Dinghy Racing Dates for 2015:
Opti-Jam is an Optimist dinghy regatta hosted at Chester Yacht Club for sailors of all levels of experience including beginners.
2015’s Regatta is Wednesday, August 5th and Thursday, August 6th.
Tuesday BBQ Lunches:
In 2015 our Tuesday BBQ Lunches (at Noon) continue, they are open to parents of the Junior program
and CYC members. All profits go to help with the Junior Dance on Wednesday, July 29th.
Learn To Sail Report Winter 2014
As 2014 winds down, I think back on the wonderful season we had with Learn To Sail and all of the great people that were involved. With over 200 registrations it was a busy season and without the help of Kim it would not have been possible. Along with regular programming, we attended just about every regatta in the province producing great results and in particular Will McInnis attending Opti Worlds in Argentina placing respectively.
Every year our program continues to grow in both quantity and quality, this year we had 9 coaches with volunteer coaches coming and going throughout the season. With more sailors and more coaches it leads to more boats, this year we had 9 coach boats (RIB’s), 8 420’s, 20 opti’s and 5 echo’s . Our Opti program was expanded thanks to boat donations from the Mosher and the Cangiano families. All this culminates to CYC have one of the largest Learn To Sail programs in the province.
With the program growing with more boats and gear there becomes a responsibility to maintain and attimes replace boats and gear; this however takes money and resources. The money generated through registrations covers the operational cost of the program but we rely solely on the Junior Fundraiser for capital expenses such as replacing boats and gear. This year the Jr Fundraiser was a success and was organized by Heather Martin.
Now, of course this would not have been possible without the help of parents and friends of the program as they are the people donating their time and money to the cause.
As always Opti Jam was another huge success with 84 boats attending making it the largest Opti Regatta inthe province. A Big Thank You to Ray Cambria and Trish Finlay for their race management skills and running two courses and multiple fleets and the countless volunteers both on land and water. Once again I will ask ifanyone is interested in chairing this event to please come forward and contact Kim or myself.
Well, as I said before the 2014 season for CYC’s Learn To Sail program was a huge success and I thank everyone who was a part of it from sailors to coaches and especially parents who volunteer their time and resources to the program. I look forward to the 2015 season and if you have any questions regarding the Learn To Sail program please feel free to contact Kim or myself and also check out the learn to sail website which can be found at www.chesteryachtclub.ca for all information regarding the program.
CYC Junior Sailing News:
The 2014 Canadian Optimist Dinghy Championships were held at Lunenburg Yacht Club (Aug 16-22)& our CYC team won 2nd place in the team racing competition, which was amazing, considering some of the kids had never team raced before. It was a true underdog story.
Connor Mraz represented our junior sailing program well, and is the new Canadian Optimist Champion! Will McInnes was an impressive 7th overall! CYC is very proud of all our Junior Sailors.
Championship Race Results http://lyc.ns.ca/racing/racing2014/2014OptiChamp.htm
Green Fleet Results http://lyc.ns.ca/racing/racing2014/2014OptiGreen.htm
Sphar Cup Results 2014:
1st Grace Cangiano and Grace Walmsley
2nd Gareth Connolly and Julie Mosher
3rd Henry Bowen and Henry Gauthier
1st Jeb Bechtel
2nd Ellie Blain
3rd Gabe Ewsuk
BBYC ARK Regatta 2014 Provisional Results
Green Fleet Sailwave results for Green Fleet 2014
Throughout the summer there will be several weekend regattas at nearby yacht clubs which CYC Junior Sailors have successfully participated in past years. These regattas will be posted in our notice board on the boat shed. If there is sufficient interest from Junior Sailors and their parents (for car pooling) then we will form race teams to compete. Like our own Opti Jam these regattas are a fun way to improve sailing skills. These regattas have been included in our Calendar. If you are interested in racing at these regattas you can check out the NSYA website calendar for more detailed information. See Dinghy Racing dates above.
NSYA Events Calendar (Tip: select “Dinghy” as the Category)
CANSail Dinghy Programming