Montreal August 31st 2016 - Monday August 29th 2016, is a new date in Quebec sport sailing history when Maxime Loiselle and Olivier Leduc have registered a new record. Aboard their Nacra 17, they sailed from Jacques-Cartier bridge (Montreal) to Pierre-Laporte bridge (Quebec) in exactly 11 hours 48 minutes.
Maxime Loiselle, a Valleyfield native is the man behind the idea of this challenge. Well known for his Nacra 17 catamaran feat, Maxime is in preparation with his teammate Justine Antaya for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games in that category. Seasoned navigator and holder of multiple titles on catamaran, Loiselle wanted to promote the sport and the St-Lawrence river through this challenge. Stakes were high but the challenge won.
Justine Antaya was to be part of the Bridge-to-Bridge challenge but health problems kept her ashore. Therefore Olivier Leduc, enthusiast of big thrills was of the adventure.
Maxime and Olivier departed on board their Nacra 17 on Monday August 29th 2016 at 5h 40min 30sec AM. The departure line was the clock tower in Montreal harbour and the Calder sculpture on Saint-Helen Island. They crossed the line at Jacques-Cartier bridge (west side) at 5h 45min 20sec. After an excellent start and an average speed of 15 to 16 knots, the two athletes were confronted to mother nature who decided to be against them just before arriving at Trois-Rivières. With high winds up to 30 knots and waves between 3 and 4 feet, the catamaran capsized several times and the main sail was ripped. But all these events did not affect the crew, as they reached Laviolette bridge (west side) in Trois-Rivières after less than 6 hours at 11h 44min 32s AM.
After a short 15 minutes break and the change of the main sail, the crew got going again in peak shape and high spirited to sail towards their record. At 5h 33min 20 sec PM and after 11h 48 min of racing, Maxime Loiselle and Olivier Leduc crossed the finish line at Pierre-Laporte bridge (west side).
Afterwards the crew passed Pointe à Carcy (Montcalm street in Lévis) at 6h51min23s PM and arrived in the Beauport bay where followers were waiting to great their feat.
The Quebec Sailing Federation is happy to recognize and ratify this new sailing record from Jacques-Cartier bridge in Montreal to Pierre-Laporte bridge in Quebec city in exactly 11h 48 minutes.
In 1999, Denis Poupart had also established a record on his trimaran Virga (30 feet Farrier design). From the Tower clock (Montreal) to Pointe à Carcy (Québec) he had sailed the distance in 15h 14 min 8sec. Maxime Loiselle and Olivier Leduc on their Nacra 17 have sailed the same distance in 13h10min 53sec. The Quebec Sailing Federation recognizes and ratifies this new record.
We would like to thank the officials who timed the challenge: Natalie Matthon, Dominique Vallée, Gaël Simon and Marie-Ève Gélinas.
Congratulations to the crew on the successful outcome and feat.
Credit photo : Émilie Gaumond
Montreal, August 9th, 2016 - From August 9th to 16th, the 2016 Laser U21 World Championships take place at the Kieler Yacht-Club in Kiel, Germany. Coralie Vittecoq will sail there, one of her first senior international competitions as a member of the Canadian Sailing Team.
While the whole world will be watching Rio, ours eyes will be on Germany and especially on Vittecoq at the Laser World Championships. Today, Coralie is one of the best hopes for the Canadian Team in Radial.
59 young athletes from 29 countries are expected in Kiel this August. Next to Coralie Vittecoq, 4 others Canadians will be present to defend the colors of Canada. This competition marks the arrival of these athletes to the big leagues: this competition will be their toughest competition so far.
Coralie already has an impressive junior career: In December, she finished in 11th position and 1st Canadian at the ISAF Youth World Championship in Malaysia. Coralie trains at the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club with his younger brother Justin who had sailed at the Youth Olympic Games in China in August 2014.
At the North American Championships in Cascade Locks, USA, in mid-July, Coralie had a small accident which did not allow her to finish the race.
During the second day of the racing, one of the competitors capsized on Coralie and she was hit in the lower back with his bow. This bad contact could have damaged the spleen or kidneys. But happily, the injuries remained superficial and just one week of rest was enough for Coralie to fully recover.
Now rested and back on the water, there is no doubt that Coralie is 100% ready to give her best at this Championship. We wish good luck to Coralie and all the Canadian Team.
Montreal, August 2nd, 2015 - From July 7th to 10th, the Laser Class US National Championships were held at the Mentor Harbor Yacht Club in Ohio. 151 athletes, including five from Quebec, participated in this great event.
5 athletes from the Quebec Sailing Team and the Royal St Lawrence Yacht Club sailed during this international championship, coached by Nicolas Kim.
The competition was composed of 11 races with the first six to qualify for a fleet category.
Three Quebec sailors were in gold fleet. Marc-Andrew Robin was the fastest and finished in 32nd place in the gold fleet. He also received 4 top 20s during the competition. Maxime Amyot, who has sailed for two years in Radial, finished with a good 44th position and finished 9th for his third race. Léa Desgroseillers finished in 51st place.
In his first international competition, Pierre-Olivier Gagnon, athlete on the Quebec team, sailed well and finished in 35th position in the silver fleet. His more experienced friend, Léo Roy, finished 22nd in the same fleet.
A great competition and a great team coached by the rigor, the dedication, and unfailing energy of Nicolas Kim.
Congratulations to all the athletes and a big thank you to Nicolas Kim and to parents who were there, including Vivian Zarrow.
As well, we would like to note the participation of 2 Quebec team athletes at the Laser Radial Worlds which were held in Ireland from July 23rd to 30th. Justin Vittecoq finished in 44th position in the gold fleet and Marc Andrew Robin in the 43rd in emerald fleet. For all the result, click here. Congratulations to them both.
Next, athletes will go to Kingston for the famous regatta: CORK. But before this, our eyes will be on Germany and Coralie Vittecoq for the U21 Laser Worlds!
Montreal, August 3rd 2016 – From July 23rd to 30th, the 2016 KBC Laser Radial Youth & Men’s World Championships were held at Dun Laoghaire in Ireland. More than 220 sailors from 48 countries participated in this great event.
Among the athletes, four Canadians were there including two from the Quebec Sailing Team, Justin Vittecoq and Marc-Andrew Robin!
The competition was not easy but our sailors showed what they could do in Ireland.
Justin Vittecoq is only 16 years old and he’s already one of the best athletes in Radial class, both in Quebec and Canada. Adept at international competition, the sailor from the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club finished this Championship in 44th position in the gold fleet. A great performance for the elite athlete of the team. During this regatta, he also received 4 top 15s and his best scoring was a 6th place in the 5th race.
Marc-Andrew Robin is also used to participating in big events. At just 14 years old, he already has participated in several competition in the Radial class. The young elite athlete from the Quebec Sailing Team finished the event in 43rd position in the emerald fleet. However we must note that he finished in an excellent 10th place for his 5th race.
The regatta was composed of 4 fleets, gold, silver, bronze and emerald, with 57 athletes in each fleet and 58 in gold fleet. The sailors completed 11 races, the first 9 were the qualification for a fleet.
Matti Muru had the best Canadian performance of this competition, finishing in 16th position in gold fleet.
Congratulations to all the athletes!
Montréal – July 27th 2016 – From July 22nd to 24th, the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club hosted the 51st Final of the 2016 Quebec Games-Montreal in Dorval.
For this recent event, the wind was present. On day one, a first attempt on the water had the young athletes returned quickly to land due to strong winds. They managed to go back out in the afternoon for a number of races.
During the Quebec Games, the races do not work the same way as in any other regatta. The “round-robin” format was introduced in order to make an entire series: for each athlete to race at least once, three races had to be done.
Two categories of boats were used: the Optimist for 15 years old and under and the OutsiderTM for the 17 years old and under. A total of 65 athletes, 34 in the Optimist and 31 in the OutsiderTM, from 12 different regions, were in line to compete.
The second day of the event was still very busy: in the morning, the weather was perfect. The athletes were able to complete three series with some great races. But early in the afternoon, a storm broke out and the boats were obliged to return for safety reasons.
The last day was divided in two phases. The morning was devoted to finishing the "round-robin" and the Finals was held in the afternoon. Our favoured athletes were there. In the OutsiderTM, there was a great fight between Myka Auger-Cyr and Anna Morineau. Anna took first place in the “round-robin” but it was Mika who won gold in the three race final and with that took revenge for 2014.The third position was taken by Olivier Julien from the Club de Voile Deux-Montagnes.
No surprises in the Optimist. The favoured and best athlete, Eric Omielan, won the gold. Eric, who just returned from the World Championship in Portugal, never faltered during the competition. He finished first in all this races except one where he finished second. The podium was filled by the athletes of the Lac St. Louis region and two other Royal’s athletes, Jean-Rene Arana-Kiekens and William Lloyd.
In total, the athletes completed four races with the finalists in the OutsiderTM completed 7 and 8 for the Optmist finalists. We must also note that the OutsiderTM athletes have all sailed for the first time on the new boat and they all managed to adapt to this situation.
For everyone, this competition was full of emotion and a good learning experience. And despite all the challenges encountered, each athlete walked away with a smile!
Congratulations to all!
Thank you to the team of the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club and all the volunteers for all their work.
1/ Eric Omielan, RStLYC, Lac St Louis
2/ Jean-René Kiekens-Arana, RStLYC, Lac St Louis
3/ William Lloyd,RStLYC, Lac St Louis
1/ Mika Auger, EVO, Outaouais
2/ Anna Morineau, EVO, Outaouais
3/ Olivier Julien, CVDM, Sud Ouest
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