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Al Rutherford

It is with the greatest regret that the CORK Board of Directors forwards this notice of the passing of Al and Carla Rutherford.


The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club

Dear Members,

With much sadness I am writing to let you know that Al Rutherford has passed away. During the early hours of yesterday morning a large fire broke out in Al and Carla’s home in Dundas.  Al’s wife Carla also lost her life.

On Thursday night, July 12th racing will be cancelled, but I hope we can all join together in a procession out on the Bay.

Russ Perry will drive the Commodore Penny. At 18:25 The Penny will fire three guns to officially abandon the race. The Penny will then fly a Follow Me flag, and we will all fall into a procession behind the Penny.

Please join us in remembrance of Al and Carla.

Sail Past this Saturday will be dedicated to both Carla and Al.

Regards to all,


Early Bird Deadline is July 15th for the August events

August is fast approaching, and we are gearing up for another exciting annual regatta series at CORK/Sail Kingston! With a total of 16 event days and 8 different regattas, Kingston’s Fresh Water Sailing Festival will be nonstop!

The Early Bird Deadline for all August CORK events is Sunday, July 15st!  Don’t forget to register before the competitor fee increases!


August 9-12:

CORK International Optimist Regatta

CORK International Board Regatta: Sail Canada Youth RS:X & Techno 293 and Senior RS:X Championships.


August 13-17:

CORK International Regatta

The 29er North American Championships


August 17-20

J/24 Canadian Championship


August 17-21:

CORK Olympic Classes Regatta, Sail Canada Senior Championships

Finn Eastern Championship


To Register As A Competitor Click Here


We encourage the family and friends of sailors to volunteer at CORK this August. This is a great opportunity to get in on the action, learn new skills and make new friends!

To Volunteer, Click Here!


For more information

CORK website:

CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322


Address: 53 Yonge Street, Kingston Ontario




Final Day-Viper 640 North American Championships






After four days of sailing in big winds and sixteen races, the team aboard JACKPOT won the 2018 Viper North American Championship. This is Brad Boston’s (Port Edward, ON) sixth title, having won many with his boat partner Lee Shuckerow (Detroit, MI); this is their crew Nick Lounsbury’s first North American title.

Boston’s team took the points lead as of Day 2 and extended their lead throughout the remainder of the championship. The event was sailed out of CORK/Sail Kingston and hosted by the Kingston Yacht Club who, together, staged a world-class regatta.

In addition to the podium prizes, the following awards were presented:

  • Top Corinthian Team – Great Scott! Peter & Rachel Beardsley and Jay Rhame
  • Top Masters Skipper (over 55) – Justin Scott
  • Youngest Competitor – James Owen
  • Furthest Traveled – Somers Kempe’s and Butch Agnew’s crews from Bermuda and Jay Golison’s crew from Long Beach, CA.

In addition, a new North American Championship perpetual trophy was donated by the Kleinschrodt family for which each boat nominated another boat for enhancing the event both on and off the water. This year’s Sportsmanship Trophy was awarded to the crew of MEOW co-skippered b y Cole Constantineau and Eleni Asimacopoulos.

Viper 640 North American President Steve Chapman, Alcove, Que) noted that “It was really great to have this regatta in Canada and on the Great Lakes where the Viper fleet has enjoyed significant growth in recent years. The folks at KYC and Cork/Sail Kingston ran a superlative regatta. We’ll be back!”

Heidi Colburn from KYC added that “It was really a wonderful experience to have the Viper fleet come to Kingston. The boats are fun to watch sail, the people are great to be among, and their broad smiles after racing and cheerful thanking of the regatta volunteers has made it all worth while for those of us who planned the event.”

Tim Irwin, the Event Chair from CORK/Sail Kinston added, “CORK has been unexpectedly delighted to host the Vipers and it is very exciting to watch them race. They are a great bunch of sailors to host at a championship of this magnitude.”


Videos and photos


Congratulations to all competitors and we hope to see you again at CORK in the future!


For more information

CORK website:

CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322


Address: 53 Yonge Street, Kingston Ontario




Final Day-Laser Master Canadians




Sparkly day in the freshwater sailing capital with 11 knots. The Laser Master Canadians completed 2 races today, for a total of 9 races.


After three days of racing, the champions in each fleet were decided:

Top Apprentice

1st-Gord Welsh


Laser Masters

1st-Ernesto Rodriguez

2nd-Osvaldo Padron

3rd-Ray Davies


Laser Grand Masters

1st-Dave Chapin

2nd-Andy Roy

3rd-Bruce Clifford


Laser Great Grand Masters

1st-Nabeel Alsalam

2nd-Richard Roberts

3rd-Jacques Kerrest


Overall Winner

Ernesto Rodriguez


Full Results here:


Congratulations to all competitors!   We look forward to hosting the Laser Masters  again in the future!


For more information

CORK website:

CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322


Address: 53 Yonge Street, Kingston Ontario




Mary Wilson is awarded the Douglas Heath Award

Photo: Nigel Heath (left), Mary Wilson (middle) and Tim Irwin (right)

Congratulations to Mary Wilson!

Mary Wilson’s volunteer work was celebrated and recognized with the Douglas A. Heath Award on Saturday July 7th 2018 at the Kingston Yacht Club.  Mary was presented the award by Douglas Heath’s son Nigel Heath.

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.

Mary has been and continues to be an outstanding CORK volunteer with almost 40 years of service.

“Mary does it all. she provides leadership and accuracy. She’s one that the RO is able to confidently say, “Mary, the boat is yours”, knowing that all will be well and correctly done” Ross Cameron

“For the last 16 years Mary has been my “go to” person at CORK. She does it all. I have had her doing everything from setting marks to recording. She is truly deserving of this honour.”  Pat Lymburner

“On the rare days when I get to do RC work I ask myself – “how would Mary do this”? And then try to do it as well as Mary does.”  Tim Irwin

Thank you Mary – This honour is so very well deserved!


For more informationn

CORK website:

CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322


Address: 53 Yonge Street, Kingston Ontario