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New Executive Director for CORK

Good morning CORK Members and Volunteers,

After more than 16 years of dedication to CORK, Executive Director, Marianne Davis has decided that it is time to retire and enjoy more time sailing and with her family. It has been a great run for Marianne with a constant stream of hosted championships and the development of a robust organization that will serve CORK well into the future. We thank her for her exemplary service as Executive Director and wish her an enjoyable retirement.

Marianne’s decision launched us on an extensive search for a successor who could maintain the level of performance which everyone at CORK has come to expect. 

We are pleased to announce that the search has been successful, and Sarah Donaldson has joined CORK as our new Executive Director. Sarah comes to us with a lifelong involvement in competitive sailing, including racing at CORK and on the Queen’s University sailing team. Professionally, Sarah has been the sailing event manager at RCYC, had a leading role in the Eight Metre World Championship, International 14 Worlds, and a number of other dinghy and keel boat championships, as well as running her own event management business. Sarah is also a senior alpine ski race coach at Georgian Peaks. Sarah currently resides in Blue Mountains (Collingwood) and will be dividing her time between there and Kingston. Welcome aboard, Sarah!


Jamie Fraser

Board Chair

Community Building Fund Supports CORK’s Comeback

Community Building Fund Supports CORK’s Comeback

Kingston, ON – In 2021, CORK received a $50,000 grant from the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund – Operating stream. This grant, delivered over 6 months by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), has supported operating expenses, staff retention and volunteer engagement at CORK as the organization rebuilds from COVID-19.

Due to COVID, 2020 was the first year since 1969 that CORK was unable to host sailing events, resulting in a significant loss to the organization. The funding provided by OTF has been vital in rebuilding the organization for the future. With this support, CORK has continued to remain viable, maintaining operations, retaining staff, and completing plans for hosting events in 2022 and future years.

“This Community Building Fund grant will have a positive impact on CORK for years to come,” said CORK Executive Director Marianne Davis. “We believe we have made great strides in moving some key elements of our event delivery to various online platforms. We look forward to hosting events in the future in a much stronger position thanks to the support of the OTF.”

CORK has been hosting premier sailing regattas in Kingston at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour for over 50 years.  As an organization, we look forward to once again welcoming participants from around the world back to Kingston for training and to compete in this summer’s events. The planning for the upcoming season is well underway and CORK continues to explore future hosting opportunities for 2023, 2024 and 2025. The schedule can be found online at

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit to learn more.


CORK Olympic Classes Regatta and Sail Canada Senior Championships 49er & 49er FX 29er Canadian Championships

The CORK Olympic Classes Regatta and Sail Canada Senior Championships 49er & 49er FX and the 29er Canadian Championships are returning to CORK this summer.

July 21-24 2022

Registration is now open.

Notice of Race

Athlete and Coach Registration





CORK website:

CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322


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




CORK set to host Sail Canada’s Youth and Senior Championships in 2022


CORK set to host Sail Canada’s Youth and Senior Championships in 2022!

Sail Canada and CORK are pleased to announce the dates of the 2022 Sail Canada Youth & Senior Championships to be held at CORK International and CORK Olympic Classes Regatta  in Kingston, ON.



Championnats seniors et de la jeunesse 2022 de Voile Canada

Voile Canada annonce aujourd’hui les dates de ses Championnats de la jeunesse et seniors 2022 qui auront lieu à Kingston, ON, en simultané avec des événements de CORK.

:point_right:JULY 21-24 / 21-24 JUILLET

Sail Canada 49er/FX Senior Championships at CORK Olympic Classes Regatta/ Championnats seniors de 49er et 49er FX de Voile Canada


:point_right:AUGUST 4-7 / 4-7 AOÛT

Sail Canada 29er Youth Championships at CORK International / Championnats de la jeunesse en 29er de Voile Canada


:point_right:AUGUST 8-12 / 8-12 AOÛT

Sail Canada ILCA 4, ILCA 6, Club 420 and International 420 Youth Championships at CORK International  / Championnats de la jeunesse en ILCA 4, ILCA 6, Club 420 and International 420 de Voile Canada


:point_right:AUGUST 12-16 / 12-16 AOÛT

Sail Canada ILCA 6, ILCA 7, IKA Formula Kite and Open Foiling Kiteboards Senior Championships at CORK Olympic Classes Regatta / Championnats seniors de ILCA 6, ILCA 7 et IKA Formula Kite, Open Foiling Kiteboards de Voile Canada

CORK accommodation discounts can be found here:

CORK hosts annual events in August and September. The draft 2022 schedule is posted online.

We are looking forward to seeing you all back in Kingston next summer!

The CORK Team




CORK website:

CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322


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




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!


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

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

The CORK Team




CORK website:

CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322


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