January to February 2024, News Around the Country
With deep regret the announcing of John Clark passing on January 19, 2024. Owner of JC Sails, Kingston, Ontario as reported by Sail Canada earlier. John was an enthusiast about sailing with winning championships including the albacore class. He had in his sail loft a Y-Flyer mainsail hanging from the ceiling. He will be missed.
Richard Quinlan Y-1085 Alberta and British Columbia Area Director and son Liam” are off to the Australian National Fireball Championship Feb 5-8th and the World Fireball Championship 9-16th hosted by the Royal Geelong Yacht Club. You can follow the results on the internet. Good Luck Richard and Liam!
Our latest active member is John Haley from Canmore, Alberta. Welcome to the CYFYRA.
Our 2024 regatta schedule is beginning to take shape. Midwinters will be hosted by the Atlanta Yacht Club (AYC) March 16-17th. Nile Hatcher is the organizer and his information is on our regatta schedule posted. Internationals will be hosted by the Saratoga Lake Sailing Club (SLSC) July 17-19. The organizer is John Smith with his information again posted on our sailing schedule. Please note that the US Y-Flyer website is down for reconstruction at this time until further notice.
The North American Y-Flyer Fleets and interested parties have a new fibreglass Y-Flyer builder, Beacon Composites located in Creedmoor, North Carolina. Currently finishing up the construction of Y-2813 and Y-2814 for Carlin and Amanda Hodges from Atlanta Yacht Club (AYC). You can visit Beacon Composite website. Please see photos below.
2023 News Wrap up !
Canadian Nationals was hosted by Fleet #17, Sudbury Yacht Club (SYC) July 22-23, 2023. Six Y-Flyers attended the regatta. Robert and Samantha Montgomery Y-2710 (SYC) sailed very well to win the Championship. Richard King and Brianna Ritchie Y-2794 Belwood Lake Sailing Club (BLSC) was second place followed by Colin king and Marla Betts Y-2698 (BLSC) were third.
Ontario Provincials was hosted by Fleet #3, Fanshawe Yacht Club (FYC) London, Ontario September 30 to October 1, 2023. Three Y-Flyers attended. However the weather did not co-operate with extremely light winds. Only one race was completed on Saturday in a drifter won by Richard King Y-2794 (BLSC). Sunday was worse with no wind at all. There was no winner of the Ontario Provincials for 2023 as our CYFYRA Constitution / By-Laws state that three (3) races must be completed to be a championship. Richard King did win the Pumpkin regatta however.
Todd Martin, Eganville, Ontario has been restoring his Father’s Y-Flyer Y-1428. He has purchased plans to complete the reconstruction process on the hull.
Carl Swail, Norway Bay, Quebec Fleet #22 has sold Y-2502 to Johnathan, ‘JJ’ Gooding, Deep River, Ontario in November. Welcome to the CYFYRA. Meanwhile, Carl is not leaving the class as he will be
crewing for Richard Hart Y-2404 at Norway Bay.
On behalf of the CYFYRA Executive and Area Directors we wish all a happy and safe holiday season. See you all on the water in 2024.
With deep sadness we announce the passing of Y1039, aka Battlescar Gigantica. West Hawk Lake, MB
Keen racers will remember being trounced by the big blue hulk at several Western Canadians championships in days of yore.
The fear you felt then was real. For there was a boat that cared nothing for trading paint with those who barged or actually may have had right of way.
The Battlescar played no favourites. It would ram anyone.
Alas, the victim of not one but two full cockpit depth floods in recent years, the Battlescar became more of a hulk than she ever was in her prime.
Stripped naked, she was towed in a semi buoyant state over to the local boat launch this aft where she was yanked onto the heaviest duty trailer we could steal, hauled out whereupon she released half the lake back unto its source, and driven solemnly (read very slowly) down the trans Canada highway in Sunday homeward bound lake traffic to the local “waste transfer facility”… the funeral procession stretching for miles behind, horns blaring surely in sympathy.
At the dump, the Battlescar was rather unceremoniously capsized sideways off the trailer by a team of 20 or so and then we all beat a hasty retreat before Dump Guy asked what the hell we thought we were doing and did we have a permit.
We left her there resting serenely, the collection of neighboring derelict fridges standing guard and bearing testament to her greatness.
Friends and family are joining later this pm for some fellowship (read heavy drinking) in her honour.
Alas, poor Battlescar, we knew yee naught.
Area Director for Manitoba, Saskatchewan and North Western Ontario
January to June, 2023 News Around The Country
Y-Flyer Mid-Winter Championship – Welcome dinner Friday March17, Racing Sat & Sun March 18, 19. NOR is posted on yflyer.org under Racing 2023.
For more information regarding regatta details please contact Nile Hatcher Atlanta Yacht Club (AYC) (404) 310-3841 or email email@example.com
North-South Y Series – Ahoy There! In 2023 we’ll have a north-south Alberta Y Flyer series. Mark your calendars! More info will follow as we get closer to the dates. – Richard Quinlan
The South: On the weekend of July 1-2, Y Flyers will meet at St. Mary’s Sailing Club, located southwest of Lethbridge, for 2 days of races and fun events on and off the water. SMSC will fill its 3 club Y Flyers with club sailors, to join with club Y owners and visiting Ys. There’s rustic camping onsite and hotel accommodations nearby in Cardston (15km) and Lethbridge (65km).
The North: On the weekend of August 5-6, Y Flyers will meet at Itaska Yacht Club on Pigeon Lake, located southwest of Edmonton, for the Western Y Weekend – a day of fun events and then a day of racing. Camping is at Pigeon Lake Provincial Park and Zeiner Park, there are some B&B options nearby and hotel accommodations in Leduc (60km).
January to June, 2022 News Around The Country
Well it has been awhile since we finally reported the Canadian News activity in 2022 as we emerge from the Corvid shadow over the past two years. First on the list of activities for 2022, the Fanshaw Yacht Club (FYC) Fleet #3 London, Ontario is hosting an open regatta June 25-26. Please go on our website
Y-Flyer Canada – Canadian Y-Flyer Yacht Racing Association for info under schedule or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (289) 697-4747. Thank you.
Second, the 2022 Internationals are scheduled July 12-15 at the Saratoga Lake Sailing Club (SLSC) less than three hours south of Montreal, QC. If you are new at racing there is a Challenger Class as well. So don’t be shy, it will be a great experience for you and the beer will be cold. For more information please contact email@example.com or call (289) 697-4747. Thank you.
Third, we are working on the Ontario Provincial and National Championship regattas that may not happen until early fall. Please be patient. Thank you.
Fourth, Richard Quinlan, our AB/BC Director, is organizing the Western Y-Weekend, the August long weekend (Civic holiday) for western sailors to attend south of Edmonton, AB. For more information please contact Richard at (403) 320-5114. Thank you.
As more club regattas for Y-Flyers are available for 2022, we will be posting as they become available. The CYFYRA appreciates your financial support through 2020 -2021 through this difficult time. Thank you.
October to December, 2021
The summer wave of the Delta variant persisting has caused the sailing and racing venues to be curtailed across Canada this fall. The latest arrival of the Omicron variant in November has thrown another curve ball into the equation. But as sailors say, no matter what wind blows in your face, you just adjust your sails accordingly and sail on. At this time the CYFYRA has developed a tentative racing schedule for 2022 that may require modification as the new year progresses. We will continue to update the news section of the website to keep all members informed of future developments.
Carl Swail our Newsletter Editor now has internet at his cottage in Norway, Quebec. Publication of this will not commence until there is more regatta results and information to share.
In the meantime there have been a few other boat exchanges to report. Warren Flannery BLSC, Fergus, ON has bought Y-2669 in August. Dan Bezaire Renfrew, ON has picked up Y-1054 in September. Henry Saltier Vancouver, BC who summers in Montebello, QC has bought Y-2406 in October. Also Jim Preece from Innisfil, ON has purchased the unfinished frame of Y-2453 in December. Jim is the newest member to the class. Welcome to the CYFYRA.
The Internationals in Saratoga, NY date has been finalized. It will be July 13-15th, 2022. This will all hinge when vehicle border restrictions have been lifted. The 72 hour travel entry into Canada without requiring a COVID-19 test with proof of double vaccination has been rolled back just recently. This may all change again in the coming months.
The CYFYRA wants to thank all those that sent in their memberships for 2020, 2021 and the latest just arrived for 2022. Our 2022 membership form is currently posted on our website under contacts. Thank you all for your continued financial support.
At this time, the CYFYRA Executive and Area Directors wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
January to September, 2021
Unfortunately the 2021 sailing season was much the same as it was in 2020 here in Canada. Officially there were no official organized regattas across the Canadian landscape due to the Corvid-19 restrictions. Meanwhile on the US side of the border, they have had numerous regattas including the Mid Winters in March hosted by AYC, Ga and the US Nationals hosted by Little Rock, Ar with a sprinkle of smaller ones all with some restrictions. Canadians are still restricted to the US by vehicle for all non essential travel. Canadian vaccinations continue to rise in the country that gives hope that some sense of normal may return in 2022. Carl Swail our Newsletter Editor remains at his cottage in Norway Bay, QC with limited access to the internet limiting communications to our association.
During this period of treading water a number of boats have changed hands and locations. Out west in Alberta in 2020 Y-980 changed ownership as Bob Coutu from Sherwood Park picked up this Edmonton boat. Ron Hammerstedt from Diamond City picked up Y-1091 from the Edmonton area and is in the stages of refurbishing this boat. Jacob Holwerda has moved away from the St. Mary’s Lake Sailing Club, Lethbridge and donated Y-1775 to the club, Fleet #24. Sailing has seen club racing limited to single hand boats. 2021 Phil Harding in Calgary is working on his Y-2811 hull that was part of the keelson frame developed by Ken Peterson of Beloeil, QC. The western guys did have a Western Championship on the long weekend of August with four boats attending south of Edmonton. The St. Mary’s Sailing club closed as of August 9th. The lake is used as a reservoir for the drought stricken farmlands in the area and is now drained.
In the east, in Ontario 2020, Peter Whiting from Amherst Is. donated Y-1433 to the Kingston Marine Museum and sold Y-2706 to Dave Casson’s Fleet #25 LBBC, Kingston. Their activity has been limited as a result of Ontario Sailing Association’s mandate both 2020 and 2021. Belwood Lake Sailing Club Fleet #19 in 2020 and 2021 has had the same restrictions as well with single handed or immediate families sailing Y-Flyers. No regattas were hosted in 2021. In 2020, The Kids and Classic Boatshops Museum, Glen William, ON received Y- 672 donated by Alan Carlisle, QC. that is being refurbished. Fleet #17 in Sudbury was much in the same boat as the other fleets. In 2021 Y-1054 from Arnprior, ON came on the market FREE to a good home. Please see our classified section on our website for more information on this boat. In 2021 Alan Worsley from Sturgeon Lake sold Y-2709 to Ed Hone Hone BLSC, now seven Y-Flyers and counting. Bob Ward from Guelph, ON donated his Y-57 to The Kids and Classics Boatshops Museum that will also be refurbished.
In Quebec, there has been limited activity as well at Norway Bay, QC Fleet #22. Peter Swail has purchased Y-2581 from Jamie Alexander and is sailing her in Montreal, QC. Also three Y-flyers are available for FREE to good homes in the Magog, QC area. Please see our classified section of the website for more information.
Ron Hammerstedt in Diamond City, AB Restoration of Y-1091
Ron Hammerstedt in Diamond City, AB is completing the restoration of Y-1091 that was in need of some TLC. Great job Ron! Richard Quinlan, Area Director for AB and BC, visited Ron Hammerstedt September 28th and took a few pictures of his boat that he has stripped, replaced rotted parts, and is refurbishing. It’s Y 1091, a boat built by John Booth and Sons in the mid-60s, and a twin to my Y 1085. You can see the fixtures he put in place in cockpit to provide a more solid connection between ribs and centreboard trunk. He says they’re much more stable than the little spruce sticks that were in-place vertically (he removed those). I also took a picture looking towards the bow showing the ribs there. In one picture you can see an epoxy fillet we did where the fit of rib to hull plywood was imperfect. All the ribs were loose from hull plywood and we filleted the ones we could get at. I haven’t done that yet on Y 1085.
The last two pictures show the bundle of templates that originated from the Edmonton builder, John Booth, who built many (maybe a hundred?) wooden Y Flyers including Ron’s and mine. The templates are stamped and certified by CYFYRA, and we need to care for and keep track of them. They came to us through John Henderson, then to Paul Johnston, then to Ron Hammerstedt, who repaired one of them and added in a rudder template. If you’d like to look at them to compare to what you have then I could bring up to Calgary fairly soon as I need to go there for a few errands. Then I think Paul may want to use them.
Paul originally found Y 1091 in a shed at Pigeon Lake, and also Bob Somek, our CYFYRA Secretary, as he may not be aware these Alberta templates are still existing, are being cared for, and still in use. These original Booth station templates are a great bonus to the CYFYRA!
October 01 to December 31, 2020
The 2020 year in Canada has been an interesting one as a result of COVID-19. The Canadian – US border has been shut down since March 21st to all non essential travel. The borders between provinces were also closed for a few months to contain infections and lock downs within the provinces occurred from March until May. Sail Canada and Ontario Sailing Association (OSA) cancelled all regattas across the country for the season and issued guidelines to sailing clubs for mask wearing, social distancing and club house activities allowed, washrooms only. Sailing schools were cancelled for the season.
The Belwood Lake Sailing Club (BLSC) Fergus, Ontario Fleet #19 delayed their opening May 1st initially until it could verify what would be allowed, also required permission from the Grande River Conservation Authority. In the meantime Colin King Y-2698 was able to tap into the virtual sailing game to keep the diehards occupied on their computer screens. By the end of June there was timed racing, start line to an island and back. Those boats that required two or more had to be from the same household only. July finally saw some actual racing but with same guidelines as before.
The Sudbury Yacht Club (SYC) Fleet #17 saw only two Y-Flyers in the water this year as reported by Pierre Dignard Y-2782. Norway Bay, Quebec Fleet #22 saw limited sailing as per Carl Swail Y-2502. Richard Quinlan Y-1085 reported much the same from the St. Mary’s Sailing Club, Lethbridge, Alberta Fleet #24. Four Y-Flyers recovered, use to introduce new sailors to Y-Flyers sat idle for the summer.
However, the CYFYRA is optimistic for 2021. Randy Gast, our webmaster has refreshed our website y-flyer.ca. We have received a number of memberships this year despite the lack of activity, thank you. Have a safe holiday season. Cheers!
October 01 to December 31, 2019
Happy New Year from the CYFYRA! I trust the 2020 sailing season upcoming will be a great one. We are currently looking at some new venues for the upcoming sailing season here in Canada. More details will follow early in the new year as they become available.
The Quebec Provincials were held at Norway Bay, QC September 1, 2019 Fleet #22. Three Y-Flyers participated in this regatta with Richard Hart and Carl Swail Y-2404 capturing 1st place. It was an excellent day of sailing, with sunshine, warm temperatures and steady winds over 10 knots that allowed the sailors to complete four excellent races. We also had six daysailors sailing in the regatta that also included three Y-Flyer sailors skippering. Rob and Cara Oakes Y-2569 took the honour in that class. The flooding that occurred in Norway Bay in April, May and early June on the Ottawa River was devastating with sustained flooding for 8 to 10 weeks at record levels ever, 8 to 10 feet above normal. beach and river banks still showed the damage still remaining months later. This delayed a number of Y-Flyers to not make the water this season as more emphasis was on repairing cottages damaged.
Our newest member of the CYFYRA is Bob Coutu from Sherwood Park, AB that has just recently purchased Y-980. Bob’s father back in the 1970’s built a unregistered Y-Flyer. Bob and his brother spent much time on her as teenagers at Grand Lake in Gatineau, QC. Welcome back to the CYFYRA!
The Midwinters is coming up on March 21-22, 2020 at the AYC, Atlanta Yacht Club, Acworth, Ga. So make plans to head south for some good ol’ southern cooking by Lavon Hatcher and her kitchen crew. You will never get hungry. This first regatta of the season is always a lot of fun. For more information contact Nile Hatcher (404) 310-3841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richard King Y-2794 and Colin King Y-2698 have each purchased new Y-Flyer sails from a Hamilton, ON sail loft. They are taking them to Midwinters in 2020 to try them out. If successful, this will give the CYFYRA an additional Canadian source of sails.
The US Nationals will be hosted by the Saratoga Lake Sailing Club, Saratoga,NY July 13-17 2020 Canadians are welcome to participate in their Junior Nationals July 13-14, Challenger and Senior series commencing July 15-17th. For more information please contact Bob Somek CYFYRA Secretary (289) 320-8149 or email email@example.com.
The Internationals will be hosted this year by the Americans at Louisville, Ky. September 2-4, 2020. This has just recently been announced. More details to follow as they become available. The CYFYRA will keep you posted, by Newsletter, our Facebook site or on our Canadian website y-flyer.ca
|April 01 to September 30, 2019
|It has been a late start to the 2019 Canadian Y-Flyer sailing season. In the east, cold wet weather April – June, prolonged flooding on numerous river systems and the Great Lakes, caused many setbacks as these were weeks and months of high water levels. Meanwhile out west, the St. Mary’s Sailing Club, Lethbridge, Alberta had their reservoir still at low levels in the spring, but was up to speed by June.
Latest Active Members include Richard Quinlan Y-1085 Lethbridge, AB., Ed Hone Y-669, Waterloo, Richard King Y-2794 and Colin King Y-2698 Wellesley, Warren Flannery Y-2795 Oakville, Carl Swail Y-2502 Ottawa, Richard Hart Y-2404 Ottawa, Pierre Dignard Y-2782, Brian Martin Y-2776, Robert Montgomery Y-2710 and Bob Robinson Y-2620 Sudbury, Ontario. Crew Members include Jason Houghton, Winnipeg, MB, Marla Betts Wellesley, Jacob Hone, Waterloo, William Hart Guelph, Eric Buckingham Toronto, Daniel Krupin and Connor Watson Sudbury and Andrew Hart Ottawa. Junior Members include Brianna Ritchie and Samantha Montgomery Sudbury and Owen McKenzie Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina.
Bob Somek BLSC headed south June 20th for the Low Country Regatta, Beauforf SC June 22-23rd. Then stuck around for the US Nationals held June 26-28th at the same location the following week. Bob borrowed Y-2636 from Bob Turner the new President of the The American Y-Flyer SAiling Association. Despite two equipment breakdowns, one in each regatta it was still fun. More details in the next upcoming newsletter.
Two teams from BLSC Ed and Jacob Hone Y-2669 and Richard and Colin King Y-2794 raided south of the border to SLSC Saratoga, NY to capture 1st and 3rd at their regatta July 13-14th. Great job guys!
The Ontario Provincials was hosted by Fleet #17 SYC Sudbury, Ontario July 20-21 after being postponed from June 8-9 at BLSC. Thank you Pierre Dignard being able to plug the gap in the regatta schedule. Eight Y-Flyers attended the event with a number of cancellations. BLSC swept the regatta with Ed and Jordon Hone Y-2669 placing first, Bob Somek and Eric Buckingham Y-2758 second with Colin King and Marla Betts Y-2698 third. Thanks SYC for a great time.
The Itaska YC Fleet #18 hosted the Western Championship August 3-4th with 5 Y-Flyers in attendance. A 6th Y-Flyer tried to make the 10 km sail to the event but unfortunately Murray Olsen Y–1097 had an equipment failure on the voyage. Brian and Barb Johnston Y-1727 were first followed by Bob and Kristen Mitchell Y-1043 and third was Richard Quinlan and Ron Hammerstedt Y-1085. Thanks to everyone that participated and acted as support staff.
The Canadian Nationals was hosted by Fleet #17 SYC August 17-18th with 10 Y-Flyers in attendance. Numbers were down due to a number of last minute cancellations. There were no Red Fleet attendees this year. BLSC’s Colin King and Marla Betts Y- 2698 captured the Canadian Cup, Wee Bonnie (Best out of town boat performance), Greenock (Fastest course time) and the Charles William (Winner of 2nd Gold Fleet race) Trophies. BLSC Ed and Jordon Hone Y-2669 were second capturing the Harvey Fenton Trophy and third place was SYC’s Robert and Samantha Montgomery Y-2710 sailing their best ever Nationals. BLSC Richard King and Brianna Ritchie Y-2793 placed fourth winning the Edmonton Trophy (winner of the 1st Gold Fleet race). Thank you Pierre and Lilliane Dignard that organized the regatta and the meals. It was a great time.
The CYFYRA was contacted in late July by Gilbert Barletti in Montreal. His Skene fibreglass Y-2407 that he had sailed years ago at Lac L’Achigan north of Montreal was in storage at Lancaster, Ontario. Wanting the boat go to an active Y-Flyer fleet that he was willing to donate, BLSC’s Colin and Richard King made arrangements to pick her up August 24th. The trip took a bit longer that anticipated, thinking that it was Ancaster, Ontario near Hamilton they were missing the first L….Lancaster, Ontario east of Cornwall, Ontario close to the Quebec provincial border. They left at at 9:00 am returned home at 1:00 am August 25th just a twelve hour drive instead of four. Thank you Gilbert for the donation. She is in good hands now being refurbished.
|January 01 to March 31, 2019
|Happy 2019 New Year and welcome to a great season of sailing whether you race, cruise or just wish to keep in touch. A full schedule of regattas has been developed for those that wish to participate including reactivation of the Junior Nationals scheduled for August 10 SYC, Sudbury, ON, with a fall back position of August 11th in case of bad weather. This is one week in advance of the Canadian National Championship August 17-18th that will be held at the same location. Eligibility for the Junior Nationals are for those that are under the age of 19 at the time of the regatta and Skipper and Crew are members of the CYFYRA. For more information please contact Pierre Dignard, Northern Ontario Director, (705) 523-0347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The regatta schedule for 2019 is posted on the CYFYRA website www.yflyer.ca and found within the Newsletter. For more information please contact the Area Director in your area of the regatta or Bob Somek CYFYRA Secretary (289) 320-8149 or email email@example.com.
Newest 2019 members of the CYFYRA include Active Andre Desgreniers Charlesbourg, QC, Bob Somek Y-2758 Fort Erie, ON, Rodney Badiuk Y-242 Coaldale and Paul Johnston Y-1093 Calgary, AB. Newsletter, Crew and Junior members include George Baird Peterborough, Amanda Somek Mississauga, ON and Jack Macintosh Lacombe, AB and Hunter Whetsell Goldsboro, NC. Also Member for Life Ed Tate Toronto, ON.
The 2019 Mid Winters was held on March 16-17th at the Atlanta Yacht Club, Acworth, Ga. Forty-five Y-Flyers were on the starting line divided into two groups Gold with thirty-two and Blue with thirteen in each fleet that included five (5) Canadian Skippers and Crews. A month previous, you could actually drive on to the lake bed. However, with the amounts of rain received recently the lake was flooded including the town of Rome downstream. Water almost covered two docks. Parking was limited at the third dock, and needed water taxis to take crews to their boats tied to dock islands. The weather was wet and cool with winds gusting to twenty (20) knots. Sunday races were cancelled due to cold and no wind conditions. The winner of Gold Fleet from AYC was Bryce Dryden and Anna Haddon Y-2762, 2nd was Jeff Rodgers and Lisa Parker Y-2791 with Drew and Andrew Daugherty Y-2798 both from Little Rock, Ar. Canadians Colin King and Marla Betts Y-2698 BLSC were 11th, Ed Hone and Jim MacKenzie Y-2669 BLSC were 12th, Richard King and Brianna Ritchie Y-2794 BLSC 17th and 19th was Warren Flannery and Eric Buckingham Y-2795 BLSC. Blue Fleet was won by Winky Williams and Amy Berris Y-2593 AYC with Bob Robinson and Natalie Chaylt Y-2679 SYC finishing 7th. Well done Canada! Thank you AYC for hosting with Nile and Lavon Hatcher for organizing a fun time had by all.
Ken Peterson from Beloeil, QC our resident wood keelson boat builder and repair shop has been working this past winter on an adapter plate that can be used for the base of the older style masts that can also be adapted to handle the newer style masts to meet the North Sail Tuning Guide measurement setup. Also Ken is now looking for more orders for the keelson project for building new wood Y-Flyers. The costs is only for material, the labour is FREE! Ken can also repair your wood Y-Flyer if in need of repairs. For more information please contact Ken at (450) 467-9819 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Londsdale from Guelph, ON has donated his Y-2006 to the CYFYRA. Thank you to Pierre Dignard, our Northern Ontario Director, for recovering the boat last fall from the Parry Sound area. She is now at the SYC.
Pierre Dignard has also been active in developing a Junior Y-Flyer program at the SYC, Sudbury, ON for up and coming young sailors. His program will be starting this June. For more information please contact him at (705) 523-0347 or email email@example.com.
First Major of the season will be the Ontario Provincials June 8-9th BLSC, Fergus, ON hosted by Fleet #19. This will be fun with the lake level full to the brim. For more information please see the Notice of Race (NOR) within the newsletter or on our website httpwww.y-flyer.ca. or contact Colin King (519) 591-7051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second regatta of the season will be the June Bug, FYC London, ON June 15-16th. Come sail the deep ditch of Fanshawe Lake for fun and excitement. For more information please contact Lawrence Lynch (519) 870-0086 or email LLynch@Fanshawec.ca.
Third regatta of the season will be the Vale Regatta, SYC, Sudbury, ON June 22-23rd. Always a fun regatta on Lake Ramsey in the heart of Sudbury with thrills and chills, great winds and good food! For more information please contact Pierre Dignard (705) 523-0347 or email email@example.com.
Have a great safe and fun sailing season! See you all on the water soon.
|November 01 to December 31, 2018
|The 2019 Mid Winters will be hosted by the Atlanta Yacht Club, Acworth, Ga March 16 – 17th. A number of Canadians will be heading south for this great venue. Nile Hatcher, Regatta Chair, is aiming at hosting fifty (50) Y-Flyers for the kickoff to the new year. Lavon Hatcher and her kitchen group will be feeding the masses and there is not a better cook this side of the Ozarks. Southern hospitality at it’s best! Cabins are available on site so do not delay and get your request in to Nile (404) 310-3841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wee Bonnie Trophy, Best Out of Town Performance Canadian Nationals Gold Fleet, has been repaired and a second base added to accommodate more plaques. A big thank you to Ken Peterson our boat builder and repair shop from Beloeil, Quebec for his great assistance. Cosmetics are currently underway for the finishing touches in Ontario.
Ken Peterson currently has Y-2498 in his shop for repairs. He is looking for more work. So if you are looking at building a new Y-Flyer in 2019, Ken’s Keelson Project is a great way to get your project moving forward. This is a complete skeleton of the hull that is epoxied including stations, bedlogs etc. It can be picked up assembled or disassembled and shipped to your location across Canada. Addition options include aluminum centreboards and rudders. The labour is FREE, just the cost of materials. For more information from Ken please contact him at (450) 467-9819 or email email@example.com.
Richard Quinlan Y-1085, our Area Director in Alberta / British Columbia has reported the 2018 western activities. In 2017 St. Mary’s Lake, Lethbridge was an empty pit by September. However, it saw flooding this spring as a result of snow pack melt. Brian Johnson from Pigeon Lake, just south of Edmonton, has picked up Y-1781 a Booth fiberglass boat, adding to his own personal fleet of Y-935 and Y-1727. Barbara Johnston one of our newest members in 2018 from Edmonton has been given Y-935 to skipper. In mid September Rodney Badiuk from Coaldale, AB has purchased a wood Y-Flyer. The boat number is still be identified. Coaldale is located near Lethbridge and St. Mary’s Lake. Welcome to both Barbara and Rodney to the CYFYRA.
The 2019 Ontario Provincials will be hosted at the Belwood Lake Sailing Club (BLSC), Fergus, ON tentatively early July. The 2019 Canadian Nationals will be hosted by the Sudbury Yacht Club (SYC), Sudbury, ON tentatively August. More details with firm dates will follow early in the new year.
On behalf of the 2018-2019 CYFYRA Executive and Area Directors, we wish all our members and followers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Have a safe and fun holiday season. Cheers!
|August 01 to October 31, 2018
|The latest 2018 CYFYRA Members are Active Dan Bezaire Y-1754 Alfred, Rob Oakes Y-2569 Ottawa, Jamie Alexander Y-2581 Carp, Newletter/Crew Memberships Cara Oakes Ottawa, Nicole Lewis Pembroke, Junior Memberships Sebastien Dasya Sudbury, Ontario.
The Western Y-Flyer Championships was hosted again by the Itaska Yacht Club, Alberta August 5th with five Y-Flyers participating. In a hotly contest regatta Bob and Kristen Mitchell Y-1043 captured the honours followed by Richard Quinlan and Dee Kennedy Y-1085 2nd and a tie for 3rd place between Gord McKenzie with crew Bryan Kickham Y-2805 and Paul Johnston and Theresa Oram Y-1093. Saturday August 4th was a get together of the sailors, afternoon cruise, followed by a BBQ, music and the Western Y-Flyer Trivia contest. Great fun was had by all. Thank you to Steve and Leslie Holmgren for hosting the Saturday activities.
The Canadian National Championships were hosted by Fleet #22 Norway Bay , Quebec August 18-19th. Some last minute cancellations reduced the fleet, however ten Y-Flyers were on the line at the start on Saturday. Ed and Jacob Hone Y-2669 BLSC won the Canadian Cup with consistent sailing, 2nd Richard King and Brianna Richie Y-2794 BLSC, 3rd Warren Flannery and Jason Houghton Y-2795 BLSC. BLSC took the top five positions in Gold Fleet, Bob Somek and Matthew Corbeil Y-2758 4th, Colin King and Marla Betts Y-2698 5th. Rob and Cara Oakes Norway Bay, QC captured Red Fleet honours. Thank you to Marg Swail and Jill Alexander for providing the lunches for the regatta. A great time was had by all.
The 2018 Annual General Meeting was held at the Pine Lodge, Norway Bay, Quebec Saturday August 18th. The AGM was well attended with three fleets recorded establishing a quorum. The Financial Report was given by Treasurer Warren Flannery ending Dec 31st 2017, with a loss of $454.80. This was the second year of losses with the similar reasons.This was in part by reduced memberships received and no collection of trophy fees collected at any major regattas for the year and prior year. He moved that that trophy fees be increased for 2019 from $15 per boat to $20 per boat to help recover these costs lost. Also $6000 to be placed in a GIC for one year. Passed. The election of CYFYRA Officers and Area Directors passed, with one change. Carl Swail now takes over the position of VP of Measurement and Restrictions with Marc Ranger retiring. The CYFYRA thanks Marc for his years of service. Under new business, Mid Winters will be again hosted by the Atlanta YC, Acworth, Ga. March 16-17th, 2019. Regarding the use of VHS radios on board boats at the Internationals, raised at the IYFYRU Executive meeting at the end of June, concern was raised on costs and that the number of boats attending Internationals in recent years. This may be premature and does not warrant the costs or needs. To be tabled for further discussion. There was discussion of having the Jr. Nationals reactivated with excess boats in Sudbury, ON available. Also discussion about seminars for racing rules, training and tactics. Full details of the AGM will be reported in our next newsletter soon to be out.
The Quebec Provincials hosted by Norway Bay, QC September 2nd was a no go due to the lack of wind. The fleet was becalmed and was terminated at 3 pm that afternoon.
The Beers Memorial Regatta was hosted by the AYC, Acworth, Ga. October 13-14th. Forty (40) Y-Flyers were on the start line for this event, awesome! Richard King and Brianna Ritchie Y-2794 from the BLSC attended, placing 15th. Well done Richard and Brianna! Following the event Richard stayed down for a few extra days to help with the C of C (Champion of Champions) preparation. This regatta of National winners of various classes were using Y-Flyers as the competition boat.
|June 01 to July 31, 2018
|Newest 2018 CYFYRA members include Active Carl Swail Y-2502 Ottawa, Pierre Dignard Y-2782, Rob Montgomery Y-2710 Sudbury, Ontario, Brian Johnston Y-1727, Barbara Johnston Y-935 and Gordon McKenzie Y-2805 Edmonton, Alberta. Newsletter/Crew Memberships include Natalie Chaylt Y-1715 and Matthew Corbeil Sudbury, Ontario. Junior Members include Samantha Montgomery, Logan Drane and Brianna Ritchie Sudbury, Ontario.
Ken Peterson our Y-Flyer keelson builder and wood boat repair shop, Beloeil, QC has just finished repairs on Y-1463 mid June and shipped for Dave Casson’s Fleet 25 LBBC Collins Bay, Ontario. Y-2498 donated to Fleet 25 has been rolled in to his shop for repairs at the same time.
Rob and Samantha Montgomery captured the Vale Regatta hosted by Fleet #17 SYC June 23-24th.
Dan Bezaire, Alfred, Ontario has purchased Y- 1754 from Tony McCormack at the end of June and will be sailing her with Fleet #22 Norway Bay, Quebec.
The International Y-Flyer Yacht Racing Union (IYFYRU) had a brief Executive meeting prior to the International regatta dropping the clause “a 30 day payment must be made prior to the regatta to compete.” in it’s Constitution. Also the possibility of using VHS radios for starting on each boat was raised by Paul White, AYC Secretary. This was used at the 2018 Mid Winters in Atlanta, Ga in March. The fleet at Mid Winters was 37 boats in size, though not every boat was equipped with a VHS. This is to assist the starting in large fleets to advise boats being over the starting line in advance of the start. The suggestion was tabled and to be discussed at the CYFYRA AGM in August at the Canadian National Championship in Norway Bay, Quebec.
The Internationals was hosted at Saratoga , NY June 26-28th with fifteen Y-flyers in attendance, five from Canada. Colin King and Marla Betts Y-2698 BLSC sailing a very consistent regatta captured the Youngquist Trophy. This is the first time since 1973 that a Canadian skipper and crew have captured this regatta. This was the eleventh time Canada has won this regatta when it first started in the early 1950’s as a competition between the CYFYRA and the former AYFYRA now the AYC. 2nd place went to Jeff Rodgers and Lisa Parker Y-2791 Little Rock, AR. 3rd place was Ed Hone and Andreas Hone Y-2669 BLSC. Richard King and US crew Misha Gutin Y-2794 BLSC was 8th. Warren Flannery and Eric Buckinghan Y-2795 BLSC 9th and Richard Hart and Carl Swail Y-2404 Norway Bay, QC placed 10th, winners of the Challenger Series and the Old Salt Trophy again based on combined age and placing in the regatta. Well done Canada!
The Ontario Provincials were hosted by the Sudbury Yacht Club (SYC) Fleet #17 July 21-22nd with nine Y-Flyers in attendance. Winning was Ed and Jacob Hone Y-2669 BLSC, 2nd Richard King and Brianna Ritchie Y-2794 BLSC and 3rd Colin King and Marla Betts Y-2698 BLSC. It was a fun regatta, great food, awesome winds and good friends!
|March 01 to May 31, 2018
|Please note that our President, Richard Hart, has requested that all 2018 active Skippers and Crews participating in major regattas be members of the CYFYRA including Internationals, Nationals, Ontario and Quebec Provincials and Western Championships. For those that did not pay your 2017 Active and Crew Memberships please send them to our new membership address on our website yflyer.ca. under contacts. Please note, the Secretary’s new phone number is (289) 320-8149. Thank you.
|The 2018 Mid Winters hosted by the Atlanta Yacht Club March 17-18th was a tremendous success with 37 boats participating in two fleets, 26 in Gold, 11 in Blue from the US and Canada. The Gold Fleet was won by Drew Daugherty and Kristen Holder Y-2798 Ar, 2nd place went to Clint Hodges and Elle Spearman Y-2754 Ga and in 3rd place was Mark and Jill Barton Y-2688 Ar. Richard and Colin King Y-2794 from the BLSC placed 9th and Warren Flannery and Jason Houghton Y-2795 from BLSC placed 20th. In Blue fleet, first place went to Lucy Spearman and Isabelle Smith Y-2598 Ga., 2nd place went to Noah Benton and Ji-Soo Boiles Y-2692 Ga,and 3rd place went to Ray Marly and Jesse Barton Y-2606 Ar. Marla Betts from the SYC, with a borrowed US boat Y-2703 and crew Gregg Andrews placed 4rth. Well done Marla skippering in her first major regatta!
|2nd Canadian Regatta of the 2018 season is the Vale at SYC, Sudbury, Ontario June 23-24th hosted by Fleet #17. Enjoy the thrills and spills on Lake Ramsey in the heart of the city with great food and friendship. For more information please contact Pierre Dignard (705) 523-0347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|A new crew has arrived in Sudbury, ON at the SYC May 30th. Natalie Chaylt Y-1715 and Bob Robinson Y-2620 are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Ruby Deleine Chaylt-Robinson. The question in the future will be who will she crew for, Mom or Dad or will she want her own Y-Flyer? Congratulations to both of you. The family will be attending the Internationals in Saratoga, NY.
|Dave Casson from the LBBC Fleet #25, Collins Bay, Ontario dropped off the real Y-2498 mid May for repair, some confusion with boat numbers, and picked up Y-1463 from Ken Peterson at Beloeil, Quebec. The hull has been fully restored and ready to be painted and fitted for sailing. Great job Ken! Dave also returned June 6th with mast, boom and hardware salvage from Y-1707 that Jean-Patrick Masson in the Montreal area had kindly notified the CYFYRA of it’s availability to a good home. Thank you JP!
|Ken Peterson, our resident keelson boat builder and repair shop, has noticed on both recently restored Y-1463 and Y-2498 currently under restoration that these two boats have used a hollow pipe to protect the centreboard pin as per the CYFYRA plans. However, there is a problem generated by this design. Corrosion occurs first on the hollow pipe not protected within the centreboard trunk, generally galvanized steel. This eventually over time corrodes, and then corrodes the centreboard pin that could cause eventual failure in loosing the centreboard during sailing. Those with older models are recommended to review their set up, remove this hollow pipe arrangement if installed and check their centreboard pins for corrosion.
|Warren Flannery Y-2795 from BLSC attended the Hawg Wild in Little Rock, Ar., with a borrowed US boat and GMSC crew Jack Muhollan Memorial weekend May 26-27th. He placed 7th out of 17 Y-Flyers attending the regatta. Well done Warren!
|Secretary Bob Somek has joined the BLSC Fleet #19 as of May 27th. This will be fun! BLSC now has 5 Y-Flyers all actively sailing.
|The 2nd Major of the CYFYRA season will be the Internationals hosted by the SLSC, Saratoga, NY June 25-28th. Terry Fraser has invited sailors to attend their Sunday races June 24th as well as a warm up to the regatta. Late entry boats are still accepted. Please contact John Smith email@example.com for more information or check our yflyer.ca website under schedule.
|The 3rd Major of the season is the Ontario Provincials that will be hosted by Fleet #17 SYC July 21-22nd. Camping is permitted on the grounds and billeting available upon request. Great food awaits for you and your crew to taste. For more information please contact Pierre Dignard (705) 523-0347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|The 4th Major of the season is the Western Championship August 4-5th hosted by the Itaska YC. For more information please contact Paul Johnston (403) 650–8481 or email email@example.com or consult our website yflyer.ca under schedule.
|Newest 2018 CYFYRA members include Active Ken Peterson Y-2808 Beloeil, QC, Peter Whiting Y-2706 Stella, Richard Hart Y-2404 Kanata, Richard King Y-2794 Wellesley, Colin King Y-2698 Wellesley, Ed Hone Y-2669 Waterloo, Warren Flannery Y-2795 Oakville, Bob Robinson Y-2620 and Brian Martin Y-2776 Sudbury, ON and Richard Quinlan Y-1085 Lethbridge, AB. Newsletter/Crew Memberships include William Hart Guelph, Andrew Hart Kanata, Amanda Somek Mississauga, Eric Buckingham Toronto, Marla Betts Sudbury, ON, Jason Houghton Winnipeg, MB and Andreas Hone BC.
|Now that the sailing season is in full swing the CYFYRA wishes each and everyone a safe and fun season. Our organization is not just about racing, we are a family that includes novice at any age, recreational and those that just want to keep in touch with the Class. We have skilled people to assist you on boat building and restoration. We have compiled a list of material and equipment suppliers on our website and continue to update when made available. If you know people that may be interested in sailing a Y-Flyer please contact us and we will put them in touch with the nearest local contact. Please contact Secretary Bob Somek (289) 320-8149 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|January 01 to February 28, 2018
|So is everyone in Canada tired of winter yet? Well the 2018 Mid Winters March 17-18th will be hosted again by AYC, Acworth, Ga. is just around the corner. So start making your plans as it is still not too late to attend. There will be racing by day and by night with the Gold Fish Bowl being imported from the US West Coast. This may be what was eluded to as night sailing. Also Lavon Hatcher and her famous kitchen mates as usual will be cooking up a southern storm for y’all. For more information please contact Nile Hatcher (404) 310-3841 or email email@example.com“>firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Current 2018 CYFYRA Active Members include Member for Life Ed Tate Toronto, Ontario, Andre Desgreniers Charlesbourg and Bob Somek Y-2758 Quebec, Quebec, Dave Casson Y-2498/Y-1463 Kingston, Ontario and Paul Johnston Y-1093/Y-2810 Calgary, Alberta. Newsletter/Crew Members include George Baird Peterborough, Ontario and Jack Macintosh Y-638 Lacombe, Alberta. Junior Members include Hunter Whetsell, Goldsboro, North Carolina
|2018 Internationals will be hosted by the Saratoga Lake Sailing Club Fleet #63, Saratoga, New York June 26-28th. The Saratoga fleet is very active with 10 Y-Flyers. The venue is certainly close enough for sailors in Quebec and Ontario to attend. For more information contact John Smith at email@example.com “>firstname.lastname@example.org. The Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions including accommodations and contacts are posted on our Y-Flyer.ca website under schedule.
|Dave Casson from our newest fleet the Limestone Boat and Board Club Fleet #25, Kingston, Ontario dropped off to Ken Peterson in Beloeil, Quebec on February 21st Y-2498. The first of four donated Y-Flyers for refurbishment. Ken is our resident wood keelson builder and repair shop. He recently did a great job on the overhaul of Y-995 and shipped her back to Ryan Gannon Vernon, Ontario last November. If you are looking at building a new Y-Flyer, Ken can get you fast tracked by building the frame that you add your plywood to complete the hull. The cost is only for materials. The labour is FREE! Repairs are for materials only. The labour is FREE! For more information you can contact Ken at (450) 467-9819 or email email@example.com“>firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Please note the current racing schedule for 2018 is posted on the Y-Flyer.ca website and the newsletter. The 2018 Western Championship date will be updated when available.
|With Fleet #25 the Limestone Boat and Board Club, Collins Bay, Kingston, Ontario rolling in the first of their Y-Flyers for repairs with Ken Peterson, the CYFYRA looks forward to a meet and greet at their location this summer.
|July 01 to December 31, 2017
|Latest Active Members of the CYFYRA are Gordon Hill Y-1069 Perth, Peter Whiting Y-2706 Stella, Carl Swail Y-2502 Ottawa, Jamie Alexander Y-2581 Carp, Warren Flannery Y-2795 Oakville, Ontario, Murray Olsen Y-1097, Brian Johnston Y-935 and Gordon McKenzie Y-2805 Edmonton, AB. Latest Crew Members include Manon Dasys Sudbury and Olivia Gurgul Oakville, Ontario. Latest Junior Members include Jack Alexander Carp, Ontario. Thank you for your continued support.
|The 2018 Mid Winters will be hosted by the Atlanta Yacht Club, Acworth, Ga March 17-18th. This will be a great way to start the 2018 sailing season with good ol southern hospitality. This upcoming year they are planning night racing. That should be blast! For more information please contact Nile Hatcher (404) 310-3841 or email email@example.com.
|The Western Y Weekend was hosted again by the Itaska Yacht Club, Pigeon Lake, AB. Aug 5-6th. Seven Y-Flyers attended the annual get together. Saturday was the usual show and shine on the beach with a slight twist as sailors were asked to be dressed that was appropriate for the era their boats were built. The oldest was Gerald Swartz’s Y-94 and the newest being Gordon McKenzie’s Y-2805. Great fun.
|Canadian Nationals were held August 12-13th in Sudbury, Ontario with 11 Y-Flyers in attendance. In Gold Fleet, Ed Hone Y-2669 capture the Canadian Championship, 2nd was Colin King Y-2698 and 3rd Richard King Y-2794 all from the Belwood Lake Sailing Club, Fergus, Ontario. In Red Fleet, Brian Martin Y-2776 1st (SYC), Lawrence Lynch Y-2687 (FYC) 2nd and Sebastien Dasys Y-2014 3rd (SYC).
|Ken Peterson Y-2808 in Beloeil, Quebec has been busy refurbishing Ryan Gannon’s Y-995 that rolled into his shop in mid-August. It is now complete ready to roll back to Vernon, Ontario. Great job Ken! For everyone’s information, Ken is available for repairs to wood boats and also the production of keelsons for the cost of materials only. The labour is FREE!!! Please contact him at (450) 467-9819 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Phil Harding Y-2811 from Calgary, AB has picked up Jim Murphy’s Y-637 in August and will be sailing her at Glenmore Reservoir Calgary, AB until he finishes his new boat. The deal was for a bottle of fine Scotch!
|Brian Johnston Y-935 Edmonton, AB has recently purchased Y-1727 from the Stewart Family.
|The Quebec Provincials hosted by Fleet #22 Norway Bay, Quebec was captured by Jack Alexander Y-2581 September 3rd. Well done Jack!
|Richard Quinlan Y-1085 our Alberta/BC Area Director has reported that the St. Mary’s Sailing Club, Lethbridge, AB Fleet #24 that has four Y-Flyers may be grounded literally in 2018. The St. Mary’s Reservoir experienced flooding in the spring of 2017, but due to drought this past summer it is now only a huge empty pit. Unless that area gets record snowfall this winter again, it may take two years to fully recover.
|The 2018 Internationals will be hosted by the Saratoga Lake Sailing Club, Saratoga, NY June 26-28th. This will be a great time and close enough to the Canadian border for maximum participation from Canadian sailors. For more information please contact John Smith email@example.com.
|Ed Hone Y-2669 won the Pumpkin Regatta, FYC London, Ontario September 16-17th in light wind conditions.
|At this time the CYFYRA Executive and Area Directors wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy, Healthy 2018 New Year. Have a safe holiday season. Cheers!
|April 01 to June 30, 2017
|The 2017 Ontario Provincials hosted by Fleet #3 FYC, London, Ontario June 3-4 was captured by Ed Hone and the combination of Jacob Hone and Teri Rouleau crewing Y-2669. Colin King and Brooke Wareing Y-2698 were second followed by Richard King and Marla Betts Y-2794 in light winds. All three boats were from the Belwood Lake Sailing Club, Fergus, Ontario. A total of seven Y-Flyers participated including Sudbury and London. Well done BLSC.
|2017 Active Members include Ryan Gannon Y-995 Vernon, Ed Hone Y-2669 Waterloo, Colin King Y-2698 and Richard King Y-2794 Wellesley, Pierre Dignard Y-2782, Brian Martin Y-2776, and Robert Montgomery Y-2710 Sudbury, Ontario and Paul Johnston Y-1093 Calgary, Alberta. Ryan Gannon has also paid his 2016 Active as well. Thank you for your continued support.
|Fleet #25 LBBC Collins Bay, Ontario our newest fleet is going through a complete makeover of their facilities starting in the spring of 2018 thanks to funding from the City of Kingston. This delays the initial meet and greet initially planned for this summer however, it will allow them to further develop their Y-Flyer program and be organized for the summer of 2018.
|Fleet #17 SYC Sudbury, Ontario has been the site of further expansion this spring as Pierre Dignard our Northern Ontario Director has opened his shop for boat repair and restoration evenings and weekends this spring. The Dasys family have completed their restoration Y-2014, Natalie Chaylt has purchased and restored Y-1715 and Bob Robinson has purchased Y-2620. Great job folks!
|The Easter week in April had Paul Johnston and his wife rent a van and travel from Calgary, AB to Beloeil, QC to pick up his Y-2810 and Phil Harding’s Y-2811 keelsons from Ken Peterson and make the safe journey home. Paul had the chance to work with Ken to see how the assembly of the keelsons went together. Ken Peterson is looking for more orders, remember this is only for cost of materials, the labour is free! Contact Ken at (450) 467-9819 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|2017 Crew/Newsletter Memberships include Teri Rouleau Kitchener, Brooke Wareing London and Marla Betts Sudbury, Ontario. Junior Memberships include Jacob and Jordon Hone, Waterloo, Sebastien Dasys and Samantha Montgomery Sudbury, Ontario.
|The West has been very active as well. Richard Quinlan our Area Director for Alberta/British Columbia has been planning the Western Y Weekend scheduled for August 5-6th at the Itaska Yacht Club, Pigeon Lake, AB. His Western report is found within this newsletter issue. For more information regarding the Western Y Weekend please contact Richard (403) 320-5114 or email email@example.com .
|It has come to the CYFYRA’s attention just recently, thanks to Dave Reinisch from St. Paul, MB, that Jack Macintosh Y-638 from Lacombe, AB suffered a stroke last summer. Our thoughts and prayers go out for his recovery.
|The Vale Regatta hosted by Fleet #17 SYC June 24-25th was won by Robert Montgomery Y-2710, second was Pierre Dignard Y-2782 followed by Brian Martin Y-2776. Five local boats attended. Natalie Chaylt the new owner of Y-1715 was at the helm for her first full regatta.
|The second major on the 2017 schedule will be the Canadian Nationals hosted by Fleet #17 SYC, Sudbury, Ontario August 12-13th. This will be a great time, with good food and an excellent sailing venue. The 2017 Annual General Meeting will also be held Saturday night after dinner. For more information please contact Pierre Dignard, Northern Ontario Director, (705) 523-0347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|The third major of the season will be the Quebec Provincials hosted by Norway Bay, Quebec Fleet #22 The Labour Day Weekend September 3rd. For more information please contact Jamie Alexander (613) 223-9079 or email email@example.com.
|January 01 to March 31, 2017
|The 2017 Mid Winters hosted by AYC, Atlanta, Ga March 18-19th was captured by Anthony and Elizabeth Passafiume Y-2757 from Tn. Cool, wet weather and high winds prevailed on day one followed by sunny, but cold weather and moderate winds day two. It was a dramatic turnaround in both weather, winds and scoring on day 2 that allowed AP III and Elizabeth to win by a dramatic 0.75 points, edging out Amanda Hodges and Tara Whitworth Y-2660 AYC to win Gold Fleet. Several Canadians attended this year’s event including Ed and Jacob Hone Y-2669 BLSC, Natalie Chaylt and Bob Robinson SYC, Bob Somek LSJC and Ryan Gannon Vernon, ON. It was a great regatta, thanks to Nile and Lavon Hatcher and the AYC support staff.
|The CYFYRA website yflyer.ca has made a number of recent new additions. We have posted a separate section for suppliers, no longer under contacts, that includes sails, boat covers, masts, booms, rudders, centreboards, rigging and fittings, materials, and boat repair locations across Canada and the USA. This section will be continually updated as more suppliers are located. In addition we have also posted the new CYFYRA brochure on the home page created for the 2017 Toronto Boat Show OSA booth and photos are now posted for the 2016 Internationals BLSC Fergus, ON and the 2017 Mid Winters AYC. Thank you to Randy Gast our webmaster for his assistance.
|With deep regret we announce the passing of Merrill Callen Y-417 December 23rd 2016, Mooresville, NC. Merrill, a former President of the AYFYRA and host of the Mid Winters 1986 – 2006 Lake Norman Yacht Club, NC will be sorely missed by family and friends. A memorial service was held February 4th and a reception followed at the LNYC attended by two hundred and fifty people including AYFYRA sailors from NY, IL, IN, NC, SC and Ga.
|The Mid Winters has created a new trophy in memory of Merrill Callen, found on ebay this past winter that was won by Alvin Youngquist in 1946 and 1947, designer of the Y-Flyer. The Over Fifty Trophy is presented to the Best Skipper over the age of Fifty years that did not place in the top five positions of Gold Fleet. This year’s winner was Pat Passafiume Y-2681 from Louisville, Ky.
|With deep regret we announce the passing of Peter Kamstra Y-2060 October 4th, 2016, Sudbury, ON. Peter, a former President of the CYFYRA 1984-1988, was known for his dry wit and humour. He was passionate about the Y-Flyer and the class in Canada. His friendship with Merrill Callen, then President of the AYFYRA, was a starting point for Canadians to regularly attend Mid Winters after attending the event in 1987. Peter used the trip to advertise the Internationals hosted that year by Lac L’achigan, north of Montreal, Quebec that was well attended by both Canadian and American sailors that summer.
|Colin King, our Marketing Director, has reported the Kingston Sail Loft (KSL) prototype sails received in October 2016 will require more testing this spring under various wind conditions and will update his findings at a future date.
|2016 Traveler Trophy goes to Bob Somek Y-2758 that sailed 2016 Mid Winters, Atlanta Open, Internationals, Canadian Nationals, Quebec and Ontario Provincials.
|Current 2017 Active Members includes Steve McCamus Y-2546, Gatineau, Bob Somek Y-2758 Quebec, Quebec, Lawrence Lynch Y-2687 London, Bob Robinson Sudbury, Ontario, Richard Quinlan Y-1085 Lethbridge, Alberta and Henry Saltier Vancouver, British Columbia.
|Ken Peterson Y-2808 from Beloeil, Quebec has completed Y-2810 and Y-2811 keelsons for Calgary, Alberta and is assembling for fitting. They will both be ready for pick up by the end of April for Paul Johnston and Phil Harding. Ken is now looking to book more keelson orders and repairs to wood boats. The only cost is for materials, the labour is free! Please contact him at (450) 467-9819 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Current 2017 Crew/Newsletter Members includes George Baird Lakefield, Natalie Chaylt Sudbury, Ontario, Trevor Markesteyn Y-1033 Winnipeg, Manitoba and Patrick Dexter Garden Bay, British Columbia. Trevor Markesteyn, Winnipeg MB and Richard Quinlan, Lethbridge, AB have recently purchased plans. Current 2017 Junior Members includes Andy Lynch London, Ontario and Hunter Whetsell Goldsboro, NC.
|The first Canadian major of the season is the Ontario Provincials, Fleet #3 FYC, London, ON June 3 – 4th. For more information please contact our Southern Ontario Area Director Richard King (519) 572-2679 or email email@example.com or Lawrence Lynch (519) 870-0086 or email LLynch@Fanshawec.ca. A late Friday afternoon, early evening meet and greet at FYC may be organized for new sailors that wish to attend. Please contact Lawrence Lynch for more information.
|The Vale Regatta will be hosted by the SYC Fleet #17, Sudbury, Ontario June 17 – 18th. For more information please contact our North Ontario Area Director Pierre Dignard (705) 523-0347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Richard Quinlan our Alberta / British Columbia Area Director has posted the Western Y Weekend for August 5 – 6th Itaska YC, just south of Edmonton Alberta. For more information please contact Richard at (403) 320-5114 or email email@example.com . The notice of the Western Y Weekend information is also posted on the yflyer.ca website under schedule.
|The classifieds on the website and newsletter have been updated. Please review at your convenience.
|The CYFYRA works for all sailors of the Canadian Y-Flyer Class whether you are a novice, cruiser or racer. If you need any assistance for your Y-Flyer please do not hesitate to contact your Secretary Bob Somek at (418) 647-3018 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please subject your email, Y-Flyer Info Request, in case by chance it goes into his spam folder.
|September 01 to December 31, 2016
|The CYFYRA is currently creating a list of equipment and material suppliers available in Canada and the USA. These will be posted on our website under contacts and updated regularly as suppliers are located. We are looking at creating a used sail section. Those that wish to sell their used sails please contact Bob Somek (418) 647-2018 or email email@example.com. The CYFYRA is here to help to get sailors of our class supplied. This includes all classifications whether you are a novice, cruiser or racer.
|The CYFYRA will not be attending the 2017 January Boat Show in Toronto. The costs was determine to be excessive. Our Marketing Director, Colin King, is looking at 2017 regattas that we can enter in their open class to demonstrate the ability of the Y-Flyer to other sailors. Please contact Colin King at (519) 591-7051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Please be advised our Member for Life, Ed Tate and his wife Marion, have moved in September from Sudbury to Toronto, ON into a residence to be closer to immediate family. Their new address is 30 Frederick St. Toronto, ON M5A 4A8 (647) 347-6361.
|Richard Hart and Carl Swail won the 2016 Quebec Provincials at Fleet #22 Norway Bay, Quebec September 4th.
|2016 Active Members includes Lawrence Lynch Y-2687 London and Dan Bezaire Y-1039 Alfred, ON. Crew/Newsletter members include Amanda Somek Mississauga, ON. Junior members include Andy Lynch, London, ON. Thank you for your support.
|Fleet #24 St. Mary’s Sailing Club, Lethbridge, Alberta, spearheaded by Richard Quinlan, has recently pick up Y-1090. This now gives them four (4) boats in their fleet.
|Colin King and Jacob Hone Y-2698 Belwood Lake Sailing Club captured the 2016 Ontario Provincials hosted by Fleet #17 Sudbury Yacht Club (SYC) September 17-18th.
|Ed Hone from Waterloo, ON has been assisting Ken Staples from Fleet #3 Fanshawe Yacht Club (FYC), London, ON. with a traveling trailer. Ken recently purchased Y-1791. Welcome to the CYFYRA. Fanshawe Yacht Club currently has five (5) Y-Flyers.
|The Kingston Sail Loft (KSL) is working on prototype sails for the CYFYRA. Colin King, our Marketing Director, will give further updates this coming Spring 2017 on the progress of this project.
|Ed Hone, Belwood Lake Sailing Club (BLSC) has recently sold Y-2564 to Bob Turner, Pawley Island, SC. and has purchased Y-2669 from Warren Flannery to continue sailing at BLSC. Belwood has six (6) active Y-Flyers sailing.
|The Beers Regatta held in Atlanta, Ga October 8-9, 2016 made unique history. Saturday October 8th, races were postponed due to 35 knot winds plus as the result of Hurricane Mathew passing by. However, the Hodges brothers Y-2754 decided to take their sister Kate for a spin on a wake board. This is posted on youtube. What a hoot!
|The CYFYRA’s newest Fleet #25, The Limestone Boat and Board Club, Collins Bay, ON came into existence in November with the addition of two Y-Flyers as well as extra equipment donated by Faith and Ed Hone, Waterloo, ON. With two existing Y-Flyers Y-68 and Y-279 donated by the late Gavin Bell’s estate at the end on May 2016, Y-1463 and Y-2498 made their way to the club near Kingston, ON mid November. Thank you to David Casson for spearheading this newest fleet and to all those that donated their time, boats and equipment.
|Ken Peterson Y-2808 from Beloeil, QC has been busy since September with his keelson project. This is the framework including bedlogs that is the skeleton to apply your plywood to complete the hull. The costs is for material only, with the labour free! This is a great way to kick start you new boat. Ken has offered two types of material, epoxy mahogany or birch depending on how you wish to finish the inside of your Y-Flyer. He has also offered options with a new style aluminum board, rudder, hatch openings and shipping. First to order was Paul Johnston from Calgary, AB. in September. Y-2810 is almost completed and ready to ship. Phil Harding from Calgary, AB recently ordered his keelson Y-2811 that will be started shortly. For more information please contact Ken (450) 467- 9819 or email email@example.com.
|August 01 to August 30, 2016
|The CYFYRA have two new members of the Executive as of the Annual General Meeting August 20th. Long time Y-Flyer sailor since the 1950’s as a teenager, Richard Hart Y-2404 is the new CYFYRA President and since the age of three on a Y-Flyer, now twenty-one, Colin King Y-2698 is the new Marketing Director. Welcome gentlemen with your experience and youth. Both our President, Richard and Marketing, Colin have been extremely active since the election and are keeping me busy. More information will follow over the next few months from both.
|Robert Bendening, Montreal, Quebec has just purchased Y-2061 from Nancy Oakes. He and his two young sons will be sailing her at Norway Bay, Quebec Fleet #22. Your Secretary knows this boat well as he started as crew on her in 1986 with his old time friend/Skipper Peter Kamstra at the SYC, Sudbury, Ontario for three years. Great to see her sailing again! Welcome Robert to the CYFYRA.
|Latest Active Members of the CYFYRA includes Robert Bendening Y-2061 Montreal, Quebec, Jamie Alexander Y-2581 Carp and Bob Robertson Y-2620 Sudbury, Ontario. Crew/Newsletter Memberships include Natalie Chaylt and David Vallillee Sudbury, Ontario. Junior Memberships include Jack and Sam Alexander, Carp, Ontario. Thank you for your support.
|Ken Peterson Y-2808 has completed his Keelson Project costing with material options, aluminum centreboards, wood rudders, packaging, shipping and is ready for orders as of September 8th. So much for taking the month of August off for a rest. The project is for material costs only. The labour is FREE, FREE, and FREE. The keelson is the framework of the Y-Flyer, including the centreboard trunk that you apply your plywood on. This is a great way to kick start you new boat.
|As of Saturday September 10th, Ken has received his first keelson order with aluminum centreboard from Calgary, Alberta. A great start to this project in Canada! For more information please contact Ken at (450) 467-9819 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
|Canadian National Championships were held at Norway Bay, Quebec August 20-21st. With great winds both days and exceptional winds on Sunday, Richard and Colin King Y-2794 from the Belwood Lake Sailing Club were first in Gold Fleet, capturing not only the Canadian Cup, also the Edmonton and Williams trophies, winners of the 1st and 2nd Gold Fleet races and the Wee Bonnie, Best Performance from an out of town boat. Second place went to Warren Flannery and Eric Buckingham Y-2795 BLSC winners of the Harvey Fenton Trophy and the Greenock for fastest course time from Sunday’s first race. Third was Bob Somek and Sam Alexander Y-2758 Lac St. Joseph, Quebec. First place in Red Fleet went to Bob Robertson and David Vallillee Y-2620 Sudbury Yacht Club winners of the Claude Hill trophy and the Mandeville, winners of the First Red Fleet race. Second was Brian Martin and Sebastion Dasys Y-2776, SYC and third was Dan Bezaire and Jack Alexander Y-2502 Norway Bay, Quebec.
|Colin King our new Marketing Director wore a helmet camera and posted a second camera on Y-2794 at the Canadian Nationals for all six races. This video will be posted on both the Y-Flyer.ca website and on the Canadian Y-Flyer Facebook page in October.
|Richard Hart, our new President of the CYFYRA, has set a priority of supplying information on Y-Flyer equipment that includes locations for plywood, sails, boat covers, aluminum masts and booms, fittings etc available across Canada and the USA to all Canadian Y-Flyer sailors whether you race or cruise. This will be posted in our next September/October Newsletter/Website under contacts.
|The Ontario Provincial Championships will be at the SYC, Sudbury, Ontario September 17-18th. For more information please contact Pierre Dignard (705) 523-0347 or email email@example.com. Always great food and sailing guaranteed!
|June 01 to July 31, 2016
|Please note that the Ontario Provincials have been moved to September 17-18th to the Sudbury Yacht Club hosted by Fleet #17, Sudbury, Ontario. For more information please contact Pierre Dignard (705) 523-0347 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|The Internationals hosted by the Belwood Lake Sailing Club, Fleet #19 July 12-14th was won by Mark and Jill Barton Y-2688 Little Rock, Ar., 2nd was Pat Passafiume and Charlie Bohn Y-2681 from Kentucky, 3rd Colin King and Terianne Rouleau Y-2698 BLSC, 4th Richard King and Jacob Hone Y-2794 BLSC and 5th Warren Flannery and Jason Houghton Y-2795 BLSC. A great time was had by all with great food, definitely great winds, heat and humidity. The horse racing venue was a great time on Wednesday evening and no one lost their shirt betting. Fifteen Y-Flyers attended with sailors from AR, KY, Ga, NY, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.
|Latest Active Members of the CYFYRA include Richard Hart Y-2404 Kanata, William Hart Guelph, Warren Flannery Y-2795 Oakville, Richard King Y-2794 and Colin King Y-2698 Wellesley and Robert Montgomery Y-2710 Sudbury, Ontario.Latest Newsletter Members include Al Madden, Orangeville, Terianne Rouleau Kitchener, Ontario,Jason Houghton Winnipeg, Manitoba and Nile Hatcher Y-2762 Atlanta, Ga.. The latest Junior Members include Sebastion Dasys and Samantha Montgomery Sudbury, Ontario. Thank you for your support.
|The Canadian Nationals hosted by Fleet #22 Norway Bay, Quebec is fast approaching August 20-21st. This will be a great time with the location known for fast women and slow boats, sand beaches and a great fun group to sail with. Randy Gast has arranged for the drone to take photos and film of the regatta. For more information contact Jamie Alexander (613) 223-9079.
|The CYFYRA will also have their AGM Saturday evening August 20th at Norway Bay, Quebec. Nominations for Executive and Area Directors are open for all positions. Please contact Bob Somek (418) 647-3018 or e mail email@example.com.
|Our Western Y Weekend July 30-31st hosted by the Itaska YC had a great turn out with ten Y-Flyers attending from Alberta and Ontario. Thank you to the Itaska YC and Alberta/BC Director Richard Quinlan for putting this together for the western Y-Flyers.
|Ed Hone from the BLSC has recently purchased Y-2669 from Warren Flannery. The boat will be part of the active Fleet #19 at BLSC.
|Ken Peterson Y-2808, Beloeil, Quebec is taking the rest of the summer off but as of September 2016 will be accepting orders for Y-Flyer wood keelsons. This is basically the skeleton framework of the Y-Flyer including the centreboard trunk. This kick starts your new boat by just adding the plywood. The cost base is $750.00 CDN for materials only, the labour is free. Shipment cost by the end user. Ken is also willing to do minor repairs to wood Y-Flyers existing, cost to be determined on each job. For more information please contact Ken at (450) 467-9819 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|The St. Mary’s Lake Sailing Club, Lethbridge Alberta has recently purchased Y- 2461 and now has three Y-Flyers at their club. Richard Quinlan, our Alberta/BC Director, has been a driving force behind the scenes on this development. The St. Mary’s SC is now the new Fleet #24 of the CYFYRA. Congratulations!
|April 01 to May 31, 2016
|Please be advised that the 2016 Canadian Nationals has been rescheduled a week earlier from the original date to August 20 – 21st Norway Bay, Quebec. For more information please contact Jamie Alexander (613) 223-9079 or e-mail email@example.com.
|2016 Internationals hosted by the Belwood Lake Sailing Club, Fergus, Ontario is about to commence July 12-14th. For more information please contact Warren Flannery (647) 463-7628 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
|Please note that the May/June/July Newsletter will be delayed until the second week of August. Our Newsletter Editor, Carl Swail Y-2502 is attending the Western Y Weekend Itaska Yacht Club, Pigeon Lake, Alberta. Carl is not flying but driving with Y-2502 in tow.
|The latest Active Members of the CYFYRA includes Andre Desgreniers Charlesbourg, Quebec, Dave Casson Y-68/Y-279 Kingston, Carl Swail Y-2502 Ottawa, Ed Hone Y-2564 Kitchener, Ontario and Brian Johnston Y-935 Edmonton, Alberta. Junior Members include Jacob and Jordan Hone, Kitchener, Ontario. Thank you for your support.
|Dave Casson from Kingston, Ontario has acquired Y-68 and Y-279 from the late Gavin Bell. He will be refitting and updating both boats with plans to build additional boats in the future.
|The Western Y Weekend July 30-31st is fast approaching. This should be great fun. For more information please contact Richard Quinlan (403) 320-5114 or e-mail email@example.com .
|Please note that the 2016 Ontario Provincials will be hosted by the Pigeon Lake Yacht Club, Bobcaygeon, Ontario September 10 – 11th. For more information please contact Richard King (519) 656-3273 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|March 01 to April 30, 2016
|Thirty-five Y-Flyers attended the Mid Winters March 19 – 20th at the Atlanta Yacht Club, Atlanta, Ga. A great time was had by all that attended. Winners of the Gold Fleet were Mark and Jill Barton Y-2688, second Amanda Hodges and Tara Whitworth Y-2660 and third Howard and Stacy Roeschlein Y-2743. Canadians, Warren Flannery and Eric Buckingham Y-2795 placed 16th and Bob Somek and Caroline Bilodeau Y-2758 placed 19th. Blue Fleet winners were Bob and Dane Turner Y-2639, second Jennifer Garrett and Tracy Allardice Y-2762 and third Buz Benzur and William Kibler Y-2730. Thank you to Nile and Lavon Hatcher for organizing and feeding all the sailors. It was an awesome regatta!
|Newest Active Members in the CYFYRA for 2016 include Steve McCamus Y-2546 Gatineau, Quebec, Gordon Hill Y-1069, Perth, Peter Whiting Y-2706 Stella, Brian Martin Y-2776 and Pierre Dignard Y-2782 Sudbury, Ontario and Paul Johnston Y-1093 Calgary Alberta. Newsletter Members include George Baird, Lakefield , Ontario. Thank you for your support.
|The CYFYRA is not just about racing, but sailing, cruising and having fun on your Y-Flyer. Approximately 70% of Y-Flyers in Canada are used for just recreation. If you need help with your boat whether it be tuning, equipment, new sails, purchasing used sails please contact Bob Somek Secretary, (418) 647-3018 or email email@example.com.
|Paul Johnston Y-1093 from Calgary has also purchased plans to build a new Y-Flyer this coming winter. The CYFYRA has put him in touch with Phil Harding of Calgary who received the wooden jig from Ken Peterson of Beloeil, Quebec November 2015.
|Meanwhile, Ken Peterson Y-2808 in Beloeil, Quebec is putting the finishing touches on his new boat. He is currentlyl working on his rigging and she should be sailing in June 2016.
|The Vale Regatta will be hosted by the Sudbury Yacht Club June 25-26th. Come sail Ramsey Lake with good winds and excellent food. For more information please contact Pierre Dignard at (705) 523-0347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Please be advised the date for Ontario Provincials for 2016 is still to be advised as Richard King our Southern Ontario Director is currently finalizing a sailing venue and date. The CYFYRA will keep you posted either in the next newsletter or on the Website Y-Flyer.ca. Thank you.
|The 2016 Y-Flyer Internationals will be hosted by the Belwood Lake Sailing Club, Fergus, Ontario July 11-14. Cost is $190.00 Cdn, that includes brunch Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and suppers Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for both skipper and crew. Wednesday night is a free night but planned is a night at the horse races. The Grand River Raceway will include a full buffet dinner and horse racing for $23.00 per person. You must book by July 1st. T-Shirts are available for $17.50 and must be pre-ordered by July 1st. For more information please contact Warren Flannery (647) 463-7628 or email email@example.com.
|Western sailors remember the Alberta Y Weekend July 30 – 31st. For more information please contact Richard Quinlan (403) 320-5114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . It should be a great time.
|Richard King , Southern Ontario Director, has confirmed the Ontario Provincials will be hosted by the Pigeon Lake Yacht Club, Bobcaygeon, Ontario September 10-11. This club has an M Scow fleet. Richard has had the opportunity to sail at this venue in the past and it should be great fun. For more information please contact Richard at (519) 656-3273 or email email@example.com.
|January 01 to February 29, 2016
|The CYFYRA celebrates 2016 with it’s 70th year of existence! Awesome to think we are currently on our 4th generation of sailors that enjoy both racing and cruising our class of sail boat. We have a full regatta schedule prepared for you, for those that wish to race, for the upcoming season. We hope that this summer you will have the opportunity to get out and enjoy your boat on the water and if possible, to take others out to introduce them to the Y-Flyer. Have a great sailing season.
|2016 Active Memberships include Richard Quinlan Y-1085 Lethbridge and Gerald Swartz Y-94 Clive, Alberta, Patrick Dexter Garden Bay, British Columbia and Bob Somek Y-2758 Quebec, Quebec. 2016 Junior Memberships include Hunter Whetsell, Goldsboro, NC. The 2016 current membership form is posted online at Y-Flyer.ca or attached to your latest newsletter.
|With deep regret we announce the passing of Jack Hone Y-997, Waterloo, Ontario on December 27th 2015 at the age of 73. Jack was instrumental in establishing Fleet #19 initially at Conestoga Lake in the 1980’s, then moving to Guelph Lake in the 1990’s and then to it’s current location Belwood Lake, Fergus, Ontario in the early 2000’s. Our sincere condolences to Faith, his dedicated wife, children Lisa, Carleen and Ed.
|The CYFYRA continues to update our mailing and emailing records. If you have dropped your landline and now use only a cell phone, or have changed your address or e mail address please forward those corrections to Bob Somek Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
|The 2016 Mid Winters, hosted by the Atlanta Yacht Club March 19-20th is just around the corner. Currently they have 37 boats attending including Canadians. So if you want a change from winter and enjoy some warm temperatures and Southern hospitality please contact Nile Hatcher (404) 310-3841 or e mail email@example.com.
|The 2016 Internationals will be hosted by Fleet #19 Belwood Lake, Fergus, Ontario July 11-14th. This will be sandwiched between what is called the triple header, Saratoga, NY the weekend before and Chippewa, Ohio the weekend afterwards. For more information contact Warren Flannery (905) 582-8820 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|The CYFYRA is not just about racing, but sailing a fun boat. You can pack a picnic lunch with room for six on board. If you are refurbishing your boat and need assistance we are here for you with plans, building tips, specifications, contacts, and equipment suggestions and vendor locations. The CYFYRA thanks you for your support whether you race, cruise or just wish to keep in touch. Have a great upcoming sailing season.
|November 01 to December 31, 2015
|The latest Active Member of the CYFYRA is Bill Scott from Seaforth, Ontario who recently purchased Y-1080 from Lawrence Lynch and will be sailing her at Fanshawe Yacht Club, London, Ontario. Bill also purchased plans as Y-1080 needs some TLC to get her ship shape.
|2016 Active Memberships now include Ken Peterson Y-2808 Beloeil, Quebec, Bill Scott Y-1080 Seaforth, Ontario and John Henderson Y-1782 Edmonton, Alberta. Thank you for your support.
|Richard Quinlan Y-1085, Area Director for Alberta and British Columbia, has been active organizing the 2016 Western Y Weekend scheduled for July-30-31st. More details are included in this issue of Newsletter. Currently seven Y-Flyers have already advised they are available for the event. For more information please contact Richard at (403) 320-5114 or email email@example.com.
|Traveler of the Year goes to Warren Flannery Y-2795 who attended the 2015 Mid Winters Little Rock, AR then returned to sail the Hawg Wild at the same location, Ontario Provincials, Sudbury and the Canadian Nationals, Ottawa, Ontario.
|Four sets of plans have been purchased and sent out in 2015 to Andre Desgreniers Charlesbourg, Quebec, Patrick Dexter Garden Bay, British Columbia, Phil Harding Calgary, Alberta and Bill Scott Seaforth, Ontario.
|Phil Harding from Calgary, Alberta has recently had shipped from Ken Peterson, Beloeil, Quebec the jig that was used to build his Y-2808. The jig is now in Calgary. With updates from Phil in the future with his progress on building his hull, the jig may be available sometime in 2016 for other builders to use.
|Richard King Y-2794 advised that the Pumpkin Regatta, London, Ontario October 3-4th was a blow out. Literally. High winds created severe conditions on Saturday that cancelled all races. Only two Y-Flyers sailed on Sunday.
|Randy Gast has currently created a twenty-three second video of drone footage from the 2015 Quebec Provincials added to the CYFYRA website YFlyer.ca under photos. Unfortunately a large amount of footage was at a distance. It was just the first kick at the can. There will be more opportunities in the future.
|The 2016 Mid Winters will be hosted by the Atlanta Yacht Club, Atlanta, Ga March 19-20th. For more information please contact Nile Hatcher (404)310-3841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The 2016 Mid Winters will be hosted by the Atlanta Yacht Club, Atlanta, Ga March 19-20th. For more information please contact Nile Hatcher (404)310-3841 or email email@example.com.
|Dan Haile is the new President of the AYFYRA as of October 2015.
|The 2016 Internationals will be hosted by the Belwood (BLSC) Sailing Club, Fergus, Ontario July 11-15th. For more information please contact Warren Flannery (905) 582-8820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the CYFYRA! Have a safe holiday season.
|September 01 to October 31, 2015
|Bob Somek and Sam Alexander Y-2758 captured the Quebec Provincials, Norway Bay, Quebec on September 6th. Carl Swail and Owen Kent Y-2502 second. Jamie and Jack Alexander Y-2721 third. A really fun regatta. Thanks everyone for a great time.
|Randy Gast, our webmaster, was presented a sailing print at the Quebec Provincials September 6th titled “The Essence of Teamwork” for all his creative work on the Y-Flyer.ca website since 2009. Thanks Randy!
|The 2015 Quebec Provincials had numerous cameras and even a drone to catch the action. A number of these are posted on our Y-Flyer.ca website.
|2015 Active Members to date include Dan Bezaire Y-1039 Ottawa, Ontario. Junior Members to date include Jack and Sam Alexander, Carp, Ontario. Ken Peterson Y-2808 has already sent in his 2016 Active Membership.
|North Sails are having their Fall Sale. Until October 31st there is a 15% discount off list. From November 1st until December 15th there is a 10% discount off list. List prices, Main $1115.00 USD, Jib $570.00 USD. For more information please contact Paul Abdullah (904) 571-6051 or email email@example.com.
|Ken Peterson Y-2808 Beloeil, Quebec has finished with his jig for building the hull. If you are interested in acquiring it please contact him at (450) 467-9819 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Richard King Y-2794 is currently working on a neutral location for the 2016 Ontario Provincials. He will be advising details in the next few months on his progress.
|The 2016 Mid Winters will be hosted by the Atlanta Yacht Club March 19-20th. For more information please contact Nile Hatcher @ (404) 310-3841 or email email@example.com.
|The 2016 Internationals will be hosted by the Belwood Lake Sailng Club, Fergus, Ontario July 11-15th. For more information please contact Warren Flannery Y-2795 @ (905) 582-8820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|July 01 to August 31, 2015
|Belwood Lake Sailing Club, Fergus, Ontario continues their dominance as they swept the top three Gold Fleet positions at the Canadian Nationals, Ottawa, Ontario August 8-9th. Warren Flannery and Jason Houghton Y-2795 won Gold Fleet, Richard and Colin King Y-2794 second, with Ed and Jacob Hone Y-2564 third. Red Fleet was captured by Terry and Joanne Fraser Y-2806, second Brian Martin and Sebastien Dasys Y-2776 with third going to Steve McCamus and Randy Gast Y-2546. Well done everyone!
|2015 Active Membership includes Steve McCamus Y-2546 Gatineau, Quebec, Ryan Gannon Y-995 Vernon, Jamie Alexander Y-2581 Carp, Al Worsley Y-2709 Sturgeon Lake, Lawrence Lynch Y-2687 London, Ontario, Matt Debicki and Lee Perreault Y-1797Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Domiec Holwerda Y-1775 Fort Macleod, Phil Harding Calgary, Alberta and Patrick Dexter Garden Bay, British Columbia. Newsletter members include Terry Fraser Y-2806 Westerlo, New York, Randy Gast Nepean, Ontario and Jason Houghton Winnipeg, Manitoba. Junior members include Samantha Montgomery and Marla Betts Sudbury, Ontario.
|The Annual General Meeting was held August 8th, 2015 at BYC Ottawa, Ontario. The election of Executive included the addition of Robert Montgomery as Marketing Director and the Area Directors added Tom Saunders responsible for the Lake of Woods, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan and Richard Quinlan responsible for Alberta and British Columbia. The CYFYRA wishes to thank John Henderson, Edmonton, Alberta for serving as Western Director for the past 10 years.
|With the newly created position of Marketing Director, Robert Montgomery will be e mailing out a survey in the next few weeks to see what suggestions and ideas that the Canadian Y-Flyer sailors would like to see in promoting our class across Canada. Your co-operation is sincerely appreciated.
|Highlights of the Nationals in Ottawa included light winds, a great steak dinner on Saturday night and a group of Japanese canoeists paddling through the Y-Flyer race course in front of the windward mark during Sunday’s first race as the Y-Flyer fleet was bearing down on them.
|On the return trip from Nationals in Ottawa, Bob Somek stopped in to see Ken Peterson at Beloeil, Quebec August 10th who was busy in his backyard workshop working on Y-2808’s hull. She will be a beauty once finished this fall.
|Paul Abdullah, formerly of Dieball Sails, is the new North Sails representative for North America. He can be contacted at (904) 571-6051 if you have any questions regarding new sails, existing sail performance and tuning. Paul is an experienced sailor and has been involved with the Y-Flyer class for the past two seasons winning the US Nationals.
|Pierre Dignard and Natalie Lamoureux Y-2782 won the North Shore Regatta Sudbury, Ontario July 18-19th.
|The 2015 Quebec Provincials will be hosted by Norway Bay, Quebec Fleet #22 September 6th. This will be a fun regatta. For more information please contact Jamie Alexander (613) 223-9079.
|The 2016 Midwinters will be hosted by Nile Hatcher’s Atlanta Yacht Club gang, Atlanta, GA March 19-20. For more information contact Nile Hatcher (404) 310-3841 or email email@example.com
|The 2016 Internationals will be hosted July 11-15th at the Belwood Sailing Club, Fergus, Ontario. Warren Flannery will be the Regatta Chairman and can be reached at (905) 582-8820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More details to follow over the next several months.
|May 01 to June 30, 2015
|The Canadian Nationals will be hosted at the Britannia Yacht Club, Ottawa, Ontario August 8-9th. This will be a great time on the Ottawa River at an historic club. Come join us for the fun and excitement. For more information please contact Bob Somek (418) 647-3018 or e mail email@example.com.
|Colin King Y-2698 captured the Ontario Provincials in Sudbury, Ontario June 20-21st. The Belwood Fleet #19 captured the top three places in the regatta. Warren Flannery Y-2795 second, Ed Hone Y-2564 third. Well done Belwood Lake Sailing Club.
|2015 Active Membership to date includes Betsy Stewart Y-1213 Hudson, Quebec, Richard Hart Y-2404 and Carl Swail Y-2502 Ottawa, Colin King Y-2698 and Richard King Y-2794 Wellesley, Warren Flannery Y-2795 Oakville, Ed Hone Y-2564 Kitchener and Bradley Sheppard Sudbury, Ontario. Newsletter Members includes Merrill Callen Y-417 Mooresville, NC.
|Al Worsley has recently purchased Y-2709 and will be sailing her on Sturgeon Lake near Cameron, Ontario. Al had sold his Y-2003 to Jamie Richardson, Falcon Lake Yacht Club, Manitoba in 2008 but wanted to get back into Y-Flyers again. Welcome back to the CYFYRA!
|Jamie Richardson has resigned his position as First Vice-President of the CYFYRA for personal reasons.
|Pierre Dignard, Sudbury Yacht Club has recently purchased Y-1715 fibreglass and has returned to the SYC.
|Y-1797 has reappeared from Falcon Lake, Manitoba and is now sailing on Lake of the Woods, Kenora, Ontario. The new owner is Matt Debicki. Welcome to the CYFYRA.
|Tom Saunders, who skippers Y-1034 at West Hawk Lake, Manitoba, has been named CYA Volunteer of the Month for June. Congratulations for assisting your sailing program at West Hawk Lake.
|Richard Quinlan Y-1085 from Lethbridge, Alberta attended the Alberta Y-Flyer Weekend July 25-26th at the Itaska Yacht Club. Five Y-Flyers were in attendance and had a great time.
|Quebec Provincials will be hosted by Fleet #21 Norway Bay, Quebec September 6th. For more information please contact Jamie Alexander (613) 223-9079 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|March 01 to April 30, 2015
|The Mid Winters in Little Rock, AR March 14-15th was won by Nicole Claas and Eric Braber Y-2719. Second place went to Jeff Rogers and Eli Guise Y-2791, both boats from Little Rock, AR. Third place went to Tony and Vicky Passafiume Y-2670 Kentucky. A total of twenty-one boats competed. Top Canadians were Warren Flannery and Jason Houghton Y-2795 in tenth place from BLSC. Brian Marin and Spencer Wolken Y-2776 SYC in sixteenth place and Pierre Dignard and Eric Buckingham Y-2782 SYC in nineteenth place.
|2015 Active Memberships to date include Peter Whiting Y-2706 Stella, Gordon Hill Y-1069 Perth, Pierre Dignard Y-2782, Brian Martin Y-2776, Robert Montgomery Y-2710 Sudbury, Ontario and John Henderson Y-1782 Edmonton, Alberta. Junior Memberships include Nikolas and Sebastien Dasys Sudbury, Ontario.
|The first Canadian Major regatta this year is the Ontario Provincials hosted by the Sudbury Yacht Club. Come and enjoy the hospitality of the SYC and the fun on Lake Ramsey. For more information please contact Pierre Dignard (705) 523-0347 or e mail email@example.com.
|The AYFYRA in October 2014 purchased the moulds of the Turner fibreglass Y-Flyer and have relocated them to Jibetech located in Portsmouth, Rode Island. Jibetech is an active builder of Snipes. They are producing their first Y-Flyer, Y-2809 and it will be sailed at the 2015 US Nationals in June.
|A new regatta has been added to the CYFYRA schedule for 2015. The Saratoga Lake Sailing Club, Saratoga, NY has added an invitational regatta, The Thoroughbred Regatta July 11-12 and are inviting their Canadian friends to join them. For more information please contact John Smith (518) 378-9751 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Terry Fraser (518) 495-4037 or email email@example.com.
|North Sails has recently purchased Dieball Sails in Toledo, Ohio. The Toledo, Ohio loft will remain on the shores of Lake Erie. Their Y-Flyer sail design has been sent to North Sails for a production test and will be reviewed by Skip Dieball to be confirmed that it meets his specifications. Both Skip Dieball and Paul Abdullah will be with North Sails. Paul will be the representative for North Sails in both the US and Canada. Paul has been active sailing within the US Y-Flyer class and is a welcomed addition to the technical support of our class. For more information please contact Bob Somek at (418) 647-3018 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|The Alberta Y Weekend is scheduled for July 25-26 at the Itaska Yacht Club on Pigeon Lake. The Itaska Beach is about a hour drive southwest of Edmonton, Alberta. This will be a fairly laid-back event, comprising of gathering, launching, free sailing and rigging/tuning discussions on Saturday July 25th and then informal races on Sunday July 26th as part of the Itaska summer sailing series. Itaska is a cottage club with no clubhouse or dedicated property. However, the weekend will be focused around a few local cottages and on the water. Brian Johnson, a long time Y-Flyer sailor, is the local organizer and can be contacted at email@example.com.
|January 01 to February 28, 2015
|The Mid Winters will be hosted in Little Rock, AR March 14-15. This should be a blast! The current boat count is already at twenty-four Y-Flyers including three Canadians; Warren Flannery Y-2795 from the Belwood Sailing Club, Fergus, Ontario, Pierre Dignard Y-2782 and Brian Martin Y-2776 Sudbury Yacht Club, Sudbury, Ontario. For more information please contact Bob Somek firstname.lastname@example.org or call (418) 647-3018.
|2015 CYFYRA Active Memberships to date include Ken Peterson Y-2808 Beloeil, Andre Desgreniers and Bob Somek Y-2758 Quebec, Quebec and Richard Quinlan Y-1085 Lethbridge Alberta. Newsletter Memberships to date include George Baird Lakefield, Jack Blocker Y-1796 London, Ontario, Bruce Samson Sr. Y-960 New Westminster, British, Columbia and Merrill Callen Y-417, Mooresville, North Carolina. Junior Memberships include Hunter Whetsell Goldsboro, North Carolina.
|Richard Quinlan Y-1085 from Lethbridge has asked the Itaska Yacht Club, Alberta to tentatively host a Y-Flyer Weekend for the last weekend in July. The date to be confirmed. Saturday will be a day of boat tuning and practice sailing with racing on Sunday. For more information please contact Richard at email@example.com or (403) 320-5114.
|Please note that John Henderson, Western Director, Edmonton, Alberta’s email has been changed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Andre Desgreniers from Quebec, Quebec has recently purchased a set of Y-Flyer plans from the CYFYRA.
|First Canadian major this year will be the Ontario Provincials hosted by the Sudbury Yacht Club, Sudbury, Ontario June 20-21. For more information please contact Pierre Dignard email@example.com or (705) 523-0347.
|John Smith from the Saratoga Lake Sailing Club, Saratoga, New York is looking at a cross border regatta date for Canadians to attend tentatively in July or August. Please contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org with dates that would be suitable for yourself to be able to attend. For those that are considering this, remember the Kenyon Cup will be held August 1-2 at North Brookfield, Ma followed by the Canadian Nationals August 8-9 hosted by the Britannia Yacht Club Ottawa, Ontario.
|October 01 to December 31, 2014
|CYFYRA latest Active Member is Lawrence Lynch Y-2687 London, Ontario. The latest Newsletter Member is Rob Paterson Y-967 Ottawa, Ontario.
|Ed and Jacob Hone Y-2564 won the Ontario Provincial Championships October 4-5th, London, Ontario.
|Participant of the 2014 Year Award goes to Bob Somek Y-2758. Somek travelled to the Mid Winters Columbia, SC, Atlanta Open, Atlanta, Ga, Hawg Wild, Little Rock, AR., Internationals, Saratoga, NY, Canadian Nationals, Sudbury, Ontario and Quebec Provincial…
|The 2015 Mid Winters has been scheduled for March 14-15th, with a welcome aboard party scheduled for Friday March 13th. This will be a good ol blast filled with great food and fun. For more information please contact Bob Somek (418) 647-3018 or email email@example.com.
|The 2015 CYFYRA sailing schedule is currently semi-complete. We are still waiting for a few dates to be confirmed and will have this posted in our next January – February Newsletter and on our Website Y-Flyer.ca.
|This was approved at the CYFYRA AGM August 17th. The CYFYRA will be hosting the 2016 Internationals mid July at the Belwood Sailing Club Fleet #19 near Fergus, Ontario. We will be keeping everyone posted with more details starting in 2015.
|The CYFYRA at this time wishes their members and followers a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year. Have a great and safe holiday season. We will see all of you on the water next year.
|August 01 to September 30, 2014
|With deep regret the CYFYRA announces the passing of John McCamus, Member For Life (formerly Y-2005), on September 12th in Guelph, Ontario. John was a very active member within the CYFYRA, sailing out of London, Ontario Fleet #3. Over the years John held several executive positions. He participated in many regattas over the years both in Canada and the US. He was a great guy who was always interested in what you had to say and would make time for you. He had a great sense of humour and always had that twinkle in his eye when telling you something funny. Our hearts go out to Betty, Steve and family. John was truly a great gentleman.
|Active members to date include Carl Swail Y-2502 Ottawa, Ed Hone Y-2564 Kitchener and Jack Blocker Y-1796 London, Ontario. Junior members include Jacob Hone, Kitchener, Ontario.
|While CYFYRA sailors were attending regattas in the US, Eugene Leier Y-1213 from Hudson, Quebec took his boat to put on display at the New Age of Sail Outdoor Exhibit in Kingston, Ontario July 26-27th. The CYFYRA thanks Eugene for this great effort to show the Y-Flyer is still very active in Canada.
|Interestingly enough as Richard Quinlan Y-1085 was making his voyage from Lethbridge, Alberta to the Internationals in Saratoga, NY had stopped in Kingston, Ontario that same weekend attended the New Age of Sail Exhibit and to his delight saw Y-1213 on display.
|Ken Peterson Beloeil, Quebec has been assigned Y-2808 number for his new hull currently under construction.
|Randy Gast, our CYFYRA Webmaster has made a number of great changes to our website yflyer.ca. Colin King has been ask to collaborate with Randy to make some Y-Flyer videos that can be linked to youtube from the website.
|Bob Somek and Sam Alexander Y-2758 won the Quebec Provincials August 31st in Norway Bay, Quebec.
|The last major of the 2014 CYFYRA regatta schedule is the Ontario Provincials hosted by the Fanshawe Yacht Club, London, Ontario Fleet #3 October 4-5th. For more information please contact Richard King (519) 656-3273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Lawrence Lynch (519) 870-0086 or email LLynch@fanshawec.ca.
|Warren Flannery has just purchased Y-2795 from the US. Belwood Lake Sailing Club, Fleet #19, now have 6 Y-Flyers in their yard.
|As mentioned in our last newsletter Dieball Sails in Toledo, Ohio are having a Fall Sale. For those that want to purchase a set of sails, Dieball has an additional special until September 30th that will give a 20% discount on individual purchases. The cost will be with the discount $1035.00 USD. When placing your order with Skip Dieball (419) 726-2933 advise him that you are a Canadian. Canadians do not have to pay the $20.00 per sail royalty to the AYFYRA. They also accept credit cards.
|June 01 to July 31, 2014
|CYFYRA Membership for 2014 currently stands at 47 members all classifications. Thank you for your continued support.
|The Ontario Provincials scheduled for Belwood Lake, Fergus, Ontario July July 5-6 has been reschedule to Fanshawe Yacht Club, London, Ontario Oct 4-5.
|Rob and Samantha Montgomery Y-2710 won the Vale Regatta, Sudbury, Ontario June 21-22.
|Active Members to date include Randy Gast, Richard and Andrew Hart Y-2404, Tony McCormick Y-1754, Jamie Alexander Y-2581 Ottawa, William Hart, Guelph, Pierre Dignard Y-2782, Rob Montgomery Y-2710 Sudbury, Ontario, John Henderson Y-1782 Edmonton and Jack MacIntosh Y-638 Lacombe, Alberta. Newsletter members include Bruce Samson Y-990 Keewatin, Ontario, Allan Miller Malta, and Terry Fraser Y-2806 Westerlo, NY. Junior Members include Marla Betts, Nikolas and Sebastion Dasys, Samantha Montgomery, Bradley Sheppard Sudbury, Jack and Sam Alexander Ottawa, Ontario.
|The Western Championships July 26-27 was cancelled this year due to low potential turnout.
|Richard Quinlan Y-1085 from Lethbridge, Alberta travelled the furthest distance of anyone in North America to sail in the Internationals at Saratoga, NY July 28-31. Richard, when finding out the Western Championships were cancelled, just kept on driving east. Well done!
|Rob and Samantha Montgomery Y-2710 won the North Shore Regatta, Sudbury, Ontario July 19-20.
|The Internationals hosted by Saratoga Lake, NY was great fun. Thank you to John Smith, Terry and Joanne Fraser and Ann and John Seidman along with other numerous volunteers that made this regatta great. Canadians came from Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta. US sailors came from Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana and NY. Ann and John Seidman took the majority of Canadians to the Old Saratoga Brewery tasting room Wednesday night. The samples were free and you could order dinner in with no problems. A great time!
|Richard Quinlan Y-1085 has advised that the St. Mary’s Sailing Club near Lethbridge, Alberta has now a second Y-Flyer, Y-1775 owned by Jacob and Domiec Holwerda. Welcome to the CYFYRA.
|A new Y-Flyer sail maker Dieball, from Toledo, Ohio is offering a fall discount. These sails were used at the US Nationals in June and the Internationals in July. Their performance, quality and shape is excellent. The cost is $1295.00 USD less 15% plus a $20.00 USD royalty fee to the AYFYRA extra. If we can do a joint order of 6 sets or more, the discount will be 20%. For more information contact Bob Somek (418) 647-3018 or e mail email@example.com no later than October 15th. Thank you.
|April 01 to May 31, 2014
|CYFYRA Membership for 2014 currently stands at 23 all classifications. Thank you for your continued support.
|Peter Whiting has recently purchased Y-2706 and will be sailing her off Amherst Island near Kingston, Ontario.
|Active Members to date include Ken Peterson, Beloeil, Steve McCamus Y-2546 Gatineau, Quebec, Peter Whiting Y-2706 Stella, Gordon Hill Y-1069 Perth, Brian Martin Y-2776 Sudbury, Ontario and Dave Milne Y-2709 Sherwood Park, Alberta. Newsletter Members to date include Dave Reinisch East St. Paul, Manitoba and Merrill Callen Y-417 Mooresville, North Carolina.
|Pierre Dignard from the Sudbury Yacht Club has recently purchased Y-2782.
|Dave Reinisch from East St. Paul, Manitoba has recently purchased plans and is preparing to build a new hull this winter. Dave is currently looking for an old Y-Flyer that can be used as a source of parts. If you have leads for Dave please contact him at (204) 661-9696. Thank you.
|Bob and Amanda Somek Y-2758 attended the Atlanta Yacht Club Open Regatta April 26-27th. The regatta include Thistles and Snipes, so there was lots of traffic. Amanda ran the stick this time and finished a respectable 9th place in difficult light wind conditions, with twelve Y-Flyers in attendance.
|Ken Peterson from Beloeil, Quebec has recently join the CYFYRA and is currently building a new Y-Flyer from plans he purchased from the Association in 1985. Sheets of marine plywood have been purchased and delivered from Noah’s in Toronto, with stations cut and bed logs recently purchased. Ken first started sailing Y-115 in the 1970’s on Lake Champlain. Welcome back to the CYFYRA.
|Bob and Amanda Somek Y-2758 attended the Hawg Wild Regatta in Little Rock, Arkansas May 24-25th. They placed 13th with twenty boats in attendance. It was a blast. This will be the site of the 2015 Mid Winters scheduled either the end of March or the second weekend of April after Easter.
|The Vale Regatta will be hosted by the Sudbury Yacht Club June 21-22nd. The North Shore Regatta will be July 19-20th. For more information please contact Pierre Dignard (705) 523-0347 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|The first Canadian major will be the Ontario Provincials at the Belwood Sailing Club, Fergus, Ontario on July 5-6th. Please contact Richard King at (519) 656-3273 or email@example.com.
|The Western Championship will be hosted by West Hawk Lake, Manitoba July 26-27th. For more information please contact Tom Saunders.
|The 2014 Internationals will be hosted at Saratoga Lake, NY July 28-31st. For more information please contact Bob Somek (418) 647-3018 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|January 01 to February 28, 2014
|CYFYRA Membership for 2014 currently stands at 14 all classifications. Thank you for your continued support of the Canadian Y-Flyer Association.
|Colin King recently purchased Y-2698 and will be sailing her out of the Belwood Lake Sailing Club near Fergus, Ontario.
|Active Members to date include Andre Desgreniers Charlesbourg, Bob Somek Y-2758 Quebec, Quebec, Colin King Y-2698, Richard King Y-2794 Wellesley, Warren Flannery Y-2669 Oakville, Ontario and Richard Quinlan Y-1085 Lethbridge, Alberta.
|Our newest Active Member, Richard Quinlan Y-1085, started sailing Y-Flyers at the age of twelve at the Itaska Yacht Club on Pigeon Lake, Alberta. Richard recently purchased Y-1085 and is hopeful to get her back in sailing shape and sail the Western Championships this summer. Welcome back to the CYFYRA.
|The Western Championship, was finalized in February with West Hawk Lake, approximately fifteen minutes east of Falcon Lake , Manitoba hosting this year’s regatta July 26-27th. For more information please contact Tom Saunders. Thank you.
|Newsletter Members to date include Caroline Bilodeau Quebec, Quebec, George Baird Lakefield, Amanda Somek Brampton, Kevin Gora Y-2424 Wellandport, Ontario, Jason Houghton Winnipeg, Manitoba and Kate Somek-Whetsell Goldsboro, North Carolina.
|The Mid Winter Championships were hosted this year by the Columbia Sailing Club, Columbia SC March 1-2. The weather was warm with light winds. Drew and Evan Daugherty Y-2798 from Little Rock, AR won the regatta. Three Canadian boats made the journey, Richard and Colin King Y-2794 from Wellesley placing 4th, Bob and Amanda Somek Y-2758 from Quebec and Brampton placing 9th and Warren Flannery and Jason Houghton Y-2669 from Oakville and Winnipeg placing 11th.
|The National Capital Regatta will be hosted by the Britannia Yacht Club, Ottawa, Ontario August 9-10th.
|The first major regatta of the 2014 season will be the Ontario Provincial Championships hosted by the Belwood Lake Sailing Club, Fergus, Ontario July 5-6th. For more information please contact Richard King (519) 656-3273 or email email@example.com.
|The 2014 Internationals will be hosted at Saratoga Lake, NY July 28-31st. For more information please contact Bob Somek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|October 01 to December 31, 2013
|CYFYRA Membership now stands at 55 all classifications. Active Members include Andy Moore, Ottawa, Jamie Richardson Y-992 Winnipeg, Manitoba and Newsletter Members include Amanda Somek Brampton, Ontario. Thank you for your continued support.
|Pierre Dignard Y-2620 won the SYC Regatta September 14-15th, Sudbury, Ontario.
|Richard and Colin King Y-2794 won the foggy and misty Ontario Provincials Oct 5-6th at Fanshawe Lake, London, Ontario. Bob and Amanda Somek Y-2758 were second with Pierre Dignard and Marla Betts Y-2620 third.
|Immediately after the Ontario Provincials Rob Montgomery and Pierre Dignard took Y-2710 to Turner Marine in Illinois for a mast replacement and cosmetic surgery suffered at the Canadian Nationals in Ottawa, Ontario in August.
|Kate Somek Whetsell on October 24th gave birth to Hunter Ray Whetsell weighing in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces. He received his first set of golf clubs the day he was born and should be on board Y-2758 sailing by next year. Everyone including the Grandfather is doing well.
|Brian Martin has purchased Y-2776 from Pierre Dignard and will be sailing out of the Sudbury Yacht Club.
|The 2014 regatta schedule is currently being worked on by the CYFYRA Executive and Directors. This will be published in the CYFYRA January – February Newsletter and posted on our website at www.y-flyer.ca. Currently we do not have a firm date for the 2014 Mid Winters at Columbia, South Carolina. As soon as the date is finalized our membership will be advised. Thank you for your patience. The 2014 Internationals will be hosted by Saratoga Lake, NY July 28 – 31. John Smith and Terry Fraser are currently working on accommodations for the regatta and will advised once finalized.
|The 2013 Traveller Award goes to Bob Somek who competed in the US Nationals in Atlanta, GA, The Canadian Nationals Ottawa and the Ontario Provincials in London, Ontario.
|August 01 to September 30, 2013
|CYFYRA Membership now stands at 52 all classifications. Thank you for your continued support. For those that have yet to join the association in 2013 we would appreciate your financial support whether you race, cruise or just wish to keep in touch. Thank you.
|Brian Woods Y-1453 captured the Western Championships August 3-4th at Falcon Lake, Manitoba. Well done Woody!
|Active Members include Marc Ranger Y-99 Wakefield, Quebec, Ed Hone Kitchener, Rob Oakes Y-2569, Randy Gast, Tony McCormick Y-1754 and Phil Moorman Y-2005 Ottawa, Jamie Alexander Y-2581 Carp, Ryan Gannon Y-995 Vernon, TJ Woodbeck Y-1429 Crysler, Gordon Hill Y-1069 Perth, Robert Montgomery Y-2710 Sudbury, Ontario, Dan Bezaire Y-1039 Tyndall, Manitoba, Jack Macintosh Y-638 Lacombe, Alberta and Ron Browne Y-2461 Chilliwack, British Columbia. Thank you for your continued support.
|Warren Flannery and Jason Houghton Y-2669 won a wild Canadian Nationals Gold Fleet at BYC, Ottawa, Ontario August 10-11th. Marc Ranger and Dave Milne Y-2709 won Red Fleet. Great sailing!
|If anyone has pictures of the 2013 Canadian Nationals please send them to Bob Somek. Thanks.
|Steve McCamus Y-2546 missed Canadian Nationals racing Grand Prix at Trois Riveres, Quebec that weekend. He was injured during the race and should be back up and walking in November and sailing next summer. You can contact Steve at (819) 682-4027 or email Steve Mccamus to send best wishes for a speedy recovery.
|Randy Gast our webmaster has redesigned our website. Take a look at www.y-flyer.ca. Great job Randy.
|Newsletter Memberships to date include Andrew Hart, Cara Oakes and Catherine Radatus Ottawa, Ontario and Jason Houghton Winnipeg, Manitoba. Junior Members include Marla Betts and Nickolas Dasys Sudbury, Ontario. Thank you for continued support.
|Carl Swail and Owen Kent Y-2505 won the Quebec Provincials at Norway Bay, Quebec September 1st. Well done Newsletter Editor!
|The Ontario Provincials, the last major of the season, will be at Fanshawe Yacht Club, London, Ontario October 5-6th. Boats are attending from London, Belwood, Ottawa, Sudbury and Quebec City. This will be fun and Saturday night is an early Thanksgiving dinner. For more information please contact Lawrence Lynch Y-2687 home (519) 649-1735 or cell (519) 870-0086 or email LLynch@fanshawec.ca or Richard King (519) 656-3273 or email Richard King.
|It’s that time of year again for the North Sails Fall Discount. These discounts run through November 15, 2013. 15% off with full payment when ordering the sails. Full suit–$1430.25 10% off with 50% deposit and balance due 1 week prior to shipping. Full suit $1508.50 Call Chet Turner @ (217) 895-3395 or email email@example.com
|June 01 to July 31, 2013
|CYFYRA Membership now stands at 32 all classifications. Thank you for your continued support!
|Western Championship go on August 3-4 at Falcon Lake, MB. Boats are attending from Manitoba and Saskatchewan. This should be a blast. For more information please contact Jamie Richardson H(204) 832-6518, C(204) 918-8817 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
|Active Members include Steve McCamus Y-2546 Gatineau, Quebec, Dan Brooks, Rob Paterson Y-967 Ottawa, Peter Whiting Y-1433 Stella, Richard King Y-2794 Wellesley, Ontario and Brian Woods Y-1453 Dugald, Manitoba. Thank you for your continued support.
|The Canadian National Championships will be held August 10-11 at Britannia Yacht Club, Ottawa, Ontario. We have double digit numbers of boats attending in Gold and Red Fleets. Red Fleet is for novice or new racers, so don’t be shy and you are not too late to attend. If you can attend and have not received the regatta chatter please contact Bob Somek (418) 647-3018 or email Bob Somek before August 7th.
|Bob Somek attended the US Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia June 16-21. There were 41 Y-Flyers on the line. Tony and Vicky Passafiume Y-2670 (KY) first, Mark and Jill Barton Y-2688 (AR) second and Dave and Jan Irons Y-2802 (IL) third. It was great fun, food and entertainment had by all. Thank you Nile and Lavon Hatcher for organizing and feeding all of us.
|Newsletter Members to date include Bruce Samson Sr. Y-990 Keewatin and Junior Member Colin King Wellesley, Ontario. Thank you for your continued support.
|The CYFYRA Annual General Meeting will be held August 10, 2013 at the Britannia Yacht Club, Ottawa, Ontario.
|Mark Barton from Little Rock, AR Y-2688 will be the next President of the AYFYRA effective October 2013.
|Please note if you have sold or donated your boat please email Bob Somek with the new owner’s name, address, phone and email address (if possible) as soon as possible so the CYFYRA can be in contact with the new owner. In the past month we have had two people forget to advise us and the future members not found. Thank you.
|Patrick and Gigi Andrieux formerly Y-2648 from St. Lazare, Quebec revisited the Sudbury Yacht Club and took part in the North Shore Regatta July 20-21st sailing Y-1059. They have been reenergized with the Y-Flyer!
|The next major coming up will be the Quebec Provincials in Norway Bay, Quebec September 1st. For more information please contact Jamie Alexander (613) 839-1304 or email email@example.com.
|The final major of the season will be the Ontario Provincials at Fanshawe Yacht Club, London, Ontario. Please note there is a new date change for this regatta. The new date is October 5-6th. For more information please contact Lawrence Lynch H(519) 649-1735, C(519) 870-0086 or email LLynch@fanshawec.ca or Richard King (519) 656-3273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|March 01 to May 31, 2013
|With deep regret the CYFYRA announces that we have lost our centurion. Harold Gillmeister, Member For Life, from Hudson , Quebec die d on March 1st. He was 100 years, 5 months to the day. Harold was an exceptional person that loved life, fast Y-Flyer sailboats and cars. He had great memory till the very last day and was looking forward to the F1 sport car race season. He always kept an eye on the Y-Flyer races and results each year. The CYFYRA has lost a tremendous personality that was actively involved with our Association since the early 1950’s.
|CYFYRA Membership year to date stands at 24 all classifications. Thank you for your continued support.
|The Mid Winters in Columbia, SC March 2-3rd had four Canadian boats participate. These included Richard and Colin King Y-2794 from Wellesley, Warren Flannery and Carl Swail Y-2669 Oakville and Ottawa, Pierre Dignard and Brian Martin Y-2776 and Rob and Suzanne Montgomery Y-2620 Sudbury, Ontario. Richard and Colin King sailed a great regatta finishing fourth.
|CYFYRA Active Members year to date include Richard Hart Y-2404 Ottawa, Warren Flannery Y-2669 Oakville, William Hart Guelph, Lawrence Lynch Y-2687 London, Pierre Dignard Y-2776 and Brian Martin Sudbury, Ontario, Darcy Bendig Y-1461 Regina, Saskatchewan, Dave Milne Y-2709 Sherwood Park and John Henderson Y-1782 Edmonton, Alberta.
|The Vale Regatta, Sudbury, Ontario will be June 22-23rd. For more information please contact Pierre Dignard (705) 523-0347 or email
|Jack MacIntosh from Lacombe, Alberta has just completed a complete refurbishment of Y-638. She is beautiful. Great job Jack! Welcome to the CYFYRA.
|The first major of the season will be the Western Championship hosted by Falcon Lake, Manitoba August 3-4th.This regatta has been building very well the past two seasons and this year we anticipate even more boats will attend. For more information please contact Jamie Richardson (204) 832-6518 or email email@example.com.
|CYFYRA Junior Membership year to date includes Andy and Amanda Lynch Y-1002 London, Ontario.
|The CYFYRA Secretary has been active this year with answering general inquiries, rigging, who and where to purchase head mast flotation panels and travellers. If you need any assistance please do not hesitate to contact Bob Somek at (418) 647-3018 or email
|The Canadian National Championship will be hosted by Britannia Yacht Club, Ottawa, Ontario August 10-11th. This will be a great time at an historic yacht club. So plan to attend. You won’t be disappointed. For more information please contact Bob Somek.
|January 01 to February 28, 2013
|Current CYFYRA Membership stands at 13 year to date all classifications. Thank you for your continued support.
|Omission corrections from the November-December 2012 newsletter circulation list; Peter Butler24 Garrow Drive, Hamilton, Ontario L9C 6G9 (905) 575-0825 Y-2698 and Philip Moorman 819 Maplewood Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K2B 5V4 (613) 828-6858 Y-2005.
|CYFYRA Active Members year to date include Andre Desgreniers Charlesbourg and Bob Somek Y-2758 Quebec, Quebec, Carl Swail Y-2502 Ottawa, Peter Butler Y-2698 Hamilton, Jack Blocker Y-1796 London, Ontario.
|Warren Flannery Y-2669 is named 2012 Traveller of the Year with his participation in the Mid Winters, Vale, North Shore, Western Championships and SYC regattas.
|CYFYRA Newsletter Members year to date include Caroline Bilodeau Quebec, Quebec, George Baird Lakefield, Kevin Gora Y-2424 Wellandport , Ontario, Merrill Callen Y-417 Mooresville and Kate Somek-Whetsell Goldsboro, NC.
|Mid Winters Regatta in Columbia, South Carolina is just in a few weeks. The date is March 2-3. Currently several Canadian boats are making the journey for this year. For more information please contact Bob Somek (418) 647-3018 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Nicolas Dasys and family from the Sudbury Yacht Club have recently purchased Y-2014 from Pierre Dignard.