CYA Newsletter

August 2009


Nominations for CYA Board of Directors

The CYA Annual General Meeting will be held on November 21, 2009 in Toronto. At that time two directors at large plus the president will be elected. The directors will serve a three year term and may be re-elected for a second term. The president serves for a two year term and may be re-elected for a second term. If you are interested in serving as a director or are aware of individuals who may be could you please make the interest known to the chair of the nominating committee, Mr. Jim Dike. To make sure the Board of Directors represents diversity within its membership women, sailors with a disability and sailors of a visible minority are especially encouraged to run. Nominations are to be sent to

Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC).

There is only one month remaining before all boaters will require their Pleasure Craft Operators Card (Sept 15, 2009). Do you have yours? Check the Getting Started menu on the CYA website and click your mouse on Get your Pleasure Craft Operators Card. Then click your mouse on either find a course or find an instructor and follow the instructions on the screen. In June 2009 more than 1,500 boaters received there PCOC card through the CYA.

If you are a Pleasure Craft Operators Card Instructor have you added your courses to the CYA website? Check the Getting Started menu on the CYA website and click your mouse on Get your Pleasure Craft Operators Card. Click your mouse on find a course and follow the steps to add a course. It is free advertising.

General Motors “Making Dreams Possible” Club Coaching Grants

The Coaching Association of Canada is pleased to announce that the General Motors Making Dreams Possible High Performance Coach Grant applications are now back online!

Dedicated to supporting athletes at all levels through coaching excellence, General Motors’ Making Dreams Possible Program provides one hundred $2,000 club coaching grants and ten $10,000 high performance coach grants to community sport clubs and high performance coaches nationwide on an annual basis. The deadline for the Club Coaching Grants is September 21, 2009

Apply now and make your own dream possible – visit for more information and to submit an application today!

Fogh Marine

Fogh Marine has been a strong supporter of the Canadian Yachting Association’s programs for many years offering discounts on teaching supplies to CYA instructors and supporting members of the Canadian Sailing Team. You can access Fogh Marine’s website directly from the CYA website by clicking on their logo. Check it out for the latest gear and clothing to put you in the top of the fleet.

Sailing’s Long Term Athlete Development Framework

First at CYA Youth Nationals, next at Canadian Optimist Dinghy Class Championships, this presentation has and is being made to inform parents, coaches, officials, and sailing’s leadership of the URGENCY for change –  to sailing’s programs, competition framework and overall culture, the OPPORTUNITY and VISION of the  Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)  initiative for Sailing. It offers a simplistic diagram of the stages in Sailing’s LTAD and NEXT STEPS to align the LTAD framework as backbone to the CYA’s Strategic Plan, and a means to provide feedback.

Look for Sailing for Life – Sailing for Gold on

National Competitions


While results never tell the whole story, they give a snapshot of number of races, who was there, and certainly the final story with finish positions.  Check out results from events so far this year!

09 Laser North Americans

09 Laser Canadians

09 2.4mR Canadians

09 CYA Sail West

09 29er Canadians 


2009 Canada Summer Games – Summerside, PE, August 15 to 21

09 CORK International - Kingston, ON, August 19 to 22

09 CORK OCR – Kingston, ON, August 23 to 27

09 Opti Canadians – Victoria, BC, August 23 to 29

09 Laser World Championships – St. Margaret’s Bay, NS, August 17 to September 5

09 Mobility Cup – Toronto, ON, August 31 to September 4

09 CYA Women’s National Keelboat Championships – West Vancouver, BC, September 11 to 13

CYA National Qualifier Regatta – Victoria, BC, October 1 to 4  

Successful Skud 18 Camp held at Royal Victoria Yacht Club

The Royal Victoria Yacht Club and the Canadian Sailing team hosted another Skud training camp in Victoria for Skud sailors Brenda Hopkin and John McRoberts. The camp focused on fitness testing, video analysis and of course time on the water. Canadian Sport Center Pacific personal were on hand to look after the sport science. James Brotherhood a sport physiologist headed up the testing which included VO2 max. The disabled sailors use a hand crank bicycle, as usual the tests are more fun to watch that doing.

Over in the video department Sam Blades was editing and separating the previous days video, we now have a method, using Dartfish, to have one camera in the boat and one run by the coach outside, they can be synched and set side by side on the computer screen to show the actions of the sailors in the boat and from the outside the cause and effect of those moves, certainly a cool training tool.

Back at RVicYC the wind was out and the heat was in but despite that we got 4 good days on the water, thanks to RVYC Sport Center coach Steve McBride who helped out with launching and coach boats, Steve had prepped the Skud prior to the event which enabled John and Brenda to work efficiently in the boat. We did get one good afternoon out in the Straight where a nice cool breeze of 12kts helped vary the training.

The week was topped off with a visit from Ken Dool who is in Victoria for the CYA Canadian Youth Champs.

John and Brenda will do one more intensive training session before they head to Weymouth for the first of the Paralympic test events, this will be followed by the IFDS Worlds in Athens in October – a busy schedule for the fall.

Brian Todd

Canadian Sailing Team

2009 Canadian Yachting Association Awards

The Canadian Yachting Association invites all Canadian sailors and their supporters to participate in recognizing Canada's top sailors, coaches, volunteers and events via the CYA Annual Awards.

Now is your chance to nominate outstanding sailors, athletes, coaches, race officials, volunteers and events that have contributed to the sport over the past year.  All nomination forms are due at the CYA office by September 27th, 2009 so download the necessary forms today!

The recipients of the 2009 CYA awards will be announced at the 2009 CYA Annual Rolex Awards Banquet which will be held in conjunction with the CYA AGM Weekend; November 21st, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario. Details about the CYA AGM Weekend and the Annual Rolex Awards Banquet will be available on the CYA website in the near future.

1) Rolex Sailor of the Year Award 
The Rolex Sailor of the Year Award, CYA's most prestigious award, is presented annually to a Canadian sailor for bringing recognition to Canadian sailing and the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA). 
More details and Nomination Form 

2) CYA Female Athlete of the Year Award 
The Female Athlete of the Year is awarded to an individual athlete or crew with a record of outstanding achievement in national and international competition. 
More details and Nomination Form 

3) CYA Male Athlete of the Year Award 
The Male Athlete of the Year is awarded to an individual athlete or crew with a record of outstanding achievement in national and international competition. 
More details and Nomination Form 

4) Marvin McDill Memorial Award 
The Marvin McDill Award, named in honour of the person who organized Canada’s entry into 1983 America’s Cup is presented annually to the athlete/crew with the best results at their first Open World Championship as a member of the Canadian Sailing Team. 
More details and Nomination Form 

5) Nathan R. Cowan Memorial Award for Developing Sailors 
Friends and family of Nathan Cowan donated this award to the CYA in 2002 to honour the memory of Nathan Cowan, a Canadian Sailing Team member, who died tragically in a car accident on February 16, 2002. In 2002, after years of determination and persistence, Nathan finally achieved his goal of making the National Team. Nathan’s friends and family have designed the criteria of this award in order to support athletes like Nathan, and help them through these years of hard work. 
More details and Nomination Form 

6) Bill Burk Memorial Youth Elite Award  
This award was donated to the CYA in 1997 by the Burk family to honor the memory of Bill Burk, their father, an active promoter of youth sailing in the Montreal's West Island region. As of 2003, this award may recognize a top male and female sailor. 
More details and Nomination Form 

7) Gerry Roufs Trophy 
This award was established in 1998 by the Canadian Yachting Association to honour the memory of Gerry Roufs, the internationally renowned Canadian sailor and single-handed offshore racer who was lost at sea in 1997. 
The award is presented to the person whose achievement in international offshore racing has had significant impact on the recognition of sailing in Canada. 
More details and Nomination Form 

8) CYA Coach of the Year Award 
This award was established in 1998 to recognize an instructor/coach who has contributed to the advancement of sailing at the club/school level.  
More details and Nomination Form 

9) Chisholm Trophy for Excellence in Race Management 
This award, donated by the Ontario Sailing Association, was established in 1993. Emblematic of excellence in race management, the Chisholm Trophy recognizes the club or association responsible for the regatta with the best-managed races during the time frame of September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2009. The winner is selected on the basis of the quality of race management. 
More details and Nomination Form 

10) CYA City of Kingston Regatta of the Year Award 
This award is in place to recognize a regatta whereupon all aspects of race management and organization have resulted in an overall organizational success. 
More details and Nomination Form 

11) William Abbott Senior Trophy - Sail Training Program of the Year 
In 1991, at the second annual CYA Sail Training Symposium, the Sarnia Yacht Club donated a trophy in honour of William Abbott Senior, who as well as being one of Canada's best known yacht builders, has contributed significantly to sail training at Sarnia Yacht Club. 

The purpose of the trophy is to recognize the many fine programs run by dedicated volunteers throughout Canada and to share the information among clubs for the improvement of their sail-training programs. 
More details and Nomination Form   

12) CYA Recreation Event Award 
This award was established in 1997 to recognize a club, an organization, an individual or a group that has contributed to the promotion of recreational sailing in Canada. 
The club, organization or individual nominated for this award must be Canadian based, and be affiliated with the Canadian Yachting Association. 
More details and Nomination Form 

13) CYA Volunteer of the Year Award 
The CYA Volunteer of the Year Award was established in 1991 to recognize outstanding contributions by CYA volunteers. The contribution can be related to activities by the candidate(s) over a period of years or to a specific event or program during a particular year. 
More details and Nomination Form

All the CYA Awards info can be found at

Heritage Canada Confirms 2009 -2010 Contribution Agreement with Canadian Yachting Association

On July 23, 2009 the Canadian Yachting Association received its 2009 – 2010 contribution agreement with Sport Canada. The Canadian Yachting Association will receive up to a maximum of $ 1,330, 250 under the Sport Support program for administration, operations and programming, national team programs, salary support for both coaches and administrative staff, official languages, long term athlete development framework (LTAD), and Podium Canada (a program for elite athletes). Contributions have confirmed for both mainstream athletes and athletes with a disability.

The support is slightly reduced from 2008 – 2009 because some sport participation development programs were completed in 2008 and new participation programs are on hold pending the outcome of the LTAD project. “We are happy with he support we continue to receive from Sport Canada” stated Peter Wood, Interim Executive Director. The support will allow us to continue our preparations towards the sailing events at the 2012 London Olympic Games and provides us with the funding base we need to grow and focus our domestic program.

Etobicoke Yacht Club Open Regatta to support Canadian Sailing Team


2009 Etobicoke Yacht Club Open and Level Regatta

The last major keel boat regatta in the Greater Toronto Area, the regatta attracts up to 120 boats competing in up to 16 classes on four courses. It is one of the largest regattas of the season and has a reputation for top-notch race management and great food and entertainment. Primarily amateur crews compete for prizes and flags, as well as standings in the overall LORC series. The event is also a major counter for a number of one design classes and has hosted a number of class championships over the years as part of the regatta. This year, the EYC Open will include the IRC Canadian Championships.


29-30 August 2009


Racing – Lake Ontario south of Etobicoke Yacht Club

Shore Events – Etobicoke Yacht Club,

300 Humber Bay Park Road West,

Toronto, Ontario, Canada M8V 3X7


The EYC Open/Levels provides competitive racing at all skill levels and sizes and marks the closing celebration of the summer racing season.

New this year; the event is being held in support of the Canadian Sailing Team. Sponsorship funds support the athletes and coaches as they prepare for the 2012 Olympics in London.
Benefit for Sponsors

The quality of racing, typically great weather, famous steak dinner, Mt. Gay Rum Pour, and entertainment that usually goes on until early morning, ensures the event is always one of the most well attended. Therefore the regatta provides potentially major exposure to individuals from all levels of sailing and racing for our sponsors.

With support of the Olympic team, the EYC Open will be attracting mainstream media attention, which will offer added value and exposure to our sponsors that will go beyond a typical regatta.

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