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  • 01 Jul 2018 7:30 AM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)


    Happy Canada Day! This July please join us at:

    1. Tuesday Laser & Catamaran races 6pm
    2. Thursday Laser races and possible coaching depending upon numbers
    3. Wednesday July 4 Paddle Night 6:30pm with Sylvia. Chantal may lead other nights
    4. Thursday July 12 Club BBQ 7pm

    Try to keep cool and hydrated as we hover around 29C this week. Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.

    Notices:


    Racks - There are still two boats that are occupying other member's spots. The first one is on harbour rack 1, berth 1, sticker #0883. The second is on south shore rack 5, berth 7, sticker #1073. Please contact: sylvwin2@hotmail.com


    Member run socials will happen Saturday July 21, Sunday July 22, and Saturday July 28.

    Oh, world politics. Canadians looking to buy a new U.S. made sailboat, as of today, will have a 10 per cent tariff added. If looking to save try other origins as well and the various classifieds online.

    May you enjoy the summer from our beach sharing Toronto' beautiful parkland and waterfront with its residents and visitors. 

    Skip the 400. Keep an eye on the wind and get on the water! 








  • 27 Jun 2018 5:00 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    Club members are welcome to have socials with their friends who are non-members. The Club must remain accessible to the general membership, of course. Each party must be approved on a one-by-one basis and operate under our set of rules such as leaving the Club cleaner than found. 

    Upcoming: 

    Sat. July 21 - Sarah Pointer and Greg is hosting friends

    Sun. July 22 - Bill Spurrell is hosting Ryerson's Trampoline Club

    Sat. July 28 - Ted Kerr is hosting ten friends 


    Related: Membership rules


  • 18 Jun 2018 4:03 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    High Fleet

    Sailed: 5, Discards: 1, To count: 4, Rating system: SCHRS, 
    Entries: 7, Scoring system: Appendix A
    Rank Fleet Class SailNo Club HelmName CrewName SCHRS R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
    1st High Hobie 14 63273 Etobicoke Yacht Club Amy McNeill   1.405 1.0 (2.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 6.0 4.0
    2nd High Hobie 16 114396 Mississauga Sailing Club Nicholas Liebel Laurence Liebel 1.193 2.0 1.0 2.0 (3.0) 2.0 10.0 7.0
    3rd High Hobie 16 114482 Mississauga Sailing Club Karen-Ann Xavier Daniel Schneider 1.193 (4.0) 3.0 3.0 2.0 4.0 16.0 12.0
    4th High Hobie Getaway 9497 Etobicoke Yacht Club Johnston Hall   1.242 (7.0) 4.0 7.0 5.0 3.0 26.0 19.0
    5th High Hobie 16 114250 Westwood Sailing Club Brock Monroe Gular Elbi 1.193 3.0 (7.0) 5.0 6.0 5.0 26.0 19.0
    7th High Hobie 17 6588 Etobicoke Yacht Club Neil McNeill   1.196 5.0 6.0 6.0 4.0 (8.0 DNF) 29.0 21.0
    6th High Nacra 500 Double 4540 St. Jamestown Sailing Club Andrea Frej Sarah MKcGee 1.171 6.0 5.0 4.0 (7.0) 6.0 28.0 21.0

    Low Fleet

    Sailed: 5, Discards: 1, To count: 4, Rating system: SCHRS, 
    Entries: 10, Scoring system: Appendix A
    Rank Fleet Class SailNo Club HelmName CrewName SCHRS R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
    1st Low F18 CAN018 Water Rats Dan Borg Chris Moulder 1 1.0 3.0 1.0 1.0 (4.0) 10.0 6.0
    2nd Low Taipan F16 226 Water Rats David Antognini   1.033 3.0 (5.0) 2.0 3.0 2.0 15.0 10.0
    3rd Low F18 1084 Water Rats Jeff Gerrits Tom 1 4.0 1.0 7.0 (8.0) 1.0 21.0 13.0
    4th Low A-Cat Foils 22 BS&CC Andy Woods   0.973 6.0 (8.0) 3.0 2.0 3.0 22.0 14.0
    5th Low F18 2553 Water Rats Marvin Coulson Ted Kerr 1 2.0 4.0 (9.0) 9.0 5.0 29.0 20.0
    7th Low F16 36 Water Rats Beata Sejane Roy Spencer 1.028 5.0 (6.0) 5.0 5.0 6.0 27.0 21.0
    6th Low Nacra F17 Solo CAN600 Water Rats Stephen Stelmach   1.071 (8.0) 2.0 4.0 7.0 8.0 29.0 21.0
    8th Low A-Cat Foils 44 BS&CC Larry Woods   0.973 (7.0) 7.0 6.0 4.0 7.0 31.0 24.0
    9th Low A-Cat Foils US 29 Water Rats Norm Lamb   0.973 9.0 9.0 8.0 6.0 (10.0) 42.0 32.0
    10th Low A-Cat Foils CAN1023 Burlington Beach Catamaran Club Dean Mayke   0.973 10.0 10.0 (11.0 DNC) 11.0 DNC 9.0 51.0 40.0

    Posted by John Weakley
    www.sailwave.com


  • 05 Jun 2018 3:15 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)


    2018 Spring War Laser Regatta, June 2-3, 2018





    2018 Spring War Catamaran Regatta, June 16-17, 2018

    TBA










  • 02 Jun 2018 2:25 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    Tacking for Lasers appeared in The International Laser Class Association's blog on May 30, 2018 

    By Jon Emmett, a professional sailing coach in the UK

    One of the beauties of Lasers is just how well they tack—if tacked well. Races are anything but a boat speed race to the corner in most venues and conditions, which means those who have their head out of the boat and good boat handling can gain on every small shift and gust, giving some of the best one design racing available. 

    Read more in ILCA's blog...

  • 16 May 2018 9:48 AM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    Register now for the Heinz Gebauer Spring War June 2-3, 2018

    Registration 9-10am

    Skippers Meeting 10am

    First Warning Signal 11am

    First Warning Signal Sunday – 10:30am

    BBQ after sailing Saturday


  • 15 May 2018 3:17 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    Save the date! Online registration to come. 

    June 2 & 3 - Laser Regatta

    June 16 & 17 - Catamaran Regatta


  • 15 May 2018 12:41 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    Tuesday - Laser and Cat races for fun. All skill levels. Approx 6pm

    Thursday - include Laser training. Several of our experienced sailors will pass along hints, tips, and valuable training points to those looking to improve.

    There are three purposes for these group sails.... 
    1. To get people out on the water.... and .... 
    2. Meet other people in the club (and friends of)
    3. Improve our sailing skills!

    Many thanks to Mike Doell (our Race Rat) for spearheading this. 

    - via Norm's email.


  • 15 May 2018 12:39 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    "We need 3 volunteers for each of the 4 summer BBQs. This involves being at the club at around 6pm, helping with set-up, and to clean up afterwards, including cleaning dishes, bowls, utensils, taking out the garbage, etc. Last year the BBQs drew about 50 members and clean-up help was really needed.

    For anyone who would like to organize an entire BBQ, it entails choosing the menu, buying all the stuff, meat, veggies, salad, condiments, drinks, etc. Of course I would help out as well and there will be 3 volunteers to clean up. I could also buy the meat of that would help.

    This would pay 6 work hours so you’d be done for the season. You’d be reimbursed the same evening, just hold on to all receipts. Let me know if this appeals to you and call me or email me for further details."

    Yvonne Pennefather
    Party Rat


  • 03 Apr 2018 2:08 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    Our website is still important in this age of social media. In fact, WaterRats.ca can be thought of as a hub of our communications with social media as its spokes. Please continue to share things in Facebook and in Instagram, etc., with the hashtag #sailwaterrats. Your photos, videos, sailing tips, articles and news is wanted. I'll reach out to you to repost items here with your permission and credit. 

    With all the recent security and post reach issues in Facebook, trends in technology and design, and the coming neighbourhood along Cherry Street there's an opportunity to improve our community website, email and other social media to highlight our story.

    Three quick changes

    1) Design updateThe third column on the home page was removed to allow for a larger opening photo that conveys the enjoyment of racing with other sailors in natural and urban beauty. The site menu was shortened with links to unused content removed for now. The logo was cleaned and title font changed. Fonts are also larger for easier reading. More design work will be done during the year to make the site more mobile friendly. 


    2) YouTube, Instagram & Twitter accounts have begun for members and fans who prefer to hang out in those party lines. When posting please use the hashtag #sailwaterrats and check-in to the location so we can connect with fellow Water Rat members and their news. 



    3) A mobile app is now available from Wild Apricot, our online community application. You can: register for events and pay event fees from your phone, update your member personal profile, and find fellow sailors in the member directory.



    Check out past versions of our website by adding waterrats.ca on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. A few screenshots are below.




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