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Martin Rheaume first time at CORK

(photo and story submitted by Martin Rheaume)

My first time at CORK was quite an eye opener as I had only 4 years experience as a sailor. I came to CORK in 2003 with 5 others members of SailRA (now merged with Ottawa New Edinburgh Club), for the International Albacore Championship. My crew (Bertrand Renaud) and I were there with AL7887. While the first races occurred in light winds, the conditions became more challenging… and this is where three memories stand out. On one start, we were in a very good position just beside the red hull Mega Wolf. While our speed and heading were similar to the other boat, we soon started being pushed sideways…. While I do not shy from sailing in heavy winds, it did not prepare me for important of properly managing waves….. as we do not have much of them on the Ottawa River. On the subsequent day, we were beating to the windward mark and needed to tack. I gave the command, my crew responded and initiated the manoeuvre. For a reason or another I was looking down through the manoeuver. I tacked and when I finally look up, my crew was no longer in the boat ! I look around and saw a few fingers on the port gunwale…. I put the boat in irons and help come aboard. When we tacked, his feet missed the hacking strap and he silently did a backflip in the water with no harm done. The last day was the most challenging race. On the last leg, running toward the finishing line, the boat started to roll from side to side and we capsized. Seven times we brought the boat back up and each time it capsized again. Two members which was not sailing due to the windy conditions and volunteer to be one safety boat, came around to help. Being exhausted, we decided that I would go in the rescue boat and one of them would take my place and jump in the water. They were able to finally bring the boat upright and started to sail toward the harbour. Suddenly the rudder line snaped and the boat once again capsized. After one more recovery, everyone was safe and sound in the harbour. When I came to CORK, I had to objectives: Have fun and not finish last in the regatta. It was a success all the way !

Even since that first time I fell in love with CORK coming back as to volunteer on Race Committees, Safety Boats and as a Judges, leaving the racing to younger and more experience sailors !

Thank you for sharing your story with us Martin!

If you have story that you would like to share with others tag us in a story on social media or reach out to events@cork.org

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

The CORK Team

 

 

 

CORK website: www.cork.org

CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322

Email: info@cork.org

Address: Portsmouth Olympic Harbour 53 Yonge Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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Gary Jobson-First time at CORK

 

 

(photo and story submitted by Gary Jobson)

(photo from 1971.  I am standing behind my Finn with all the weight jackets I used to wear)

 

 

 

 

In 1971, at the age of 21, I drove my 1965 Pontiac with a borrowed Finn on a trailer to Kingston, Ontario for the new Canadian Olympic Regatta at Kingston.   It was a big deal.  We had about 40 Finns, maybe a few more.  All the big names were there. During one particularly breezy race about 15 Finns were approaching the leeward turning mark.  I was just behind the pack.  The waves were big and we were all surfing down the steep waves.   The battle for the inside position was intense.  Being behind the group I got to watch the scrum.   I was setting up to round behind the pinwheel of Finns.  The inside boat did a great job getting into position.  But, the sailor while rounding, forgot to put his centerboard down.   He slid sideways into the boat to leeward and that set off a domino effect with 15 Finns all banging into one another.  For me, trailing the mess about four boat lengths behind, I simply rounded right next to the turning mark and went from 16th (or so) into the lead.   Now, 49 years later I still smile about that moment.

Gary Jobson

 

 

 

(Jobson sailing a Laser in 1972)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Jobson steering Tenacious in 1979 Fastnet Race)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modern day Gary smiling and sailing his current boat,  a Hood 32 (NO WEIGHT JACKETS!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for sharing your story with us Gary!

If you have story that you would like to share with others tag us in a story on social media or reach out to events@cork.org

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

The CORK Team

 

 

 

CORK website: www.cork.org

CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322

Email: info@cork.org

Address: Portsmouth Olympic Harbour 53 Yonge Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CORKSailKingston

Twitter: www.twitter.com/corkkingston

Instagram: www.instagram.com/corkkingston

 

 

 

Robert Vagners-First time at CORK, CORK Fall Regatta 2012

(story and photo submitted by Robert Vagners)

I volunteered to be the parent, chaperone and driver for 4 new sailors from QCYC participating in their first Fall CORK in 2012. It was also my first as a volunteer.

The drive to Kingston from Toronto was uneventful, pulling a trailered 420 with out a license plate. I was awestruck at how quickly the grass filled with sailboats from all across North America with sailors of all ages.

The learning opportunities, camaraderie and friendships between all of us volunteers on the water made the weekend fun and inspiring.

Watching the Albacores slice thru waves created by 27 knot winds was beautiful and watching my son and his crew float across the finish line hanging on to their 420 is etched in my mind ( photo attached of how it happened ).

 

 

 

They commented that going back to the usual 0-5 knots was going to be difficult.

I truly hope that Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and CORK will continue for generations to come, it is a valuable asset to our sailing community.

Wishing you well during this crazy time,

Robert

 

Thank you for sharing your story with us Robert!

If you have story that you would like to share with others tag us in a story on social media or reach out to events@cork.org

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

The CORK Team

 

 

 

CORK website: www.cork.org

CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322

Email: info@cork.org

Address: Portsmouth Olympic Harbour 53 Yonge Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CORKSailKingston

Twitter: www.twitter.com/corkkingston

Instagram: www.instagram.com/corkkingston

Robert Woodbury-First time at CORK

 

(photos and story submitted by Robert Woodbury)

I first attended CORK as an athlete in the OK Dinghy class in 1971. Jim Beckett sailed in that fleet as well if I remember correctly.  There were 56 boats (I might have these numbers a bit wrong). Four did not compete in the series, so there were 52 actual boats. I finished 51st. The Kingston Whig Standard did an article on me entitled “This is the story of a loser.” No kidding!  Two years later, in the OK’s last appearance at CORK, we had only 18 boats. I finished second. First was Clive Roberts, then world champion. Third was Tony Rose, then youth champion.

I have no photos of those long-ago days, but do have some around the 1980 Olympics.

 

Robert went on to be the top Canadian Finn athlete set to represent Canada at the 1980 Olympics.   Now he is
National Race Officer & dedicated CORK volunteer!

 

(The heavy weather photo is the Finn Gold Cup 1980.)

 

 

 

 

The fleet one (I’m in the lead) is the 1980 USA Nationals in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

Robert with the CORK volunteer team at the 2019 CORK International Optimist Regatta (Robert is holding the flag on the left with Tim Irwin holding the flag on the right )

 

 

 

 

Robert giving out the prizes in his role as the Race Officer of the Optimist Championship fleet at the 2019 CORK International Optimist Regatta

 

 

 

Robert at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour with Tim Irwin and Ann Rouget

 

 

 

 

Thank you for sharing your story with us Robert!

If you have story that you would like to share with others tag us in a story on social media or reach out to events@cork.org

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

The CORK Team

 

 

 

CORK website: www.cork.org

CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322

Email: info@cork.org

Address: Portsmouth Olympic Harbour 53 Yonge Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CORKSailKingston

Twitter: www.twitter.com/corkkingston

Instagram: www.instagram.com/corkkingston

 

First time at CORK-Jim Beckett

(Photo and Story submitted by Jim Beckett)

I arrived in Canada on Friday 13th February 1964, after a crossing delayed 3 days by gales, to take up a post at the Biological Station in St. Andrews. As the weather warmed I learnt that there was no dinghy racing locally. What a change after making over 250 racing starts the year before in regattas, guesting in championships and team racing. In St. A, with a few colleagues we resurrected the long expired St. Andrews Sailing Club (New Brunswick) and built up a motley collection of dinghies, mostly home built; Enterprise, Mirrors and a Seafly. We raced, at odd times because of the interesting tides in Passamaquoddy Bay, but this did not fill my void. Then CORK was developed and this appealed to me very deeply, and I pondered how to participate. The selling off of a bunch of OKs after a Dominion (?) regatta in the Prairies provided the means. So my first appearance at CORK was for the 1970 event in the OK. What a blast, not only the sailing but the whole atmosphere and camaraderie, launching off the RMC (Royal Military College of Canada) playing fields and camping in the “CORK village”. I repeated the hike from New Brunswick for several years, first in the OK, then in a Finn for a couple of years before settling for a Laser. Then work got in the way, particularly as that last two weeks of August involved preparing for annual international fisheries negotiations so I dropped out of CORK, and indeed a few years later from all racing due to my work load.

 

 

Jim sailing his OK dinghy

 

 

In 1996 I left my position to become a consultant and had the opportunity to volunteer on water at CORK, as I have each year since then.

 

 

 

Jim Beckett volunteering with (L-R) Tim Irwin, Ross Cameron, Lyle Merriam

 

 

 

(Photo Jim Beckett awarded the Douglas Heath Award in 2013)

 

 

 

 

 

We miss seeing you & all of the amazing volunteers this summer Jim!   Thank you for sharing your story with us all.

If you have story that you would like to share with others tag us in a story on social media or reach out to events@cork.org

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

The CORK Team

 

 

 

CORK website: www.cork.org

CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322

Email: info@cork.org

Address: Portsmouth Olympic Harbour 53 Yonge Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CORKSailKingston

Twitter: www.twitter.com/corkkingston

Instagram: www.instagram.com/corkkingston