The 2001 Race ...
It was a relatively quiet start for the 2001 event on June 14th. A southeasterly wind meant spinnakers were the order of the day for the first leg from Port Credit to Oakville.
RodeCrew and Ariel heading to Oakville, 2001.
There are always a few spectacular moments, particularly at sunrise and, in this case, at sunset.
WinDriven, as seen from the pushpit of QuickSilver,
on her approach to Main Duck Island, 2001.
The folks on "WinDriven", the winner of the 2001 Challenge in the Fully Crewed Fleet, had two long beats, one on the way to Main Duck Island and another on the way back. See their course plot.
WinDriven on the morning of the second day during the 2000 event, getting close to Main Duck Island, off the south shore of Prince Edward County. The photo was taken from Elixer of Life.
The wind did pick up - as it usually does - for a portion of this year's race.
WinDriven beating her way back to
the Niagara mark, reefed, 2001.
Photo by Andrea Mooney.
And the winning crew of the fully crewed fleet is all smiles.
The crew of WinDriven, 2001.