By Michael Steele
From CRYA newsletter Fall 2014
Victoria class racing in Ontario has become quite a competitive affair in recent years. With a full compliment of sailors racing on a regular basis, winning a local Victoria club regatta is hard enough, but winning the Ontario Victoria Regionals puts you firmly at the head of this class. Proof of this growing competitiveness is that a different skipper has won this event in each of the past four years. Those who have won before – Bill Shorney, Charlie Mann, Shaun Berrington and Michael Steele -have all tried and failed to secure a second regional victory. This year would be no different.
This year’s Ontario Victoria Regional Championship was held at a new venue this year –the Douglas Kennedy Park in Mississauga, Ontario. This marina basin allowed for a much larger course to be set, with excellent exposure to both clear winds and a constant stream of spectators who got to enjoy some very close racing action. Victoria National Class Secretary John McKinney acted as Race Director along with his wife, Joyce. They ran a tight schedule that guaranteed on-time starts and limited downtime between races. The first race took place at 10 am in light and shifty conditions with plenty more of that to come.
From the start, Bob Allan managed to be the most successful at navigating the wind shiftson his way up the long course. Bullets for Bob in the first three races gave him not only the lead, but the confidence to try out different start tactics to beat the swirling winds. For the rest of the sailors, it took a few races to get settled, but by mid-morning a few patterns were developing. Harry Feaver from Burlington put his Vicky with the leaders early with a third in race No.2 and second in race No.3.
By the lunch break it was clear that Bob Allan had built a nice lead. At 3 pm, 12 races had been completed with the final four sorting themselves out with Bob Allan in first place, Michael Steele taking second, Charlie Mann at third and Glenn Barrett claiming fourth.Special thanks to all those who helped with the event and to Leading Edge Hobbies for providing prizes.