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Forty Years a CORK Volunteer By Sheila Murphy


No, not a wine cork!

CORK stands for Canadian Olympic training Regatta Kingston.  The organization was founded in 1969.   The mission – to provide the ideal training site for Canadian sailors who aspired to represent Canada at the Munich 1972 Summer Olympic games.  The wind and waves in Kingston harbour are very similar to those in Kiel, Germany (the sailing venue for the 1972 games) and Kingston would serve as the sailing venue for the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympic Games.  The strategy was to make Kingston the Freshwater Sailing Capital of the World by hosting an annual major sailing regatta for the Olympic Class sailboats and their Skippers and crew.

Since that first year and for most of the following 40 plus years I have been one of the 300+ volunteers who help run regattas (in one or two week stints) throughout the summer months from our Kingston Portsmouth Olympic Harbour.  We host events for a wide variety of classes of boats, sailed by males and females of all ages and at all levels of experience.    This has been one of the most fulfilling volunteer experiences I have had during my lifetime and I hope to continue for another year or so!

We are so fortunate to have some of the best freshwater sailing in the world in Kingston and it is wonderful to volunteer at the regattas held here on our doorstep, to watch the youngsters progress through various stages as they grow and compete year after year – and it is also great to see some of the “old timers” still out there on the start line giving it their all. This past summer in addition to the CORK August regattas we also hosted the Laser WORLD championships.  When all was said and done, over 1400 boats, 2000 sailors and coaches from 64 different countries competed.  That is a lot of people and a lot of boats!! It was an exciting time and just recently the expertise of the CORK volunteer team was recognized when we were awarded the SAIL CANADA Chisholm Trophy for excellence in race management

There are loads of jobs up for grabs for both experienced and inexperienced people – on the water as a recorder, timer for starts and finishes, raising and lowering signal flags, radio communications, “tweeting” live action results, etc. on the Race Committee boat, or laying the course marks and start/finish lines from Zodiac inflatables or helping on the safety boats. On land there are many equally interesting jobs – Computer Results, Measurement, Registration, Equipment, Boat Maintenance, Boat Launch, Media Relations, tracking competitors when leaving from and returning to harbour (so we know we haven’t lost anyone), writing press releases, giving out lunches to the volunteers, plus other jobs which come up during a regatta.  The international nature of the regattas means volunteers with French or other language capabilities are particularly welcome.

It is very rewarding to become part of any regatta in whatever position you choose to volunteer. It is exciting, busy and just generally a lot of fun. You meet new people of all ages – both sailors and volunteers. And for those serving on the water, it is a great learning experience for sure, particularly to those not very familiar with racing. Watching the start of a 40-50 sailboat fleet is fantastic!!! And being right there when these big fleets cross the finish line is often something else again and a bit hair-raising at times!

I have already celebrated the fifty-eight anniversary of my 29th birthday so I won’t be volunteering for all two weeks this summer, but if you chose to volunteer here are some of the dates.   I know you will have as much fun as I have!

CORK 2016 Regatta Calendar

July 22-24             Etchells Canadians

August 11-14         CORK International Optimist (youth)

August 14-18         CORK International SAIL CANADA Youth Championships

29er North American Championship

August 19-24         CORK Olympic Class Regatta SAIL CANADA Senior Championships

August 19-25         J22 WORLD Championship

August 20-23         FINN Eastern Championship

August 21-26         National Sea Cadet Regatta

September 23-25   CORK FALL Regatta

The easiest way to find out more and to volunteer is to go to the web-site:, or you can email or call the CORK office at, (613) 545-1322, or visit them at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour.  A very friendly and enthusiastic group are there to help you get involved.

By Sheila Murphy





Don and Liz MacIntyre receive the Douglas A. Heath Volunteer Award

Liz and Don MacIntyre

(Nigel Heath on left, Liz and Don MacIntyre in middle, Pat Lymburner on right)

At the CORK Annual General Meeting (AGM) held this past weekend at the Kingston Yacht Club, Liz and Don MacIntyre’s volunteer work was celebrated and recognized with the Douglas A.Heath Award.

Douglas Austin Heath was a long time volunteer with the CORK regatta. 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.

Don and Liz MacIntyre have given a tremendous amount of their time and energy to the sport of sailing. Don was  instrumental in getting the Toronto area Clubs and Race Officials to come to CORK and for many years the Sarah Ashbridge and a mark boat were brought to Kingston to help with the event. They have become fixtures at CORK in a variety of roles from judging to recording finishes to being the RO for many of CORKs championships and the Jury Secretary. Their unwavering support for CORK during the off season has brought many new faces to Kingston. Their support is recognized by the presentation of the Douglas Heath Award, the highest honour CORK can bestow, as testament to their continuing support and service to CORK.

We congratulate Liz and Don for their tremendous contributions!



Race Management training in Kingston – April 9 and 10

HURRY NOW! Registrations are about to close.

Ontario Sailing has approved a Race Management Training Seminar to be held at Kingston Yacht Club, 1 Maitland Street, Kingston on the weekend of Saturday April 9 and Sunday April 10 2016. To meet the minimum requirements for an effective course a few more registrations are required. Please register before the end of Tuesday April 5th 2016 so a decision can be made.

The course will present the materials for participants to qualify as an Assistant Race Officer (Level 1), plus the Study Material that is a pre-requisite for qualifying as a Club Race Officer (Level 2).  For details on the full definitions, please refer to the Race Officer information located on the Ontario Sailing website at: Ontario Sailing Race Officer Information.

Attendees should plan to be at the seminar beginning at 9 AM each day, and ending no later than 5 PM.  To register for the courses, please go to the Ontario Sailing website at: Ontario Sailing Race Management Seminars. If you have any questions, call Krystal at Ontario Sailing 1 905 52 7245, ext 221. Course Check-In Desk at the course opens at 8:30 AM.

CORK/Sail Kingston Annual General Meeting April 2nd 2016/Assemblée générale annuelle de CORK/Sail Kingston sur le 2 avril

CORK welcomes all sailing enthusiasts to attend the CORK/Sail Kingston Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday April 2nd at the Kingston Yacht Club (1 Maitland St).

There will be a social gathering/light lunch at 12 noon, followed by the AGM which will start at 1300 hours.  The CORK Board looks forward to see you there!!

Please contact the CORK office for more information, and 613 545 1322

CORK accueille tous les passionnés de voile pour venir à l’Assemblée générale annuelle de CORK/Sail Kingston  le samedi 2 avril au Kingston Yacht Club (1 rue Maitland).

Il y aura un petit déjeuner/ social à 12:00, suivie par l’Assemblée générale annuelle qui débutera à 13 heures. Le Conseil d’administration de CORK aimerais vous y voir !

SVP, contacter CORK pour plus d’informations…, 613 545 1322

Notice of Race CORK 2016/Avis de Course CORK 2016

Spring is almost here and it is time to get ready for racing this summer!

Please check out the draft notices of race for 2016 CORK Regattas and the J/22 World Championships being hosted out of Portsmouth Olympic Harbour this summer via the CORK Event Page.  At this time you can also register as a competitor or volunteer.

Come join in the fun!

Notices of Race are available via:

  •  CORK International Optimist Regatta August 11-14th
  •  CORK International & Sail Canada Youth Championships August 14-18th
  • 29er North American Championship August 14-18th
  • Olympic Classes Regatta & Sail Canada Senior Championships August 19-24
  • Finn Eastern Championship August 20-23
  • J/22 World Championship August 19-25


Le printemps est presque là et il est temps de se préparer pour la course cet été!

Se il vous plaît vérifier les préliminaires d’avis de cours des nombreuses régates de CORK et les Championnats du J/22 qui sont prévues pour le port Olympique do Portsmouth cette été! A ce moment vous pouvez également vous inscrire comme  concurrent ou un bénévole .

Vous pouvez aller directement aux avis de cours par: