Wacky winds blow over regatta

first_imgSunday dawned with strong winds coming from the south at 8-11 knots. By the end of the final race the wind was blowing at close to 18 knots. When asked if the strong winds were ever a problem, Voss replied, “No, not at all. The boat was just awesome. Twenty-one (knots) is when these boats start getting fun. They’re very stable. The faster they go the more fun they are.” Ray Godwin and Temptress chased Pirahna and was close on its transom both days. “We came around the last race. We were last off the start, so we had to work hard to catch up,” Godwin said. Chayah and Emirage II competed in the one design 48 class. Chayah, owned by Oscar Krinsky, was never really challenged. LONG BEACH – “Nice regatta,” David Voss skipper of Pirahna and winner of the Farr 40 class said after Sunday’s races of the Midwinter Regatta. “We kind of got a little bit of everything.” Voss was referring to the weather which between Saturday and Sunday was, to say the least, different. At the start of the first race on Saturday, the usual 5-8 knot southeasterly breeze that blows across Long Beach bay was replaced by a strong 8-11 knot northwesterly Santa Ana condition. However, before the second of three races could be started, the wind died with light puffs coming from the traditional wind direction. By the end of the third race, the wind was its normal self, coming in from the southwest at about 5 knots. center_img Taking first place in the PHRF A class was Dan Rossen and his B-32, Problem Child. Mako, skippered by David Michaelis took first place in the Schock 35 class finishing first in 4 out of 5 races. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA canny Donegal businessman has launched a ‘Willy Wonka’-style competition by putting a golden ticket for the All-Ireland Final inside a lucky bag for his sweet shop.Enda Heneghan, who owns Auntie Nellie’s traditional sweet shop in Letterkenny, says the reaction to the idea has been amazing.Enda has hidden a voucher for the ticket for the Hogan Stand inside a €2 lucky bag at his shop on Main Street. Now people are coming in off the street in the hope of snapping up one of the hugely-sought after golden tickets.“We thought that if we put the actual ticket in then people would be able to feel it on the outside of the bag.“It’s just a small piece of paper telling the lucky winner they will be going to Croke Park to watch Donegal play Mayo in the final.“The reaction has been great already. “It’s hard to believe how sought-after the tickets are. I know how Willy Wonka felt now,” he laughed.And Enda won’t say how many lucky bags there are in the golden ticket hunt in case some wealthy fan decides to snap up the lot and be guaranteed a ticket.And with just more than 14,000 tickets being officially allocated to Donegal fans, the hunt is on by more than 40,000 fans looking to go to the big game.Although now happily married and living in Co Donegal, businessman Enda is actually from Ballinrobe, Co Mayo.“Just please don’t ask me who I will be supporting on the day,” he laughed before even being quizzed about his county loyalty. SHOP-OWNER LAUNCHES WILLY WONKA-STYLE HUNT FOR ALL IRELAND TICKET was last modified: September 14th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Auntie Nellie’s Sweet ShopEnda HeneghanletterkennyWilly Wonkalast_img read more

Cheers tears hugs mark end of trek to honour Humboldt Broncos crash

first_imgHUMBOLDT, Sask. – A former junior hockey player’s journey of healing has come to an end after he walked 1,200 kilometres from northern Ontario to Saskatchewan to honour the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.Rance Cardinal, who is 24, walked and sometimes ran into Humboldt on Sunday to the cheers and numerous hugs from hundreds of people after a trek that began April 11.He set out from Sioux Lookout, Ont., five days after the collision northeast of Saskatoon that killed 16 people and injured 13 others.Dressed in a Broncos sweater and carrying a Saskatchewan flag on a hockey stick, Cardinal made his way to the Elgar Peterson Arena for a meet-and-greet ceremony.Cardinal, whose brother died five years ago, says he never thought about giving up during his 48-day journey.He plans to play a little ball hockey with local residents before heading home later this week.Cardinal said he felt the best way to show his support for the grieving Saskatchewan city would be to walk there, no matter the distance.“You know it’s pretty much everybody who believed in me that I could do this. That shows how much support we have for this community,” said Cardinal. “Not one bit of quitting ran through my mind.”He said he hasn’t been himself since his brother’s death, but he “found Rance Cardinal again” after crossing into Saskatchewan.“As the days passed, it was like I got myself stronger mentally and physically and emotionally. I’d like to pass that strength on to the people of Humboldt.”Cardinal plans to spend about three days in Humboldt before driving home.The Broncos were on their way to a playoff game in Nipawin, Sask., on April 6 when the team’s bus and a semi-trailer truck collided at a rural intersection.The accident is still being investigated by the RCMP, who have only said the truck was in the intersection when the crash occurred.(CTV Saskatoon, The Canadian Press)last_img read more