Sailing Shorts: March 6 2024

Mar 6, 2024

Wrapping-up the final leg of the 2023-24 sailing season, the University of Victoria sailing club cruised to victory to become national champions at the Canadian Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s National Keelboat Match Racing Championship from Feb 22-25, 2024.

Hosted by the UVic sailing club in partnership with the prestigious Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, two competitive UVic teams battled it out for three days against programs from across the nation, with UVic 1, led by skipper Alexander Heinzemann, emerging victorious.

Following a win at the CICSA Keelboat National Championship last fall in Toronto, the UVic sailing team is proving to be one of the country’s best.

CORK announces the appointment of Tommy Wharton as new General Manager effective 26 February 2024. Mr. Wharton is currently on the Board of Directors for KidSport Canada and KidSport Ontario.

In past roles, Tommy has been the Senior Project Lead at the Ontario Sport Network and has held the posts of Director of Sailing at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, and Director, High Performance Sport at the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario.

He brings with him a long history of involvement with best-in-class partnerships, development programming and one-design regatta management at the Club, Provincial, and National levels, as an athlete, coach, administrator, parent, volunteer, and Senior Executive. Tommy’s experience extends internationally, having been both a National Team Athlete and a Coach for Sail Canada, coaching Team Canada at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Tommy coached at 14 World Championships, was Head Sailing Coach at the RCYC for seven years and was twice nominated as Canadian Coach of the Year (winning in 2000). As an athlete, Tommy was a National Team member in 1997 and 2001 in the Laser Class (ILCA 7).

Congratulations to Allan Leibel (NYC) who finished in first place at the CanAm Series #3 Edge Midwinters held February 17-18 in Charlotte Harbor, Florida, while Peter Eagar (NYC) took the third position. Nine of the 21 participants represented Canada at this event. 

Results here:

Road to Paris 2024: Held 21-25 February, Sarah Douglas took the 3rd position on 26 athletes in ILCA 6 at the 6th Portugal Grand Prix – Round 2 held in Vilamoura.

At the ILCA European Championships held in Athens, Clara Gravely took the 28th in the Silver fleet (83rd spot on 110 athletes).

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