2011 Canadian Masters Championship Print
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 16:44

The 2011 Laser Master Canadian Championship was sailed out of the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, Kingston, Ontario, July 8-10, with 9 races sailed. The CORK regatta organizing team did a superb job of running the event both on and off the water for the 31 entrants, and the Kingston Yacht Club put on a nice BBQ on Saturday evening. The early forecast was looking better for golf than sailing, with light air predicted all three days. Although Friday's two races were sailed in very light air (hiking straps went untouched), the reliable Kingston thermal didn't disappoint, rolling in nicely both Saturday and Sunday.  Sailors were then treated to sunny skies, warm air and water, and 12-15 knot winds coupled with excellent wave-playing conditions. After nailing a couple bullets on Friday, Rob Koci from Toronto sailed very well from there on to top a competitive fleet and take home the overall and GM title. Peter Shope from Rhode Island was not able to make it for the first day of racing, so he had to keep one DNS in his score. Peter had remarkable finishes of either a 1st or 2nd in the 7 races he did sail to grab 5th overall. Al Clark of Vancouver, last year's Canadian Masters champion and 5th overall in the 2010 Worlds Masters division, was not able to finish the event after posting two good scores on day one.  Al was still in some pain following an unfortunate Laser bow in the back and rib area that occurred during a mark rounding at a recent regatta.  Al is now off to France to coach at the Laser Jr. Worlds, but he's hoping to be ready for the Masters Worlds in San Fran in August. The 2011 Masters Canadians also proved to be a testament to the effectiveness of the Laser Masters Handicap scoring system, as the top 4 finishers covered each of the four age groups: 1st Rob Koci (GM), 2nd Andy Roy (M), 3rd Peter Seidenberg
(GGM), and 4th Ray Davies (A).   Full Results posted here.