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First time at CORK Antonia Lewin-LaFrance

(Story submitted by Antonia Lewin-LaFrance)

CORK is wonderful, so I’m really happy to share my first experience:

My first CORK was in 2012. I was 15, sailing club 420 (as skipper, my crew was Taylor Shaw) for the Squadron team under the infamous Federico Lopez. I didn’t have a clue how to read wind. 2012 was so long ago. I think I’ve done CORK every single year since then, so there are only a few distinct memories that stick out from 2012. The first is that if I had a great start, Fede would zoom over after the race and clap as hard as he possibly could, say something like “TONIAAA, great job!! Beautiful start” (maybe with some curse words mixed into there), toss over some food and water, and then say “Another one!!” and then ruffle our hair and zoom off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance Canadian Sailing Development Squad teammates competing at CORK in 2019.  The photo were taken during the 49er and 49er FX North American Championships.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Georgia and I have been sailing the FX for three years now, and we’re very grateful to be a part of the CSDS. Sail Canada has given us resources that make our training environment world class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wind Athletes Canada

https://www.windathletes.ca/athletes/team-lewin-lafrance

 

Thank you for sharing your story with us Antonia!

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 Peter Warren and Rob Shapiro

(Story written by Peter Warren and Rob Shapiro)

(Photo submitted by Ron Gilkie Soling competitor)

 

My two attended CORK regattas, 1970 and 1971, were both quite memorable.  I was 19 years old in 1970 — 1970 in the Soling Class with USA 186 and 1971 with Soling USA 507.

My crew for both regattas was Rob Shapiro and (the late) John Nystedt.

In 1970, the fleet consisted of about 60 boats all experiencing very strong winds throughout the event.

During a gybe in about 25 knots, our 200 lbs+ crew John was lifted a couple of feet off the deck by the spinnaker pole (attached to both sheets) when the boat came off a plane.  Facing aft, his expression was priceless!  Rob and I yelled to just ‘hang-on’ while we got the boat back up on the next wave and he slowly floated back on deck and was able to complete the pole connection to the mast.

We attended a massive cocktail party on the night before the next-to-last scheduled race where our former (also late) sailing coach Carl VanDyne introduced us to Buddy Melges.

Buddy shared, with this starry-eyed group of teens, a key secret to his success  (he won every race in the Soling fleet that year).

The next day, after starting at opposite ends of the starting line, we crossed tacks with him near the first windward mark.

Friendly words were exchanged (and shall remain confidential) based on the past night’s meeting.  Then, he crossed us on the next set of tacks and left us in the dust!

In 1971 we had a new boat, new sails and lots more experience in the class.  We finished a very satisfying 3rd with Buddy first again (though not undefeated this time) and the late Bruce Goldsmith 2nd.

We drove the boat back to Marblehead, our home port, after a successful border crossing, then returned to our respective colleges.

Both regattas were very well run and some of the more challenging as well as memorable racing for each us.

Thanks again to all of the volunteers and sailors who have helped make CORK a ‘do-not-miss’ regatta!

Regards,

Peter Warren and Rob Shapiro

 

Some final thoughts from Peter:

We raced together from the early teen years through, well, let’s just say far into adulthood!  He was very successful in the cockpit and dragged me along!!!  Lots of one-design classes, Sears and Mallory Cup finals and of course great fun at CORK.  Thanks for putting this effort together,  Peter

The narrative and that wonderful photo bring back so many memories!  The CORK experiences were truly among the highlights of those many years of sailing and competing together, and meeting and making wonderful friends along the way.

Very best wishes – Rob

 

Thank you for sharing your memories with us Peter and Rob!

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

Ali ten Hove first time at CORK

(photo and story submitted by Ali ten Hove)

I grew up in the amazing sailing community of Kingston which provided me with the rich experience of world-class sailing right in my own backyard. CORK was the highlight event every summer that I would look forward to and watch with amazement as Kingston filled up with hundreds of sailors from across the country and from across the globe.

My first time racing in CORK was in 2008 sailing when I sailed in the Opti fleet. I was 12 years old and finished 69/98 boats. Given the strong southwesterlies, I was proud just to finish all the races! I continued to compete in CORK for many years, progressing through Optis, 420s and i420s before  graduating to the Olympic 49er FX class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone who has ever sailed a skiff knows that it is an entirely different beast. If you let it, the boat will want to spend all of the time upside down! You are constantly focused on balancing the boat using your weight and adjusting the power in the sails. This takes some time to learn, and the first year of sailing the 49er is often referred to as ‘swimming lessons’. Big wipeouts and punishing bruises are an inevitable part of process.

(Ali and Mariah Millen in the 49erFX)

My first time racing the 49er FX was at CORK OCR in 2016. In true Kingston style, we were greeted with strong thermal winds and steep choppy waves! I think I lost count of how many times we flipped upside down. Undeterred, I am happy to report that we finished every race! Never giving up and battling to cross the finish line each and every time. There are some funny photos of our team out of control crossing the finish – always with a smile on our face. We ended up finishing the event in 5th place!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our team has continued to race in CORK OCR every year since. It continues to be one of our favourite events! CORK is a fun, safe and competitive event for sailors of all levels to come and test their skills. It’s always fun to think back to our first FX regatta as a team – getting dragged by our boat across the finish line! Never a dull moment sailing a 49er, especially in a big Kingston thermal!


(Ali and Mariah Millen with Danielle Boyd)

Wind Athletes Canada

 

 

 

Thank you for sharing your story with us Ali!

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

 

 

 

 

 

CORK AGM

Thank you to all of the members that attending CORK’s first ever virtual AGM!
It was so wonderful to see familiar faces and voices on the screen! We had members attend from across the country and it was great to see a few of our international members in attendance!
For those that were unable to attend a few thank yous and highlights include:
Thank you 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 Rob Colwell for recognizing Blanche Battersby and Steve Brunsden for recognizing Ron Rubadeau.

“Thank everyone that I have worked with in my CORK experience.  It has been amazing! wonderful people!  positive attitudes!  Thank you to all of the people that I have worked with at CORK over the years…I spend my winters looking forward to coming to CORK!   It has always been a happy and enjoyable, fulfilling experience for me.”  Blanche Battersby

” I first heard about CORK more than 50 years ago when I dreamed of going to this mystical place as a competitor. Like many early life dreams, if never came to be. But years later, an opportunity came to be a volunteer at CORK….and I jumped at the chance….and what a rewarding experience it has been…And when people would ask about it I would passionately tell them about the magical place that remains as the Mecca for all those interested in our sport….I cherish those days spent in Kingston as I have known all previous honourees for this award. I am humbled to be in their number” Ron Rubadeau

Thank you Blanche and Ron for your immense contributions to CORK– This honour is so very well deserved!
A pause and moment of silence for volunteers Mabel Corlett, Ian Gow, Richard Howlett and Tim Irwin. Good sailing friends.
We celebrated the CORK volunteers for receiving the Sail Canada Chisholm Trophy for excellence in race management for the 4.7 and Radial Youth Worlds events in 2019.
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.
We celebrated four volunteers for their 25+ years of service The new additions to the Volunteer Service Honour Roll are Peter French, Sicotte Hamilton, Lyle
Merriam and Carole Pearcy. Congratulations all!
And yes all of the business on the agenda was taken care of. The minutes and board reports and Financial statements were reviewed, auditors were appointed.
Our Board members are:
Re-elected members Dominique Andry, Jamie Fraser, Pat Lymburner, Irene McNeill, Stephen Monty and Janice Wilby.
For continuation of term: Paul Brennan, Hugh Cowan and Gord Jenkins
New board members Tammy Coutu and Andy Roy
We are looking forward to a time when we can all get together in person. Our time before and after the meeting last night was a great reminder of how much we have missed seeing everyone this past year.
Thank you again for all of your support!
Take care
The CORK Team

Martin Rheaume first time at CORK

 

 

 

 

 

(photo and story submitted by Martin Rheaume)

My first time at CORK was quite an eye opener as I had only 4 years experience as a sailor. I came to CORK in 2003 with 5 others members of SailRA (now merged with Ottawa New Edinburgh Club), for the International Albacore Championship. My crew (Bertrand Renaud) and I were there with AL7887. While the first races occurred in light winds, the conditions became more challenging… and this is where three memories stand out. On one start, we were in a very good position just beside the red hull Mega Wolf. While our speed and heading were similar to the other boat, we soon started being pushed sideways…. While I do not shy from sailing in heavy winds, it did not prepare me for important of properly managing waves….. as we do not have much of them on the Ottawa River. On the subsequent day, we were beating to the windward mark and needed to tack. I gave the command, my crew responded and initiated the manoeuvre. For a reason or another I was looking down through the manoeuver. I tacked and when I finally look up, my crew was no longer in the boat ! I look around and saw a few fingers on the port gunwale…. I put the boat in irons and help come aboard. When we tacked, his feet missed the hacking strap and he silently did a backflip in the water with no harm done. The last day was the most challenging race. On the last leg, running toward the finishing line, the boat started to roll from side to side and we capsized. Seven times we brought the boat back up and each time it capsized again. Two members which was not sailing due to the windy conditions and volunteer to be one safety boat, came around to help. Being exhausted, we decided that I would go in the rescue boat and one of them would take my place and jump in the water. They were able to finally bring the boat upright and started to sail toward the harbour. Suddenly the rudder line snaped and the boat once again capsized. After one more recovery, everyone was safe and sound in the harbour. When I came to CORK, I had two objectives: Have fun and not finish last in the regatta. It was a success all the way !

Ever since that first time I fell in love with CORK coming back to volunteer on Race Committees, Safety Boats and as a Judges, leaving the racing to younger and more experience sailors !

Thank you for sharing your story with us Martin!

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