Sault Star, Local News
Come sail away! Races set for Saturday
by Donna Schell, Special to the Star
Friday, May 29, 2009 6:49:28 EDT AM
Several members of the Algoma Sailing Club will embark on their first of
three sailing races from Sault Ste. Marie to St. Joseph Island, Saturday.
The race is being held in conjunction with the second annual Marina Mania, and
the opening of the recently built replica lighthouse at the Richards Landing
Fleet captain Neil Trudel said the Richards Landing run is the first
long-distance race of the season.
The race is traditionally held about mid-June. However, to coincide with the
planned marina festivities, it was bumped ahead by a couple of weeks, Trudel
At press time, it is not known how many boats will race.
That all depends on how many are race-ready, Trudel said, adding the boating
season has been "cold" to start.
It's possible to see as many as 10 vessels sail to the island.
Captains will navigate their boats, lining up at the starting line at Top Sail
Island, the traditional starting point. At 10 a. m., the race will commence at
the sound of the horn.
"Depending on wind direction, the speed and the size of the boat, the race could
take about four hours to complete," Trudel said.
Spectators on shore at the marina could see the first boat cross the finish line
as early as 1:30 p. m.
The winner of the race will be presented with the club's trophy that day, and
again at the annual banquet.
"Sailing is a passion, but it's not for everyone," said Algoma Sailing Club
president Brian Trudel. "Getting there is half the fun."
Along with the welcome of the first sailboat racer of the 2009 season, various
activities are scheduled for the day throughout the marina area, including the
dedication of the lighthouse, slated for 2 p. m.
Marnia Mania activities will run from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. Attractions include
the Steelworkers Inflatable and the Nip 'n Tuck train for youngsters.
There will also be various boat dealers and vendors on hand