After a Covid cancellation in 2020, the 2021 Long Harbour Classic went forward on August 21 – 22, 2021. The 2021 Classic saw 4 races in a building SE breeze on Day 1, and 2 races in much lighter airs on Day 2. It all boiled down to a battle of belly muscles vs. bad backs and age handicaps. On Day 1 with hiking the order of the day, John Polglase set the standard with 3 wins. But despite needing some serious back stretches between races, Don Martin won the other race and stayed close to the front using his age handicap to lead John by 4 points. On Day 2, the lighter airs allowed Don to use his extra years of experience and post a win over John in Race 5. He didn’t need to sail Race 6 to win the event.
Don becomes the first career SPOG Slam winner, now having his name on all 4 main trophies. In the usual SPOG discrimination against the younger, John Polglase won 4 races but still came in 2nd. Steve White and Allan Strain tied for 3rd.
A special moment of remembrance was made to Bruce Kirby, the designer of the Laser and a friend of Don’s. And there was a special SPOG Thank-You to Drew Rickard for his outstanding Race Committee work.
Course: a 2 day regatta around various buoys (government and otherwise, crab traps or whatever). We will try to get as many races as people can survive, but there will be beer breaks. It will mostly be about Lasers (or whatever stupid name it is called now), but Lightnings are still welcome even though Bill is away. No Herring Buss’s
Other Stuff: Full regatta scoring per RRS Appendix A. No throw outs.
Friday- There will likely be beers on the dock on Friday afternoon, and likely we will take over the BBQ dock so you can do your own dinner.
Saturday-Racing starts 11-ish. There will be plenty of breaks for repairs and beer. And there will be after race beer and chips. Unfortunately there will be no Commodore’s Dinner held this year, so Saturday dinner is YOYO (you are on your own), although some might be going to the pub for dinner.
Sunday-Racing will again start 11-ish, maybe a bit earlier to get races in before ferry. There will be fewer races as some might want to catch the 2:45 ferry home.
We will try to plan racing time to avoid scheduled BC Ferry Arrivals (Sat 1:38 p, 1:35p; Sun 11:55a, 1:26p) and Departures (Sat 10:25a, 3:15p; Sun 12:15a, 2:45p). Note that the ferry arrivals are often late
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