Argosi: I ordered it from Silent Sports back in the beginning of March. When I picked it up a week or so ago, I was told that it was the first Coast Runner recieved by the North American distributor, Trident in Vancouver.
Not sure why the price diff between the C.R. and the Open Ocean. Supply and demand?
As for comparing the Dom to the C.R., I still haven't paddled them side by side. My take on it would be to say that they are pretty equal in upwind speed for me....the Dom is about 260 litres in volume, the C.R. about 310, so that may have a bit of an influence on how they paddle. They both feel similar in that they have a slight roll side to side, ie. initial stability. That firms up once under power. The C.R. is very stable in side chop as well....I have yet to swim paddling it. Downwind, I'm guessing the C.R. would leave the Bark in its wake very quickly. It's just that good.
All that being said, I wouldn't mind having a Dominator too. A bit more of a flatwater race board.....
Toronto? Well, I saw the race posted somewhere else, and if it turned out to truly be a "downwinder" then by all means I'd make an effort to show up. Like you said though, not much wind in July and August. I have a lot of other downwind runs much closer to me (Parry Sound area, Collingwood - Wasaga Beach, Lake Simcoe etc) when the wind blows. P.M me if you're heading up this way this summer, lots of places to hook up for a paddle.