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Etchells Canadians & Olson 30 North Americans: Day 1

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Friday July 22nd  2016 – Kingston

Etchells Canadians & Olson 30 North Americans: Day 1


This weekend CORK is hosting boats from Canada the US and New Zealand at the Etchells Canadian and Olson 30 North American Championships.  We had a hot and sunny start to the day with 29˚C temperature. Wind was 13 Knots WSW at launch, but increased to 20 Knots by the first gun, and stayed steady throughout the afternoon. The wind shifted to W for the final race of the day.


In the Etchells fleet overall standings are Jerry Wendt on Northern Etchells (NYC) in 3rd,  Mark Fleckenstein on Zehn (SSC) in 2nd and leading the fleet is Dirk Kneulman on Skanky Gene (RCYC).


In the Olson 30 fleet overall standings are Scot Laughton on Boom (APSC) in 3rd,  Ben Rotteveel on Investors Group (CBYC) and leading the fleet is Bruce Rand (Odessa)


Tomorrow’s racing will start at 11:00 am, with the Etchells fleet course racing and the Olson 30 fleet competing in a long distance race.
Event Photographer @sailingshot


Results at


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For more information 

CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322
Address: 53 Yonge Street, Kingston Ontario

BELOWDEX: Your Boat In The Palm of Your Hand In Real Time


BELOWDEX is pleased to sponsor The Internet Cafe for 2016’s CORK International Sailing Competitions. “We are looking forward to having front row seats to this action packed event, while introducing our recently launched Smartphone APP,” states company President Mark Marcelissen.

Developed and designed in Kingston, Ontario, BELOWDEX introduces the highly sought after “internet of things” concept into the world of personal watercraft and charter boating. Marcelissen remarks, “We were invited to showcase BELOWDEX at the 2016 International RFID JOURNAL LIVE Conference in Orlando, Florida, for its’ original concept and ease of use.” The Canadian Government is injecting 1.3 million dollars into safe boating initiatives by informing and verifying the boating public are well versed in the arena of responsible boating regulations. With minimal effort from the user, BELOWDEX aids in meeting and exceeding these requirements. Mark explains his inspiration for the time and money saving idea, “I looked at what we needed on our 31 ft. boat should we be boarded by authorities, or find ourselves in a precarious situation while out on the water. I started with the enforced safety list, and after lengthy conversations with members of Canadian Power and Sail, as well as U.S. Coastguard; a comprehensive list of over 40 items was compiled.  Personally, I didn’t want to spend the beginning of each cruise verifying that I had everything, or that I knew the exact location, or have to recheck the expiry dates. I looked at a way to use my Computing Engineering background to refine the process, making it faster, more precise, and to be absolutely honest, I wanted it to be fun!”

So how does it work? BELOWDEX provides rugged, compact, RFID tags that discretely adhere to items on a boat. Mark describes the process, “I simply step onto my boat, attach the handheld antenna to my Smartphone, launch the APP, and as I walk through the cabin BELOWDEX automatically generates a real time list as it locates, validates and ensures my boat is equipped to meet all safety standards in accordance with Transport Canada and US Marine Law.”

BELOWDEX is accurate in any Province or State – when you receive your BELOWDEX Antenna and initially launch the APP, it will prompt you for pertinent details such as province/state/boat size/colour/MMSI number. So each time you board your boat it automatically collates a list in accordance to your location. With RFID technology BELOWDEX then detects all equipment stored in cabinets and lockers without opening anything below deck! If a “validation failed” screen appears, it will indicate what is missing.  A neat feature, launch the “locate” option and the antenna will sound faster the closer you are to the item, even off the boat.

“I added a safety feature that saves a great deal of time – an automated “Float Plan.”

Before you leave shore the APP will prompt you to select your planned destination from a drop down menu, then enter the time you intend to arrive. It prompts you to enter the number of people onboard. A section allows you to make notes you feel necessary, like the route chosen, or passenger’s names. The very cool part is that the APP takes all the information you entered when you initially launched BELOWDEX (name/address/MMSI/boat make/colour/etc.) and emails all of this information to your emergency contact. Should you not arrive at your predicted location your personal contact will have all the answers to coastguard questions contained in the email, along with GPS coordinates.

BELOWDEX can also be customized. “Boaters can purchase additional RFID tag packages from us, then send a list of items they deem necessary for a good cruise and we will program the tags. So when they launch the APP, BELOWDEX will seek out their customized list as well,” explains Mark.

BELOWDEX is truly “your boat in the palm of your hand in real time”! BELOWDEX brings cruising into the 21st century.

Visit us during CORK competitions at the BELOWDEX Internet Cafe and check out the demo online.

Good luck to all the competitors at 2016 CORK events!

Kingston’s Freshwater Sailing Festival


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 for the entire month. The Early Bird Deadline for all CORK events is Friday, July 31st!  Don’t forget to register before the competitor fee increases!

The CORK International Optimist Regatta will kick off the summer as over 120 optimist sailors aged 7-15 will travel to Kingston August 11-14. This is a great event for young sailors to break into the racing scene, as the event is split between a race division and a green (beginners) division.

Meanwhile 30 board competitors will compete in the CORK International Board Regatta. Set to compete are the Techno 293, RSX Board and RS:X in the Sail Canada Youth and Senior Championships. This event will also be the RSX and Techno 293 North American Championships.

To keep up the exciting pace of competition, the CORK International Regatta, Sail Canada Youth Championships and the 29er North American Championships will be August 14-18. 400 high performance sailors will be racing Laser Standards, Radials, Club 420’s, for the Sail Canada Youth Championships presented by Volvo, or 29ers for the 29er North American Championships,  or Laser 4.7 for the under 17 Canadian Championships.

Without skipping a beat, CORK’s Olympic Classes Regatta will host the Sail Canada Senior Championships with over 120 Laser, Radial, 49er, 49erFX, I14, and Finn sailors from Aug 19-24. The Laser male and Radial female fleet events will be part of the World Sailing World Cup, and the Laser and Radial Open classes will be a North American Grand Prix Event. The I14 fleet will be competing for the Canadian Champion Title while The Finn fleet will be competing for the Eastern Championship Title. For the Laser, Radial, 49er, 49erFX & Finn fleets this event is the Sail Canada Senior Championships presented by Volvo, with 4 days of racing.

Wrapping up the summer will be the J/22 World Championship running from Aug 19-25 with 40 boats scheduled to compete.  This keelboat event will be a great one to watch as competitors strive to be named the best in the world.

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!

Don’t Forget to register before The Early Bird Deadline Friday, July 31st!

To Register As A Competitor Click Here

Register now! July 1st is the early bird deadline for the Etchells Canadians and the Olson 30 North Americans.

The early bird deadline is quickly approaching for the Etchells Canadians and the Olson 30 North Americans.  Register before July 1st to receive the discount rate.

These two championship events will be hosted by CORK in cooperation with the Etchells and Olson 30’s class associations running from July 22-24th. Updated competitor information including the NOR is posted at Additional details including travel to the venue, accommodation, and other amenities in the city of Kingston as also available.

CORK hosts annual events in August and September. The 2016 schedule is posted online.

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For more information:

Etchells Canadians Event Page

Olson 30 North American Event Page

Notice of Race

2016 Summer Schedule

We are excited to welcome the world to Kingston once again! Have a look at our 2016 schedule and come experience Kingston’s Freshwater Festival for yourself.

2016 Event Poster

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For more information:
Event Information
Kingston’s Freshwater Sailing Festival