CYA Newsletter

January 2009

Happy New Year 2009

With snow on the ground in all our traditional boating centers from Victoria to St Johns Newfoundland it is hard to visualize that we will be sailing in four months time. However January, February and March are traditional boat show months starting with the Toronto International Boat Show January 9th through 18th. This will be followed with boat shows in Montreal, Vancouver, Halifax, Winnipeg and most major centers where there is a boating community. If you get a chance to visit one of the shows please drop in and visit your provincial sailing association booth. The knowledgeable staff and volunteers will inform you on the wide variety of programs the CYA and its partner PSA’s will be running during the summer of 2009.

Volunteers required:

The Canadian Yachting Association is in the process of reorganizing itself as it moves from a functional to a strategic governance model. Volunteers are needed for committees reporting to the Board of Directors and for working committees, councils and work groups who work closely with staff and report to the Executive Director. The following are examples of some of the positions that are available.

Business Development Committee member

The Business Development Committee works closely with the Executive Director advising him/her on business aspects of the services the Canadian Yachting Association provides to its members. These include analyzing the demand for products and services that the CYA offers or intends to offer its members, assisting in fundraising activities to further the association’s programs, and helping develop public awareness programs which will raise the association’s profile among its members.

Qualifications:  Potential volunteers should have a background in business, marketing or merchandising. They should understand the role of the Canadian Yachting Association and its partner provincial sailing associations as the sport governing body for sailing in Canada. They should have a passion for sailing and should be able to volunteer up to five hours per month.

Training and Certification Committee member

The Training and Certification Committee works closely with the Technical Coordinator Training in his/her duties of overseeing all aspects of the training and certification programs provided by the CYA for instructors, coaches, race officials (including judges, umpires, and race officers). The committee works closely with specialist working groups who develop specialized training programs and define the certification requirements for sailing instructors, cruising instructors, judges, umpires and race officers. The committee reports to the Executive Director.

Qualifications:   Potential volunteers should hold CYA certification in one of the functional areas under this committee’s responsibility. Preferably they have served on a specialist working group or equivalent provincial sailing association committee. They should be prepared to view the programs of this area from a national perspective. They should have a passion for sailing and should be able to volunteer up to five hours per month.

Coaches Council

The Coaches Council represents high performance coaches to the Canadian Yachting Association. Its membership consists of coaches who are working with sailors at the elite club level, provincial or national team level. The Council works closely with the High Performance Director, and the Racing Coordinator and the Training Coordinator identifying training needs for high performance coaches, mentors new elite coaches and provides assistance in developing and implementing association policies as it pertains to coaches.

Qualifications:   Potential volunteers should have NCCP Level 3 certification and should be actively coaching at either the elite club coach level or higher. They should be prepared to view the programs of this area from a national perspective. They should be prepared to volunteer up to five hours per month.

Interested volunteers should submit a resume of their experience, information on their sailing background, contact information and the names of two references (one sailing and one general) to the Executive Director by e-mail .

Rule Books. New racing rules for 2009 – 2012

The 2009 – 2012 racing rules become effective on January 1, 2009. While that doesn’t impact upon us immediately (unless we are racing our boats in coastal British Columbia or competing at a mid winter regatta in the sunbelt) it is now time to purchase your new rule book and study the changes which have taken place from the previous version. You will not get much sympathy from the protest committee if you are not aware of the significant changes which have taken place to the mark rounding rule (rule18). CYA Rule books can be purchased from your provincial sailing association, from marine chandleries, and online at CYA Store

Canadian Sailors attending Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, January 25-30

Canadian sailors with aspiration towards representing Canada at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be in full force at the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta January 25 – 30, 2009. Early entry lists show that aspiring sailors from Victoria to Halifax have already signed up in both the Olympic and Paralympic classes. The largest Canadian entry field will be in the Laser and Laser Radial classes. In addition to sailors there will be a large contingent of Canadian coaches led by Ken Dool, CYA’s High Performance Director and CYA national coaches Tom Wharton and Brian Todd. In addition many provincial sailing associations and a few member clubs will have coaches at the Miami OCR to provide coaching assistance to their sailors. Check the CYA website for results and reports from the regatta.

Pleasure Craft Operators Card: the deadline is nine months away

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to obtain your pleasure craft operators card then remember that Sept 15, 2009 is the critical date. After Sept 15, 2009 everyone operating a pleasure craft fitted with a motor must be in possession of the Pleasure Craft Operators Card. Failure to be able to produce one may result in a fine. CYA instructors are offering courses throughout Canada where you may write the exam leading to obtaining your card. Check the Getting Started section of CYA’s website for information on courses.

Staff Comings and Goings

Colleen Coderre: We are happy to welcome back Colleen who is our High Performance Coordinator from Maternity Leave. Colleen is the proud mother of a little girl, Julia. Colleen will be working closely with Ken Dool and Sarah Case-Moscrop in providing service to our sailing athletes.

Owen Bird: Owen left the employ of the CYA on December 15th to take an IT position with Residence Services at Queens University. We still expect to see a lot of Owen as he is an active CYA Master Learning facilitator in the dinghy program and a Pleasure Craft Operator Card instructor. Owen will also be providing contractor support services to the CYA until March 31, 2009.

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