MENU Member Login
MENU
On the waterfront in Downtown Toronto since 1894 From novice to old salt, there is a place for everyone at National Yacht Club.
Blog
Contest to name the new workboat WINNER
April 28th, 2013 @ 09:19 AM EST by admin

And the winner is …

The contest to name our new workboat has now closed. There was a wide range of names suggested, from very light to more serious.

There were several puns, names with nautical references, and names to honour past members of the club.

However, tradition won out with the majority of the votes being for Storm King.

Storm King was named after Tom Turrall, a long-gone dinghy sailor who represented the NYC in Canadian and US competitions.
Tom sailed International 14s (a very different boat in those days). If you want to see an International 14 of this era, one is modelled on the Founder’s Trophy in our trophy case.

Tom was a single-handed sailor, literally, having lost an arm at some point in an accident. He was noted for his heavy-weather sailing ability, and gained the moniker “Storm King” as a result.

Our new Storm King is welded aluminum and very shiny. Canadian built in Parry Sound.  It has a ninety horsepower engine with a high thrust propeller. Not fast but very powerful.

Storm King is here at the Club. Its first job will as the tow boat for launch. There will be a more formal induction into the fleet after launch. Stay tuned for boat rides around the basin!!