CODA, Rapport du Québec 2006

Montreal, august 11th 2006

Again this year the season began quite early with a training camp for the members of the Quebec sailing team, all classes, at the Lord Reading Yacht Club, second week-end of may. The temperature was cold but the winds were very present. 9 out of the 10 opti sailors member of the team were present on that weekend.

Then, about two weeks later another training camp took place at the Royal St-Lawrence Yacht Club, but this time for all Opti sailors and their coaches only. Tine Moberg from Vancouver was there again to help the Quebec opti coach. A good number Optis sailors showed up for that camp.

From June 29th to July 2nd was the first training/regatta of four organised by the Federation de Voile du Quebec. It was held in Beauport, Quebec on the St-Lawrence River. 19 Optis both green and regular fleet sailed on that week end. On the first day of raicing all the green fleet optis had to be towed back in because of wind velocity sudden increase. The regular fleet, although working hard in rough seas and hi winds managed to complete 7 races during those two days. The De Alcala sister, Fannie and Caroline finished fisrt in their respective fleet, green and regular.

The second event of the summer was held in Sainte-Agathe up in the Laurentide. 2 days of training and 2 days of racing took place in light and shifting wind conditions. All together 12 optis in regualr fleet and 13 in the green fleet participate.

The 3rd event took place in Hudson, the following weekend, at the Fruit Bowl, a training regatta where Optis, Laser, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, Byte, Byte C2, 420 and 29ers are invited. About 200 sailors gathered there to practice and race for 4 days. The opti fleet was of about 30 sailors both green and regular fleet.

The 4th event was held in Gatineau, across the river from Ottawa. Again 30 optis from the green and regular fleet participated on the 2 days of training and 2 days of racing that weekend. The great wheather conditions and the very professionnal organisation made that event a true success.

We are now just a few days from the Canadians in Vancouver and CORK in kingston where a certain number of opti sailors from Quebec will go.

The last event scheduled in the regular season is the Quebec Optimist Championship being held at le Club de Voile des Laurentides in Oka on september 9 and 10. Other classes are also invited to race on that weekend like Laser, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7. Byte and 420.

I would not want to finish my report whitout mentionning the participation of some athlete to some major events like Cedric Garnier from the Royal St-Lawrence Yatch Club who went to the North American and Caroline De Alcala from Ste-Agthe Sailing School who went to the French Optimist National Championship where she finished 4th girl overall.

Congratulations to all sailors and volunteer organisers for a great season of opti sailing. And good luck to all at the Canadians.

Patrice Delhaes,
Quebec representative