantum main paid for itself. I gained enough on Allan down the run to have an easy win.  I was not so nervous, now.
Darell and Allan were the 2 top Canadian sailors I knew I had to beat.  They sail so well and are tough in any condition.  I was not sure what the points were going into the last race, sailing a series without throw outs, I knew I was in ok shape, but I had no reason to let up just yet.  A nice conservative race watching Allan and Darell would be the way to go.  I had another good start on the right side of the line and off we all went.  Allan got the lead that I could not cut into.  Darell got stuck on the line.  I followed Allan around the course happy to take a 2nd and I was hopeful I had few enough points to win. It was not till I got to shore that I knew I had it in the bag for the 2nd time.
I think I speak for everyone that we were very pleased with Madeleine’s race management. Getting 4 races off within the time limit on the very last day of racing, was not easy on such a shifty day. The Pointe-Claire YC really put on a great event for the Open North Americans.  Everyone had a great time on and off the water.  Joc, Sully and I are very much looking forward to returning to this area  and hope to soon.
Thanks once again Alain Dubuc.

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