Dec 23 – Dates for 2017 SPOG season Announced
The 2017 SPOG Season will kick off with the Round the Isles Opener on June 17. Moby’s Marathon will go July 15, the Long Harbour Classic on August 26-27, and the Doug Baxter Closer on October 7.
For more adventurous SPOGgers, other local-isa events are Kitten Cup on April 22-23 at RVYC, the Jericho Classic at Jericho Sailing Centre is June 3, WAVES at RVYC on July 1-2 and Fall Dinghy Champs at RVicYC on Sep 23-24. For the super-keen – the Canadian Masters Championships are at Wabamun, AB on July 7-9, and Laser Masters Worlds are in Split, Croatia on September 21-30 (that sounds like a fun place to race).
Oct 11 – 2016 Season Champion – Brian Woodward
Brian Woodward sailed well in the last event to win the Season Championship based on a 4-race High Point system. Brian sailed all 4 events, winning the Opener and strong showings in the Classic and Closer for a total of 50 points.
Steve White also sailed all 4 races and finished second, 3 points behind. Rounding out the top 5 were Don Martin who only sailed 3 events and finished with 35 points, Tim Slaney with 32 points and Allan Strain with 30 points on only 2 races.
Oct 9 – Greg Slakov Endures Rain to Win the Closer
A very wise Dennis Lefeaux once wrote a story describing Swiftsure “we found ourselves in a breathless wind hole, surrounded by kelp, going backwards with the tide. But at least it was raining”. On a very uncharacteristic Salt Spring day with an almost constant deluge, 14 hearty SPOGgers took up Dennis’ challenge. (not counting the several less hearty who showed up with umbrellas and watched from the committee boat).
With four 4 races in a show of endurance, Greg Slakov was the class of the fleet with a first and 3 seconds to win Doug Baxter’s Whiskey Jug, presented by Jeremy Baxter. Don Martin made maximum use of his handicap and came in second on a count back. Brian Woodward came in third and put the hammer down on his battle for the Season Championship.
Oct 1 – The Doug Baxter Closer Goes October 8th
The final event of the SPOG season is set for Saturday, October 8. This is a one day competition around the various buoys and islands for the Doug’s Whiskey Jug trophy. Come out and brave the colder weather and try to knock off 2015 champion Hart Buck. The Season Championship is also on the line with Steve White and Brian Woodward tied with 36 points, followed by Tim Slaney with 30.
Aug 29 – Ho Hum, Hart Wins Another One
Salt Spring Island was blessed with 2 days of near perfect sailing weather for the 2016 Long Harbour Classic. Sunshine, wind at 8 to 12 knots , and enough shifts to make things interesting. With a grueling 8 races over two days, the Old Guys and Gals were hitting the Advil and enjoying the breaks between races.
Hart Buck hit his stride on Saturday with 4 bullets in 5 races and followed up with another bullet out of the 3 races on Sunday. With his stellar show, Hart reclaimed his hold on the Mrs Kerr Trophy.
Aug 28 – Day 1 of Long Harbour Classic
What a Day! Sunny weather and near perfect wind conditions brought out 23 boats for the 2016 Long Harbour Classic. The Race Committee of Guy Walters and Jim Burns on the Committee Boat assisted by David and Holly Everett and Ace Cavanaugh on the water managed 5 excellent races. At the end of it all, the usual suspect, Hart Buck was leading the pack. Going into Day 2 with three races planned, Hart has a sizeable lead over Steve White and Don Martin.
July 16 – Judy Day Wins Moby’s Marathon
12 boats turned out for the 5th running of the Moby’s Marathon. There were many follies at the start followed by the run to Moby’s and the race for conspicuous consumption of Guinness. Judy came 4th in the dash to pub and won the race back with a full bladder to claim Mother’s Flower Bowl for 2016.
July 4 – Steve Tupper Passes Away
SPOG notes the passing of legend Steve Tupper – Olympian, Coach, Mentor, Leader, Expert in All Things Sailing. Steve was the force behind the development of many B.C. sailors over the past 40 years. While he was never sailed a SPOG event, he personally touched the lives of many SPOGgers and appreciated the enthusiasm of SPOG.
Moby’s Marathon goes on July 16.
Come for the sailing, the sun, the tour to Ganges, or the Guinness – it does not matter as it is all a fun day on the water. Sailing Instructions are Here
June 11, 2016 Brian Woodward Beats the Field at the Opener
In a day of fluky westerly winds, Brian managed to stay on more ladders and avoid more snakes than everybody else. Brian won the first race (with double points) and held on for 3rd in the second race in a dying breeze to win the Ballantyne on the Rocks trophy. Greg Slakov came in second and Steve Kinsey tied for third with Alan Sturgess. CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS