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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.

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Irwin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIM IRWIN

(1940-2020)

It is with great regret that we pass along the news that Tim Irwin passed away early Friday morning at home in Kingston.

Tim Irwin was the true heart of CORK.

Tim’s volunteer service to CORK began with the first CORK regatta when he wrote the program for scoring.  It continued in a variety of roles and reached a high point in 2005 when he took on both primary leadership roles of Board Chair and Operations Chair.  Almost immediately, Tim led the organization to bid for and deliver the 2007 ISAF Youth World Championships – the largest youth sailing competition in the world with 53 countries participating.  This involved such aspects as obtaining funding, arranging the fleets of charter boats and recruiting volunteers and officials.  all in less than 18 months after the original host withdrew.  It was also in addition to leading CORK’s four annual regattas and an average of one world championship each year from 2005 until health forced him to step back.  He led CORK’s team and built CORK’s reputation as an international venue that could always be relied upon to produce a world class event.

Tim drew on his considerable experience as a racing sailor in guiding CORK. Tim grew up racing dinghies and keelboats and represented Canada in the 1968 Mexico Olympics in the Dragon class.  His strength was in how he combined a variety of people with qualifications into a highly functional team.  He led with friendship and consideration.  He created an environment that made volunteers want to return year after year.

It is no surprise that Tim’s work was acknowledged by being presented CORK’s Douglas Heath Award,  Ontario Sailing’s President’s Award, Sail Canada’s President’s Award and selection for the Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame, a truly rare accomplishment.

In all of this, Tim never lost his bond and fellow-feeling for the corps of CORK volunteers.  He was the embodiment of the CORK volunteer spirit.

We will miss him.

From all of your friends at CORK

 

Timothy Alexander Ready Irwin

February 19, 1940 – August 7, 2020

Born in Hollywood California to somewhat eccentric Canadian parents, Tim bounced among six different elementary schools in California and British Columbia, including stints at Ganges Public School on ‘hippie’ Salt Spring Island and Queen Margaret School for Girls in Duncan, British Columbia. Apparently, he was not the only boy. High school was a little more orderly. After spending grades 7 to 10 in Duncan, he bowed to family tradition and followed his dad and uncles to Ridley College in St. Catharines, Ontario to complete his high school career.

After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in physics at UBC, Tim spent two years teaching first year math and physics at Campion College in Regina. Why a Jesuit college hired a brash young non-believer remains a mystery, but he was fondly dubbed a “universal genius” when he persisted in engaging the good Fathers in theological debate.

Following the completion of his Master’s degree in physics at UBC in 1965, Tim joined the technical department at DuPont in Kingston, where for thirty-nine years he enjoyed a rewarding research career that included a number of opportunities for international travel. In 1996, he was presented with a plaque in recognition of excellence in engineering. DuPont was bought and renamed Invista a year before Tim retired in 2005, and he continued as a consultant there for ten more years.

During his early years in Kingston, Tim owned a house on King Street that he shared with several young bachelors, all of them accomplished cooks. Their dinner parties were written up in the Kingston Whig-Standard, and typically featured good friends, good food, good wine, and good pot.

In 1976, more or less on a whim, Tim answered a classified ad, bought a farm, and moved to Hay Bay, where for the next ten years he combined his DuPont career with farming cattle, throwing great parties, and developing lifelong friendships.

Throughout his life, Tim’s over-riding passion was sailing. It began when his father bought a 40-foot cruiser with a sailing dinghy and managed to convince his mother that Tim was safe as long as he was out and about in the dinghy. There followed an idyllic childhood of freedom and adventure in Maple Bay, B.C. with a close-knit group of friends who have remained connected to this day.

Tim followed the wind, and it was his knowledge of our legendary sailing conditions that brought him to Kingston. He was active in the Kingston Yacht Club from 1965, served as Commodore, and at his passing, was a life member. At the pinnacle of his sailing career Tim achieved a fourth place in the 1968 Olympics in Acapulco along with his teammates, Dave Miller and Steve Tupper. For the 2010 Olympics he was honoured to be one of the bearers of the Olympic torch.

Tim was among those who were instrumental in bringing the Canadian Olympic-training Regatta to Kingston and has volunteered for CORK ever since. His awards included: Peoples Credit Jewellers Athlete of the Year, 1969; Canadian Yachting Association Volunteer of the Year, 2007; CORK Douglas A. Heath Award, 2010; Ontario Sailing President’s Award, 2019; Sail/Voile Canada President’s Award, 2019; Helly Hansen Sailor of the Month, March, 2020.

If not for COVID-19, he would have been inducted into the Kingston Sports Hall of Fame in May, 2020. The severity of his illness precluded receiving the plaque at home, and the induction will take place posthumously in May 2021.

Tim remained an active volunteer to the end – only weeks before his passing, he was busy making coffee for the Tuesday morning CORK planning committee.

In his final years, Tim found his greatest joy spending time with his adored grandchildren. Despite his ailing health, he carried out the task of home-schooling his grandson during the pandemic with his customary gentle patience. Jayden and Madi will grow up always knowing that their Grandpa was simply the best.

A self-described fiscal conservative and social liberal, Tim had strong political opinions and loved a good argument. He was a man who was not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve. He will be remembered by a host of friends who miss his warmth and tolerance, his sense of humour, and his down-home common sense. And by Eleanor, who misses everything he was.

Tim is survived by his beloved family: daughter Kaitlyn Romak-Irwin, her children Jayden and Madison; his sister Margot Szabo and her two daughters, Kathleen McClarnon and Silvia Szabo; and Kathleen’s three daughters, Megan, Bridget and Mia.

Cremation has taken place.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. Those wishing to honour Tim’s memory may donate to www.kingstonyachtclub.com/corinthianfund

which assists up-and-coming young sailors to hone their sailing skills and chase their own Olympic dreams. OBITUARY

 

Sail Canada

https://www.sailing.ca/eight-bells-tim-irwin/

 

Ontario Sailing

https://ontariosailing.ca/news/eight-bells-tim-irwin/

 

Scuttlebutt

https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2020/08/10/eight-bells-tim-irwin/

 

The Whig Standard

https://thewhig.remembering.ca/obituary/timothy-irwin-1079707832

 

 

 

 

First time at CORK-Erika Vines

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Photo and story submitted by Erika Vines)

My first CORK was in 1989, racing an optimist. This picture includes David Westwood, Aaron Hobbs, Annie-Claude Ethier, Marie-France Ethier, Gordon Cook, Siri Agrell,  Vanessa Hobbs, myself  and a few others. This event was the first of around 20 CORK regattas I competed in over the years.

As a young sailor from Ottawa, I was always excited driving down Sir John A BLvd towards POH with some boat (Opti, Laser, or Europe) trailered behind.    I looked forward to the Kingston thermal, the waves and the 100 boat start line. When the breeze kicks in Kingston, what can be more fun than flying (and racing) downwind in a strong southwest breeze?   This said,  regardless of whether it was a world championship hosted by CORK or Fall, OCR, it was (and still is) great to catch up with sailing friends and the community at CORK.

 

Thank you Erika for sharing your memories with us all!

 

We thought that you might like to see picture of you racing against Canadian Sailing Team member Sarah Douglas sailing at CORK during the 2015 Laser Canadians.

(photo  Sailing Shot)

 

Do you have a story about your first time sailing at CORK in an Optimist event?  Was it in Green Fleet?  was is for the Optimist North American Championships?  Was is for the CORK International Optimist Regatta?  We would like to hear from you!

A big thank you to everyone else for submitting your fabulous stories and photos of your first time at CORK!  We look forward to sharing them over the coming weeks.

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 Fall Regatta Decision

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CORK Fall Regatta Decision

Over the past month, the CORK team has been carefully monitoring the COVID 19 situation and working on the question of whether The CORK Fall Regatta could be held this September.  A plan was developed that could comply with the COVID-19 rules and it was clear that there was a strong desire among sailors and coaches to see racing resume.  However, the CORK Board of Directors had to balance that against the continuing uncertainty of how the virus is developing and the fact that a September regatta would occur just as students had returned to school with the mixing and uncertainty involved.  Those students would then convene in Kingston as regatta sailors.  The risks outweighed the other factors for the Board, and as a result, it has been decided not to host Fall CORK this year.  It is regrettable that the pandemic has forced such a decision, but much as we would all like to be back racing, the safety of all involved remains the key element.

The CORK team has the planning for the 2021 regatta season already underway with the hope that we will host our usual events in July, August and September.

Jamie Fraser on behalf of the CORK Board of directors

 

 

 

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