Sailing Shorts: April 3 2024

Apr 3, 2024

Sailing Shorts

Membership lets you race!

Being a member of Sail Canada gives you the right to race! Based on the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), in order for a boat to be eligible to race, the ‘person in charge’ of the boat must be a member in good standing of their national sailing authority. Sail Canada’s prescriptions to the RRS outline that the designated person in charge, if resident in Canada, shall be a member of Sail Canada through either a Sail Canada club in good standing, or such person’s Provincial Sailing Association.

Take a look at Canada’s member sailing clubs and make sure you’re eligible to race this year!

Congratulations to the first officials appointed for the 2025 Canada games to be held August 9-16 in Newfoundland and Labrador. These appointments are still subject to approval by the Canada Games Council in January 2025.
-Chief Judge: Joe Jospe (QC)
-Principal Race Officer: Paul Clissold (ON)
-Chief Measurer: David Sprague (ON)
-Technical representative: Ashley Lewis (ON)
-Sports representative: Ian Lunt (NFLD)
Check out our 2025 Canada Summer Games HERE.  

Martin 242 Update
Dates: Wednesdays – April 10th and April 17th
Location: Kits Yacht Club
Time: 7 to 9pm
Hi M242 Fleet One Members,

The Martin 242 fleet is very privileged to have David Pyron, a World Sailing International Umpire, provide two sessions to our fleet on the racing rules of sailing with a focus on how they apply to our fleet in particular and a discussion on the style of racing we desire as a fleet.

The two sessions are at Kitsilano Yacht Club from 7 to 9 pm on Wednesday, April 10 and Wednesday, April 17. Wednesday evenings were chosen as these lead into the start of our Wednesday night racing on April 24, coming up soon!  

The goal is to better understand our fleet knowledge of the rules and set our expectations to sail in accordance with the rules and enforce the rules. In the first session David will start with brief discussion of the style of racing in recent years and a few of the incidents occurring at marks. The first session will focus more on the fundamental rules, with discussions on sailing by the rules, avoiding contact, and safety. In the second session, David will delve into more advanced rules, in particular rules at marks, followed by protesting and most importantly, an open discussion on the style of racing we want as a fleet.

Sail Canada 2024 Sail East Championships will be held in Glen Haven, Nova Scotia, July 19-21, during the Bay Wind Regatta at the St. Margaret Sailing Club. The Notice of race for this event will soon be available and registration will open in the coming months.

At the 2023 edition, close to 150 sailors, most of them under 19 years old, from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island as well as Newfoundland and Labrador were in action in the 29er, Club 420, ILCA 4, ILCA 6, ILCA 7 and Optimist classes. Athletes from other provinces also took part in the competition.

Sail Canada Sail East event is part of a series of seven Sail Canada National and Regional Championships to be held this summer. These competitions provide a chance for sailors to train and compete with high-level sailors in their region, in addition to serving as talent identification opportunities for regional and provincial sailing teams, as development and mentoring opportunities for coaches, as well as training and development opportunities for officials and volunteers.

Sail Canada previously announced that Sail Central 2024 will be held at the Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club, July 11-14, 2024, in Ontario. Details regarding others Sail Canada National and Regional Championships will be communicated in the coming weeks.

Congratulations to Canadian official Lynne Beal who has been appointed for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games as International Judge. It will be her fifth Olympic Games after she took part in the games in Atlanta in 1996, London in 2012, Rio in 2016 and Tokyo 2020. Congratulations! Check out the interview Sail Canada did with Lynne Beal after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games:

Félicitations à l’officielle canadienne Lynne Beal qui a été nommée comme juge internationale en vue des Jeux olympiques de Paris 2024. Il s’agira de ses cinquièmes Jeux olympiques après avoir participé aux Jeux à Atlanta en 1996, Londres en 2012, Rio en 2016 et Tokyo 2020. Félicitations! Lisez l’entrevue que Voile Canada a réalisé avec Lynne Beal après les Jeux olympiques de Tokyo 2020 :

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