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Lake Huron sailing in Sarnia has more to it than most spots on the provincial racing circuit, says an Ontario Sailing Team coach.

That's because of the current flowing towards the St. Clair River, said Chris Hewson.

“There's a current in Kingston going down the St. Lawrence, but not four knots of current” like in Sarnia, he said.

Competitors in the 16th annual Sailfest Sarnia regatta this weekend will have that in mind as they race two courses, in four different dinghy classes, just north of Canatara Park Beach.

Hewson, and Ontario Sailing Team members, were at the Sarnia Yacht Club Friday, teaching sailors and coaches in the regatta — one of four stops on Ontario Sailing's “gold cup” Grand Prix Development Series — about sailing in current-laden waters.

“It's a completely different monster to sail in (Sarnia),” Hewson said.

If sailors aren't careful, he said, the water's pull can easily move them 20 feet off their marks.

“So it changes off all the angles on the boats and you have to put a lot more thought process into where your final destination is actually going to be,” he said.

Tips, he said, were also offered Friday on starting, handling, boat speed and other subjects.

The regatta features ages 12 to 65 competing in up to seven races per class, event chairperson Brandy Boston said. Results factor into selections for the Ontario Sailing Team.

There's also a mini “Taz” regatta for younger sailors.

So far, just shy of 80 competitors and coaches are registered for the event, nicknamed the “Cheerios regatta” and sponsored by General Mills, Boston said.

“We're a little up from last year, but we're down from previous years, just due to less kids participating in regattas all over the province,” she said.

Free meals and camping included with $110 registration fees makes it a favourite among families, she said.

“All the parents want to keep coming back because they say this is the best-run regatta.”

Sarnia's Cayleigh Beaton is among this year's competitors.

The 15-year-old, who's been sailing for 10 years, is racing in her first 420-class competition with family friend Parker Aalbers, 13, from Barrie.

“You always have to be thinking, 'How can I go faster?'” said Beaton, team skip. “And you can never go look at like the view, you always have to be paying attention.”

After doing Taz regattas in past years, she said she's looking forward to the challenge the two-person craft offers.

“I like these boats because there's a lot of chapping and you have to hike a lot,” she said, listing maneuvers where sailors use body weight to course correct.

“I like how much you have to actually work,” she said.

Races run Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Boston said.

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Fri July 03, 2015 - Sun July 05, 2015
Sailfest Sarnia

Sailfest Sarnia is an annual regatta held at the Sarnia Yacht Club.  The event is sponsored by Ontario Sailing and is dinghy regatta in the Laser, Laser Radial, 29er, 420 and Laser >> classes.  The 2015 regatta will be the weekend of July 3rd, 4th and 5th.  The Friday, July 3rd, is a training day on the water and off, with coaches for each division.  The races gets underway Saturday morning, with boats leaving the dock before 9 am.  The public can view the racing from the beaches of Canatara or from their own water craft.  Sunday, racing starts at 10 am with the last race starting no later than 2 or 3 pm.   This is Sarnia Yacht Club’s 16th year hosting Sailfest Sarnia and sailors from across the Great Lakes region!

Young sailors make waves at Sailfest Sarnia
Posted July 8,2014 in the Sarnia Journal


Daniel Barry, 21, of Petrolia, men's olympic class practice day for Sailfest held at the Sarnia Yacht Club.

The Sarnia Yacht Club offered sailor’s a perfect trifecta last weekend –wind, warm people and wonderful water.
“Most people in this province have no idea about how beautiful Lake Huron is,” said Joanne Abbott, chair of Sailfest Sarnia’s organizing committee.

“It can look just like the Caribbean in July, and feel like the Caribbean. People are just amazed at how gorgeous it is.”
Sailfest Sarnia is a regatta involving solo and two-person dinghies that draws more than100 sailors from yacht clubs around the Great Lakes.

Ages range from seven to 55, but most are teens.
“It’s addictive, like any racing,” explained Sarnia’s Jonah Kember, 16, who has sailed competitively at regattas in Toronto, Hamilton and Kingston.

“(Sailfest) is the best. They have way more food and it’s well organized.”

The event gives young sailors a chance to compete in high-level competitions. The results are used to select the Ontario Sailing Team, which represents the province at competitions.

Petrolia’s Daniel Barry, 21, is a Tier 2 Ontario Team member.

Racing in a one-person Laser makes you master of your own destiny, he said.
“I used to play soccer. But when you’re out on the water, whether you win or you lose, it’s only you. That was the attraction for me coming from a team sport.”

The yacht club was a hive of activity all weekend. Communities of pitched tents lent a festive air, with young sailors everywhere tended rigging and socializing when not racing on the lake’s two courses.

Lunch time required a good catching hand.

Rob and Stephanie Purdy of Purdy Fisheries anchored a boat a few miles offshore near the start line Saturday and Sunday. As competitors would finish a race and sail by the Purdys would toss them bagged lunches.

“We provide everything,” said Abbott. “They get Friday, Saturday, Sunday, all their food, camping on-site, everything for $110. If they get themselves here there’s no cost beyond the registration.”

Numerous sponsors help keep costs low, including RBC Dominion Securities and Mellon Inc. and Spectrum Communications.
– George Mathewson

Basile Montagnese, 14, of Toronto, readies his boat during Sailfest at the Sarnia Yacht Club.
Glenn Ogilvie


Jillian Smith, 14, and Elayna Hurst, 17, of the London Yacht Club, keep warm and rest up while waiting for the wind to rise at Sailfest Sarnia.
Glenn Ogilvie

 

 

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