Sailing Shorts: February 14 2024

Feb 14, 2024

Leave a Sailing Legacy

Until recently the 1st Boundary Bay Sea Scouts Group in Tsawwassen ran a very successful sailing program for over 20 years for scouts living in Tsawwassen. The training enabled some scouts to achieve their certification as qualified Day Skippers from the Canadian Yachting Association. Rather than restarting that program exclusively for Tsawwassen Scouts, we intend to expand the program to include Scout groups in the whole Vancouver region.

We are seeking the donation of a well-maintained 35-40 foot sailboat. The donor will receive a tax-deductible receipt from Scouts Canada for the boat’s full surveyed value.

The sailboat being sought needs to be in good sailing condition and be rigged in a manner that makes sailing easy for novice sailors. For example, wheel steerage and sail controls handled from the cockpit. Given that there could be as many as ten aboard for up to two days at any given time, the boat will need to have plumbing and holding tanks to accommodate anticipated demands. Autopilot, electronic charts and a motor-equipped dingy would be most welcome but not essential.

We are indebted to Point Roberts Marina who graciously agreed to provide moorage for the donated boat. Qualifying boats will be surveyed at our cost to establish the vessel’s value and to identify potential deferred maintenance issues.

Contact Ron Wasik, Group Commissioner, by email at rwasik@telus.net or by cell phone at 604-218-9522.

Lynne Beal: International Judge at Paris 2024 Olympic Games

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

Nominations for the Sail Canada 2024 Annual Awards are now open.

Starting now, Sail Canada is eager to receive nominations from the sailing community to recognize outstanding sailors, athletes, coaches, instructors, officials, volunteers and events through one of Sail Canada’s different Annual Award categories, based on activities and performances that occurred from January 1 to December 31, 2023.

Regarding Sail Canada’s Sailor of the Year Award, since its inauguration by Rolex Canada 37 years ago, the final awarding of Canada’s Rolex Sailor of the Year Award was last year after being celebrated by the partner from 1986 to 2022. This year, Sail Canada is pleased to carry on with the annual recognition and today’s call for nominations includes celebrating Canada’s best sailing achievements, activities, and performances in 2023 (January 1 to December 31, 2023) with Sail Canada’s Sailor of the Year Award.

Nomination forms for each of the awards are available online at https://www.sailing.ca/annual-national-awards/. Once they have been filled out, they can be sent no later than March 15, 2024, to Sail Canada’s National Office at communications@sailing.ca.  

Registration is now open for all LOOR 2024 events.

Follow the links below for registration and details:

2024 Susan Hood Trophy Race

2024 Lake Ontario 300 Challenge

2024 Lake Ontario Short-Handed Race Series

They’ve done it again!

No crew in the country is better than the Helix Hooligans at getting their boat front and centre.

Here they are in the poster for this year’s Chester Race Week.

Congratulations Team Helix!

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