The Long Harbour Classic is the premier event of the SPOG season and the unofficial annual championship. Held sometime near the end of the summer, this is a regatta series of short races in the confines of Long Harbour around the crab traps and other obstacles (with apologies to BC Ferries). The winner claims the Kerr Trophy, rededicated in 2009, previously given for Best Canadian Bred Boston (which we believe is a type of hog).
Aug 25/19 Thom Stubbs Wins His Second Long Harbour Classic. Bill Cote’s Azzurro Edges our John Walker’s Martini in the Lightning Class
On an interesting Day 2, Steve White’s two 3rd place performances was not enough to hold off Thom Stubbs’ 1st and 4th. Thom wins the laser event by 1 point and puts his name on the Kerr Trophy for a second time. John Walker and crew aboard Martini won the last race of the event, but that was not enough to beat Azzurro after Bill Cote put the hammer down to win the 3 middle races and the lightning class.
First race of Day 2 started with wonderful sunny conditions and a promising westerly. But after getting one leg of the race, that was all she wrote as the nice breeze turned capricious.
This led the lasers ghosting to a shortened finish and the lightnings paddling out of the way of the ferry. Then the southerly filled in by time the ferry departed and lasted to the start of the second race; then also petered out. But all boats managed to finish. Nobody had the heart to try a another one.
Day 1 started a little cloudy and cool, especially as the wind was blowing 10 kts or so. Race Committee of Ornery Measurer Ron Mackenzie and Official Photographer Jean Panepinto ably managed a series of races between ferry sailings.
While Thom Stubbs was the class of the smallish 8 boat Laser fleet with a series of bullets, boat problems dropped him a 7th in one race. That allowed Steve White’s solid and consistent performance (combined with old guy points) to hold a 5 point lead after 5 races on Day 1.
While John Walker and crew aboard Martini pipped Revenuer in the first race between the two Lightnings, Bill Cote put the hammer down and won the next 3 races to hold a 2 point lead after Day 1.
And a few boat problems were observed. Thanks to Ben Remocker and Alex Wood in the crash boats for helping out.