Sunset Series – June 3 Results

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Sunny and the temperature was a balmy 24 degrees. Wind was 10-15 knots out of the NW.  A lovely evening for racing!  13 boats on the line. Lots of Lasers, a couple Radials and 29ers and one Opti.  Due to a slight phobia of both ticks and mosquitos, RCO Michele Loewen was motivated to get the club launch out onto the water, in lieu of using the hill top picnic table.  Thanks to Patty Coons for helping out in the boat. Results are posted on the Regatta page.

Reminder – Mountain Madness Regatta June 6-7

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This is a reminder that the annual BSSC Mountain Madness Regatta is coming up next weekend.  Notice of Race is posted on the Regatta Page of this website.  Skippers meeting is at Noon on Saturday with the first race to start shortly there after. A separate novice start will be included if sufficient novice racers are participating. BBQ Hamburgers will be available after racing on Saturday.  Free camping is available on site.

See you there!

May 27 Sunset Results Posted

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Thank you to Stefan Oelermans, Patty Coons, Ben Pickford and Leigh Campbell,
A hot evening, 23 degrees with big breeze, swimming was a theme that would be visited by everyone and for most, often. RC off the shore but it meant for a very fast short runway after crossing the finish line. A few of us, (All) hit bottom during the prestart.
9 boats, 5 fast races .  It is important to remember some very important critical things, not just when you are racing in a group but also sailing by yourself. Always hold onto something on the boat, especially if your are going to do a death roll, a windward capsize on the run at top speed. It is very difficult wearing lots of clothing and kit to swim to or even stay with the boat when you are separated. A few years ago we had a Team SK sailor decide to do some sailing by herself, she got separated from the boat, and if it was not for a fisherman having found the boat and then driving upwind, it could have been an even longer then 4 hour experience. Sail with a buddy, tell others where you are going, start your training upwind, and hold onto the boat are good rules to follow. You need to consider that you will most likely be doing a self rescue!!


After racing everyone stayed out a reached around, this day was almost exactly like a strong south wind at Redberry. If we did not have to pack boats for Wabamun, we would still be reaching around.

Coach Lammens.

May 20 Sunset Results

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Thank you to Stefan Oelermans, and Leigh Campbell,
A little cool even by some previous standards, hiking breeze from the North-west and a start line off the hill. RC tried to use an I-pod for timing, it was mostly adequate, some of the starts. Heart rate monitor, I-pod, next race we will use a cell phone.
6 boats, 5 races and very good racing and mingling with the fleet , in spite of the issues with feeling the rope or hiking strap. After taking the boats off of the trailer from the Regina trip it was back to more frostbite sailing. This type of sailing requires very deliberate and thought out movements, because……….its cold . Kristine sailed with the SK Race Team boys’ crew, Jordon, showed very good speed and boat handling, Kristine with a dry suit, Jordon with diving gloves and pink spandex. Matt with his sore back and no watch was in most of the races, and then did some free sailing after racing was done. He obviously likes to be in a boat, even when ice build up is a factor. He had a dry suit as well, but his hands and feet were very pink at the end of the night. Ilia won race 5 start with a stellar high speed reach approach. Jamie Hogan, fresh off of her 3 first place race finishes at the Canada Games………12 years ago, was out for her first evening. She tried some old school rigging, mast raps, that has yet to be proven effective. Jason Boyd rigged the club boat in the eye of the breeze. Perhaps not the nicest evening for the first sail of the year. It is safe to say if it was not a race, we would not be near the lake, unless we were chopping wood for the fire.

I was proven wrong (again) with the comment after opening night racing, were I guaranteed it would be warmer soon/next night. It might be warm for the weekend.

Coach Lammens.

May 13 Racing Pics…

General Information, Racing

Thanks again to Jason Boyd for these great pics from this weeks Wednesday night Races.  Click on the thumbnail to see a full size version of each photo. Please contact BSSC is you would like to obtain a higher resolution version of any of these images.

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