Top USA Optimist Sailor Wins Fall CORK in the Laser 4.7

There was a surprise registration at Fall CORK in the Laser 4.7 fleet: Cort Snyder, from the Lauderdale Yacht Club in Florida, who won the prestigious Orange Bowl regatta in the Optimist in December last year, and who placed 4th overall at the Garda meeting in 2018, with over 1000 participants.

Canadian Laser 4.7 sailor Noah Adler in action
The Fall CORK regatta (CORK stands for Canadian Olympic-training Regatta, Kingston) was a 2 day event, held this year in summer like conditions. First day were light winds, and only 2 races were possible. For the second day, there were sustained winds of 12 to 15 knots, and 3 races were completed.

Snyder won the regatta in the Laser 4.7 with 3 bullets and 2 second positions. Second in the Laser 4.7 was Noah Adler from Nova Scotia, the 2018 Canadian Optimist champion.  The Laser 4.7 fleet had 19 boats, versus 12 in the Standard and 68 in the Radial, which was won by Canadian sailing team sailor Coralie Vittecoq, from Québec. The standard fleet was won by another CST sailor, Luke Ruitenberg, from Nova Scotia.

It was a pretty low participation in the Laser Standard, and while the numbers were much higher in the Radial than in the 4.7, it was still a decent fleet in the 4.7. Because of their physique, at least 10 to 20 Radial sailors would actually have been better off in the 4.7 fleet, but the Laser 4.7 is still seen negatively in too many clubs, which results in too light sailors opting for the Radial rather than the 4.7. At this regatta, the first day of racing was to the advantage of the light sailors, but not the second, even if the winds did not even reach 20 knots.

The 29ers and the c420s attracted significant fleets, of respectively 12 and 36 boats. They were respectively won by the Staples brothers from Québec, and J. Marynowski and A Sutcliffe from the Ontario Sailing Team. While most 29er teams were from the Montreal area, about all the c420s were from Ontario, signaling a continuing demise of the c420 in Québec. There were small fleets of respectively 4 and 3 boats in the 49er and 49erFX, which were won by Gale Richardson and Jake Adair (49er) and Georgia and Antonia Lewin-Lafrance (49er FX).

In the Optimist class, which attracted some 56 sailors, it was Canadian champion Thomas Desrochers from Port Credit Yacht Club who won in front of Maats Braaten (same club) and Mathieu Graham (Royal St Lawrence), who recently won the Québec champion title.

In part thanks to the weather, it was a very nice Fall CORK regatta this year in Kingston. For most sailors, it unfortunately signals an end to the sailing season and a long wait till sailing resumes, typically in May.

By then, a Florida-based sailor like Cort Snyder will have accumulated hundreds of additional hours of training and will be even harder to contend with.

But well, that’s what sailing is unfortunately about in most of Canada: defying the odds of the climate and still attempting to achieve decent international results.

Laser 4.7, Radial, Standard results:

29er, 49er, 49erFX results:

c420, Optimist results:

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