Montreal, September 20, 2016 - You want to contribute to sailing development in Quebec ?
Quebec Sailing Federation Nomination Committee is presently recruiting volunteers to be members of the board.
• Sailing knowledge
• Professional expertise to share and time to give (8 to 10 meetings per year)
• Rallying person able to generate general consensus
• Knowledge of small enterprise realities, sports federation and Non-Profit Organization
• Experience in fundraising and partnership development is an asset
• Experience as a Board Member is an asset
Candidates interested are invited to send to the Nomination Committee, via e-mail, a cover letter indicating what specifics the association will benefit from their contribution.
Members of the Board Committee will be elected during the General Assembly (Regroupement Loisir, Sport Québec) November 5th 2016 at the Olympic stadium. All mandates are for one year (renewable).
Montreal, September 16th, 2016 - The celebrated annual regatta, Cork international - Sail Canada Youth Championships had just over 400 competitors from August 14-18, 2016. The weather and the wind played a large role in the success of this event, which hosted a large number of sailors not only from North America, but from as far away as New Zealand, the Bahamas, Bermuda as well as Belize. This international event hosted over 50 athletes from the province of Quebec.
In the Laser Radial class, the province of Quebec was well represented with a delegation of close to 30 participants who were present in the port town of Kingston, Ontario and who performed masterfully. Although he was disqualified from his first race, Justin Vittecoq, from Hudson Yacht club took home 1st place! The regatta held 12 races over 4 days, with some fierce competition between the top three racers in the Radial fleet. The victory was only decided in the last minutes of the last race, where Justin managed to come out ahead of the rest. With this fantastic result, Justin now qualifies for the 2016 Youth Sailing World Championships held in New Zealand next December. He is following in the footsteps of his sister Coralie who participated last year in the world’s in Malaysia.
In the gold fleet, also on the provincial team from Quebec we find Myka Auger-Cyr, who finished with a very respectable 21st position, Maxime Amyot in 25th position, and Marc-Andrew Robin finishing the regatta in 31st position in the gold fleet. As for the women, we also had an athlete on the podium, Anna Morineau hailing from École de voile de l’Outaouais bringing home the silver in the women’s division, and a very respectable 35th overall! Third place in the women’s category went to Léa Desgroseilliers, from the Quebec provincial team who finished just behind her teammate Anna in 37th place overall out of over 140 competitors.
In the 420 class, there were just over fifteen teams from the province of Quebec with the majority competing in the gold fleet. The best result from the province came from the duo of Cameron Baird and Alec Baird who finished in 8th position out of over one hundred athletes.
On the windsurfurs, we want to highlight the results of Dominique Tanguay-Gaudray who brought home the top spot in the women’s category, and 3rd overall in the BIC 93 category. In the RS-X category Gabriel Verrier-Paquette was also on the podium with a silver medal performance out of 9 participants.
Last but not least in the 49er FX fleet, the team of Arielle Morgan and Heather Myatt were gold medal winners in their fleet.
A huge congratulations to all the athletes who participated! There will be a meeting next weekend to discuss Fall Cork!
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Photo Credit: SailingShot
Montreal August 31st 2016 - Monday August 29th 2016, is a new date in Quebec sport sailing history when Maxime Loiselle and Olivier Leduc have registered a new record. Aboard their Nacra 17, they sailed from Jacques-Cartier bridge (Montreal) to Pierre-Laporte bridge (Quebec) in exactly 11 hours 48 minutes.
Maxime Loiselle, a Valleyfield native is the man behind the idea of this challenge. Well known for his Nacra 17 catamaran feat, Maxime is in preparation with his teammate Justine Antaya for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games in that category. Seasoned navigator and holder of multiple titles on catamaran, Loiselle wanted to promote the sport and the St-Lawrence river through this challenge. Stakes were high but the challenge won.
Justine Antaya was to be part of the Bridge-to-Bridge challenge but health problems kept her ashore. Therefore Olivier Leduc, enthusiast of big thrills was of the adventure.
Maxime and Olivier departed on board their Nacra 17 on Monday August 29th 2016 at 5h 40min 30sec AM. The departure line was the clock tower in Montreal harbour and the Calder sculpture on Saint-Helen Island. They crossed the line at Jacques-Cartier bridge (west side) at 5h 45min 20sec. After an excellent start and an average speed of 15 to 16 knots, the two athletes were confronted to mother nature who decided to be against them just before arriving at Trois-Rivières. With high winds up to 30 knots and waves between 3 and 4 feet, the catamaran capsized several times and the main sail was ripped. But all these events did not affect the crew, as they reached Laviolette bridge (west side) in Trois-Rivières after less than 6 hours at 11h 44min 32s AM.
After a short 15 minutes break and the change of the main sail, the crew got going again in peak shape and high spirited to sail towards their record. At 5h 33min 20 sec PM and after 11h 48 min of racing, Maxime Loiselle and Olivier Leduc crossed the finish line at Pierre-Laporte bridge (west side).
Afterwards the crew passed Pointe à Carcy (Montcalm street in Lévis) at 6h51min23s PM and arrived in the Beauport bay where followers were waiting to great their feat.
The Quebec Sailing Federation is happy to recognize and ratify this new sailing record from Jacques-Cartier bridge in Montreal to Pierre-Laporte bridge in Quebec city in exactly 11h 48 minutes.
In 1999, Denis Poupart had also established a record on his trimaran Virga (30 feet Farrier design). From the Tower clock (Montreal) to Pointe à Carcy (Québec) he had sailed the distance in 15h 14 min 8sec. Maxime Loiselle and Olivier Leduc on their Nacra 17 have sailed the same distance in 13h10min 53sec. The Quebec Sailing Federation recognizes and ratifies this new record.
We would like to thank the officials who timed the challenge: Natalie Matthon, Dominique Vallée, Gaël Simon and Marie-Ève Gélinas.
Congratulations to the crew on the successful outcome and feat.
Credit photo : Émilie Gaumond
Montreal, September 14th, 2016 - September 10-11, 2016 Club de voile Deux-Montagnes hosted the Quebec Sailing Championships. 131 sailors participated in 6 classes. The event was a huge success!
Aeolus, God of the wind, was present for the much anticipated yearly event. Saturday was filled with some great races with a perfect breeze of 10-15 knots. Sunday the winds were at times up to 28 knots, which limited the competition and there were only a small showing of sailors out on the course.
The Optimist fleet saw 7 races over the weekend. With a total of 46 participants, 17 in the green fleet, the Quebec Sailing Championships was the event of the year in Quebec that saw the greatest number of participants for the Optimist class at any regatta in the province!
Reigning champion, Éric Omielan took home the title in the Optimist class for a second year in a row after winning almost every competition during the 2016 Summer season.
In the Laser Radial class, there were 42 participants who made it to the competition. Again this was the regatta of the season for the Radial class. It was Maxim Amyot, from the Quebec Sailing Team who took home the top spot in the U19 category. A big shout out to Anna Morineau from EVO who was on the heels of Maxime finishing a close 2nd in the Radial class, but 1st overall in the female category. In the U16 Radial category it was Marc-Andrew Robin, also on the Quebec Sailing Team, who took home the top spot.
In the 420 class, 8 teams were represented. The team of Audrey Staples and Caterina Kunz were victorious after the 5 races of the weekend.
We should also highlight the performances of Vincent Ouellette and Philip Menard on the windsurf side as well as the participants in the Byte category.
With the Canada Summer Games 2017 coming up next year, the 29er class was able to get some training in. A big shout out to those who participated in the 29er class as the winds were powerful, and for some of the teams this was their first attempt at sailing this exciting boat.
The 2016 Quebec Sailing Championships saw more than 130 athletes from fifteen clubs from across the province, Ontario, and the USA. This event wraps up the Summer sailing series in the province. Well done all competitors with some excellent results not only on the National scene, but Internationally as well. This year saw the third year in a row with an increase in participants at the Quebec Championship, highlighting that competitive dinghy sailing in Quebec is in constant development.
A big thank you and well done to all the volunteers as well as to the club CVDM for all their efforts. Thank you as well to the sponsors including Helly Hansen for their support.
We look forward to seeing you all next year!
Montreal, August 9th, 2016 - From August 9th to 16th, the 2016 Laser U21 World Championships take place at the Kieler Yacht-Club in Kiel, Germany. Coralie Vittecoq will sail there, one of her first senior international competitions as a member of the Canadian Sailing Team.
While the whole world will be watching Rio, ours eyes will be on Germany and especially on Vittecoq at the Laser World Championships. Today, Coralie is one of the best hopes for the Canadian Team in Radial.
59 young athletes from 29 countries are expected in Kiel this August. Next to Coralie Vittecoq, 4 others Canadians will be present to defend the colors of Canada. This competition marks the arrival of these athletes to the big leagues: this competition will be their toughest competition so far.
Coralie already has an impressive junior career: In December, she finished in 11th position and 1st Canadian at the ISAF Youth World Championship in Malaysia. Coralie trains at the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club with his younger brother Justin who had sailed at the Youth Olympic Games in China in August 2014.
At the North American Championships in Cascade Locks, USA, in mid-July, Coralie had a small accident which did not allow her to finish the race.
During the second day of the racing, one of the competitors capsized on Coralie and she was hit in the lower back with his bow. This bad contact could have damaged the spleen or kidneys. But happily, the injuries remained superficial and just one week of rest was enough for Coralie to fully recover.
Now rested and back on the water, there is no doubt that Coralie is 100% ready to give her best at this Championship. We wish good luck to Coralie and all the Canadian Team.