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Sheila Murphy 1928-2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is with the greatest regret that the CORK Board of Directors shares the notice of the passing of  Sheila Murphy.   Sheila was a great friend of CORK and will be missed by all.

Sheila Margaret Murphy

 

Sheila passed away peacefully in Peterborough on December 20, 2020 at the age of 92. Sheila has finally joined her husband and soulmate, Paul, for their next journey together. During their 52 years of marriage Sheila and Paul explored every continent on earth, most by both land and sea. Their adventurous spirit lives on in their daughter, Susan (Robert) and two grandchildren, Andrew and Emily.

In keeping with Sheila’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a small family Celebration of Life will hopefully take place in the summer.

If desired, donations in Sheila’s memory can be directed to the Grandmother’s Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, a charity near and dear to Sheila’s heart.

Notice of Passing

 

 

 

Fresh Water Sailing Capital

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know that CORK has hosted 45 world championships since 1969?

and

Portsmouth Olympic Harbour was the sailing venue for the 1976 Olympics?

Thank you Visit Kingston for sharing this the blast from the past!

#FridayFeeling #ygk #FreshWaterSailingCapital

First time at CORK Galen Richardson

(Story and Photos submitted by Galen Richardson)

I have definitely had some great times at CORK!

 

My first time at CORK was in 2010 when I was nine years old and sailed the optimist in green fleet. My biggest memory from the event was being so scared of the classic Kingston thermal and not wanting to sail. My parents were out in a zodiac and let me go in, but made me sail a couple laps of the basin at the ramp before I could call it quits. My fear instantly shifted from the 50 knot puffs (they seemed that big at the time) to the floating patches of seaweed in the basin (heaven forbit I’d have to touch one…)

 

 

(Galen winning the Valerie Bergeron Trophy as top Canadian athlete during the CORK International Optimist Regatta in 2014 and again in 2015)

 

 

 

 

 

I love thinking about that first experience at CORK.  Now, one of my favourite memories is absolutely sending it downwind in the 49er in 25 knots at CORK OCR in 2019, with my crew Jake Adair and I just holding on for dear life. Despite being one of the smallest teams on the race course, we finished the race in second and stoke levels had never been higher.

 

 

 

Since 2010, I’ve sailed in 10 CORK regattas, sailing in the Opti, 29er, 49erFX, and 49er. I always love when I get the opportunity to sail at one of my favourite sailing venues in the world, and look forward to when we can race next at CORK.

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYgUWlcbQZ_xCBQMJ__jQCg?view_as=subscriber

 

 

Wind Athletes Canada

https://www.windathletes.ca/athletes/galen-richardson-jake-adair

 

Thank you for sharing your story with us Galen!

If you have story that you would like to share with others tag us in a story on social media or reach out to events@cork.org

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

The CORK Team

 

 

 

CORK website: www.cork.org

CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322

Email: info@cork.org

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

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First time at CORK Sarah Douglas

(photos and story submitted by Sarah Douglas)

 

 

My first CORK was in 2004, I was 10 years old and I was racing the Optimist with the Lake Ontario Optimist Team. I finished 39th overall of 90 competitors. I remember fearing the windy days but having a blast with my friends.

 

 

(CORK 2004)

 

My highlight has always been eating ice cream from White Mountain after racing.

 

 

 

(CORK 2006)

 

 

 

 

(CORK 2006 with LOOT team)

 

From 2004, I raced a few more CORK regattas in the Optimist improving from year to year before moving to the Laser Radial where I found the racing more challenging. I have also coached some of the Opti CORKs when I was the ABYC Race Team Coach in 2012 and 2013.

 

I have raced a total of 12 CORK regattas and have so many great memories of my time in Kingston and racing with so many of my friends.

 

 

(CORK 2016)

 

 

I am now a National team athlete training for the Toyko 2021 Olympics.  Keep up to date with what I’m up to each month in my Olympic Campaign to Tokyo 2020. To ensure you don’t miss out, sign up on my website: https://www.sarahdouglassailing.com

 

 

 

 

 

(CORK 2018-racing at the CORK Olympic Classes Regatta/Sail Canada Senior Championships)

 

 

(Sarah and National teammates helping out with the prize giving during the 2018 CORK International Sail Canada Youth Championships)

 

 

Wind Athletes Canada

https://www.windathletes.ca/athletes/sarah-douglas

 

Thank you for sharing your story with us Sarah!

If you have story that you would like to share with others tag us in a story on social media or reach out to events@cork.org

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

The CORK Team

 

 

 

CORK website: www.cork.org

CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322

Email: info@cork.org

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CORKSailKingston

Twitter: www.twitter.com/corkkingston

Instagram: www.instagram.com/corkkingston

Ted Weihe first time at CORK

(Photos and Chapter submitted by Ted Weihe)

Here is chapter six in my book: Sailing in My Time: A Lifelong Passion for Cruising and Racing.

Sailing in My Time: A lifelong Passion of Cruising and Racing: Weihe, MR Ted Frederick: 9781698563084: Amazon.com: Books

It describes the International 14s at the CORK regatta in 1976  It blew like hell and every other class wisely cancelled racing for the day.  But not International 14s.  It was survival all the way.  I forget who won but I believe it as a team from England that not only raced but flew their parachute.  They won by a mile.

Ted Weihe

Sarasota FL

 

 

Chapter 6: International 14

I thought I was a pretty good sailor until I bought and raced the International 14.  Out of the Air Force and working for a trade association, I made very little money in the early 70s.  So, when I went to Severn Sailing Association (SSA) in Annapolis, St. John Martin offered his old wooden International 14 as a starter.  The boat was Fairey design and not competitive but at least I got a feel for the class and the top competitors at SSA including Stu Walker who was a founder of this one-design, racing club.  Most of the 14s were either home built or imported from England.  The boats to own were Bruce Kirby designs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairey International 14

I did not keep the Fairey very long and bought a glass Souter Casson when the British, Canadian and US International 14 teams competed in Annapolis in 1972.  I wanted to buy the cold molded Kerby III, but I could not afford it.  One of my first regattas was to travel to Toronto to race at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club.  My wife-to-be Judy and I wanted to stay at her aunt’s house, but she said that was impossible because I was a “sailor.” We camped at RCYC where you took a launch from Toronto to the RCYC island with well-dressed members, but as racers we were allowed to come in cut offs and jeans.  At the regatta, we came in last and often “finished in place” so as not to delay the next race.  My wife decided racing 14s was not for her.  I recruited Ed Murray who was an excellent crew.  We started to get more competitive with some thirds at the Severn Sailing Association Annual Regatta in 1973 and in 1976.  We finished first at the SSA Regatta Day in 1976.

One of my most memorable races was on New Year’s Day in a race up the Severn and around the island and back.  It was cold but International 14s had to prove that they were tough.  Stuart Walker was on the course and he keep going to one side of the creek to the other.  He was clearly writing a column for One Design Magazine on how to play wind shifts near shore.

Capsize off Severn Sailing Association

 

 

 

We went to the 1975 regatta in Ottawa, Canada, but did not get in a single race because of no wind.  For a family vacation we camped in Algonquin Park with the International 14 on a stone made mooring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1976, I crewed for Phil Well from Philadelphia at CORK in Kingston, Ontario.  My soft top Fiat was broken into and the thieves took my suit.  I reported it and the local police said they had a problem with Americans’ breaking into cars.  The wind was in the upper 20s and all other classes cancelled racing.  But, not International 14s.  About a dozen 14s went out with many capsizes and several broken masts.  We just tried to survive.  A competitor would pass us then capsize, we would catch him and we did this dance back and forth several times going up wind.  Gibes at leeward mark were like a demolition derby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CORK at Kingston

I fully understand the problem with young professionals between work, marriage, night school and raising a family. I did not have enough time to practice in a very demanding class, nor could I ignore my other responsibilities.  At a team racing event at Seven Sailing Association with the Canadians and British, there was consideration in changing the rules to raise the eye for the jib and take 50 lbs. out of the boats.  I could not afford another jib, nor was it possible to take weight out of my glass 20.  At that point, I sold the boat which did continue to be raced.  I decided that I wanted to go back to cruising with my family.

Thank you for sharing the excerpt of your book with us Ted!

If you have story that you would like to share with others tag us in a story on social media or reach out to events@cork.org

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

The CORK Team

 

 

 

CORK website: www.cork.org

CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322

Email: info@cork.org

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CORKSailKingston

Twitter: www.twitter.com/corkkingston

Instagram: www.instagram.com/corkkingston