September 9, 2021
Celebration MC, Greg Douglas is an Olympian himself
Last Friday, the first ever Canada’s Celebration of Sailing honoured the season for Sailing in Canada with our nation’s high-performance sailors of past, present, and future. The sunset event on the lawn of the Royal Canadian YC also served to support Canada’s performance sailing endeavours.
Stars of the even were seven returning competitors from the Tokyo Olympic who achieved strong showings at that event. Thanks to the unusual nature of the 2020 Olympics including the hurdles caused by a one-year delay, the athletes had some very interesting and often challenging experiences to share with the attendees.
Emcee, Greg Douglas, himself an Olympic Finn sailor for Canada as well as for Barbados, took particular pride in introducing the Rolex Sailor of the Year. His sister, prominent Olympian this year won that award for the second time.
In addition to the current National Team, many past Canadian Olympic sailors were on hand to celebrate the event and share memories including:
Felicity Clarke (Rodness)
Martin ten Hove
The event also marked something of a ‘return to normal’ although held with limited attendance, distancing and other COVID restrictions.