Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Algerine Cup

The Annual Algerine Passage Race went without a hitch again this year.

Aiolis was the only Powell River boat competing.

The May long weekend Sunday proved to be an average day for this date with light winds that propelled the racing boats across the start line and out towards Grants Reef bell buoy. The light air stayed up until the fleet rounded Grants Reef Buoy but died shortly after.
The fleet bobbed and clawed its way to the finish line off Comox Harbour. A south east wind did finally build enough to push the fleet across the finish line. As the first boat across the finish line, Aiolis crossed the finish line with only minutes to spare before the race was called due to the time limit of the race.

The awards banquet was well attended and enjoyed by all. Congratulations Blake on winning line honours and finishing fourth in challenging winds.

Algerine Passage Results

Boat PHRF Elapsed Time Corrected Time Finish
Tenacious 231 7:28:03 6:45:11 1
Nyyak 186 7:18:38 6:47:58 2
Andiamo 186 7:18:55 6:48:15 3
Aiolis 73 6:55:10 6:55:10 4
Celerite152 7:20:19 6:58:55 5
Laser 135 7:20:50 7:04:02 6
Boomerang DNF

(Results taken from Comox Bay Sailing Club website)
Gerard Nachtegaele

Thursday, May 7, 2009

"For the truth is that I already know as much about my fate as I need to know.
The day will come when I will die.
So the only matter of consequence before me is what I will do with my allotted time.
I can remain on shore, paralyzed with fear,
or I can raise my sails and dip and soar in the breeze."

- Richard Bode,
First you Have to Row a Little Boat

Since its inception in 1967, The Powell River Sailing Club has welcomed new members interested in learning to sail, racing, cruising, or just getting together with enthusiasts of the sport.

If you are new to sailing, you do not need to own a boat in order to participate.
Members either race their sailboats or crew for others.
This is a great way to learn to sail.
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the 2009 Powell River Sailing Club.

President: Gerard Nachtegaele
Vice President: Max Ferrier
Past President: Ray
Treasurer: Michael Smith
Secretary: Pat
Publicity; Dan Dyble
Social/Cruising: Laura Kew
Race Committee: Chuck Soroke
Equipment Director: Randy Kirk

Registrations are arriving for the MOSS (Mobile Optimist Sailing School) program in August, and plans are under way to attempt to purchase 4 420 dinghies so that graduates of this childrens program can continue on to become sailors.

In the meantime, if you have paid your membership, thank you very much.

Our most accessible member is Laura Kew, at Pacific Reflections, 4690 Marine Ave-(485-7475), and she will be happy to see you.

We all look forward to a great year.


Upcoming Events

June 20Introduction to Sailing – Theory
(Pre-register with Gerard ; a manual is required, and is to be
purchased at cost, in advance). 10:00 – 15:00, lunch break at 12:00.

June 21Introduction to Sailing – Practical
Put what was reviewed the day before to use with practice a cruise to Van Anda
for lunch.

June 23 Summer Series #1
Summer Series Skipper’s Meetings will be started at 18:00 at the North Harbour.
The series will be made up of 10 races throughout the summer. The best results
out of 4 races shall be used to calculate standings.

June 30th Summer Series #2

July 4 - 5 Canada Day Cruise to Okeover for BBQ. Picnic on Sunday July 5th, 2pm
Annually, club members cruise to Trevanon Bay in Okeover on the Saturday of
the Canada Day Long Weekend. The club sponsors a Canada Day LAMB
BARBEQUE at Blake’s place on Sunday. This year, tickets will be sold in
advance as a PRSC Fundraiser; cost of $10 for members, $20 per family, $15 for
non-members. Games, prizes, storytelling.

July 7 Summer Series #3

July 11 – 12 Cruise to Quadra Island. Cruise directors Ruth Doyon, Guy Montpetit

July 14 Summer Series #4

July 19 Second annual Catalina 27 Casual Competition Race
If you don’t have a Catalina 27, crew on another boat! BBQ after the race at Willingdon
Beach Gazebo at 4pm. Even if you don’t race, come and join us for the BBQ. Notice of
race will be emailed out prior to the event; pre-registration is required.

July 21 Summer Series #5 Women at the Helm Race

July 25 Demo Race for Sea Fair Weekend

July 26 Day sail to Harwood Island for picnic

July 28 Summer Series #6

Racing Chair: Chuck Soroke,
Social/Cruising Chair: Laura