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Régates de Sorel-Tracy: an emotional weekend

After three long years of waiting, the Régates de Sorel-Tracy were finally able to offer a full day of exciting racing on Sunday. Saturday’s strong winds unfortunately led to the cancellation of the smaller boat races, notably the novice, 2.5 liters and Formula 2500. Water conditions posed considerable challenges to race teams and drivers throughout the weekend. Despite this, we saw some superb racing, with several drivers emerging victorious.

 

Novice class
Victory went to young Mederyk Guillet, driving the N66 Thunderboat. Olivier Maisonneuve, the 2023 HRL champion, finished second, followed by Sydney Manessis in the N244 Miss Virgo. The next generation is active and promising.

 

Current ranking :

1 – N 66 – THUNDERBOAT – Mederyk Guillet – 58 PTS
2 – N 444 – MISS VALLEYFIELD – Nolan Théorêt – 54 PTS
3 – N 109 – L’ANGLE D’ATTAQUE – Olivier Maisonneuve – 51 PTS
4 – N 244 – MISS VIRGO – Sydney Manessis – 51 PTS
5 – N 13 – LUCKY THIRTEEN – Alice Caron – 44 PTS
6 – N 144 – LITTLE MISS VALLEYFIELD – Jayden Théorêt – 40 PTS
7 – N 76 – SWEETHURRICANE – Eryka Bernier * – 36 PTS
8 – N 80 – WILD THING – Zack Parent * – 33 PTS
9 – N 666 – CHARPENTEK GIRL – Maika Léger – 32 PTS
10 – N 519 – AH SUM SECRET – Kolin Henderson – 20 PTS
11 – N 409 – ABBY’S BOAT – Noémie Maisonneuve – 14 PTS
12 – N 99 – THE PHOENIX – Thomas Lavallée – 6 PTS
13 – N 858 – MISS KIRA – Mathys Lavalée

 

2.5 Liters Class
Seven boats took part in the final, where young rookie Jacob Haineault triumphed at the wheel of the S2 Novo Racing. Jacob had also won pole position at the Cambridge event last May. He narrowly edged out Kyle Hayes, who put in a remarkable performance at the wheel of the S35 TMSpecial. The battle between Kyle and Jacob was one of the finest duels of the weekend. Kenneth Brodie III, consistent in his performances, finished in third place at the wheel of the S50 Centless 15. Unfortunately, Mathis-Gabriel Chiasson suffered a spectacular spin on Sunday afternoon, preventing him from taking part in the final.

 

Current ranking :

1- S 2 – NOVO RACING – Jacob Haineault – 165 PTS
2 – S 50 – CENTLESS 15 – Kenneth Brodie III – 142 PTS
3 – S 35 – TMSPECIAL – Kyle Hayes – 132 PTS
4 – S 74 – GROUPE SFK- Matthieu Brown – 127 PTS
5 – S 25 – CANADIAN TIRE – Derek Anderson – 119 PTS
6 – S 57 – HOW? – Mathis-Gabriel Chiasson – 92 PTS
7 – S 17 – DEFYING GRAVITY – Stéphane Racine – 62 PTS
8 – S 104 – D-ROCK MOTORSPORT – Benoit Toupin – 48 PTS
9 – S 102 – GÉNÉRAL C – Rémi Beauvillain – 29 PTS
10 – S 18 – DIABO HYDROPLANE RACING – Sherri Diabo – 13 PTS
11 – S 22 – ALL-IN – Dominic Billette

 

Formula 2500 class
Victory went to John Shaw in the F-92 Tenacity, followed by Samuel Tremblay in the F113 Another One. Young Owen Henderson impressed with third place in the F3 Secretly Ahh-Sum. Also worthy of mention was the excellent driving of HRL rookie 2023 Grant Liddycoat in the F97 Send It, as well as Eddie Kanfoush in the F500 – Centless 16, who was perfect throughout the weekend before swerving in Sunday’s final.

 

Current ranking :

1 – F 92 – TENACITY – John Shaw – 160 PTS
2 – F 500 – CENTLESS 16 – Eddie Kanfoush – 139 PTS
3 – F 97 – SEND IT – Grant Liddycoat – 132 PTS
4 – F 26 – DREAM WEAVER – Kevin Smith – 120 PTS
5 – F 113 – ANOTHER ONE – Samuel Tremblay – 112 PTS
6 – F 3 – SECRETLY AHH-SUM – Owen Henderson – 112 PTS
7 – F 4 – PIÈCES D’AUTO VALLEYFIELD – Tommy Shannon – 90 PTS
8 – F 751 – LALO RACING – Marc Lalonde – 65 PTS
9 – F 88 – FATBOY – Alexandre Leduc – 62 PTS
10 – F 77 – CHARETTE RACING – Guillaume Charette – 52 PTS
11 – F 757 – CANADA GIRL – Stéphanie Blain – 50 PTS
12 – F 14 – LEGACY 1 – Grant Hearn – 36 PTS
13 – F 555 – HAPPY SUNNY – Michael Tremblay – 19 PTS
14 – F 38 – HERRIN CHOKER – Adam Carruthers – 15 PTS

 

Jersey Speed Skiff Class
Five boats took part in the final, with victory going to Jimmie Stewart and his sister Peggy Ewancio, driving the JSS 10 – Yumpin’Yiminy. Peggy’s son Max finished second in the JSS45 – In the Red. Dave Greenlaw completed the podium with the JSS99 – Veri Cheri Racing. The waters of the St. Lawrence River provided a memorable spectacle for this class.

 

1 – JSS 10 – YUMPIN’ YIMINY – Jimmie Stewart – 185 PTS
2 – JSS 45 – IN THE RED – Max Ewancio – 143 PTS
3 – JSS 99 – VERI CHERI RACING – Dave Greenlaw – 110 PTS
4 – JSS 113 – ANOTHER ONE – Louis-Alexandre Beaudoin – 99 PTS
5 – JSS 7 – ROLLING THUNDER RACING – Tom Pakradoni – 79 PTS

 

Hydro 350 & Pro-Hydro class
Boats in the Hydro 350 class delivered breathtaking performances throughout the weekend. The weekend’s racing was highlighted by the battle between Tyler Kaddatz (H195 Ahhsum Secret) and Eric McKenna (H999) in Sunday’s qualifications. Tyler eventually won the final, which was marked by multiple penalties. Frédéric Couturier, driving the H14 – Legacy 1, took second place, a fine victory for a rookie in the class. Karl St-Vincent, driving the H37 Bull Shark, had his first podium and a remarkable weekend. Unfortunately, driver Bert Henderson, driving the H924 Game On, was involved in an accident and suffered injuries. The entire HRL family wishes him a speedy recovery and thanks the medical team and volunteers for their swift intervention.

 

Current ranking :

1 – H 999 – LA BÊTE NOIRE – Éric McKenna – 152 PTS
2 – H 14 – LEGACY 1 – Frédéric Couturier – 148 PTS
3 – H 2 – NOVO RACING – Richard Haineault – 137 PTS
4 – H 52 – LEGACY 1 – Paul Barber – 125 PTS
5 – H 666 – CHARPENTEK – Danny Léger – 124 PTS
6 – H 37 – BULL SHARK – Karl St-Vincent – 116 PTS
7 – H 306 – DOGNASTY – Tommy Shannon – 109 PTS
8 – H 242 – L.D.C. CONSTRUCTION COMPANY – Bobby King – 108 PTS
9 – H 519 – TEAM TOBAN – Kent Henderson – 106 PTS
10 – H 21 – SUPERNOVA – Yannick Léger – 92 PTS
11 – H 924 – GAME ON – Bert Henderson – 90 PTS
12 – H 500 – CENTLESS 14 – Joe Less – 87 PTS
13 – H 195 – AHHSUM SECRET – Tyler Kaddatz – 80 PTS
14 – H 773 – RTX – Martin Rochon – 50 PTS
15 – H 8 – LAST MINUTE AGAIN – Michael Tremblay – 46 PTS
16 – H 104 – GESTION UNIK – Marc Lecompte – 40 PTS
17 – H 113 – ANOTHER ONE – Louis-Alexandre Beaudoin – 34 PTS
18 – H 4 – BIG DECISION – Érik Allard – 31 PTS
19 – H 447 – MISS OMG PRO CONDUITE – Francois Leroux – 28 PTS
20 – H 300 – PENZOIL – Andrew Tate

 

In the developing Pro-Hydro class, Dominic Maisonneuve took top honors at the wheel of the V109 Formax, ahead of Jay Whitehair’s V146 Steeler.

 

Grand Prix Class
For safety reasons, the organizing committee decided to cancel the Grand Prix Final, as the medical team was fully mobilized to assist Henderson. However, after accumulation of points, the honors went to the GP71-Wild One team, driven by Andrew Tate. New Zealander Jack Lupton took second place in the JLM Jack Lupton Motorsport, followed by Éric Langevin in the GP 212 Sylco.

 

1 – GP 71 – THE WILD ONE – Andrew Tate – 188 PTS
2 – GP 577 – LUCAS OIL – Ken Lupton – 160 PTS
3 – GP 35 – TMSPECIAL – Brandon Kennedy – 142 PTS
4 – GP 212 – SYLCO – Éric Langevin – 140 PTS
5 – GP 33 – JLM JACK LUPTON MOTORSPORT – Jack Lupton – 112 PTS
6 – GP 79 – BAD INFLUENCE – Jeff Bernard – 88 PTS
7 – GP 50 – FREEDOM – Ken Brodie II – 70 PTS
8 – GP 757 – CANADA BOY – Robin Demers/Mario Blain – 54 PTS
9 – GP 104 – MISS CLÉOPÂTRE – Marc Lecompte

 

The HRL would like to thank the spectators, volunteers, race teams and organizing committee of the Régates internationales de Sorel-Tracy for their dedication, patience and support throughout the weekend.

 

See you in Brockville for the 1000 Islands Regatta on June 29!