Nationals NoR & Other News

SeaSpray Trophy Design

Michael Butler is asking if anyone has a line drawing of a SeaSpray he can use to make trophies.  If you have one please send it to Michael at
Picture shows an example of a line drawing trophy.  Looks nice

Notice of Race

Attached is the Notice of Race for the SeaSpray Canadian Nationals July 7, 8 and 9th.  Nationals will be part of a bigger regatta – the  annual Prairie Wind Regatta.  Nationals  will start on Friday and continue until Sunday.

CLICK HERE for Seaspray 2017 NOR & PWR

Window To The World

Sometimes the hardest part of racing a SeaSpray is being able to see where the other boats are because the sail window isn’t big enough or your eyes aren’t as good as they used to be. Your eyes are hard to improve but sail windows can be made larger — how about this for a sail window?



2016 Canadian Championships

Another season is in the books and Don Snell has successfully defended his championship at Lake Osoyoos Sailing Club. This marks 5 straight National Championships for Don, but still a bit short of Dave West’s record of 9 straight — only 4 more to go Don!


For those who attend a lot of regattas, you know that the wind usually blows best the day before and the day after a regatta. This year started with great wind on Thursday and Friday’s racing started in light wind, but it didn’t stay that way! Wind speeds increased as each day passed as a weather system passed through the area ultimately blowing so hard on Sunday that racing was eventually abandoned.


Butler Wins North Americans

Mike Butler from northern California won his first Sea Spray North American Championship at Huntington Lake, California.  Seven boats sailed in 9 races with Butler (USA) recording bullets in all 9 races to finish ahead of second place finisher Jay Gardner (USA)(’96,’00,’01’04,’05,& 2013 Champ), and third place finisher Hamish Ferguson (CAN) (2009 Champ).

Photos sent by Mike Butler. Click on first photo..

Prairie Wind Regatta Winds Up

tweaker2The 2016 Prairie Wind Regatta has wrapped up and the members of the Newell Sailing Club can now kick back and enjoy the rest of the sailing season. For those who have never sailed at the PWR, it has become one of the premier events on the Alberta Sailing Assn. calendar.

From the NSC website:

“Our 29th annual regatta is over.  Our winds were co-operative and blew for two days although starting later on Sunday morning.  The San Juan 21 North Americans were held jointly with the Glenmore Sailing Club hosting this event at our sailing facility from Thursday to Sunday.  There were 31 San Juan 21’s registered and 39 registered for the Prairie Wind for a total of 70 sailboats.  Some of the San Juan competitors travelled a long ways to our lake coming from Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, California, Montana, British Columbia, Alberta etc.  The Prairie Wind Regatta had fleets of Fireballs, Lasers, Optimist Dinghies, Seaspray Catamarans and a number of other sailboat types.  A lot of our club members competed as well as volunteered their time to help host the event.  We owe a lot to the volunteers and value their contributions.”

Click here for Results

North Americans at Huntington Lake


Here is a video from the venue hosting the NA Championships for those who may not have ever been to Huntington Lake, California. An alpine lake with fabulous winds that can almost be used to tell time. The wind starts at the same time of day each day and ends at the same time each day.

Less Than A Month Prairie Wind Regatta

The 2016 Prairie Wind Regattais less than a month away. This event is hosted by the Newell Sailing Club at Lake Newell, near Brooks, Alberta.

Lake Newell is a large, man made lake that is one of the top places to sail on in all of Alberta. The sailing club is located within the boundaries of Kinbrook Island Provincial Park and sailors can camp within sight of the Clubhouse, with limited tenting allowed on the Club ground. (see NSC website for more information)


Snell Repeats as North American Champ

Don Snell, of the Newell Sailing Club in Brooks, Alberta, defended his North American SeaSpray Championship in Osoyoos at the LOSC Invitational Regatta.


L-R: Chris Schuren, LOSC; 1st: Don Snell; 2nd: Rupert Holmes; 3rd: Jay Gardner; 4th: Pam Simonson; 5th: Hamish Ferguson