Montreal, September 14th, 2016 - September 10-11, 2016 Club de voile Deux-Montagnes hosted the Quebec Sailing Championships. 131 sailors participated in 6 classes. The event was a huge success!
Aeolus, God of the wind, was present for the much anticipated yearly event. Saturday was filled with some great races with a perfect breeze of 10-15 knots. Sunday the winds were at times up to 28 knots, which limited the competition and there were only a small showing of sailors out on the course.
The Optimist fleet saw 7 races over the weekend. With a total of 46 participants, 17 in the green fleet, the Quebec Sailing Championships was the event of the year in Quebec that saw the greatest number of participants for the Optimist class at any regatta in the province!
Reigning champion, Éric Omielan took home the title in the Optimist class for a second year in a row after winning almost every competition during the 2016 Summer season.
In the Laser Radial class, there were 42 participants who made it to the competition. Again this was the regatta of the season for the Radial class. It was Maxim Amyot, from the Quebec Sailing Team who took home the top spot in the U19 category. A big shout out to Anna Morineau from EVO who was on the heels of Maxime finishing a close 2nd in the Radial class, but 1st overall in the female category. In the U16 Radial category it was Marc-Andrew Robin, also on the Quebec Sailing Team, who took home the top spot.
In the 420 class, 8 teams were represented. The team of Audrey Staples and Caterina Kunz were victorious after the 5 races of the weekend.
We should also highlight the performances of Vincent Ouellette and Philip Menard on the windsurf side as well as the participants in the Byte category.
With the Canada Summer Games 2017 coming up next year, the 29er class was able to get some training in. A big shout out to those who participated in the 29er class as the winds were powerful, and for some of the teams this was their first attempt at sailing this exciting boat.
The 2016 Quebec Sailing Championships saw more than 130 athletes from fifteen clubs from across the province, Ontario, and the USA. This event wraps up the Summer sailing series in the province. Well done all competitors with some excellent results not only on the National scene, but Internationally as well. This year saw the third year in a row with an increase in participants at the Quebec Championship, highlighting that competitive dinghy sailing in Quebec is in constant development.
A big thank you and well done to all the volunteers as well as to the club CVDM for all their efforts. Thank you as well to the sponsors including Helly Hansen for their support.
We look forward to seeing you all next year!