Ontario District

Welcome to the Ontario District page.  This page contains posts specific to the Ontario District.  Please contact the Ontario District Governor if you would like to add content to this page.

Also note that in addition to the CJCA Constitution and By-laws, the Ontario District has established guidelines for managing the district, and standard sailing instructions and race committee guidelines that apply to World Qualifier events. These may be found below.

Ontario District Guidelines

Ontario District World Qualifier Standard Sailing Instructions

Ontario District World Qualifier Race Committee Guidelines

2017 Ontario J/24 Regatta Schedule

2017 Ontario J/24 Regatta Schedule

2015 09 11_2550Proposed Ontario Schedule            

May 27-28 – ABYC Open – (WQ)

July 8-9 – PCYC Open – (WQ and OS)

August 26-27 – EYC Open – (WQ)

June 10-11 – RHYC Open – (Ontario Championships and OS) http://www.rhyc.ca/Boating/Club_Racing_Regattas/Regattas_Registration/J24_Ontario_Championship_Regatta.aspx

June 17-18 – Nepean One Design Regatta (OS)

Aug 12 (only) – NYC Open (OS) – possibly doing a clinic or tuning on the Sunday

July 20-23 – Canadian Championships (Beaconsfield Yacht Club)

September 15-23 – J24 World Championships (PCYC)

Other Events of note:

May 5-7 – Jdaze in Canandaigua

July 29-30 CAN AM Regatta (Youngstown)

Aug 11-12 – Jfest (Newport, RI)

July 22-23 – Jfest ABYC (for the Great Lakes for J boats)

2014 Fall Series Standings (to date), PCYC

2014 J24 District Fall Series Results

Quick Nick lives up to her name at PCYC Open

This year the Port Credit open saw the largest J24 fleet on the Canadian side of the lake this year so far.  After a seven race series, Katie Nicoll and crew – which includes her 2 kids Carter and Clarity walked away as the overall winner.

After the event I asked Katie and Carter to tell me their secrets to winning the event since it may help everyone out for the 2016 NA’s and 2017 Worlds.  See the article below.

How did you guys get consistent results when it seemed as if everyone was all over the map?
Katie:  One of the key things is to sail with a core of three people that you have sailed with for a long time. My son, Carter did trim, flew the spinnaker,  and has sailed with me for close to 12 years. My daughter, Clarity, has done bow for me for close to 10 years. I initially taught them to sail and had them on the boat from an early age; however they both attended sailing school. I have also encouraged them to sail on boats other than J/24s and learn from other good sailors which they have both done and now know more than their mother! I have complete trust and faith in their calls which allows me to just keep the boat sailing fast. Our fourth was a young sailing instructor from Port Credit YC who is now going into his second year on the boat and is very keen and quick to learn. Our 5th was a fellow from another PCYC boat that did not sail that weekend. There was very little talking on the boat  other than information about speed and point and darker spots on the water.  Two key ingredients are chocolate after every race – seriously! And a brand new Evolution genoa – which came out of the bag on the way to the race course – easy to trim and fast.
Carter:  We were using a new evolution Jenny which we didn’t get to speed tune with as much as we’d liked to. However, boat speed seemed pretty good. We were able to fight and hold our lane off the starts, when we got a good start.
How did you tune for all the different conditions? (as I heard it was everything from super light to breeze on)
Katie:  We had a base setting and went up one setting for |race 3 and 4 on Saturday – which was helpful for one race but not the other. We had a lot of sag in the forestay and a little bit of backstay on to stop the mast from pumping in the chop
Carter:  Rig was at base setting the majority of the regatta, except for once race on Saturday were it was tightened a few notches. I was doing majority of the upwind tactics even though the trimmer probably shouldn’t but the trimmer usually gets the best view of the fleet from the leeward side sometimes. We had two guys in the middle I have never really sailed before with but they there were on the ball with compass headings and were constantly feeding me with numbers from our reference heading. The breeze was very up and down so we had to constantly change gears, up wind and down wind keeping the boat fast in the lulls.
The boat doesn’t have the best set up..but it was important at the beginning race day to check all the gear and equipment several times to make sure that everything was shipshape. Covering all the variables that can mess you up while racing. ie taping shackles on halyards, or anything potentially sharp that could catch or rip a sail. When stuff goes wrong its usually at a bad time.  Fortunately for us we got lucky and when things did go wrong we were in positions that did not cost us anything. But usually that’s not the case. ( Like losing a spin sheet with a half leg lead).  After that I put extra long tails on the eight knots on the spin sheets.
What was the overall weight of the crew?  
Katie:  Our overall crew weight was a little light – though we always seem to be light – about 820 lbs
Carter:  We were light, probably 100 pounds under the Limit.
What were some local conditions people from other clubs might not be aware of?
Katie:  always check for current – especially when there has been rain a day or two before or a wind that has been blowing from the same direction for a while. – always look for dark spots on the water  away from shore – if there were no thermal clouds forming on the shore, it is not always advantageous to sail that way
Carter:  Breeze was south/south-west. A good 80-90% of the time going to the left worked out well for us. Which I’ve noticed over the years is common. Especially from that direction on Sunday where it would lift and look not so good and then a new wind line would come in and knock 10-15 degrees we would flip and look pretty damn good.
Other than that we seemed to be going fast in the right direction most of the time and had good team work on the boat. We tried to keep sibling bickering to a minimal.
You can view full results here
Congrats again Quick Nick

2014 J/24 Canadian’s

2014 J/24 Canadian’s

Chester Race Week – August 13-16th

Information about J/24 Canadian’s / Chester Race Week is now online please see the Notice of Race for further details.

Chester Race Week is North America’s 2nd largest keelboat regatta this year running from August 13 to 16 in the picturesque town of Chester, NS. Named one of Sailing World magazine’s 14 greatest sailing events in North America, each August, 1,200 plus sailors arrive in Mahone Bay on Nova Scotia’s scenic South Shore to compete in one of 15 fleets racing simultaneously on five different race courses. With an average of 140 fixedkeel sailboats of varying size and shape registered each year, Chester Race Week is North America’s second largest annual race week based on number of competing boats (South Carolina’s Charleston Race Week is largest with 288 boats in 2014).

Event Web Site

Yacht Scoring Site

You will be required to have the following to race:

Valid J/24 Racing Class membership
Valid J/24 Measurement Certificate (in your name) including PartC – Inventory of Required and Optional Equipment
Crew weight-in at time of registration Max weight = 882 lbs

(there will be a measurement day prior to the event for boats that need a certificate please contact me if you require one so we can schedule your measurement)

If you have any questions please let me know.

Greg Blunden
Atlantic J/24 Governor
1 902 403 4484

J-24 Clinic@RCYC- Toronto- June 7th

J-24 Clinic@RCYC- Toronto- June 7th

A write up from our guest coach from Haarstick Sails, Kris Werner.

j24 clinic

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of being invited up to RCYC for a weekend clinic for the Ontario J-24 District.  The weather gods blessed us with plenty of sun, but not much wind!

In the morning dock session, we focused on discussing rig tune and set up.  The focus was optimizing the rig and mast to allow for proper tune.  After some time checking over each individual boat, I felt that  all the boats were well tuned and ready for some sailing.  The focus of the clinic was to look at tuning, and then focus on upwind sailing and trim when on the water.
Once the wind filled in a bit in Toronto harbor we decided it would be best to stay “inside” in the harbor where there was a touch more breeze than the lake.  With about 5-6 knots of breeze, we were able to rattle off several starts, some short windward-leewards, and little bit of two boat testing practice.  The breeze made it difficult to have any great speed “line-ups” but I think some good observations were made. I was able to take some good photos and some video of the fleet too.

Here are some of the major take-aways-

Tuning/Set Up-
-Min Length mast, max length forestay, max “J” dimension are essential starting points
-2-3 “fingers” on the headstay at 20/15 base setting is correct
-Be sure to check backstay turnbuckles and any halyards for tension while using gauge
-Beware of older worn out Loos gauges w/ lots of space between plates while static

Upwind-(5-6 knots)
-Traveller all the way up or within 1-2″ of max for light air
-Sheet just eased enough for top tell tale flying 90% of time
-6″ of luff wrinkles in the genoa
-very slight backwind of the genoa while tacking should help set up skipper on new tack and not under or over turn

Thanks again to Sam Webster( Ontario District President) and the entire fleet for having me up!

Kris Werner


If you would like more information on Haarstick Sails or to get in touch with Kris you can email him at kwerner@haarsticksailmakers.com