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Kathy Dyer



It is with great regret that we pass along the news that Kathy Dyer passed away.



It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to Kathryn Anne (Kathy) Dyer, who departed on her final voyage on December 13, 2021.

Kathy is survived by her sister Nancy (Rudi), stepdaughter Lindsey (Todd), grandchildren Tegan, Owen, Emmett, and Noam, her nephews, and numerous cousins. She was predeceased by her husband Colin Jacobs, her parents Joe and Marny Dyer of Scarborough, and her stepdaughter Tracey.

Kathy was well-known and respected in the international sailing community for her years of service on racing committees and juries, and was recognized as an International Judge in the racing world. Residing in Hamilton, she was active for decades with the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club and was significant as a mentor and an instructor to many, especially women, following in her footsteps.

We will all miss Kathy deeply but look forward to catching up with her at the next anchorage. We would especially like to thank Dr. Jordan Lafranier, resident Emily, and the staff of St. Peter’s Hospital, Hamilton, for the loving and compassionate care that Kathy received in her last days. Special thanks also to her devoted friends Bonnie and Christa for their unwavering support and help over many years.


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Published in Torstar on Dec. 18, 2021.

Notice from Sail Canada:

Kathy Dyer has passed away

It is with great sadness that Sail Canada and Ontario Sailing have learned of the passing of International judge, National Umpire and mentor to many officials across the country Kathy Dyer. Kathy passed this morning December 13, after a short illness.

Our sincere sympathies to her family. She will be greatly missed in the sailing community.


Notice from Ontario Sailing:

Eight Bells for Kathy Dyer

What makes our sailing community is the people we meet and are fortunate enough to work alongside with as volunteers. Ontario Sailing is saddened to hear that fellow friend, umpire and judge Kathy Dyer passed away peacefully this morning, December 13, 2021.

Kathy was an International Judge, National Umpire and mentor to many. Always with a smile, giggle or funny anecdote to tell, she will be greatly missed in the sailing community.

Fair winds Kathy.

Friends will gather at 7PM Tuesday, December 14th

Fisher’s Pier 4 Pub

554 James Street North

Hamilton, Ontario






Ross Cameron










It is with the greatest regret that the CORK Board of Directors shares the notice of the passing of  Ross Cameron.

“Ross Cameron was always a keen sailor, but his passion was racing, whether in his own boat or organizing regattas. So, it was no surprise that he devoted many years to CORK. He served well for a number of years as the Operations Chair, organizing not only the annual August events, but also a number of very successful international championships. After standing down from that job, Ross continued on as a Race Officer for a further two decades of great service. He will remain a prominent name in the history of CORK’s successes. Farewell, Ross.”   Jamie Fraser CORK Board Chair


“Ross helped develop the materials that we still use to teach new Race Officials. His passion was the sport of sailing and he gave a lot of himself to it. He was an excellent mentor and was always ready and willing to help whenever he was needed. It was not what he took that will be remembered but what he gave.” Pat Lymburner, Director, CORK


Ross Cameron 1943 -2021

Obituary of Ross Cameron

(Gordon) Ross Cameron

August 3, 1943-December 6, 2021

“A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.”

― John A. Shedd

With broken hearts we say goodbye to Ross, who died unexpectedly, yet peacefully at home at the age of 78. Ross was a beloved father, brother, grandfather, friend, and mentor. He is survived by his daughters Lisa (Mabo) and Satah (Jess) and his brothers David (Fran) and Stephen (Margie). Ross was “G-Dad” to his biggest fans Noah and Maya, who were both bestowed with the gift of his infectious laugh and mischievous grin.

Born to Guinevere Adelia and George Gordon Cameron, Ross grew up in Toronto and spent most of that time on the waterfront where he learned to sail at the R.C.Y.C. He would go on to become a highly revered, award-winning leader in the sailing world, spearheading several new sailing initiatives and inspiring sailors of all ages, not only in Canada, but also internationally. Famous on the great lakes and beyond for his race management and organizational skills, Ross received the Governor General’s award for volunteer of the year in 1992. In 1995, he was named Yachtsman of the Year, Sail Canada’s most prestigious award, for contributions he made as a builder within the sport of sailing.

As a passionate teacher and school administrator Ross first began his career in the village of Colborne, ON, then at Mallorytown, ON. Joining the Kingston Frontenac school board, he eventually became Vice Principal of Frontenac Public School, then Principal of Land O’Lakes, Harrowsmith and Welborne public schools. Known as “Mr. C”, he rarely forgot a student’s face and for years was able to answer his students by name when they called out to him on the streets of Kingston.

Ross also had a profound love of music. He took an active role in the city’s choral music, at Chalmers United Church, in Melos, and in the Kingston Choral Society, of which he was President. He took particular pride in singing under the direction of his brother David.

To quote a good friend of Ross’: “He has fair winds and broad horizons now.”

But he will be immensely missed by those of us left on shore.

Following Ross’ wishes, he has been cremated and is with his family. Due to COVID-19, a celebration of life will be postponed until we can all safely be together.

For those desiring, memorial donations can be made to, The Kingston Food Sharing Project, or the charity of your choice.

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Ross

Cameron 1943 2021..

Ross Cameron, longtime fixture of city’s sailing scene, dies at 78

Author of the article:

Ian MacAlpine
















Marianne Davis Retirement Announcement


After 16 years CORK’s Executive Director Marianne Davis has decided it is time to retire.

“It has been a privilege to work with our wonderful CORK team to develop the organization and host events over the past 16 years. It is now time to pass the baton and let others continue. I am looking forward to starting a new phase of my life with my family. “

The CORK Board of Directors thanks Marianne for her years of service.

“Marianne’s passion for sailing and her welcoming approach to everyone at CORK have been the cornerstones of a great 16 years. She has guided CORK’s event hosting with care and attention so that we deliver the best possible experience for athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers alike. We thank her for this exemplary service.” Jamie Fraser, Board Chair

Marianne’s tenure at CORK began with the planning for the 2007 Youth Sailing World Championships. She worked tirelessly with CORK’s volunteer team to host World Sailing’s flagship event for youth sailors. The event was an overwhelming success! In the years that followed, Marianne managed the event planning for CORK’s annual events with similar success. In addition, her priority was to always seek out new opportunities for the organization by championing the sport of sailing in Canada. From hosting national championships, Olympic qualifiers and World championships to youth and officials development, Marianne’s approach was clear –plan as many of the details ahead of time as possible and thereby deliver an excellent event. In short her impact at CORK has been impressive! We have all learned so much!

Although we will be sad to see her go, we wish her all the best for the future. Please join us in thanking Marianne for her years of service and wishing her a wonderful retirement!

Best wishes

The CORK Board

Note: Marianne is set to retire in the spring and there will be an opportunity to bid her a more personal farewell at an appropriate time. A formal job search will be launched shortly to select a successor.

CORK set to host Sail Canada’s Youth and Senior Championships in 2022


CORK set to host Sail Canada’s Youth and Senior Championships in 2022!

Sail Canada and CORK are pleased to announce the dates of the 2022 Sail Canada Youth & Senior Championships to be held at CORK International and CORK Olympic Classes Regatta  in Kingston, ON.



Championnats seniors et de la jeunesse 2022 de Voile Canada

Voile Canada annonce aujourd’hui les dates de ses Championnats de la jeunesse et seniors 2022 qui auront lieu à Kingston, ON, en simultané avec des événements de CORK.

:point_right:JULY 21-24 / 21-24 JUILLET

Sail Canada 49er/FX Senior Championships at CORK Olympic Classes Regatta/ Championnats seniors de 49er et 49er FX de Voile Canada


:point_right:AUGUST 4-7 / 4-7 AOÛT

Sail Canada 29er Youth Championships at CORK International / Championnats de la jeunesse en 29er de Voile Canada


:point_right:AUGUST 8-12 / 8-12 AOÛT

Sail Canada ILCA 4, ILCA 6, Club 420 and International 420 Youth Championships at CORK International  / Championnats de la jeunesse en ILCA 4, ILCA 6, Club 420 and International 420 de Voile Canada


:point_right:AUGUST 12-16 / 12-16 AOÛT

Sail Canada ILCA 6, ILCA 7, IKA Formula Kite and Open Foiling Kiteboards Senior Championships at CORK Olympic Classes Regatta / Championnats seniors de ILCA 6, ILCA 7 et IKA Formula Kite, Open Foiling Kiteboards de Voile Canada

CORK accommodation discounts can be found here:

CORK hosts annual events in August and September. The draft 2022 schedule is posted online.

We are looking forward to seeing you all back in Kingston next summer!

The CORK Team




CORK website:

CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322


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




2021 CORK International Regatta and Sail Canada Youth Championships–ILCA 4 -4.7, ILCA 6 -Radial






The Notice of Race is now posted for the 2021 CORK International Regatta and Sail Canada Youth Championships–ILCA 4 -4.7, ILCA 6.

August 9-12th

(Registration/Check-in morning August 9th, August 9-12th) 

This championship will be hosted by CORK in cooperation with Sail Canada.

This will be the Sail Canada Youth Championships for the ILCA 4 -4.7, ILCA 6 -Radial

Event website including the Notice of Race is here:

CORK accommodation discounts can be found here:

CORK hosts annual events in August and September. The 2021 schedule is posted online.

We are looking forward to seeing you all back in Kingston this summer!

The CORK Team




CORK website:

CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322


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