Mandate Takes J/105 Canadian Championship Again

Canada’s premier one-design, big boat regatta, the J/105 Canadian Championship was held September 27-29 on Lake Ontario in Toronto, ON. Terry McLaughlin, a five-time Canadians Champion and three-time J/105 North American, dominated the eight-race series, winning, with partner Rod Wilmer, six of the races enroute to a final margin of 12 points over his brother Frank McLaughlin, an Olympic Bronze medalist. Late September on Lake Ontario can deliver a variety of racing conditions, and this regatta got it all. Day one started with an AP for an hour, followed by a light air race building to winds in the mid-teens for the second race and light wind for the third. Day two saw stronger winds with a steady 12-16 knots for the first race, however a line squall came in and hit the fleet on the final downwind leg of the second race with a 180 degree shift ending the day for racing. The last day saw huge waves for Lake Ontario of 10-12 feet out of the east and winds 16-18 with gusts over 20 knots for all three of the final races. A Gold Clean Regatta, for the third time in a row from the Sailors for the Sea, this event had it all covered, from responsible dinnerware and reusable signage to refilling water bottle station and paperless race management. The annual fundraising effort in support of the local Broad Reach Foundation that introduces kids at risk to sailing raised $29,500. The J/105 Fleet 4 Lake Ontario has been supporting Broad Reach for over 15 years and is now an important part of this regatta and Fleet culture. For complete results, visit

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