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Ted Weihe first time at CORK

(Photos and Chapter submitted by Ted Weihe)

Here is chapter six in my book: Sailing in My Time: A Lifelong Passion for Cruising and Racing.

Sailing in My Time: A lifelong Passion of Cruising and Racing: Weihe, MR Ted Frederick: 9781698563084: Amazon.com: Books

It describes the International 14s at the CORK regatta in 1976  It blew like hell and every other class wisely cancelled racing for the day.  But not International 14s.  It was survival all the way.  I forget who won but I believe it as a team from England that not only raced but flew their parachute.  They won by a mile.

Ted Weihe

Sarasota FL

 

 

Chapter 6: International 14

I thought I was a pretty good sailor until I bought and raced the International 14.  Out of the Air Force and working for a trade association, I made very little money in the early 70s.  So, when I went to Severn Sailing Association (SSA) in Annapolis, St. John Martin offered his old wooden International 14 as a starter.  The boat was Fairey design and not competitive but at least I got a feel for the class and the top competitors at SSA including Stu Walker who was a founder of this one-design, racing club.  Most of the 14s were either home built or imported from England.  The boats to own were Bruce Kirby designs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairey International 14

I did not keep the Fairey very long and bought a glass Souter Casson when the British, Canadian and US International 14 teams competed in Annapolis in 1972.  I wanted to buy the cold molded Kerby III, but I could not afford it.  One of my first regattas was to travel to Toronto to race at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club.  My wife-to-be Judy and I wanted to stay at her aunt’s house, but she said that was impossible because I was a “sailor.” We camped at RCYC where you took a launch from Toronto to the RCYC island with well-dressed members, but as racers we were allowed to come in cut offs and jeans.  At the regatta, we came in last and often “finished in place” so as not to delay the next race.  My wife decided racing 14s was not for her.  I recruited Ed Murray who was an excellent crew.  We started to get more competitive with some thirds at the Severn Sailing Association Annual Regatta in 1973 and in 1976.  We finished first at the SSA Regatta Day in 1976.

One of my most memorable races was on New Year’s Day in a race up the Severn and around the island and back.  It was cold but International 14s had to prove that they were tough.  Stuart Walker was on the course and he keep going to one side of the creek to the other.  He was clearly writing a column for One Design Magazine on how to play wind shifts near shore.

Capsize off Severn Sailing Association

 

 

 

We went to the 1975 regatta in Ottawa, Canada, but did not get in a single race because of no wind.  For a family vacation we camped in Algonquin Park with the International 14 on a stone made mooring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1976, I crewed for Phil Well from Philadelphia at CORK in Kingston, Ontario.  My soft top Fiat was broken into and the thieves took my suit.  I reported it and the local police said they had a problem with Americans’ breaking into cars.  The wind was in the upper 20s and all other classes cancelled racing.  But, not International 14s.  About a dozen 14s went out with many capsizes and several broken masts.  We just tried to survive.  A competitor would pass us then capsize, we would catch him and we did this dance back and forth several times going up wind.  Gibes at leeward mark were like a demolition derby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CORK at Kingston

I fully understand the problem with young professionals between work, marriage, night school and raising a family. I did not have enough time to practice in a very demanding class, nor could I ignore my other responsibilities.  At a team racing event at Seven Sailing Association with the Canadians and British, there was consideration in changing the rules to raise the eye for the jib and take 50 lbs. out of the boats.  I could not afford another jib, nor was it possible to take weight out of my glass 20.  At that point, I sold the boat which did continue to be raced.  I decided that I wanted to go back to cruising with my family.

Thank you for sharing the excerpt of your book with us Ted!

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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First time at CORK Antonia Lewin-LaFrance

(Story submitted by Antonia Lewin-LaFrance)

CORK is wonderful, so I’m really happy to share my first experience:

My first CORK was in 2012. I was 15, sailing club 420 (as skipper, my crew was Taylor Shaw) for the Squadron team under the infamous Federico Lopez. I didn’t have a clue how to read wind. 2012 was so long ago. I think I’ve done CORK every single year since then, so there are only a few distinct memories that stick out from 2012. The first is that if I had a great start, Fede would zoom over after the race and clap as hard as he possibly could, say something like “TONIAAA, great job!! Beautiful start” (maybe with some curse words mixed into there), toss over some food and water, and then say “Another one!!” and then ruffle our hair and zoom off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance Canadian Sailing Development Squad teammates competing at CORK in 2019.  The photo were taken during the 49er and 49er FX North American Championships.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Georgia and I have been sailing the FX for three years now, and we’re very grateful to be a part of the CSDS. Sail Canada has given us resources that make our training environment world class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wind Athletes Canada

https://www.windathletes.ca/athletes/team-lewin-lafrance

 

Thank you for sharing your story with us Antonia!

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 Peter Warren and Rob Shapiro

(Story written by Peter Warren and Rob Shapiro)

(Photo submitted by Ron Gilkie Soling competitor)

 

My two attended CORK regattas, 1970 and 1971, were both quite memorable.  I was 19 years old in 1970 — 1970 in the Soling Class with USA 186 and 1971 with Soling USA 507.

My crew for both regattas was Rob Shapiro and (the late) John Nystedt.

In 1970, the fleet consisted of about 60 boats all experiencing very strong winds throughout the event.

During a gybe in about 25 knots, our 200 lbs+ crew John was lifted a couple of feet off the deck by the spinnaker pole (attached to both sheets) when the boat came off a plane.  Facing aft, his expression was priceless!  Rob and I yelled to just ‘hang-on’ while we got the boat back up on the next wave and he slowly floated back on deck and was able to complete the pole connection to the mast.

We attended a massive cocktail party on the night before the next-to-last scheduled race where our former (also late) sailing coach Carl VanDyne introduced us to Buddy Melges.

Buddy shared, with this starry-eyed group of teens, a key secret to his success  (he won every race in the Soling fleet that year).

The next day, after starting at opposite ends of the starting line, we crossed tacks with him near the first windward mark.

Friendly words were exchanged (and shall remain confidential) based on the past night’s meeting.  Then, he crossed us on the next set of tacks and left us in the dust!

In 1971 we had a new boat, new sails and lots more experience in the class.  We finished a very satisfying 3rd with Buddy first again (though not undefeated this time) and the late Bruce Goldsmith 2nd.

We drove the boat back to Marblehead, our home port, after a successful border crossing, then returned to our respective colleges.

Both regattas were very well run and some of the more challenging as well as memorable racing for each us.

Thanks again to all of the volunteers and sailors who have helped make CORK a ‘do-not-miss’ regatta!

Regards,

Peter Warren and Rob Shapiro

 

Some final thoughts from Peter:

We raced together from the early teen years through, well, let’s just say far into adulthood!  He was very successful in the cockpit and dragged me along!!!  Lots of one-design classes, Sears and Mallory Cup finals and of course great fun at CORK.  Thanks for putting this effort together,  Peter

The narrative and that wonderful photo bring back so many memories!  The CORK experiences were truly among the highlights of those many years of sailing and competing together, and meeting and making wonderful friends along the way.

Very best wishes – Rob

 

Thank you for sharing your memories with us Peter and Rob!

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

Ali ten Hove first time at CORK

(photo and story submitted by Ali ten Hove)

I grew up in the amazing sailing community of Kingston which provided me with the rich experience of world-class sailing right in my own backyard. CORK was the highlight event every summer that I would look forward to and watch with amazement as Kingston filled up with hundreds of sailors from across the country and from across the globe.

My first time racing in CORK was in 2008 sailing when I sailed in the Opti fleet. I was 12 years old and finished 69/98 boats. Given the strong southwesterlies, I was proud just to finish all the races! I continued to compete in CORK for many years, progressing through Optis, 420s and i420s before  graduating to the Olympic 49er FX class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone who has ever sailed a skiff knows that it is an entirely different beast. If you let it, the boat will want to spend all of the time upside down! You are constantly focused on balancing the boat using your weight and adjusting the power in the sails. This takes some time to learn, and the first year of sailing the 49er is often referred to as ‘swimming lessons’. Big wipeouts and punishing bruises are an inevitable part of process.

(Ali and Mariah Millen in the 49erFX)

My first time racing the 49er FX was at CORK OCR in 2016. In true Kingston style, we were greeted with strong thermal winds and steep choppy waves! I think I lost count of how many times we flipped upside down. Undeterred, I am happy to report that we finished every race! Never giving up and battling to cross the finish line each and every time. There are some funny photos of our team out of control crossing the finish – always with a smile on our face. We ended up finishing the event in 5th place!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our team has continued to race in CORK OCR every year since. It continues to be one of our favourite events! CORK is a fun, safe and competitive event for sailors of all levels to come and test their skills. It’s always fun to think back to our first FX regatta as a team – getting dragged by our boat across the finish line! Never a dull moment sailing a 49er, especially in a big Kingston thermal!


(Ali and Mariah Millen with Danielle Boyd)

Wind Athletes Canada

 

 

 

Thank you for sharing your story with us Ali!

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

 

 

 

 

 

CORK AGM

Thank you to all of the members that attending CORK’s first ever virtual AGM!
It was so wonderful to see familiar faces and voices on the screen! We had members attend from across the country and it was great to see a few of our international members in attendance!
For those that were unable to attend a few thank yous and highlights include:
Thank you Nigel Heath for joining the meeting to introduce the Douglas Heath Award. Honouring Douglas Heath’s memory and celebrating our outstanding volunteers by awarding the Douglas Heath Award is an important tradition for the CORK AGM. Thank you to Rob Colwell for recognizing Blanche Battersby and Steve Brunsden for recognizing Ron Rubadeau.

“Thank everyone that I have worked with in my CORK experience.  It has been amazing! wonderful people!  positive attitudes!  Thank you to all of the people that I have worked with at CORK over the years…I spend my winters looking forward to coming to CORK!   It has always been a happy and enjoyable, fulfilling experience for me.”  Blanche Battersby

” I first heard about CORK more than 50 years ago when I dreamed of going to this mystical place as a competitor. Like many early life dreams, if never came to be. But years later, an opportunity came to be a volunteer at CORK….and I jumped at the chance….and what a rewarding experience it has been…And when people would ask about it I would passionately tell them about the magical place that remains as the Mecca for all those interested in our sport….I cherish those days spent in Kingston as I have known all previous honourees for this award. I am humbled to be in their number” Ron Rubadeau

Thank you Blanche and Ron for your immense contributions to CORK– This honour is so very well deserved!
A pause and moment of silence for volunteers Mabel Corlett, Ian Gow, Richard Howlett and Tim Irwin. Good sailing friends.
We celebrated the CORK volunteers for receiving the Sail Canada Chisholm Trophy for excellence in race management for the 4.7 and Radial Youth Worlds events in 2019.
We welcomed CORK’s 18 new members and recognized our dedicated volunteers for their long time service. Bronze, Silver and Gold volunteer service pins will be presented when we resume hosting events in person.
We celebrated four volunteers for their 25+ years of service The new additions to the Volunteer Service Honour Roll are Peter French, Sicotte Hamilton, Lyle
Merriam and Carole Pearcy. Congratulations all!
And yes all of the business on the agenda was taken care of. The minutes and board reports and Financial statements were reviewed, auditors were appointed.
Our Board members are:
Re-elected members Dominique Andry, Jamie Fraser, Pat Lymburner, Irene McNeill, Stephen Monty and Janice Wilby.
For continuation of term: Paul Brennan, Hugh Cowan and Gord Jenkins
New board members Tammy Coutu and Andy Roy
We are looking forward to a time when we can all get together in person. Our time before and after the meeting last night was a great reminder of how much we have missed seeing everyone this past year.
Thank you again for all of your support!
Take care
The CORK Team