August 2, 2022
The burgee exchange
Port Credit Yacht Club proudly hosted its annual Steerers’ and Four Sisters regattas July 21st to July 24th welcoming more than 350 sailors to compete in challenging weather conditions. Competitors participated from out of province, across Lake Ontario and the United States to compete in PCYC’s first ever hosted C420 Canadian Championship.
The winds gusted past 25 knots on the first day of the 63rd Annual Steerers Regatta July 21st and 22nd forcing more than 200 competitors to remain on land. Sailors from Optimist, Club 420 (White Sail & Spinnaker), Laser Radial (ILCA 6), Laser 4.7 (ILCA 4) and Laser Full Rig (ILCA 7) welcomed the light winds on day two, but the winds faltered, and the classes only managed two races.
During the 21st Annual Four Sisters C420 Canadian Championship the PCYC the weather system at PCYC dramatically changed from the previous two days. With thunderstorms well north of PCYC and blowing in a favourable direction, competitors could safely exit the harbour and the fierce competition for the podium began.
Port Credit Yacht Club proudly hoisted the Steerer’s Trophy—the coveted nutshell-shaped trophy awarded tot the best Junior Club in the regatta. PCYC swept the Steerers Optimist podium with Tristan Miles earning 1st, Sterling Ott 2nd, and Spencer Hrubant 3rd as well as PCYC’s C420 Spinnaker champs Claire Podolsky and Elle Pirie achieving 1st, and Jackson Podolsky and Alex Batek placing 3rd on the podium. National Yacht Club’s Augustin and Paris Sasarman earned 2nd.
The Laser 4.7 (ILCA) competitors managed a 3rd race with Whitby Yacht Club’s (WYC) Cheyenne Stafford earning top spot on the podium, followed by Frenchmans Bay Yacht Club’s (FBYC) Zoe Price and Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) Annika Hoogland in 3rd. The Laser Radial (ILCA 6) boat class was led by ABYC’s Keagan Valentine in 1st, Tiago Keilman in 2nd and WYC’s Spencer Hogaboam in 3rd.
Visitors win too!
The awards ceremony for the Four Sisters Canadian Championships included PCYC’s Commodore Mark Searle and Vice Commodore Ruby Patrickson, who graciously exchanged burgees with Fishing Bay Yacht Club (FBYC) who travelled from Deltaville, Virginia to participate. Walker Angus and Mason Chapman from FBYC won the C420 Canadian Championship! PCYC’s Asher Mclelland and Annie Tims placed 3rd. Stony Lake Yacht Club’s Atticus Kimsa and Cate Jacobs earned 1st place for the C420 Spinnaker class followed by Barrie Yacht Club’s Ethan Astri, Michael Boer-Panak, Alexander Ottodinoto and Hudson Styles.
PCYC’s Optimist team once again swept the podium with Spencer Hrubant in 1st, Andres Noriega 2nd, and Sterling Ott 3rd. Royal Canadian Yacht Club’s Jocelyn Zhu earned top spot for the the Laser 4.7 (ILCA) class and Piper Howell won overall for the Laser Radial (ILCA 6).
Port Credit Yacht Club thanked its tireless race committee, judges, Clubhouse management, title sponsor DriveHG.ca and sponsors Sunwing and Fogh Marine and numerous volunteers for supporting the event and making it one of the most successful events to date hosted at PCYC.