Team Toba sent a contingent of seven sailors to the Opti Canadians at the Royal Hamilton YC. Five parents, two coaches and a manager supported this event. For all results check out www.sailing.ca
This years BOOT Camp (Basic Olympic Optimist Training) was hosted by the Gimli Yacht Club. 15 Optimist sailors attended the two days of training and two days of Provincial Championships. The Provincial Optimist Team leaves well prepared to the Canadian Optimist Championships in Hamilton ON.
Congratulations to overall winner and 13 & under Champion Van Bailey, to our 15 & under Champion Kyle Ross and our 10& under Champion Austin Ross and the winner of the green fleet Boomer Blumenschein.
Close to 300 athletes competed this past week at the CYA 18 and Under Youth Nationals hosted out of Beaconsfield Yacht Club in Beaconsfield, QC. A total of 22 athletes, 4 coaches and 4 parents from Manitoba attended the event. Bryce Brousseau and Brian Fast won a gold medal in the 420 class for Team Toba. Full results are posted via the BYC event’s website.
FruitBowl 2004 was the largest ever. 448 athletes and coaches participated, and 294 boats competed. Manitoba was represented by 20 athletes and two coaches. Team Toba’s Royden Brousseau won a gold medal in the Laser Radial fleet and Bryce Brousseau and Brian Fast won a gold medal in the 420 fleet. The Ferguson sisters, Maddie and Celeste won a silver medal in their first big event. Congratulations to all! Results are posted here.
The Big Bird Classic Regatta with the Western Intermediate Sailing Championships and the Youth Olympic Training Seminar saw over 85 boats competing on the weekend. From an event that 5 days ago looked like there were 35-40 boats totaled to an event that had over 80 boats and 140 or so athletes (225 participants), this was Manitoba’s largest sailing event of the year and established a record for PYC. The success of this great regatta was only possible because of a lot of volunteers and partnerships. A big thank you to the race committee with Chris Aldridge as the chair, safety chair Wolfe Smythe and all coaches and parents from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, who helped to make this event successful.
Congratulations to our 16&under sailors Julia Bailey (4), Jocelyn McLaren (5) and Amanda Bakker (7) in the Byte fleet (16 participants). Scott Brousseau (2) and Robert Evanchuk (3) in the Laser radial fleet (7participants), Mark Townsend and Tristan Bruning (1), Bryce Brousseau and Brian Fast (2) and Dylan McMorris and Rory McMorris (3) in the 29er/420 class (5 participants).
Congratulations to the top finishers in the Opti 10 and under Austin Ross (1), Boomer Blumenschein (3), Opti 13&under Van Bailey (1), WIlly Konantz (2) and Larissa Blumenschein (3), Opti 15&under Kyle Ross (1) and Mackenzie Carlson (2).
The 2004 Zig Zag open Regatta (July 17-18), hosted by the Zig Zag YC, proved to be an excellent competition for 70 competitors (19 Optimists and 29 sailors in Lasers, Radials, Bytes, 29ers, 420s, Europe, Lightning, E Scow and Mistral in the open fleet). Kudos to the dedicated on water and on shore regatta crew, Sailors, parents and volunteers had a good time and enjoyed quality racing while competing. Congratulations to the winner of the Optimist fleet Kyle Ross from Falcon YC and the winners of the open fleet Katja Smutny and Kristy Slough from Zig Zag YC in the 29er. For Opti results click here. For Open results click here.
Sail West was being held last weekend on July 9-11 at the Last Mountain Lake Sailing Center, home of the Regina Sailing Club. The venue is located at Saskatchewan Beach, 45 minutes from Regina in Saskatchewan. The event was held as a pre-event for the Canada Summer Games 2005.
Team Toba attended this event with 17 athletes. Congratulations to Royden Brousseau who finished 2nd in the Laser radial fleet with 13 starters, Chris Bradley and Kristy Slough who finished 3rd in the 29er fleet, Amanda Bakker with the new CII rig came 4th and Jocelyn McLaren sailed her best regatta ever and finished 6th in a fleet of 15 Bytes. For all results go to www.sasksail.com
At the Commodores Reception on Saturday July 3 Commodore Jim Ferguson officially opened the new club house for the Zig Zag Yacht Club. 300 members and friends came out to admire what dedicated volunteers achieved in not even 9 month. Curious ? Come out to the Zig Zag open regatta on July 17/18 for some good racing and have a look at the new and one of the greatest sailing facilities in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.
With another sailing season just around the corner again the Gimli Yacht Club is offering a Learn to Sail program for adults, youth and kids. The school will be run by an instructor from Victoria BC, Colin Hoult, a fully certified CYA Blue instructor. Lawrence Stewart will help Colin to deliver the program. Please click here for the GYC Sailing School information brochure and click here for the registration form.
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