In 2007, the TAHR grew from an idea over a cocktail to become one of the premiere yacht racing events on Lake Ontario. Since its inception, the regatta has grown from 23 to over 60 boats.
The idea, created by Sharon Anderson, Mike Sonosky, Lori DeLuca and myself, was to bring forward a way where racing sailors could give back to the community while doing what they love. At that point, a one-design regatta that would raise money for Perram House – a palliative care residence in Toronto – was born.
Over the past five years the regatta has grown to include competitors from both sides of Lake Ontario and many of the top one-design fleets including Beneteau 36.7s, Melges 20s, Melges 24s, J22s, C&C 99s, 8-Metres and more recently, 2.4-Metres. But most importantly, I am proud to say that during this time our sailing community has together, raised over $120,000 for Perram House.
After five successful years of regatta planning, it’s time for me to take a break and pass the helm to the new regatta co-chairs, Anne Sanderson and Wendy Fischer, both of whom are excited to take this event forward. My role will now be Honorary Chair and I will work closely with Anne and Wendy to provide them with the support they need to deliver the quality event that competitors have come to enjoy.
I am pleased to say that we welcome the return of the Race Committee professionals who have supported this event in previous years I have been in touch with a number of event volunteers from past years who will also be back to help ensure the success of this year’s regatta. You’ll notice a few changes this year including more modest shore-side activities and a reduced entry fee, but what will not change is the quality of racing that’s been bringing fleets back year after year. We are still committed to raising funds for Perram House and are excited about hosting a silent auction and 50/50 draw.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Andrew James who co-chaired the regatta with me over the years. Andrew was instrumental to the regatta’s success and I couldn’t have done it without him.
I look forward to supporting Anne and Wendy and of course, look forward to seeing you on the water, June 15-16 at the National Yacht Club.
2013 Toronto Area Hospice Regatta