We had the amazing opportunity to compete in the York Cup Regatta at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. This was a superb event with excellent race committee, judges, and competition. We arrived on Friday and the yacht club kindly picked us up by powerboat.
We began our practice at about 15:00 and spent about 3 hours practicing with the team that would end up being the regatta champion so it was a very effective practice. As we were sailing, in we got caught in a rain squall so we were all soaked by the time we hit the dock. Nevertheless, it was a great day on the water.
The first day of racing was breezy and blowing straight from the city. This caused incredibly shifty and frustrating conditions for racing. Each race was an extremely valuale learning opportunity, no matter the end result. One race was particularly memorable, however. We had received a penalty during the prestart and were sailing for less than 30 seconds upwind when our jib halyard snapped! Nevertheless, we continued racing, quickly killed our penalty, and ended up winning the race!
The second day of racing was significantly lighter but still made for a beautiful day of sailing. We had roughly twelve knots out of the south which was ideal for sonar match racing. This day consisted of completing the extremely competitive consolation round. As always, we would like to thank everyone who made this great event possible. We hope to do it again next year!