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Canada's Olympic Sailing Legacy
September 27th, 2011 @ 06:53 PM EST by admin

In a little less than one year, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England will be happening. Canada is looking forward to a strong team of atheletes who hope to surpass their efforts in Beijing 2008. As sailors, we will have special interest and attention to the sailing events at Weymouth in the English Channel, part of the 2012 London Olympics.

Personally, without addressing my present age, I tried out for the Olympics held in Helsinki, Finland. Unfortunately, I did not qualify for the sailing team that went to those 1952 Olympics in the Finn class, but the great Paul McLaughlin represented Canada and finished a creditable eighth place out of 28 countries competing in the Finn class.

Trying for an Olympic spot did, however, inspire me to approach the directors of the NYC to create a “junior club” sailing program and in 1956 the NYC Junior Club commenced operations and has flourished as one of the best sailing programs in Ontario.

Now to the reason for writing this article in the newsletter. With the 2012 Olympic Sailing events less than one year away, I am encouraging all members of the NYC to purchase a copy of the book Canada’s Olympic Sailing Legacy. The book is filled with interesting facts and documentation about Canada’s Olympic sailing atheletes over the years from Paris in 1924 to Beijing in 2008.

Although the book will inspire you to read about our sailing atheletes, more importantly, the purchase of each book will direct a large portion of the sale to NYC’s Sailing & Racing School program.

The purchase of the book by each of you will generate funds to help out our young sailing athletes. Who knows? In the future perhaps one of our sailing school graduates will achieve the ultimate goal of representing Canada at some future Olympic event. Two past graduates, Terry Nielson and Kevin Smith, did.

Call the NYC office or drop in and purchase a copy of . It will be well worth it and you will be glad you did.

Alf Jenkins
Member, NYC Sailing & Racing School Committee