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Chisholm Trophy for Excellence in Race Management
January 2nd, 2015 @ 07:20 PM EST by Newsletter Author

rolex_sailor_year_2014_featureIt is with great pleasure that I share with our members two very prestigious regatta awards recently won by the National Yacht Club. These are in recognition of two world-level regattas held this past summer at the Club.

Chisholm Trophy for Excellence in Race Management for
The Shark World Championships

Shark World 2014

The first award is Sail Canada’s Chisholm Trophy for Excellence in Race Management for the Shark World Championships. This trophy is awarded to the yacht club responsible for the regatta with the best-managed races during 2014. The award specifically recognizes the work of Principal Race Officer, David Sprague and his committee. The Chisholm Trophy, established in 1993, was donated by the Ontario Sailing Association. Emblematic of excellence in race management, it will be presented at the Sail Canada Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards on February 6th.

The Shark Worlds were held August 23-29, 2014 and hosted 50 boats from Canada, Germany and Austria. The organizers had fun, and the competitors were great.

The wonderful team was led by Dave Thomas as Regatta Chair, John Brunt as co-Chair and Chris Clark, Vice Chair of Racing Activities. Dave Sprague led the racing as Principle Race Officer (PRO) and had a terrific team to work with including Janet Geisberger on weather mark and Amelia Leeksma on the Pin Boat, along with a myriad of other volunteers. The hard work of Stephen Jones reflected in the success of this regatta as well as the 26th International 2.4m World Championships, as he makes sure all the equipment and volunteers are trained and available for such events.

NYC staff including Tal, Samantha, Mark, Todd and their teams handled the club logistics seamlessly and ensured all participants had a great experience. The weather during the event cooperated, and the cheerfulness of all the race committee volunteers at the regatta was infectious.

2014 Ontario Sailing Regatta of the Year Award for the
26th International 2.4m World Championships

2.4m Regatta.1Sandy Steffen

Photo credit: Sandy Steffen

The second award is the 2014 Ontario Sailing Regatta of the Year Award for the 26th International 2.4m World Championships. This award is presented to a Member Club that ran a regatta of exceptional quality during the past year and will be awarded at the Ontario Sailing Annual General Meeting January 19, 2015.

The regatta was held September 26 to October 3, just weeks after the Shark Worlds. The fleet was comprised of 35 highly competitive abled, disabled, males and females and Olympians from Canada, the United States, Great Britain, Sweden, Norway and Finland.

Regatta Chair was Bruce Millar who is also President of the International 2.4m Class Association. Anne Sanderson did a wonderful job as Accommodation Chair putting everything together to make this a well-executed event casual and friendly with world-class standards. Patricia Humphrey played the National Yacht Club Hostess by greeting racers in the morning with coffee and bagels and was there again in the afternoon ready with food and stories when the fleet arrived from the racecourse cold and hungry.

Irene McNeil, Principle Race Officer for the event, led her team to excellent race committee work, with outside clubs (ABYC, EYC, PCYC) supporting equipment other than our own. The racers loved listening to the banter between the mark boats and the signal boat. David Sprague served as Chief Measurer of the event, Gary Howard led the Safety team, Scorer was John Crawley and Chief Judge was Willi Gohl. Once again, the staff at the club performed above the call of duty and ensured the racers had the best experience for this great regatta.

I would like to acknowledge the efforts of both the Chairs of these regattas who worked tirelessly to bring these prestigious events to the National Yacht Club. These awards are a testament to all the hard work the NYC routinely does in race organization, such that our Club and volunteers are able to easily step up and produce high-level regattas. Congratulations to all.

Sandy Steffen
Vice Commodore, Fleet