Now the park is empty again and everyone is wending their way home, I truly want to thank everyone who made the journey from near and far to attend the event at our favorite location to sail. Yes, the week got off to a wet start with a rainy weekend, a no-wind Monday and a wet, shifty northerly on Tuesday. Wednesday started with the Northerly then went glassy, then our true Harrison Wind showed up. About 2:30 the call came over the radio: ‘The southerly is here and it’s building!’ The wind quickly rose to 10-12 knots and 3 races were quickly run giving us an Event (3 races) and a throwout! (5 races). Everyone hit the beach and enjoyed the evening party with hope and enthusiasm. Thursday the wind was ready before we were and another 5 races were run under sunny skies with the wind rising to gusts of 15-16 knots. Friday appeared the same way, wind on the course, sunny skies and 4 more races were run with winds peaking at 17 knots. There were many great starts, a few capsizes, some exciting downwind runs and a lot of smiles on the sailors as they crossed the finish line. The event finished with 14 races in total over the course of the week. A big thanks to our Food providers: Debbie Hughes (Sunday/ Monday), Memphis Blue BBQ House Kelowna (Wednesday), and Lori’s Catering Harrison (Friday) for their excellent meals. Also a big thanks to our entertainers Todd Richard (Sunday) and Cousin Harley (Wednesday). As always, sponsors make a big difference in any event like this, support them when you can. But most of all, a huge thanks to all the volunteers who made the event what is was through their commitment of time and energy to make it all work as smoothly as it did. Be sure to give them the recognition they deserve when next you see them.
Paul Evenden, Event Chair, Event PRO
The weekend is over, everyone has arrived… and the fun begins…
Actually, the fun started Friday with the first boats arriving about noon. First in the park were Blair and Sasha Wallace and Pat Porter. John Holmburg showed up shortly after that. The a few more boats arrived during the day with the bulk of sailors showing up on Saturday. The weather was overcast but not rainy as people arrived, unpacked their boats and proceeded with the Weigh-in and check-in. A bit thanks to Scot Chapman who was our tractor driver taking boats from the road side and moving them into the park. Size didn’t matter as he brought everything from single boat trailers to Jim Sohn’s (Iowa) cargo trailer with 6 H16, 3 bikes, 3 cat trax, 2 Eclipse paddle boards and 1 kayak.
The final 5 boats showed up on a rainy Sunday and everyone was there. Practice racing started on the water about 2:30 in damp conditions and about 10 knots on the lake. It was more for the Race Management team to get out the kinks ready for Monday’s racing, but about 15 sailors came out and did some practice starts and a few ‘almost’ races…
Sunday nights Meet and Greet had some great hors d’oeuvres, (which disappeared quickly!) and live music by local singer Todd Richard and the TR band.
The weather is looking to clear up during the week so hopefully we will see the sun so people are able to enjoy the true beauty of Harrison.
Check out the North Americans Facebook page for more information and pictures.
I had the privilege of taking photos at the events at Lake Quinault this year and I’ve finally finished going through all of them and pruning them down.
Well, another Harrison Regatta is in the books and complete! Thanks to all the great volunteers who make it happen, from race committee to food prep, it can’t be done without them. And a special thanks to Mark Moddermann who came out from New Jersey to coach our H16 sailors (and the others as well) to get ready for the up coming H16 North Americans in 2 weeks!
This weekend we saw winds from 10-15 knots, some great tight racing and many leader changes during the racing. The weather stayed clear, except for a bit of rain on Sunday morning, it was all done before the sailors arrived on-site.
Mark did some great clinics on boat handling, body movement and on the water strategies… Also, a big thanks to our own Laura Sullivan who helped Mark talking about body movement on the boat from the CREW’s perspective!! A lot of great information was shared this weekend… we’ll see how much was retained!!
Andrew Gross, who looks after Tim Dorwin on the chase boat, took some great pictures during the weekend.. . SEE THEM HERE
Also, Mark took some great video of the sailors, this will be prepared into a one video presentation and will be posted here soon….
Final results can be found HERE
Division 4 has started using a new system for online credit card payments called Events.com. Some of you have already used it for Cultus and Jericho. It is an easy, streamlined system which keeps your information secure so you don’t have to enter it every time. We have been fortunate also that we have arranged a reduced fee with the administration for any event registrations we put through the system. The next 3 regattas are now setup for it’s use. Use the following links to access and pre-register for each event.
We look forward to seeing you there!