It was a smokey start to the 2017 N.A. Championship in Osoyoos, BC. Most of the west, from California to BC was plagued with wild fires in their forests which had filled the air in the Okanagan Valley with thick smoke.
The first day of racing was in smokey and generally calm conditions and only one race was completed, however a strong breeze arrived in the early evening. Day two started with a sprinkling of rain, building wind as well as almost smoke free conditions, this allowed for 5 races to be run. Day three returned to calm conditions which kept sailor on shore — fire fighting water bombers took over the lake as they made pass after pass scooping water from the area in the race course.
Full results have not been received, however the top three places are:
1st – Don Snell (Newell Sailing Club)
2nd – Hamish Ferguson (Newell Sailing Club)
3rd – Mike Sonnie (Newell Sailing Club)
Notice the water bomber in the background.