Big Sound Challenge - Sail Parry Sound - August 6-7th, 2016

Two fleets participated again this year - the Laser class had 10? Boats and the Wayfarer's had 13 for their Provincial Championships. It was a glorious hot summer weekend with strong winds for two days of sailing. The new town beach would've been a great place to watch the two fleets, colourful spinnakers and admire the skill needed to pilot the sailboats. The sailors had their work cut out for them as steady 30km/hr winds, gusting to 50km/hr propelled them around the race course. Seven races were completed and competition was tight with 5 different race winners in the Wayfarer class. The local Wayfarer lightweights, Sue Pilling and Steph Romaniuk, were unable to defend their provincial title, but the trophy will remain in Northern Ontario as it was awarded to Dave Hansman and Dave Richardson of North Bay, Ontario. Three teams from the United States were also in attendance. Congratulations! Sailing will continue for the cruising class of Wayfarers at Killbear Provincial Park for the week as they explore our beautiful region.

A platoon of volunteers made the event run smoothly, including registration, race committee and water support, and ground crew. The Country Gourmet put on a fabulous BBQ dinner and also provided lunches to the racers. It sure was a treat to be able to pop upstairs at Sail Parry Sound for a Belly ice cream! Another successful event at our burgeoning summer hot spot.