Montreal, September 9 - Fireball World by Joe Jospe

In August of 2019, Pointe Claire Yacht Club hosted Fireball sailors from around the world, competing in the Fireball North Americans and the Fireball World Championship. There were 46 boats competing, with sailors from ten countries and four different continents. Containers from overseas had boats from South Africa, Australia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Great Britain and Ireland. American and Canadian sailors came from Arizona, Tennessee, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Quebec.

The race committee was headed by Madeleine Palfreeman and ably assisted by Tof Nicoll-Griffith and Ross Tellier, all local nationally certified race officers. The local race management team did an outstanding job, running 5 out of 6 scheduled races in the North Americans and a complete 10 race series for the Worlds.

The international jury was led by Quebec’s David Pelling, a certified international judge. International judges from the USA and Bermuda joined locals Michael Anderson and David Covo to complete the roster.

The weather cooperated, providing sunshine, warm temperature, and a variety of wind conditions to challenge the competitors. The North American Championship was won by Ian Dobson and Richard Wagstaff of GBR. The Swiss team of Claude Mermod and Ruedi Moser were second, and locals Joe Jospe and Tom Egli were third overall.

The World Championship title was awarded to Ian Dobson and Richard Wagstaff of GBR in a hard fought battle with Heather Macfarlane and Chris Payne of Australia in second and Ludovic Collin and Rémy Thuillier of France in third. The racing was exciting with close finishes in almost every race.

Sailors from afar had an opportunity to sample some of the best that Pointe Claire and Montreal had to offer. The social calendar was well organized, providing plenty of opportunity for sailors and officials to mingle. Many of the sailors were provided accommodation by PCYC members, building friendships that will last. Efforts to promote local products and merchants were rewarded, to even include trophies created using bottles of Quebec maple syrup. The Fireball fleet will compete for the 2020 World title in Ireland next August.


Full results ;



(English coming soon)

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Le comité de nomination de la Fédération de voile du Québec est présentement en recrutement de bénévoles afin de pourvoir à un poste au sein de son conseil d’administration.

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Les membres du conseil d’administration seront élus à l’assemblée générale des membres qui aura lieu au Stade olympique (Regroupement Loisir, Sport Québec) le 10 novembre prochain. Les mandats sont d’une durée d’un an (renouvelable).

This year Laser Canadian Championships was hosted in Montreal, at the Beaconsfield Yacht Club, from May 31st to June 2nd.  More than sixty athletes were present in the Laser, Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial classes. Athletes came from Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia and British Columbia.  

With difficult weather conditions, especially due to the lack of wind, Saturday was the day that that allowed to complete the most regattas. Lasers completed a total of 6 races, while a total of 4 were completed for the Radial and 4.7.

Back from the European Championships recently, Coralie Vittecoq finished 2nd in the Radials, behind Ryan Anderson, from Nova Scotia. Ontario athlete Dale Whitmore finished 3rd in this category.

Coralie will continue her training in Toronto for a while before leaving for Gran Canaria, where she will do her last training camp before heading to Japan to compete at the World Championships this summer, July 17th to 24th.

Congrats to all athletes!

To get all the results and winners:



Photo : Eric Gouin


T&W Staples


The 2019 Youth Sailing World Championships were held in the city of Gdynia, Poland. Athletes from all around the world raced in sometimes difficult conditions in Gdanska Bay, from July 13th to 20th.

Quebec was proudly represented by 4 athletes from the Royal St-Lawrence yacht club race team; Adrianna Baird, Morgan Kittson, Thomas Staples and William Staples.

On the women’s side in 29ers, teammates Morgan Kittson and Adrianna Baird finished 14th out of a total of 25 boats, finishing 4 of 13 races in the top 10.

Athletes Thomas and William Staples finished 19th out of 28 teams in 29ers, also competing in a total of 13 races. Their effort even earned them a 2nd place in the second race.

A couple of athletes from Canada were also competing, especially in the Radial and 420 classes.

Congrats to all athletes and stay tuned for the 2020 Youth Sailing World Championships that will be held in Brazil, in December!

Overall results:

Montreal, April 16thCome meet us on April 27th & 28th at the Marina Gosselin for the launching of the 2019 sailing season at the Sailing Expo!

The Quebec sailing federation will be onsite with the sailing simulator of Lachine sailing school for you to discover the joys of navigation and to plan your next courses.

During this event, there will be a lot to do, you could:

Step aboard several docked Beneteau sailboats.

Attend several free conferences on solar panels, planning a departure to the south and why come back, and the Spectra watermakers.

Dispose of your outdated flares.

Enjoy exceptional discounts.

Save the taxes on items at regular price* If you can’t make it this weekend, you can also enjoy the discount on taxes by using the code ‘TAXES’ at the online store of the Marina Gosselin.

Don’t miss this opportunity. Looking forward to meeting you there!




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