LYRA 2011 – Port Credit Yacht Club

To win a LYRA regatta championship, a boat must out-perform its competitors based on a weighted average of one feeder race, the Freeman race, and the course racing.

2011 LYRA Regatta champions:

PHRF – Sail a Vie, Francis Enwright

IRC – Cesan, Paul Delacourt

One Design – Seaweed, Don Finkle

Course racing overall winners:

PHRF – Futures, John Reinhold

IRC – Hot Water, John McLeod

LYRA 2011 from a competitor’s standpoint: One of the aspects of the LYRA Annual regatta that I look forward to is the moving venue each year.  The opportunity to sample the sailing conditions, local attractions and hospitality of a different club adds spice to the program and avoids the “same old, same old” syndrome.  Add in the fact that the fleet make-up changes as the regatta moves and you have an event unlike any other on Lake Ontario.  Going into LYRA 2011 we had high expectations for PCYC and the job they would do in hosting this prestigious regatta with a history that spans over one and a quarter centuries.  From our perspective they did not disappoint.  If you have not been to PCYC recently you will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the facilities, with a modern dock system, ample parking, a swimming pool and of course bar and restaurant, etc.  Whatever we needed was there.  When it came to after racing food and beverage the club did an excellent job, the food was plentiful and in our opinion very well priced.  PCYC clearly made a significant effort to provide for our needs.  Toronto and all that it offers is not far away and that was also convenient, especially as we had one crew member flying in.There were three race course areas, and the distance to each course was not far.  On the Friday two courses were in use, one for the IRC Canadian Championship, the other for the 3 day course racing one design fleets.  On Saturday and Sunday a third course was employed for PHRF and to accommodate 2 day one design.  Race committees did the best they could to get in races in conditions that were not always favorable.  Scoring was posted promptly.  Awards presentations were very well done with photos and even a podium.I can’t think of anything that PCYC could have done to make us feel welcome and provide for a first-rate event that they did not do.  Considering that they had already run the PCYC Open, LO 300, Steerer’s and Four Sisters regattas in the month prior, plus providing race committee support for the Youngstown Levels, the job they did was superb.  Congratulations to Don French and the rest of the PCYC team for all of their efforts.Next year the regatta moves all the way east to Oswego YC, and I for one am very much looking forward to it.  The Oswego gang brought several boats to LYRA 2011 to get a flavor for what was needed when they host and they took home a pile of silver to go along with their experiences.I hope you’ll be there too. Don Finkle, LYRA VP and skipper Beneteau 36.7 Seaweed.

LYRA 2011 from the PRO’s perspective: From the Principal Race Officer’s perspective it was a great regatta. As with any event like this we all wish that the attendance had been a little higher especially in the PHRF and one design classes. That being said, the organizers did a phenomenal job in supporting the Race Committees. The meals were excellent, the shirts were great and the party was superb (at least I am told it was) and, most importantly, it came very close to their attendance goals.I want to thank all of the attendees for coming to help us celebrate PCYC’s 75th Anniversary. Without you none of these things can happen and we want to do everything we reasonably can to make you welcome. If there were things that you would like to see changed please do not hesitate to let me know. Having said that… there were issues in that the wind was a constantly moving target and it was difficult to keep the racing fair but I was more than pleased with the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the committees on all the courses for the way they handled their respective issues. The Course Race Officers and their support personnel were awesome throughout the whole event. There were issues ashore as that sometimes come with hosting a larger event and it is unfortunate when the party interferes with the rights of the host clubs members. I heard of several minor things that staff members were called on to handle and there were two major issues, one of which resulted in the police being called and a sailor being charged with an offence. It has a negative impact on our sport whenever things like this occur but it is, to some extent, part of the “party atmosphere” that engulfs the attendees and like a hangover, it persists after the party ends. I am sure PCYC will recover but it is worth mentioning that common sense when you are visiting another Club is a good thing to keep handy especially during the party.On the whole, I would rank this as a very successful event and a meaningful way to help celebrate 75 years of excellence at PCYC. We are anxious to improve upon this event and our Race Management practices. It is a goal that cannot be accomplished without your continued support and attendance.I heard it said during the lead up to the event that LYRA is an “Elite” event. It is to some extent but truly, it is an opportunity to get to know and compete against new people. All of which can only make us better.Next year the event will be in Oswego which is a gateway to one of the most beautiful cruising grounds anywhere. I encourage everyone from the west end of the Lake to consider attending this wonderful event. I know that they will put on a tremendous show and it will be a fantastic way to get to have a good holiday. See you in 2012. Pat Lymburner

 

Port Credit YC

LYRA 2011 – Port Credit Yacht Club

Trophy

Awarded for

Boat

Skipper

Boat Type

Home Club

Centennial Cup Race

IMS/IRC Centennial Cup First place corrected, IRC Notorious Kevin Brown Farr 30 National Yacht Club
RYC Centennial Trophy – PHRF First place corrected, PHRF Division I Seaweed Jeff Carver Beneteau 36.7 Youngstown Yacht Club
Canada Cup 8M Centennial Trophy First place Bangalor Bart Meuring 8 Metre Royal Canadian Yacht Club

Founders Cup Race

Oswego YC Founders Cup first place corrected Mocking Bird Jim Stewart Thunderbird Whitby Yacht Club

Freeman Cup Race – Long Course

Olcott Cup First to finish Rampage John Odenbach Concordia 47 Rochester Yacht Club
Yacht Racing Union Cup Best elapsed time Rampage John Odenbach Concordia 47 Rochester Yacht Club
Charles Freeman Cup First place corrected, IRC Cesan Paul Delacourt C&C 41 Bronte Harbour Yacht Club
Founders Cup 2 nd place corrected, IRC Quelle Surprise Val Matison Dufour 40 Royal Canadian Yacht Club
Douglas B. Jones Trophy 3 rd place corrected, IRC Gaucho S & L MacDonald Farr 44 Buffalo Canoe Club
Golden Eagle Trophy Best corrected, IRC Division I Gaucho S & L MacDonald Farr 44 Buffalo Canoe Club
IMS II Bowl Best corrected, IRC Division II Cesan Paul Delacourt C&C 41 Bronte Harbour Yacht Club
Sodus Bay Cup Best elapsed time, PHRF Shock Therapy Gary Benner Schock 40 Royal Canadian Yacht Club
Louise Freeman Cup First place corrected, PHRF Crusader Dan Mather J/30 Oswego Yacht Club
LYRA PHRF – Lake Ontario Trophy 2 nd place corrected, PHRF Jersey Girl Mark Searle Olson 911s Port Credit Yacht Club
Johnstone Trophy 3 rd place corrected, PHRF Switch Andrew Sharp J/30 Olcott Yacht Club
Simplicity Trophy Best elapsed time, PHRF Division I Shock Therapy Gary Benner Schock 40 Royal Canadian Yacht Club
Tom Taylor Trophy Best elapsed time, PHRF Division II Switch Andrew Sharp J/30 Olcott Yacht Club
Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club Trophy Best elapsed time, PHRF Division I Crusader Dan Mather J/30 Oswego Yacht Club
National Yacht Club Trophy Best elapsed time, PHRF Division IV Sail á vie Fran Enwright Beneteau 30E Oswego Yacht Club

Course Racing Series

Accomodation Cup First place overall, IRC Division 0 Hot Water John McLeod J/133 Royal Canadian Yacht Club
Bulldog Trophy First place overall, IRC Division I Umi Taka Kris Rypkema Beneteau 36.7 Port Credit Yacht Club
John T. Mott Trophy First place overall, IRC Hot Water John McLeod J/133 Royal Canadian Yacht Club
Castle Cup First place overall, PHRF Division I Futures John Reinhold Swan 44-2 Youngstown Yacht Club
Commodore World First place overall, PHRF Division II Sail á vie Fran Enwright Beneteau 30E Oswego Yacht Club
City of Hamilton Mayor’s Trophy PHRF Futures John Reinhold Swan 44-2 Youngstown Yacht Club
OD John Labatt Trophy First place overall, One Design The Usual Suspects Gavin Disney J/105 Royal Canadian Yacht Club
OD Montgomery Cup First place, One Design Zingara Richard Reid Beneteau 36.7 National Yacht Club
OD Hinterholler Trophy First place, One Design Bear Necessity Dexter Halsail C&C 99 Port Credit Yacht Club
OD Centennial Canada Cup
Modern 8
First place, Modern
8 Metre
Gefion Mark DeCelles 8 Metre Royal Canadian Yacht Club
OD Commodore Gooderham Trophy First place, Classic
8 Metre
Norseman Ced Gyles 8 Metre Royal Canadian Yacht Club

Regatta Champion

Bamann Trophy (IMS/IRC) First overall, IRC Cesan Paul Delacourt C&C 41 Bronte Harbour Yacht Club
Lake Ontario PHRF Bowl (PHRF) First overall, PHRF Sail á vie Fran Enwright Beneteau 30E Oswego Yacht Club
OD Kay Heron Trophy First overall, One Design Seaweed Don Finkle Beneteau 36.7 Youngstown Yacht Club
OD Shotgun Trophy First overall, 8 Metre Modern Yquem Guy Jones 8 Metre Royal Canadin Yacht Club

Boat of the Year

LYRA Boat of the Year Trophy First Today Gary Tisdale Beneteau 36.7 Youngstown Yacht Club