Commenting on IRWIN's CYA Volunteer of the Year Award, Ian BRUCE, president of Performance Sailcraft said, ?I know of no other person in Canada who has done more for our sport as a volunteer than Tim IRWIN...His has not been a simple 'contribution' as a volunteer. Rather he has taken on a leadership and decision making role that has been always extremely positive for sailing in Canada.?
The CYA City of Kingston Regatta of the Year was won by the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, the 37th edition of the Youth Worlds. During July, Portsmouth Olympic Harbour came alive as 330 athletes and coaches from 49 countries enjoyed some of Kingston's best racing. Beyond coordinating the on-water race management, regatta leaders worked fastidiously to successfully organize the boat provision, official ceremonies, accommodation and food for sailors and volunteers, information services for visitors and parents, media attention, site security and much, much more.
?At the Youth Worlds, it was deeply satisfying for me to see the ongoing, valuable legacy left in Kingston after the Olympic Games of 1976?, stated James WORRELL, Honorary IOC member. Fiona KIDD, chair of the ISAF Youth World Championship Sub-Committee, called the event ?world class? saying that ?the organizers should be proud of all the work done to make it all happen?.
The CYA's Rolex Sailor of the Year Award, awarded for bringing recognition to Canadian sailing and the Canadian Yachting Association, was presented to Evert BASTET, of Dorval, Quebec.
BASTET was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela in 1950, by 1955 his family had relocated to Dorval and so began an incredible journey in the sailing world. BASTET counts among his accomplishments the participation in seven Olympic Games including a silver medal performance in the 1984 Games. Further he was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Quebec Sport Hall of Fame in 2006. His contribution to the sport of sailing extends far beyond his days spent chasing elusive Olympic medals. He is one of the most recognizable faces of the sport with his continued dedication as a volunteer including his role as Team Leader in Athens and forthcoming in Beijing Olympic Games, along with the countless hours he has spent as a participant, official, and executive at the Royal St Lawrence and Hudson Yacht Clubs.
The Rolex Annual Awards Banquet took place at the Senior Staff Mess, Royal Military College Kingston on October 27. Click here for more details on the award winners.