‘Wild race’ completes Easy Breezy

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By Adam Harnum

Star Staff Writer

CORNER BROOK  It was Gord Brewer who used the powerful winds to sail him to victory at the third and final event of a series for the 2013 Easy Breezy Sailboat Race hosted last week at the Bay of Islands Yacht club.

The windy conditions did however play havoc for some of the newer sailers in the competition as a few boats were blown down, but luckily the boats are designed to right themselves to prevent accidents.

“We have a goup of new sailers who are really interested in sailing and getting really good at it,” said commodore Llew Hounsell, who added the more experienced racers in Gord Brewer and Bob Coleman are always the two who typically go head-to-head.

In the third race, Brewer got off to a great start and was able to gain a large lead over his five other competitors but Coleman used the middle and end of the course to gain ground on him. At the end of the race it was Brewer who used a strong start to cross the finish first, however, Coleman was just a boat length and a half behind him in another close finish to the final event.

“Gord had a really big lead but Bob handled the wind really nicely,” Hounsell said of what he called a “nice, tight race.”

The Ambler Cup — which was scheduled to take place this week — has now been postponed until wind conditions taper and are suitable for the sailers.

This is an annual Bay of Islands Yacht club event, held in memory of Keith Ambler, who was a long-serving member of the club and physiotherapist with Western Memorial Regional Hospital.

Coleman said the event is again tentative for next week, but the club is hoping that the race will take place either Wednesday or Thursday.

At the end of the race, a cup will be awarded as well as prizes to the crews participating in the event.

The Easy Breezy races have drawn spectators down to the yacht club and organizers are encouraging residents to come out and enjoy the sailing action during the Ambler Cup event next week.

 

adam.harnum@thewesternstar.com

Geographic location: Bay of Islands Yacht

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  • Gary Bradbury
    August 26, 2013 - 19:01

    Keith Ambler was a friend and fellow sailor. I met Keith at Western Memorial in the late seventies. When Keith learned that I was interested in learning how to sail, he promptly invited me to crew with him on his 22 foot Siren design. His sailboat was moored at the Bay of Islands Yacht Club, and in those days we had to row a small yacht tender out to the mooring to board the vessel. Although I had a good knowledge of sailboat rigging and equipment from reading a book on the subject, seeing in all in motion on the water was pure magic. I will never forget Keith and his love of sailing as he taught me how to sail over several summers. During this time I also had the good fortune to meet other sailors - many of whom I raced against when I had my own sailboat at the marina several years later, including Gordon Brewer, who is a force to be reckoned in any race involving a boat with sails. When I received a call earlier today from a sailor/colleague inviting me to crew with him this coming Wednesday in the Ambler Cup, I jumped at the chance to get back on the water and have some fun, doing what Keith loved so dearly - sailing. As I ponder the upcoming event, I also recount fond memories of sailing and racing with Harry House, who is also, no longer with us. The magic of sailing, once experience, will remain with you forever - including the memory of the sailors you meet along the way.