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Sheila Murphy 1928-2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is with the greatest regret that the CORK Board of Directors shares the notice of the passing of  Sheila Murphy.   Sheila was a great friend of CORK and will be missed by all.

Sheila Margaret Murphy

 

Sheila passed away peacefully in Peterborough on December 20, 2020 at the age of 92. Sheila has finally joined her husband and soulmate, Paul, for their next journey together. During their 52 years of marriage Sheila and Paul explored every continent on earth, most by both land and sea. Their adventurous spirit lives on in their daughter, Susan (Robert) and two grandchildren, Andrew and Emily.

In keeping with Sheila’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a small family Celebration of Life will hopefully take place in the summer.

If desired, donations in Sheila’s memory can be directed to the Grandmother’s Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, a charity near and dear to Sheila’s heart.

Notice of Passing

 

 

 

Fresh Water Sailing Capital

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know that CORK has hosted 45 world championships since 1969?

and

Portsmouth Olympic Harbour was the sailing venue for the 1976 Olympics?

Thank you Visit Kingston for sharing this the blast from the past!

#FridayFeeling #ygk #FreshWaterSailingCapital

First time at CORK Galen Richardson

(Story and Photos submitted by Galen Richardson)

I have definitely had some great times at CORK!

 

My first time at CORK was in 2010 when I was nine years old and sailed the optimist in green fleet. My biggest memory from the event was being so scared of the classic Kingston thermal and not wanting to sail. My parents were out in a zodiac and let me go in, but made me sail a couple laps of the basin at the ramp before I could call it quits. My fear instantly shifted from the 50 knot puffs (they seemed that big at the time) to the floating patches of seaweed in the basin (heaven forbit I’d have to touch one…)

 

 

(Galen winning the Valerie Bergeron Trophy as top Canadian athlete during the CORK International Optimist Regatta in 2014 and again in 2015)

 

 

 

 

 

I love thinking about that first experience at CORK.  Now, one of my favourite memories is absolutely sending it downwind in the 49er in 25 knots at CORK OCR in 2019, with my crew Jake Adair and I just holding on for dear life. Despite being one of the smallest teams on the race course, we finished the race in second and stoke levels had never been higher.

 

 

 

Since 2010, I’ve sailed in 10 CORK regattas, sailing in the Opti, 29er, 49erFX, and 49er. I always love when I get the opportunity to sail at one of my favourite sailing venues in the world, and look forward to when we can race next at CORK.

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYgUWlcbQZ_xCBQMJ__jQCg?view_as=subscriber

 

 

Wind Athletes Canada

https://www.windathletes.ca/athletes/galen-richardson-jake-adair

 

Thank you for sharing your story with us Galen!

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 Sarah Douglas

(photos and story submitted by Sarah Douglas)

 

 

My first CORK was in 2004, I was 10 years old and I was racing the Optimist with the Lake Ontario Optimist Team. I finished 39th overall of 90 competitors. I remember fearing the windy days but having a blast with my friends.

 

 

(CORK 2004)

 

My highlight has always been eating ice cream from White Mountain after racing.

 

 

 

(CORK 2006)

 

 

 

 

(CORK 2006 with LOOT team)

 

From 2004, I raced a few more CORK regattas in the Optimist improving from year to year before moving to the Laser Radial where I found the racing more challenging. I have also coached some of the Opti CORKs when I was the ABYC Race Team Coach in 2012 and 2013.

 

I have raced a total of 12 CORK regattas and have so many great memories of my time in Kingston and racing with so many of my friends.

 

 

(CORK 2016)

 

 

I am now a National team athlete training for the Toyko 2021 Olympics.  Keep up to date with what I’m up to each month in my Olympic Campaign to Tokyo 2020. To ensure you don’t miss out, sign up on my website: https://www.sarahdouglassailing.com

 

 

 

 

 

(CORK 2018-racing at the CORK Olympic Classes Regatta/Sail Canada Senior Championships)

 

 

(Sarah and National teammates helping out with the prize giving during the 2018 CORK International Sail Canada Youth Championships)

 

 

Wind Athletes Canada

https://www.windathletes.ca/athletes/sarah-douglas

 

Thank you for sharing your story with us Sarah!

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