CYA Newsletter

July 2009

2009 Laser World Championship update

It’s been a hectic spring at the St. Margaret Sailing Club (SMSC) in Nova Scotia. In preparation for the 2009 Nautel Laser World Championships, Commodore Wayne Trowse has overseen hundreds of thousands of dollars in construction.

“The breakwater, new marinas, and new sail training centre are part of the legacy for the province of the Nautel Laser Worlds,” says Trowse. “Someone told me it is the single largest construction project ever undertaken at a Nova Scotia sailing club. It has definitely been interesting!”

The 2009 Nautel Laser Worlds take place from August 19th to September 5th on St. Margaret’s Bay, hosted by SMSC. There are 180 athletes competing in the Worlds from August 20th to the 26th. There are 400 registered to compete in the Masters which open on September 30th and run through to September 5th with one lay day. 

“I’ll admit it has been a huge undertaking in the short period we’ve had,” says Barbara Pike, co-chair of the event with Rod Millar. “We have hundreds of volunteers, but could definitely use more. So if anyone in the sailing community is going to be in the neighbourhood in late August, early September we welcome all hands!”


The Summer is going by with a blur. August will soon be upon us and with it the regatta championship season. The Canadian Youth Sailing Championships will be hosted by Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Aug x to y. The Canada Games sailing events will run Aug 15 to 22 in Summerside PEI. Hundreds of sailors from around the world will descend upon St Margaret’s Bay Sailing Club south of Halifax for the World Laser Championships and World Master Laser Championships. Next door to the CYA offices in Kingston, Cork will again be running three weeks of great races for the 40th year. Everywhere in between Victoria and St Johns Nfld member clubs are running provincial, regional, and national one-design championships. It wouldn’t happen without our greatest asset, the volunteers in our sailing system, those people who volunteer at the club level. It seems every club has a core of 20 to 50 members (and sometimes more) who you can count on to make things happen. Thank them next time you cross the finish line or see them hammer in hand repairing the club dock.

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.

Sailing included in Canada Sport Centre, Ontario

Ontario based members of the Canadian Sailing Team, and members of the Ontario Sailing Team will soon be able to access the sport science services of the Canada Sport Centre in Toronto as the result of a recent agreement between the Canadian Yachting Association, the Ontario Sailing Association, Royal Canadian Yacht Club and the Canada Sport Centre, Toronto. CYA will be financially contributing to the partnership which will include the hiring of a sailing coach to service the needs of Toronto based Canadian Sailing Team and Ontario Sailing Team members.

CYA welcomes new staff

The CYA welcomes Pamela Wangkhang as a part time bilingual receptionist/program assistant. Pamela will be available to be better service our members and the sailing in the “official language” of their choice. Pamela also reads and writes Spanish.

The CYA also welcomes back Jaime Van Wynsberghe as our membership program assistant for June, July, and August. Jaime is devoting her time to servicing members who need replacement Pleasure Craft Operator Cards and assuring that our instructors and coaches are properly registered for the sailing season. Jaime is a third year student at University of Waterloo.

Mercury Marine

Many of our clubs and members have been taking advantage of rebate offer provided by Mercury Marine. Royal Victoria Yacht Club recently purchased the Mercury DR 450 Dive & Rescue series of RIB. This boat is stronger than recreational ribs and therefore has a longer productive life and is more suitable for coaches and regatta rescue use.

Mercury Marine is a sponsor of the Canadian Sailing Team and can be accessed through our website

Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC).

There are only two months 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!

CYA Bank of Montreal Mastercard

Do you have a CYA Master card in your wallet? There are over 10,000 CYA BMO Affinity Mastercards outstanding but only 1,200 are used regularly by their cardholders. CYA receives a small payment to help support our programs every time you use the card. So when you have a choice of which card to use, use your CYA card and support your sailing organization.


The CYA High Performance Director, Ken Dool, will be leading the Youth Olympic Training Seminar (YOTS) at - and during - the 2009 CYA Youth National Championships. The CYA Appointed Coach will:

  1. Pre-championship - Support Coaching to sailors without a Coach;
  2. Pre-championship - As needed - offer guidance to the coaching activities of the Training Groups / Teams, and provide mentorship as appropriate to the Coaches of Teams / Training Groups
  3. Pre-championship and during championship – Mentor to selected Apprentice Coach selected according an Apprentice Coach Mentorship Program (this program outlined below)
  4. During Championship – Observe Sailor, Coach and Official Activity on courses, providing a de-brief session in manner similar to that provided at Youth Worlds (Jim Saltonstall-style as at Youth Worlds). The Apprentice Coach will execute a role to assist the CYA Appointed Coach in collecting data for the day’s debrief sessions.

Through 20 years Ken has worked as Head Coach to the Canadian Sailing Team, Coach to 5 Canadian Olympic Teams, and High Performance Director to the CYA.

The CYA appreciates the partnership it holds with Host Venue Organization, Royal Victoria Yacht Club, and BC Sailing in delivery of CYA Coach Leadership at YOTS and CYA Youth Nationals in 2009.

Apprentice Coach Mentorship at YOTS and the CYA Youth National Championships

A benefit to the Host venue and region, the CYA will partner with the Host Venue and its Provincial Sailing Association to select one Coach to the role of Apprentice Coach to the CYA appointed Coach. Eligibility will be based on a combination of:

  • Coaching Certification;
  • A personal development plan indicating pursuit toward career in Coaching;
  • Registration with CYA; and
  • The Coach’s developing expertise and recognition as a up and coming leader who will impact sailors and their families to retain them in the sport, and offer exemplary guidance to them as they transition through progressive stages of development in the Athlete Development Framework.

Canada Summer Games 2009

Sailing was a sport at the first Canada Summer Games in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1969. It will appear at the 2009 edition of the Games out of the Summerside Yacht Club in Prince Edward Island during Week One of this summer’s Games. The regatta will be governed by rules defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing and will include Single-handed Laser and Double handed – 29er events for males and Single-handed Laser Radial and Double handed- 29er events for females.

Some Provincial Sailing Associations have selected and announced their sailors for their Canada Games Teams: Here are some athletes to watch for:

British Columbia

  • Isabella Bertold – Youngest ever member of Canadian Sailing Team, 4th place finish at 2008 ISAF Youth World Championships; 2007 CYA Youth Sailor of the Year
  • Kevin Grierson – Recognized as a Status member of the 2009 Canadian Sailing Team
  • Mark Pataky and Jon Scott – International experience at Optimist Dinghy World Championships, 2007 ISAF Youth World Championships


  • Evert McLaughlin, Alanna Foscarini, Alison Ludzki – Multi-year members of the Canadian Youth Sailing Team. Alanna and Alison sailed in 2 ISAF Youth World Championships
  • Joanne Prokop – international experience has taken her to Status membership on the 2009 Canadian Sailing Team
  • Peter Soosalu – Sailed the 2007 ISAF Youth World Championships


  • Eric and Alex Chouinard – sailed for Canada on the 2008 Youth World Team

Check the CYA website during the Games for results and stories from Summerside

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.

Ian Bruce, lifelong sailor and designer named to the Order of Canada

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, announced on Canada Day the newest appointees to the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest Honour. Amongst the appointees is the Father of the Laser, Ian Bruce, an Industrial Designer by profession and a boat builder by occupation. Ian co-designer of the Laser dinghy, was named as an Officer of the Order of Canada, “For his contributions to the sport of sailing in Canada and abroad, notably for the design and development of high-performance crafts for young sailors.

With a concept in mind and a set of lines (drawings) from friend and fellow Canadian Bruce Kirby, he created in 1970 a boat, rig and manufacturing process that has essentially remained unchanged to this day and still represents the epitome of one-design sailing. By 1974, he had opened 9 majority-owned plants worldwide building the Laser and the rest is history.

He is also a passionate sailor having twice won the prestigious Prince of Wales Trophy in International Fourteens and twice represented his country in the Olympics in the Finn (Naples 1960) and the Star (Keil, 1972).

The award is in recognition of his service to sailing, both in Canada and Internationally, and in particular for his involvement in the design and development of high-performance boats for young sailors. During 40 years in the business, he has either designed or assisted in the design, development and building of all the following International or Recognized Classes: Finn, Fourteen, Contender, Laser, Optimist, Fireball, 470, Laser II, Tasar, Laser Radial, Byte and 29er. In the last instance he was part of a team assisting Julian Bethwaite in the development of the 29er, providing the design team with both his product design knowledge and his sailing experience. His own design, the Byte, is the male and female singlehander to be used in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

At 76, he is still sailing his Star and his company PS2000 in Montreal, in which he is fully active, builds the Optimist, the Club 420, the Megabyte, the Byte and the 29er.” Ian is a member of the Royal St Lawrence Yacht Club in Dorval, Quebec.

ISAF Event Grading & International Event Calendar

Does an event your club or class is planning to run in 2010 qualify for ISAF International Grading? Perhaps your event qualifies for listing on the International Calendar? Applications for listing on ISAF calendar and Requests for ISAF Grading are to be submitted to CYA for endorsement. Use this table for more information:

  Fleet Race Event Match Race Event
Grading Criteria Fleet ISAF Grade Criteria Match ISAF Rank Criteria
Calculating Grade Fleet ISAF Grade Calculation Match ISAF Rank Calculation
Grade / Rank Request Forms Fleet ISAF Grade Request Form Match ISAF Rank Request Form
Due at CYA by July 20 2009 5 months prior to event

International Hosting Program

Hosting a World Championship for an Olympic / Paralympic Class or Olympic Development Class might qualify your organization for eligibility under the CYA’s International Hosting Program. This program is made possible by CYA’s partnership with Canadian Heritage in the International Single Sport Event (ISSE) Component of their Hosting Program.  For an idea of what type of event might qualify for this publically funded program, see the ISSE Category Information. For information about eligibility and timelines for application to the program, contact CYA office.

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