Photo courtesy Andrew Madding
Day one of the 2021 Melges24 Canadian Championship is in the books with four races sailed in a light and shifty 6-10 knot northerly. A small but competitive fleet of five hit the starting line with reigning North American Corinthian champion Sunnyvale sporting a new ride, the 2018 World Corinthian Champion boat, proving to be the boat to beat with a 1-2-1-2 scoreline. Mike Bond’s crew aboard Recidivist is lying in second overall on 10 points with team Goes to Eleven rounding out the top three.
The organizing committee was planning on hosting a fleet in the low teens however the challenge of getting to the event in these unpredictable pandemic times proved a detriment, especially for our active US fleet in the Pacific Northwest. A shout out to Dave Brede and crew for making the effort and towing 12 Happy Thoughts as far as Port Ludlow before storm forecasts and expiring COVID test sent them back home. And a big thanks to Phil Harland and crew aboard PCH for making the trip across the straight from West Vancouver.