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2020 Laser Canadian Championships are cancelled







The safety and well-being of participants, volunteers, staff, visitors and community at large continues to be top priority for the CORK Board of Directors and the ILCA North American class.  As a result, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Laser Canadian Championships.  This event was originally scheduled for July 2-5 2020 at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.   CORK is now set to host the Laser Canadian championships in 2021.   We look forward to announcing the dates and details in the coming months.

The CORK leadership continues to closely monitor all developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  CORK will continue to prepare for events scheduled later in the 2020 season following the necessary measures recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), provincial and municipal health authorities and Sail Canada.  The CORK leadership remains engaged with the City of Kingston and the local health authority to develop a plan on how events might be conducted as restrictions are eased.   Decisions to host each event in 2020 will be made not later than 45 days ahead of the scheduled start date.

Our wish is for everyone to continue to stay safe, practice physical distancing and follow the guidelines and recommendations of your local government.

Thank you for your understanding and support during this difficult time.

The CORK Board

CORK Update

Dear friends,

The situation with respect to CORK events remains uncertain. On one hand, the City has changed the previous order that recreational facilities will remain closed until 31 August to be “until further notice”, and as you will read below, City staff are conducting annual maintenance at the two municipal marinas. On the other hand, there is a strong feeling that Kingston and area has a very good situation with respect to the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and fatalities (zero), and this should be protected against infection arriving from beyond the local area. The CORK leadership remains engaged with City Council, City staff and the local health authority. We will let you know as soon as we have the appropriate direction and can decide on our events.

Stay safe.


Jamie Fraser CORK Board Chair

Updates to recreation services due to COVID-19


April 30, 2020

The City of Kingston and community partners are beginning to explore options for how municipal special events can be held in alternate formats that do not encourage large gatherings.

With recreation facilities closed until further notice under provincial direction, the City is cancelling the Victoria Day celebrations and fireworks scheduled for May 18. More information about the possibility of a virtual Canada Day will be shared in the weeks to come. Virtual events are an evolving trend and staff will look to best practices and techniques used by other events and municipalities.

Staff continue to communicate with permit holders and special event organizers regarding the impact of facility closures on public events and gatherings for the spring and summer season. This allows organizations to develop cancellation or contingency plans and communicate with their participants and vendors.


Municipal marinas

Preliminary seasonal work is underway at Confederation Basin and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour marinas, utilizing full-time staff from other closed recreation facilities. Members of the public may notice City staff working along the waterfront. This work is maintenance in nature, but also typically takes several weeks to complete and therefore helps to prepare for the potential of re-opening of the marinas to boaters should provincial emergency orders be amended to permit the operation of boat launches or marinas, subject to measures put in place in coordination with local public health. Safety precautions, including physical distancing, will be in place during all maintenance work.

Decisions regarding special events and opening of marinas will be made in consultation with KFL&A Public Health and will adhere to Ontario’s Framework for Reopening and provincial emergency orders.

Congratulations to the 2019 Douglas Heath Award winners!


Photo: Blanche Battersby (left), Ron Rubadeau (right)

Congratulations to Blanche Battersby and Ron Rubadeau the winners of the Douglas Heath Award for 2019!

Douglas Austin Heath was a long time volunteer with CORK. His involvement included being on the Board of Directors and Executive, administration of Opening and Closing Ceremonies, long term developments and much more. In his honour, the Douglas A. Heath Award is presented annually –when appropriate- at CORK. In deciding upon a recipient, the Award selection committee considers a volunteer’s involvement, level of commitment, type of contribution and length of involvement. It is intended that the involvement be of a quality comparable to that of Douglas A. Heath.  Douglas Heath was the epitome of an outstanding volunteer. Each year, as appropriate we honour his memory and one of our many outstanding volunteers by awarding the Douglas Heath Award.

Blanche is as much a part of the CORK experience as the sailing itself. An organization could not have a more valued and valuable volunteer than Blanche Battersby, her energy, positive “can do” attitude and compassion is an inspiration to us all. Congratulations Blanche!

Ron’s 20 years of service as a conscientious race officer and a significant contributor to the evolution of the whole CORK organization is highly valued by all who have worked alongside him.  Congratulations Ron!

Thank you Blanche and Ron for your immense contributions to CORK– This honour is so very well deserved!

CORK hosts annual events in August and September. The 2020 schedule is posted online.




For more information

CORK website:

CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322


Address: Portsmouth Olympic Harbour 53 Yonge Street, Kingston Ontario
















CORK Office Closure

Dear Friends

The CORK office is now closed. If you have any questions, please get in touch by email as we are all continuing to work remotely.

Our wish is for everyone to stay safe, practice social distancing and follow the guidelines and recommendations of your local government.

The CORK Board

Helly Hansen Sailor of the Month – Tim Irwin







Congratulations Tim!

The CORK Team


If you’ve been to CORK, you’ve probably seen Tim Irwin. Whether he was organizing volunteers, managing gear, helping at the launch ramp, out on the water, or just walking through the boat park, he has always been an instrumental part of events in Kingston.

Tim has been a key piece in the success of CORK – Sail Kingston over the years, helping thousands of sailors from all across the country, and around the world, discover a love for sailing and challenging themselves in Kingston’s famous thermal winds. The passion and commitment that Tim has brought to Sailing in Kingston are second to none, Kim Garrett comments;

“Tim has always worked to bring world-class events to CORK including 45 World Championships to date. His continuous efforts to create great training opportunities for athletes, coaches and volunteers, are admirable and he really is an inspiration to us all!”

Tim remains an active CORK board member and a member of the CORK Planning group.

His love for the sport of sailing shines through in every sailor’s mind, CORK just wouldn’t feel right without him there.

Congratulations to the Helly Hansen Sailor of the Month – Tim Irwin

Sail Canada’s Sailor of the Month award acknowledges sailing achievements by Canadians involved or associated with the sport in all its forms. Sail Canada encourages the submission of noteworthy Canadian sailing activities here