Championship Sailing On Lake St Clair

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The Melges 24 Canadian Championship will take place from July 10 until July 12 out of Windsor Yacht Club in cooperation with Canadian Melges 24 Class Association.
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(WINDSOR, ON) – The warm waters of Lake St Clair will be the venue for the most important event of the year for the Canadian Melges 24 fleet. The Melges 24 Canadian  Championship will take place from July 10 until July 12 out of Windsor Yacht Club in cooperation with Canadian Melges 24 Class Association.

The Melges 24 is by far the most unique one design sport-boat in the world and to this day maintains a growing and vibrant class. There is no comparison. The response and excitement generated by this America’s Cup inspired boat is phenomenal.

With boats from USA and Canada and travelling from far away as Atlanta, GA, it looks to be a very competitive weekend of sailing with up to nine races scheduled over the three days.

Richard Reid, skipper on “Zingara” from National Yacht Club (Toronto, ON) will be one of the favourites after a strong showing at the Toronto Hospice Regatta but will be challenged by local favourite skipper John Marentette with “Spitfire” (Southport Sailing Club) KC Shannon from Fayetteville GA is another to look for at the finish line.

The Melges 24 Canadian  Championship will take place from July 10 until July 12 out of Windsor Yacht Club in cooperation with Canadian Melges 24 Class Association.Contributed image.

The Melges 24 Canadian Championship will take place from July 10 until July 12 out of Windsor Yacht Club in cooperation with Canadian Melges 24 Class Association.
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In Melges 24 championships, professional and Corinthian (amateur) crews will race against each other in a single fleet for the overall Melges 24 Canadian Championship title. Corinthian results will be extracted to determine who wins the Corinthian Canadian Championship title.

Typically sailed with a crew of four, the Melges 24’s comfortable, light-hull displacement design prefers to plane. Its professionally engineered, high-tech stance includes a carbon fibre spar, rudder, bowsprit, and vertical keel fin.

Another key component of the M24 is a 670 square foot, asymmetrical spinnaker that lifts and pulls the boat forward on a downwind sprint. It adds speed, simplicity, and ease of handling giving way to a more challenging tactical race.

The first race scheduled out on Lake St. Clair is set for the afternoon of July 10, at 2:00 pm.  Competitors registration, boat measurement, equipment inspection and crew weigh-in take place July 9 and early morning on July 10 at Windsor Yacht Club where crew member will weigh in and register and then head over to Lakeview Marina to have their boats measured and equipment checked so everyone is all sailing with equal advantages.

Those who don’t meet these strict requirements have to fix their boats or, yes, crew member may even need to lose or gain weight so as not to receive a penalty.

Windsor Yacht Club and the Melges Class together with headline sponsor of Colchester Ridge Estate Winery are proud to have the help and sponsorship of Mount Gay Rum, Tim Hortons, Dan’s Chandlery, North Sails, and The City of Windsor.

This event looks to be a great weekend to show off Lake St Clair to visiting sailors.

Windsor Yacht Club and its race committee has a very active sailing tradition with weekly races drawing up to 50 boats from the Unites States and our local area every Wednesday night and the prestigious Canadian Club Race drawing 70-120+ boats now in its 43rd year. Many Windsorites line the local marinas to watch the boats sail in river toward the finish.

Having hosted and run and award winning Ontario Summer Games Sailing regatta, as recognized by the Ontario Sailing Association in 2014, WYC is looking for more ways to bring more sailing and sport tourism to the area. Sailors across Ontario and the United States are realizing that Lake St Clair is a great place to race and that Windsor Yacht Club’s race committee runs and extremely professional race program.

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