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.
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
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
Winner in Topper Winner in Optimist
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!
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If it’s an easy thing to get your pleasure craft operator card, it is far more tedious to become an experienced sailor. Because a motorboat is similar to navigating on calm water and under the sun, we forget that being on the water always presents a risk. When an incident occurs, we realize the magnitude the processes and reactions that should have been known before.
It is precisely, in order to prepare for difficult situations that Quebec Sailing Federation offers a boat safety course. This course, which is also mandatory for all the FVQ instructors, allows becoming familiar with the handling of the motorboat in delicate conditions.
When the wind rises and waves become bigger, the most basic maneuvers can become a test and put the crew in difficulty. How to approach a boat in difficulty or a person at sea? Without training, a driver would probably arrive on the wrong side in relation to the wind and waves, and his boat will become a danger for the person being rescued. In many cases, there would be stress, worry and fright, not to mention damaged equipment. While with some essential notions, maneuvers become formalities.
The one-day boat safety course includes several practice sessions on water, as well as classroom theory time. People will learn how to use a VHF in emergency situation, how to deal with a case of hypothermia and how to recognize it, methods of recovering a man overboard according to his condition and the physical capabilities of rescuer, how to evaluate a situation and decide the right intervention method, etc. If the full-day course can provide a certificate, the focus, much more than the evaluation would be the counseling, training and sharing of experience.
Professionals giving the boat safety course will give you many tips to be better prepared and to know how to react to a situation. What to bring on your boat? In addition to the necessary compliance with Transport Canada standards, which will be explained, our trainers will tell you which tool kit you need to have on board that will get you out of more than one difficult situation. Also, this course will provide you knowledge on how to use a kill switch in order to be reactive, how to properly anchor your boat, how to correctly attach your boat to the dock, how to untangle a rope around your propeller or how to run older engines.
Finally, this course will also discuss about how to find a lost boat, return to port when the storm surprised you, rescue a person caught in the rigging of his capsized sailboat, call for help according to the established protocol, and how to know your limits. All these previous elements are the result of long experiences shared in this course to permit you to recognize the danger and react to it with the best of your abilities.
Autant d’éléments fruits de longues expériences de marins mises en commun dans ce cours pour vous permettre de reconnaître le danger et d’y réagir au mieux de vos capacités.
This course is offered by the FVQ and is for people sailing on sailboats and on motorboats. It is open to all people with a Pleasure Craft Operator Card and who are aged 14 and older.
Summer is coming, be prepared !
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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.
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!!
Normand Latour, instructor and director of «Voile Plus, Sailing school»
Montreal, April 24, 2018 -
Quebec sailing is pleased to announce that the Federation is finalist for the Sport Federation of the year 2017, at Sport Quebec’s Gala, as well as René Dallaire, who is finalist for the action bénévole nationale Dollard-Morin Award. All the winners will be revealed at Sport Quebec’s Gala on Thursday, May 10th at the Sheraton Hotel in Laval.
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2017 was one of the best years for the Quebec Sailing Federation, especially with the Mobile Sailing program which has allowed more than a hundred children and adults to be introduced to sailing. The program has reached out to thousands of people through a dozen visited cities in 6 different regions of Quebec. The development of a Sailing School in Valleyfield and the creation of a Sailing Club in Thetford Mines for 2018 were certainly highlights of the program for this year!
The launch of Sailing at School program, in September, has already been a success in attracting the interest of more than 10 secondary and primary schools. This program will allow thousands of youths to be introduced to sailing during their school activities as of this spring. Various didactic modules adapted to the school curriculum have been and continue to be developed for use in classroom for teachers.
Various elements that have been developed within the Federation permitted the success this year, especially with the Sailing Fair that continues to grow each year, the increased visibility of sailing with the sailing simulator at promotional events, the establishment of new national and international level training offered in French for the first time, an important media presence, instructors trained throughout Quebec, and an increase in the number of services for our members. In addition to the promotion and training, competitively, the Federation also stood in 2017 with athletes who performed at the Canada Games, but also internationally!
René Dallaire, finalist for the action bénévole nationale Dollard-Morin:
This award is given to a person who has made an exceptional volunteer contribution to the promotion and development of a sport during the year. René is a volunteer director and also the founder of the Association Québécoise de Voile Adaptée (AQVA). Passionate about sailing, René is no doubt the person who has aided in developing adapted sailing in Quebec. 2017 was an award year for René since he received the Quebec National Order, the highest distinction in Quebec from the Premier Minister, Philippe Couillard, for his volunteer involvement both in the sailing world and other circles. He also won the Volunteer of the Year award from Sail Canada. Finally, in 2017, more than 200 people have benefited from the programs of the Association Québécoise de Voile Adaptée, both recreational and competitive sailing.
Congrats to all!