Nov 2, 2018 – Passing of Andy Hunt
not a SPOGger and many might not know Andy Hunt; but he was the backbone of Laser Fleet 6 – BC and PNW. He not only loved sailing, but he worked tirelessly at all kinds of dinghy regattas including all (and I mean all) of the laser events held at Jericho Sailing and at Kits Yacht Club. As our District rep he was thorough in providing press coverage of local events (kids and masters) for the North American publication. Andy was also a very supporter of Disabled Sailing in Vancouver.
Andy recently passed away yesterday after a short battle with cancer. He will be missed on the race course and committee boat, and his absence will leave a big hole in local sailing.
Oct 6, 2018 – Woodward in a Three-Peat
Participation is part of the key to winning the Season Championship. Participation with great sailing is a guarantee to win. Brian Woodward started the day with a 1 point advantage over Allan Strain going into the final event. Brian’s win extended his lead to 2 points and he becomes the 1st 2-Time SPOG Champion.
Oct 6, 2018 – A Gorgeous Performance on a Gorgeous Day – Woodward Takes the Doug Baxter Closer
A wonderful fall day greeted the 10 hearty SPOGgers who came out to compete in the final event of the season. Plenty of sunshine, some warmth to the day and just enough wind to get 3 races off. Brian Woodward posted a 1-3-1, which was enough to beat Allan Strain’s 4-2-3 and cover the age point advantage. Brian wins his 2nd event of the year and takes Doug’s Whisky Water Jug for 2018.
Sep 28, 2018 – Bucky DeRoos Wins the Inaugural Locals Championship
Tired of being beat by the city-slickers, the SPOGgers living on Salt Spring decided to have their own championship. And what a day to have it – perfect conditions – sunny and with a gentle westerly. After a rare protest was disallowed (over several beer at Moby’s), Bob DeRoos’ first and second place finishes held up to take home the Locals Spittoon.
Aug 26, 2018 Buck Takes the Classic (barely). Bill Cote wins the Lightning Match Race
Day 2 of the Classic was all out war in somewhat sketchy zephyrs. The 1st race had to be abandoned as the wind died and the ferry threatened to treat the fleet like speed bumps. When we finally got a race off, Greg Slakov finally found his defending champion form to win the race, with Brian Woodward in 2nd, Thom Stubbs in 3rd and Hart Buck in 4th. With 2015 champ Stubbs holding a 1 point lead over 2017 champ Buck, it was going to be a match race. After 2 General Recalls, the race was on. Hart used his wily experience to put 2 places between him and Thom to win the race and the regatta.
Bill Cote and his crew on Revenuer finally had some boat on boat competition in the Lightning fleet. With 5 wins in 6 races, they add another tag to the Lantern Trophy. But Robert Shoore wins the Best in Show prize for his wonderful Lightning restoration.
Aug 25, 2018 – Buck and Stubbs Tied After Day 1 of Long Harbour Classic
After the longest, sunniest summer on record, Day 1 of the Long Harbour Classic started in a cold drizzle. But the SE wind was perfect, even if the shifts caused some anguish. 5 races were put on the sheet before ferry traffic and general fatigue brought things to a halt. Former champs Thom Stubbs and Hart Buck – both Old Guys (over 50, less than 60) are even at the front of the pack going into Day 2. goes on August 25, 26. Among the bulk of fleet of Older Old Guys and Really Old Old Guys (over 60), Brian Woodward, Hugh Jarvis and Allan Strain are duking out.
July 7,2018 – Woodward Wins Moby’s Marathon
What can we say – the guys likes racing to win where there is beer involved.
Jun 16, 2018- Allan Strain Wins a Wild Opener
The fleet of 12 lasers and 2 big boats (actually a Lightning and a Flying 15) survives highly changeable Westerly winds, an ankle deep portage across the Fishermans Island sandbar (with a few barnacly rocks), and total calms at Surge Rock. A large number of capsizes and even one abandoned boat were testament to the challenges.
Allan Strain handled it all with aplomb racking two bullets and taking home (figuratively) the Trophy. Allan Sturgess kept his nose clean for a 5 and 2 and second place. And clearly Steve Whilte has learned to gybe in heavier winds as he went error free for a 3 and 6 and ended in 3rd place. With 2 wins Bill Cote’s Revenuer added another Lantern Trophy win to his collection