Reloading the collective gun:
The process of qualifying for berths on the National team has begun in earnest with the conclusion of the 2008 National Qualifying Regatta for the Laser and Radial Classes. The 2008 qualifier was hosted by St Margaret’s Bay Sailing Club over the extended weekend of Oct 3-5. As one comes to expect in St. Margaret’s Bay the winds were exquisite and the athletes were treated to 3 intense days of competition. A total of 11 races were completed for both classes in winds ranging from 8 to 25 knots with the majority of the races held in winds in excess of 15 knots. The local club lead by Rod Millar did an outstanding job in hosting the championships as a prelude to the 2009 Laser World Championships which will occur in August of 09 on these same waters.
The titles in both divisions were up for grabs throughout the competition with veteran competitors battling the game up and comers for spots on the National stage. Bernard Luttmer of RCYC held of the quartet of Abe Torchinsky (RVYC) Dave Wright (RCYC), Chris Dold (RCYC) and Lee Parkhill (RCYC) to claim the Laser title. In the Radial fleet the competition was no less compelling with veteran National team member Jen Spalding of RVYC showing solid form in claiming the title, narrowly edging local Daniel Dube (SMSC/RSNYS), Keamia Rasa (RVYC) and hard charging Lisa Ross (RSNYS).
A big thank you to the locals for the hospitality and excellent conditions that were provided for the event.
All Other Olympic Class NQR’s:
The remainder of the team will be selected during the 2009 Miami Olympic Classes Regatta hosted in January 2009.
Peter Wood appointed Interim Executive Director
The Canadian Yachting Association announced today that Peter Wood has been appointed Interim Executive Director effective immediately.
Peter has had a long involvement in sailing spanning more than 40 years. He is currently a member of CYA’s Judge Committee and serves on the Ontario Sailing Association’s Appeals Committee. He is also the voluntary head coach of the Ontario Sailing Association’s regional training centre for paralympic sailing at Nepean Sailing Club.
Peter was a staff member of the Canadian Yachting Association from 1979 to 2000 serving as Racing Director and Training Director during that period.
He was a member of the Canadian Sailing Team in the mid 1970’s. Peter has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and a MBA from the University of Washington (USA). Peter will be located at the Canadian Yachting Association offices in Kingston, ON
CYA Looks Ahead - Annual General Meeting
Come and join the membership in meeting to discuss the future direction and activities of the CYA. Meaningful direction and new resolve begin with you.
Thursday Oct 23rd
11am – 5pm Executive Directors Meeting – CYA offices
7-9pm CYA and Walt Disney Studio presents: Morning Light – Sailing Documentary
Friday Oct 24th
8:30 am Sailing Development Meeting – CYA offices
1:00 pm Learn To Sail Meeting – CYA offices
*all meetings for Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th at Confederation Place Hotel
237 Ontario Street, Kingston
Saturday Oct 25th
8-9 am Closed Board of Director Meeting – Confederation Place Hotel
9-11:30 am Open Forum – Membership and Governance
11:30 am Luncheon – Olympic/Paralympic Celebration
1:30-2 pm AGM – Registration
2-4:30 pm Annual General Meeting
6:30 pm CYA Annual Rolex Awards Reception and Banquet - KYC
Sunday Oct 26th
8:30-10:30 Board of Directors and Provincial Council Meetings
11-12pm Nominating Committee Meeting
11-4 pm Board of Directors Meeting
12-4pm Provincial Council Meeting
High Performance – Canadian Sailing Team
The 2005-2008 quadrennial for all intents and purposes has drawn to a close with the conclusion of the Paralympic Games in Qingdao. The quad will be best remembered for Paul Tingley’s Gold Medal performance in the 2.4mR class at the Paralympics, a first for Canadian sailors. Although this performance stands out amongst many there were numerous memorable performances that are worthy of mention:
Paralympic Games Gold Medal 2.4mR – Paul Tingley
Bronze Medal Skud 18 – John McRoberts and Stacie Louttit
4th Tornado – Oskar Johansson and Kevin Stittle
5th Finn – Chris Cook 9th Laser – Mike Leigh
Oskar Johansson & Kevin Stittle – Silver @ 2008 Tornado Worlds
Mike Leigh – Gold @ 2008 Radial Worlds, 4th @ 2006 Laser Worlds
Chris Cook – Finn – 6th in 2008, 7th in 2007, 9th in 2006, Bronze in 2005
Luke Ramsay – Gold at 2006 Youth Worlds – Laser
Bruce Millar – 4th at 2007 2.4mR IFDS Worlds
Paul Tingley – 5th at 2007 2.4mR IFDS Worlds
John McRoberts & Stacie Louttit – 6th at 2007 Skud 18 – IFDS Worlds
Isabella Bertold – 4th at 2008 Youth Worlds, 7th at 2007 Youth Worlds – Radial
Robert Davis – 5th at 2008 Youth Worlds – Laser
David Hayes – 6th at 2007 Youth Worlds – RSX
Europeans & Grade 1 Events Mike Leigh – Gold at 2008 Hyeres, Bronze 2008 Kiel Week, Bronze 2007 Europeans
Oskar Johansson & Kevin Stittle – Gold at 2007 Hyeres Pan American Games
Dominique Vallee – Gold – RSX Milev, Wolfs, Goodyear, Naidoo – Bronze – J24
Just a sampling of the performance over the past quadrennial, and now its time to set the target squarely on the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.
The challenges for certain will be many and the Canadian athletes’ and the entire support system will need to raise it’s collective game yet again to achieve prominence in the quadrennial that lies ahead.