What a great day we had at the Mammoth on Saturday! - Beautiful weather, a bit of wind to make things interesting (it wouldn't be the Mammoth without some wind!), a chance to paddle all the way around the Island, and some of the best folks to race and hang out with on the beach. To top things off, we had the usual nice lunch, amazing prizes from KayakSport, and a smooth running event with the support of all our incredible volunteers.
Here's the link to the results:
Here's TWC member Peter Penev's fantastic video of the race around Toronto Island. Amazing work as always Peter!
This year looked like another Mammoth Marathon Pumpfest on Sunday (Windsurfing Portion). After a great SUP event on Saturday, the forecast for the windsurfing was for dying winds around 6 knots. The wind came up however with winds increasing to about 8-12 Knots from the South East and holding steady for the entire race.
Starting right at 11 o'clock, 65 people ran down to their boards, setting out to conquer one of the three courses offered on the day (The around the island course and two shorter courses set in the outer harbour).
40 racers left the harbour and began the long pump downwind around the outside of the island. The early leaders were Keith Whiston and Simon Rickard with a large group following them with an age range of 16 to over 65.
The group had to battle large waves and cross chop on the outside of the island, as well as shifty and gusty winds in the inner harbour making it a challenging race all the way around. In the end, it was Ian Matthews taking first in the long course, narrowly beating out Keith Whiston and Paul Carr with Andree Gauthier taking first place women and Marcus Mealy taking first youth.
Here's the link to the results:
The CORK International, Sail Canada Youth and Senior Board Championships and Race Board North Americans Was held August 11-14, 2016 in Kingston, Ontario. Click here for the Notice of Race. The team stays at St Laurence College, it is college dorm and you can share a room; very economical. Click here for RESULTS
Congratulations to TWC members for cleaning up the awards.
- Raceboard winners - Keith Whiston, Ian Matthews & Nick Cox
- Overall 8.5 - Olivia Mew and Zane Feder
- RSX 9.5 - Max Robinson and Gabriel Verrier Paquette
- RSX 8.5 - Zane Feder and Anthony Swaelens
- BIC 293 - Marcus Mealey and Owen Sewell
Recap: This year the forecast looked bleak for Mammoth Marathon Sunday (Windsurfing Portion). After a windy SUP event the forecast for the windsurfing was for dying winds under 10km/h. The wind came up however with winds increasing to about 5-10 Knots from the South East and holding steady for the entire race.
Starting right at 11 O'Clock, 65 people ran down to their boards, setting out to conquer one of the three courses offered on the day (The around the island course and two shorter courses set in the outer harbour).
42 racers left the harbour and began the long pump downwind around the outside of the island. The early leaders were Igor Renkas and Paul Matthews on the clubs 18ft Tandem board which flew downwind under the power of two sails. However when the group hit the western gap conventional boards were able to pass them as we tacked up through the gap and the inner harbour.
In the end it was Keith Whiston taking first in the long course, narrowly beating out Ian Matthews and Nick Cox, with Andree Gauthier taking first place women and Zane Feder taking first youth (see full results at http://torontowindsurfingclub.com/programs-events/mammoth-marathon - click on 2015 Mammoth Results all courses )
The Short Course route went 2 laps around a triangle course in the Outer Harbour off Cherry Beach. This course was set long and proved challenging as well, with the first finisher taking over an hour to complete it. The short course had tough competition with TWC instructor Nicole Burnell taking first place, followed by Vladimir Semenov and Louis Hayes.
The Learn to Windsurf Course was a course raced by participants from the clubs Learn to Windsurf program. It was a single lap of the short course and had 17 people competing in it. Lesley Bennett took it in a time of 51 minutes, followed by Peter Webster, and a great showing by future race superstar Ronnie Itzahki taking third at 10 years old (following in her brothers footsteps).
This year we also had an award for first overall total time for both this SUP and Windsurfing races. It was incredibly close with the top three finishers all within 7 minutes of each other. In the end Ian Matthews took first, with Gander Tawaststjerna coming second (only a minute and a half behind) and Ivan Dimic in third. Combined results also at http://torontowindsurfingclub.com/programs-events/mammoth-marathon - scroll down to Super Mammoth.
Of course, we couldn't have had this event without the great help of our volunteers. We have no paid staff working this event, so we're dependent on our volunteers for this to happen:
- Betty Caplan, Jane Tindall, Iris Sage and Kathy Martin for their help with Registration.
- Betty Caplan and her team for running the beach and recording results.
- Natalya Lavrtnenko and Erin Hawkins for helping make sure the lunch went smoothly and dealing with a hundred hungry people.
- Henric Weigenbroker, for securing and lining up the 5 safety boats and Mike Tindall for coordinating the safety boat teams on race day
- Chris Hope for setting the course buoys very early in the morning
- Renata Dajczer, our on-water photographer (see below for link to photos)
- Peter Penev, our on-water videographer
- Gander Tawastjerna, Ivan Dimin, and Jeff Martin for helping to clean the clubhouse on Friday night before the event. And once again Gander, for helping pick up the safety boats we rented from other organizations
- Silent Sports for generously donating the event shirts and great prizes to the event.
-Vela Windsurfing for donating the grand prize of a trip to Tobago.
-Boardsports for generously donating prizes to the events.
-Makani Fins for their contributions to the draw prizes.
- Boat drivers and crews: Chris Hope, John Darling, Alan Levy, Barry Holtzkener, Robert McKendry, Wade Graham, Peter Penev, David Niblett, Paul Waterhouse and son, Alex Linkov, Jon Rickard, Bob Cowley, Reet May, Behanam Parsa, Davor Popovic.
- Nick Cox for the event scoring/results.
- And all the others that haven't been mentioned here who helped our event run smoothly
This year, part of the lunch was catered by Raging Spoon - the 3 types of lasagna - butter chicken, beef, veggie, and the 3 types of salads - Baja, Greek, Caesar. Raging Spoon is a successful enterprise providing employment for members of our community with mental health/survivor issues. Their web site: www.ragingspoon.ca
Congratulations to Tim Walker for Winning the Vela Windsurfing Prize of a weeks Trip to Tobago for two! Thanks again to Vela for making that possible!
- Ian Matthews.
See pictures at: https://www.facebook.com/TorontoWindsurfingClub
Also, check out the Mammoth SUP write-up and results, also at http://torontowindsurfingclub.com/programs-events/mammoth-marathon (scroll down)
TWC member, Olivia Mew, recently made the ambitious decision to campaign full time for the 2016 Olympic Games, as a pathway to competing at the 2020 Games. Recently, she made her way to Sopot, Poland; the home club of TWC member Bartek Lapinski. There Olivia spent 5 weeks being coached by 3 world class coaches, as well as trained and competed with very accomplished female racers from all over the world. Many thanks to Bartek for his involvement in making this trip possible.
Olivia is now preparing to travel on October 8th to the 2015 RS:X World Championships in Al Mussanah, Oman. This is a very exciting and important championship for Olivia. She is the only female Canadian competing, and is the first ever Ontario Female RS:X Sailor to attend a World Championship. More importantly, this event is Canada’s Olympic qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games. Join us in wishing Olivia success while representing Canada and the Toronto Windsurfing Club.
You can follow the championship here: rsxclass.com/worlds2015/.
To follow Olivia’s activities please go to her website: oliviamew.ca and like her Facebook page.
Fall 2015 at TWC! Several great videos have been posted below, including a Wednesday night race, the SUP and Windsurf Mammoth Marathons, and the outrageous wind from last Saturday. Thanks to Peter and Barry for these.
Jibe Jive - Windy Saturday October 3, 2015 at TWC:
Video of Mammoth Marathon 2015 - Windsurfing:
Video from Wednesday Night Race - September 30, 2015:
Video of SUP Mammoth Marathon - 2015: