August 6, 2015

Lobster Bowl - Portland Yacht Club Sept 25-27

Hi all, In Particular the Pointe Claire Etchells Fleet Members.

Subject: Lobster Bowl - Portland Yacht Club Sept 25-27

Looking forward at potential regattas, we have the OYS Regatta in Oakville August 6-9, The Labour Day Regatta in Hudson, QC, Sept 5-7, and The Etchells North American Championship in Rye N.Y. Sept 8-12.

To finish off the summer sailing season in fine fashion there is one more amazing regatta, and that is the Lobster Bowl in Portland Maine at Portland Yacht Club, Sept 25-27 . The NOR will be available shortly, I will publish it here on the blog when it is available. The regatta registration and some info is presently available at Open the site, click on calendar, cursor down to the Sept 26-27 date to the Etchells Fleet 27 Casco Bay listing and click the "info" and/or "register" button.  

I couple of us attended it a few years back and we had a fabulous time. The venue is both beautiful and great for sailing. A very welcoming fleet, usually flat water with good wind and not a terribly bad drive to get to.

Please see below some of the emails that have gone back and forth between Ralph Carpenter of the Portland Etchells fleet and me, it will give you some additional info.

Hope to see you some of you there.


Paul Laflamme
CAN 1069
Fleet 3 Montreal

What follows are the emails to either the Hudson Etchells sailors or the Portland Maine Regatta organizer about the Lobster Bowl regatta.

TO Hudson Etchells sailors:
The entry software for the Lobster Bowl, is up and running. I had email conversation with one of the Regatta organizers, Ralph Carpenter, the contents of which I have pasted below. He said he will get back to me about potential accommodations, he also said the NOR will be posted in the next couple of days.

According to him, it promises to be a good turnout, there were 19 boats last year, and with the NAs in Rye NY a couple of weeks before, they hope to have some holdover boats from that event, plus our 2-4 boats from MTL. All in all there is good reason to think that they could have 25 boats at the Lobster Bowl.

Anyways, have a look at the emails below and check out the registration site at, only 3 entries at the moment, but the entry form has only been available for a 2-3 days, so the list will be growing over the coming weeks. The Portland fleet has 19 boats, of which 14 are quite active, this is a good base to start from, then, add to that the "away" boats that will be joining in from Marblehead, Lake Champlain, Long Island Sound etc. This regatta should turn out to be a great "close the season" regatta for everyone to enjoy, not to mention the lobster bake on the Saturday evening.


Etchells Fleet 3

EMAIL STRING WITH FLEET 27 ORGANIZER - Ralph Carpenter (below)

> Subject: Lobster bowl 2015
> To:
> From:
> Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2015 12:29:18 -0400
> Hi Ralph,
> I am not sure if you are still involved in the Lobster Bowl Regatta for
> 2015. We have a 2-3 boats planning on making the trek down on Sept
> 25-27. Any info you can provide for registration, accommodation,
> launching etc would be greatly appreciated. I tried Regatta Management
> systems, at, but it seems frozen at the moment.
> Looking forward to hearing from you.
> This year the Crazy Canucks are coming!
> Cheers,
> Paul
> CAN1069
> Fleet 3
> Hudson, QC

We are very excited you can make it this year.  Registration is now open on    The NORs are done, just pending approval by the chief judge.  I will be posting an info article on our fleet website, in the next couple of days.  Launch will be on Friday September 25 at Handy Boat Services, right next door to Portland Yacht Club.  Welcome gathering at the yacht club on Friday evening, racing Saturday and Sunday, big Lobster shore dinner at the club  on Saturday night.  We are working to have a 30 boat regatta.  We expect about 12 to 15 boats from our fleet, about 5 from Marblehead, your 3, and 10 from "other " places.  I am also reaching out to those who are participating in the North Americans in Rye New York earlier in the month to keep their boats "North" and come race in the Lobster Bowl. 
Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you. 
Best regards   Ralph Carpenter

Hi Ralph,

Thanks for the info, I will share it with the Montreal Fleet members. It looks like there could be a big turnout! Hope there are enough lobsters in Casco Bay to feed everyone! LOL
Is Handy Boat Services charging for launch and haul out? If so, how much and how will it be charged? (add on to entry fee or separate cash deal?)
Ever since your fleet held the New England Championship back in 2005-06, we have talked about going back to Portland, but our club championship schedule has interfered with the schedule. Finally we will be able to participate in this much talked about event.

Any suggestions for accommodations? for example, a motel or hotel that has a suite (2 beds and a pull out couch) to handle 3 people. Of course being sailors it has to be reasonably priced. Or perhaps a whole house that 2-3 boats could rent? Let me know if you have any ideas.

As I said, I'll spread the word to the other Etchellians in the Montreal area, perhaps we can coax a couple more boats come out.



June 25, 2015

2015 Quebec Etchells Championship

2015 Quebec Etchells Championship at PCYC coming up on July 4-5. Always a great regatta at a fabulous venue! 
Please find the NOR, SI on the PCYC page at

Entry form available here, below. Sorry I can't seem to find a way to post a Word doc as an attachment on the blog.

July 4th & 5th, 2015
Pointe-Claire Yacht Club
Entry Form
SKIPPER: _______________________________ SAIL NUMBER: _____________________________
ADDRESS: _______________________________ BOAT NAME: _____________________________
CITY: ________________________________ WORK PHONE: _____________________________
PROV/ STATE: __________________________ HOME PHONE: _____________________________
POSTAL CODE: ___________________________ CELL PHONE: ______________________________
EMAIL: __________________________________
CREW: 1__________________________________ 2__________________________________
No entry will be considered complete until the waiver is signed by all competitors and returned to Pointe Claire Yacht Club
Entry Fee: waived
PCYC’s annual regatta dinner party will be held on Saturday evening. Reservation should be made directly at the Pointe-Claire Yacht Club (514-695-2441)

For further information contact Pointe Claire Yacht Club at 514-695-2441
I agree to be bound by The Racing Rules of Sailing and all other rules that govern the International Etchells Quebec Championship Regatta. Furthermore, as a condition precedent to my participation in this regatta (including without limitation all activities relating thereto), my crew and I waive any and all claims including without limitation any claim in respect of assistance given or not given against Pointe Claire Yacht Club and the directors, officers, members, guests and employees of the club for any injury or damage resulting from such participation.

Skipper’s Signature: __________________________________ Date: _______________________________
Crew’s Signature:
1 __________________________________ 2___________________________________

Received By: ________________________________ Date: _________________________________

June 9, 2015


Hi all,

- The spinnaker pole, as previously advertised, is SOLD.

- The 2015 Canadian Etchells Championship weekend is fast approaching (June 20-21). If you haven't already entered, its still not too late. The regatta documents can be found at the HYC website at

If you plan on entering the CDN Championship, make sure your Fleet 3 Montreal International Etchells membership is up to date.

Admission forms available from Paul Laflamme at

- The Quebec Etchells Championship is being held at PCYC as part of their Annual Regatta on the weekend of July 4-5. NOR and SIs will be available on the PCYC website shortly.

- The Founders Regatta at RCYC was held last weekend and 3 boats from the Hudson area made the trek down to Hogtown. Scott Lawrence in Quill, Allan Gray in Slim and Jan Chrosciel in Satin Doll along with their crews proudly represented Fleet 3 at the event.

That's it for now.

See you on the water.

PS if you have any news, photos or info relating to Etchells sailing please do not hesitate to forward it to me (Paul Laflamme) at for publishing here on the Blog or on our Montreal Etchells FaceBook page.

June 2, 2015

Brand new tapered spinnaker pole for Etchells, made by Proctor. $500 Cdn.  Still in manufacturer's plastic bag. New, never used.  Presently Johan Koppernaes T: 613-599-9199 x5817

in the Montreal region (Hudson). for info contact

May 19, 2015

Hi all,

The Founders Regatta at RCYC in Toronto is coming up (June 6-7), this is a great regatta and the location (RCYC) is outstanding! Fabulous yacht club, great RC, and a competitive Etchells fleet. Kent Paisley has room to billet crew for a boat and he will canvas the fleet to see who else can take on billets. I'll send out billet info as I receive it.

Here is the NOR for the regatta:

Here is the entry form page:

If the Montreal Etchells fleet send 3-4 boats to the Founders it will encourage the Toronto fleet to come to the Canadians Championship in Hudson two weeks later.

See you on the water.

Paul Laflamme
Sec / Treasurer
Montreal Fleet 3