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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!

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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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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!

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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

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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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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