Kingston - Quinte Team Race 2013
Four boats from Team “Bay of Quinte Yacht Club” drove down the 401 to Kingston to defend the cup from the previous year.
Boats were rigged in time for the skippers meeting where PRO, Ross Cameron conducted his business. Five races were scheduled which meant that there was a possibility of one team winning in three, which is why Ross asked the fleet what they wanted to do if this happened. The fleet chose fleet racing.
The course was set just in front of the club where spectators could view the action. Ross decided to set the course at .6 away which meant some close racing.
Both teams, were reported to have displayed great tactics, helping their team mates advance to the front, but for Team BQYC it was not to be. Team Kingston this year managed to steal the show with three back to back wins to capture the Kingston – Quinte Cup. Only one course race was raced when the fleet decided to head in for warmth, rum, and chilli.
Behind every regatta are the organizers and volunteer helpers. Many kudos go out to these dedicated people; Lana Butler, Ross Cameron, Mary Wilson and Peter Van Rossem (The organizing committee), Megara Fitzpatrick (filling in as Chair on short notice), Ross Cameron and his Profesional Race team (running a flawless regatta), Tim Irwin, Maryanne Davis, and Peter Juryn (Jury/Officials), Danna Hull (photographer), and Liz Lazier with helper, Debbie Loder(Reception Food details).
Our sponsors this year, Mount Gay Rum, Boat Services Kingston and Marine Outfitters, were very gracious and many thanks go out to them for being there for the competitors and volunteers.
Also please read from Peter Aker, who was in the heated battle for the cup...
“Your Club did a great job in hosting, the Mount Gay rum was appreciated by all, and (although I didn't have any) I heard the chili was a good and tasty fitting end to the hard day on the water. A special thanks to you for arranging sponsorship from Dave and Janice Wilby at Marine Outfitters, we will all be using our gift certificates soon!
I'm also truly sorry YOU weren't there sailing... we obviously did better when your brother was not on the team! The on-water racing was, as is always the case at KYC, run without a hitch. Ross and his crew of new grads did a great job. I think we entertained them well with all our pre-start stuff! We ran 3 team races. It started out a little hairy at about 18 knots, but it tapered during the day to about 15 knots. A two foot chop and strong current were persistent... typical Kingston! While the boat handling alone was a struggle initially, as the wind settled we all got better and it made for some exciting encounters. Your KYC team dominated the game in all three races, really. We had a shot at getting you in the 2nd race, but Melody was able to pass Steve on the last leg to clinch the win. KYC put the hammer down in the last race... with 3 of our team's boats finishing 6, 7, 8. “
Thanks Peter Aker for this, I appreciate your report.
Please see Mary’s Wilson’s photo of the group...I will let you know about more when they come.
Also, please forward this onto any of your crew or team mates who may not be on the list.
Peter Van Rossem