Montreal, November 14th 2018 - For this edition, the Sailing Fair was held at the Montreal Palais des Congrès, on Saturday, November 3rd. With Simon DuBois as the ambassador (2018 Sailor of the Year), the event attracted 1,300 participants, as many sailing enthusiast as simple curious of the sailing world.

Organized by the Quebec Sailing Federation, the Sailing Fair gathered about 30 exhibitors all focused on the sailing world. Not only did the participants discover their products and services, they also had the pleasure of seeing a dozen of sailing boats, including several Topper Canada sailing dinghy, a Mystere Espadon catamaran and a keelboat Fareast 23R.


In addition to the exhibitors, the organization also offered a rich and varied program of conferences and workshops on themes that affect all sailors, including headlining Simon DuBois. Ambassador of the event, the athlete named Sailor of the Year by the Quebec Sailing Federation was on site to tell people about his participation at the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. These conferences met an unexpected success gathering for some of them more than a hundred people!

 

 

Rediscover the schedule

 

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On the stage, at the end of the day the 2018 Award winners were unveiled. The highlight was Simon DuBois who is the new Sailor of the year!  You can discover all the winners by this link : https://bit.ly/2OK50pZ

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The public had the opportunity to experience the joys of navigation without getting wet with a windsurfing simulator and another one for dinghy. Visitors also had the chance to try their luck to win dream prizes such as a cruise in the Bahamas, offered by Navtours.

After its 3rd year of existence, the event is growing and will have found its audience.

Thank you to all who participated to this 3rd edition and who contributed to the success.

Thank you to exhibitors, volunteers, speakers and public!

Here you are the winners of our draw !

Package entitling you to a stay in the Bahamas provided by Navtours : Barbara Boselli
Excursion on the Saguenay Fjord provided by Voile Mercator : Pascale Carrere & Xavier Grossmann
SUP Discovery package on the Saint Lawrence, offered by KSF : Maurice Blanchette
$50 Gift-certificate, provided by Boathouse Boathouse : Michel Prévost
1 bag, provided by Ga-Oh : Ronald Chevalier
Swiss army knifes, provided by Rando Québec : Francis Bissonnette & Michel Racette
Cap and T-shirt provided by Helly Hansen : Jérémie Bisson
Pairs of tickets for the game  Echappe-Toi : Mario Carrière, Dominique Lorrain, Richard Tolley & Joel Villeneuve

We would like to know your opinion about the 2018 Sailing Fair and also about the future of the fair. Thank you for filling out anonymous survey which will take only a few minutes:

https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/Foirevoile2018

 

 

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Un programme pour qui ?

Depuis 2014, grâce à une entente avec l’École secondaire du Chêne Bleu, la Fédération de voile du Québec, le Club de voile Deux-Montagnes et le Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, un sport-études voile est maintenant offert au Québec. Ce programme est avant tout destiné aux jeunes de 12 à 17 ans (secondaire 1 à 5) passionnés de voile et désirant poursuivre leurs études dans une concentration de sport. C’est l’École secondaire du Chêne Bleu, située à Pincourt, qui accueille ce programme et soulignons que c’est la seule école au Canada !

Comment fonctionne le programme? 

C’est Carmen Denis, entraîneur niveau 4 en voile, spécialisée avec les athlètes en développement et grande passionnée du sport qui transmet, tout au long de l’année, ses connaissances et sa passion pour le sport aux jeunes.

La période de navigation en temps scolaire s’étend sur les mois de septembre, octobre, ainsi que mai et juin, à raison de 3 après-midi par semaine, les 2 autres après-midi par semaine étant occupés par la pratique de sports variés.

En période hivernale (novembre à mars), les 3 après-midi destinés aux entrainements sur l’eau se transforment en après-midi multisports. Les jeunes ont en effet l’opportunité de pratiquer et de découvrir des sports variés avec une kinésiologue du Centre Multisport de Vaudreuil. C’est l’occasion parfaite pour développer et consolider leurs habiletés de base, telle que la coordination, l’agilité, l’équilibre, la vitesse, qui seront transférables pour performer lors de leur saison de voile ! Les athlètes auront aussi la possibilité de faire des camps d’entraînement optionnels en Martinique et à Vancouver.

Au mois de mars et avril, en préparation à la saison qui arrive, Carmen reprend en charge le développement des jeunes quant aux portions techniques et pratiques de la voile, comme la compréhension de l’environnement avec des notions sur la météo, le vent, les courants, les règles de courses, la sécurité, ainsi que l’entretien et la préparation des bateaux.

Combien coûte l’inscription au programme ?

Il faut prévoir des coûts d’environ 8000 $ pour l’ensemble des activités du programme auxquelles les jeunes adhèrent dans le cadre du Sport-Études. Il est à noter que les camps d’entraînement optionnels offerts aux athlètes durant la période hivernale ne sont pas compris dans ce tarif. Les jeunes devront maintenir de bonnes notes et un comportement irréprochable s’ils veulent continuer à progresser au sein du Sport-Études voile. Comme ce programme est ouvert à tous les élèves du Québec, ceux qui n’habitent pas la région de Vaudreuil et environs ont la possibilité de faire une demande auprès du Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur pour obtenir du soutien avec l’hébergement et le transport.

Quels sont les bienfaits du programme ?

Est-ce un 8 000 $ bien investi ? Sans aucun doute! Le programme est beaucoup plus que des entraînements et du temps en classe. C’est toute une équipe qui soutient les jeunes pendant l’année scolaire, avec un accès à des professionnels offrant des services médicaux-sportifs, tels que nutritionniste, kinésiologue, préparateur physique et mental, etc., en plus de leur entraîneur de voile. Au niveau physique, nombreux sont les bienfaits du programme, notamment avec les périodes de sport qui permettent de développer des habiletés variées et de consolider la technique en voile, amenant ainsi les jeunes à évoluer en tant qu’athlète.

Il est aussi primordial de considérer qu’une grosse partie du programme permet aux jeunes de se développer au niveau personnel, par exemple à travers des ateliers de voile où leur sens d’autonomie et de responsabilité sont mis de l’avant en ayant chacun un bateau à leur charge. Avec la structure du programme qu’ils doivent respecter, l’organisation du temps est aussi un aspect mis en avant pour ces jeunes, sans oublier les relations interpersonnelles développées avec un esprit de cohésion à travers le petit groupe d’élèves-athlètes.

Pour plus d’informations et pour s’inscrire, n’hésitez pas à contacter Carmen Denisau 450-455-5370.

 

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Montreal, July 26th 2018 : From July 14th to 21st, the United States hosted the 2018 World Youth Sailing Championships. The competitions were held over a period of 5 days, with a total of a dozen races on average per class of boats.

Noteworthy are the performances of the Quebec crew, Audrey Staples and Caterina Kunz, who finished 20th overall in the 29ers class, finishing 8th in their last race. On the men’s side, Alec Baird (Qc) and William Bonin (On) also finished in 20th overall in the 29ers class, finishing 10th in the third race. The winners in this category, both women’s (Pia Anderson and Nora Edland), and men’s side (Mathias Berthet and Alexander Franks-Penty) are athletes representing Norway.

Several Canadian crew also took part in this event in different classes, including the team of Tate Howell and Madeline Gillis, who finished 12th overall in the 420 class, as well as Jack Groves and Alex Fraser who finished 17th in the same class on the men’s side. In the Radial class, Hunter Dejean finished 23rd overall for the womens, while Tayte Stefnaniuk finished 33rd for the men.

United States have been, without a doubt, the dominant nation of the Championships, finishing 1st at the overall ranking, winning the nations trophy and having cumulated gold performances in four classes.

 

Congrats to all athletes!

To get all the results and winners:

http://www.worldsailingywc.org/results/2018_corpuschristi_usa.php

Montreal, August 13rd 2018 -The 52nd edition of the Quebec Games was held at Frontenac National Park, near Thetford Mines, from August 1st to 4th. There were two different classes of boat, the Optimist for the 15 and younger and the Topper for the 17 and younger. A total of 63 athletes (32 in Optimist class and 31 in Topper class) coming from 13 different regions of Quebec competed at these Games.

Throughout the competition, weather conditions have changed a lot. Athletes have done a total of 6 races during the 4 days of competition. The second day was marked with a lot of wind, allowing only one race for the Topper class. The last day of competition, which was the final with the top 10 athletes was canceled due to the lack of wind.

For the Optimist class, results were very tight between the first 7 athletes. Brothers Nathan and Matis Duffar-Calder were expected as well as 3 athletes from the Southwest region and those from the Outaouais region. All of these athletes were finalists and it’s Nathan Duffar-Calder who won easily, finishing first in every race except one (finished 3rd), followed by Vincent Grenier and Jacob Townsend from the Southwest region.

For the Topper class, athletes were sailing for the first time with this new boat and all of them adapted very well to the situation. Again, results were tight! After some great races, Zao Dinel, from the Richelieu-Yamaska region, won gold.

Congrats to all! Congrats also to the eastern region of Quebec who won the medal of the best sportsmanship!

A big thank you to the organization and all the volunteers.

Optimist results:
1/ Nathan Duffar-Calder, Club de voile du Lac Brome, Richelieu-Yamaska
2/ Vincent Grenier, Club de voile de Deux Montagnes, Southwest
3/ Jacob Townsend, Club de voile de Deux Montagnes, Southwest

Topper results:
1/ Zao Dinel, Club de voile du Lac Brome, Richelieu-Yamaska
2/ Louis-Eric Leblanc, Club de voile de Deux Montagnes, Southwest
3/ Philippe Delangis, Club de voile de Deux Montagnes, Southwest

Full results

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Winner in Topper                                                                                                       Winner in Optimist

Many people would say that it’s not compulsory to take a sailing lesson to learn how to sail…They are right! As soon as you understand how to steer your boat on the water in relation to the wind and that you have managed to move forward, you will be able to sail! In Canada, there’s only the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) approved by Transport Canada as a requirement if you have a motor boat. Except that there’s much more than that…

Obtaining a seal will give you the necessary knowledge to not only moving the boat, but to do it safely for you, your crew and your sailboat. It’s not uncommon to meet boaters, in sailing schools that panics during a  wind gust during a gust of wind, losing control of their boat.Then, they discover that it’s possible to take a reef in order to reduce the sail surface therefore reducing the heel and improving the relative comfort and the boat speed of the boat dictate by the ever-changing meteorological conditions.Yena_20_noeudsweb.jpg

Or better, you may decide to stay safe while the weather calms down. If you have followed a sailing course, you will have learned how to anchor without fear and you could take this opportunity to determine a new and more appropriated route on your nautical chart and get back to port.

Obviously, the experience gained over the years will help you better with the adverse conditions, but would you know what to do in case of rig breakage when you notice that the mast is threatening to fall? What do you have on hand to fix a leak? Would you know how to make a recovery of a person overboard and quickly find one of your crew members who just passed overboard? The sailing courses recognized by Sail Canada will allow you to react quickly to various situations. Sailing is first and foremost an activity of pleasure and relaxation. The confidence gained during a course will make your experience even more enjoyable for you, but also for those who join you.

Choose a sailing school

In Canada, sailing instructors obtain their certification from experienced instructor-evaluators from Sail Canada. They not only sailed a lot, but they have developed skills to help them communicate their knowledges. Sailing schools are accredited to strict standards made by the provincial sailing federations. Voile Quebec has about 20 sailing-cruising schools in about 10 administrative regions of the province. Sailing schools must also meet the Transport Canada standards. After having confirm that the school is affiliated, make sure that what there is proposing correspond to your expectations. It only remains for you to decide if you want to learn to sail with… or without tuque, depending on the water plan chosen. A sailing course isn’t mandatory…but it’s a really good idea!!

Click here to discover affiliated school.

Special collaboration

Normand Latour, instructor and director of «Voile Plus, Sailing school»

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