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Thank you CORK Team!

We celebrate you, the members of the CORK team, every day and especially during this National Volunteer Week!


We are reminded of your commitment to CORK everyday when we look at the 1976 Olympic Cairn for Sailing from the Montreal Games located just outside the building at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour.  This cairn was part of the Olympic flame Tetrahedron located out on the break wall and is “Dedicated to the many Citizens of Kingston and volunteers from everywhere whose hard work supported the Sailing Events held at this venue, and who have supported CORK events since its inception in 1969.  June 2007

Thank you to our incredible CORK volunteer team!
CORK’s virtual AGM was a wonderful opportunity to thank all of the volunteers and members for their continued commitment to CORK and the sport of sailing.  Here are a few highlights:

THE TIM IRWIN AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE was given out for the first time this year.  

“Tim Irwin’s service to CORK began with the first CORK regatta in 1969 when he wrote the program for scoring. It continued in a variety of roles and reached a high point in 2005 when he took on the roles of both Board Chair and Operations Chair. In those positions, Tim led the organization to bid for and deliver the 2007 ISAF Youth World Championships – the largest youth sailing competition in the world. This was in addition to CORK’s four annual regattas and an average of one world championship each year during his leadership. His dedication and effort have been acknowledged by prominent awards at the community, provincial and national levels, a truly rare accomplishment. CORK’s reputation, popularity and impact has everything to do with volunteers who have, year after year, served the sailors, parents and coaches. Leading the way for so many years was Tim Irwin. His dedication to CORK and the sport of sailing was in a class of its own. He was the embodiment of the CORK volunteer spirit.

The award is intended to recognize volunteers who have been of exceptional service to CORK in one or more areas of endeavour. It may be a continued effort over a number of years, or it may be an exceptional effort over a single year.”

Brian Brooks was presented with this award by CORK’s Board Chair Jamie Fraser:    









(Brian Brooks left, Larry Smith Center, Jamie Fraser right)

Congratulation Brian!

Next up, thank you to Nigel Heath for joining the meeting to introduce the Douglas Heath Award.   Honouring Douglas Heath’s memory and celebrating our outstanding volunteers by awarding the Douglas Heath Award is an important tradition for the CORK AGM. Thank you to Janice Wilby for recognizing 2020 recipient of the Heath award Suzanne Hamilton.

Thank you, Suzanne, for your immense contributions to CORK– This honour is so very well deserved!
A pause and moment of silence for volunteers and friends including Sheila Murphy  and one of CORK’s founders Doug Keary. Good sailing friends.
We welcomed CORK’s 18 new members and recognized our dedicated volunteers for their long time service. Bronze, Silver and Gold volunteer service pins will be presented when we resume hosting events in person.

 Bronze service award pins for:

Terry Karaim
Tim Noble
Thomas Shenstone
Indraneel Shinde
Sandeep Sinha
Jamie Sutherland
Pauline Sutherland
Janice Wilby
Nancy Zangerle


Silver pin service pins for:

Jim Albert 
Eric Feigel 
David MacKinnon 
Stephen Monty 
Katie Nicoll 
We celebrated four volunteers for their 25+ years of service!  The new additions to the Volunteer Service Honour Roll are:
Jim Beckett
Rosemary Helmer
Gary Howard  
Bruce Pearcy

Congratulations all!
And yes all of the business on the agenda was taken care of. The minutes, board reports and Financial statements were reviewed, auditors were appointed  and a new Board elected.

For Continuation of term:   

  • Dominique Andry 
  • Tammy Coutu 
  • Jamie Fraser  
  • Pat Lymburner    
  • Stephen Monty 
  • Andy Roy 
  • Janice Wilby 


  • Paul Brennan 
  • Gord Jenkins 

New board members:

  • Jessica Lombard
  • Joe Leung
Jamie thanked the outgoing board members Hugh Cowan and Irene McNeil for their immense service.
It was heartwarming to see so many familiar faces from across the country and a few international members in attendance!   This annual event continues to be an important way to celebrate the CORK team.
We are really looking forward to a time when we can all get together in person.
Thank you again for all of your support!
Take care
The CORK Team

Spring Training Opportunities



Are you looking to update, re certify or add to your skills this year? Here are a few great spring training opportunities to share:


Introductory Sailwave Scoring Course Two night Virtual Seminar

Wednesday, March 31st 7-9pm

Wednesday, April 7th 7-9pm

This training is FREE

Details and registration here:

Sailwave Course 2021.pdf


Safe Sport training

Offered by the Coaching Association of Canada.  This program designed to educate and provide resources to create a safe and respectful environment for all participants.

This training is a new requirement for all Sail Canada Officials.  This training is FREE and we will encourage all CORK volunteers to take the online module.  This will be a requirement for some CORK positions going forward.

You sign up by creating a “Locker account”

The safe sport module is on this page:

I takes around 60 mins to complete.


Maritime Radio course

VHF Radio Training

Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons offer the Restricted Operator’s Certificate (Maritime) with Digital Selective Calling by on-line self-study.

Please visit  Squadrons across Canada offer the course.

$100 includes the course link (good for 60 days), exam by video meeting and wallet card.

Peter French,


Race Officer Courses

Assistant Race Officer Course

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 & Wednesday, March 31, 2021

(Participants must attend both sessions)

Tuesday – Ross Cameron, John O’Dwyer, and Paul Brennan

Wednesday – Graham Dougall, PK Smith, and Paul Clissold

Course Registration


Club Race Officer Prerequisite Course

Tuesday, April 6, 2021, Wednesday, April 7, 2021 & Thursday, April 8, 2021

Tuesday – Irene McNeill, Tom Shenstone, and Paul Brennan

Wednesday – Bill Visser, Paul Clissold, and John O’Dwyer

Thursday – Pat Lymburner, David Sprague, and PK Smith

(Participants must attend all 3 online sessions as well as an in-person session)

The in-person session will take place once the Province opens up (COVID) on a Saturday or Sunday in the Toronto and Ottawa areas

Course Registration

Club Judge Seminar (Online) Ontario Sailing


Tuesday, March 23, 2021 AND Thursday, March 25, 2021 (7:00pm – 9:30pm ET) – PARTICIPANTS MUST ATTEND BOTH SESSIONS!


COST: $28.25 (includes taxes)


You will receive a confirmation email upon registering as well as pre-course instructions and a PowerPoint to review prior to the course via email. Please remember to check your junk/spam folder if you don`t see these emails in your inbox.


This Judge Seminar is provided through the Sail Canada Judges Program and will be led by Katie Coleman Nicoll and Wendy Loat


The 2021 schedule is posted online.

Volunteer registration is open:


The CORK Team
















CORK Annual General Meeting-April 13, 2021

CORK Annual General Meeting – April 13, 2021

Early notice for the CORK/Sail Kingston Annual General Meeting 

Official Proxy

April 13, 2021

7 pm ​

Details and online invitation to follow

The CORK Board looks forward to seeing you there!!




For more information

CORK website:

CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322


Address: Portsmouth Olympic Harbour 53 Yonge Street, Kingston Ontario




Sail Canada Announces the 2021 Kitefoiling Program

(Message posted on the Sail Canada website)

Sail Canada Announces the 2021 Kitefoiling Program

Domestic Regatta schedule 

Organizer Event Dates  Location Coach  Event Website Cost
Tom Wharton TS & CC Icebreaker Regatta May 22-23, 2021 Toronto, ON TBD As per event registration
Mac Morrin FORK Regatta July 23-25, 2021 Kingston, ON Dan Cunningham As per event registration
Marianne Davis CORK OCR  August 13-17, 2021 Kingston, ON TBD As per event registration
Mike Milner 2021 World Championships September 2- 16, 2021 China or Italy (TBC) TBD TBD $400


Save the date for the Sail Canada Senior Championships at CORK Olympic Classes Regatta August 13-17th.


Check back for the NOR and further details.


Volunteer registration is open!

Volunteer For This Event / Inscrivez-vous en tant que bénévole pour cet événement 


The CORK Team




CORK website:

CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322


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







2021 Sail Canada Championships at CORK






CORK/Sail Kingston is excited to announce that the Sail Canada Youth and Senior championships are returning to CORK this summer!  

This schedule has been developed to accommodate possible limitations on total participation numbers per event.

July 26-29 CORK International Regatta and Sail Canada Youth Championships

Club 420

I 420

August 9-12 CORK International Regatta and Sail Canada Youth Championships

ILCA 4 -4.7

ILCA 6 -Radial

August 13-17 Olympic Classes Regatta and the Sail Canada Senior Championships

ILCA 6 -Radial

ILCA 7 -Full rig

IKA Formula Kite

August 13-17 Finn North American Championships


August 18-22 Olympic Classes Regatta and the Sail Canada Senior Championships



49er FX


Check back for the Notice of Race and other event updates at

Volunteer registration is open!

Volunteer For This Event / Inscrivez-vous en tant que bénévole pour cet événement 


The CORK Team




CORK website:

CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322


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