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Ontario Sailing would like to take a moment to thank those involved in delivering our Leadership Development Courses for the 2021 season. Thanks to the efforts of many, we were able to train hundreds of eager CANSail Coaches, Race Officers, Judges and Cruising Instructors for this season.

We would like to thank the volunteer members of our program committees, learning facilitators, instructor evaluators and course conductors for their extraordinary efforts adapting our programming to accommodate the challenges of the pandemic.

Without our member organizations acting as hosts, we would not be able to offer this programming. Thank you to Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club, Oakville Yacht Squadron, Nepean Sailing Club, Advantage Boating, Harbourfront Centre Sailing & Powerboating, and Humber Bay Sailing Centre for hosting clinics in 2021.
35th Annual Georgian Bay Regatta Registration is Open

After a year’s hiatus due to COVID-19, the Georgian Bay Sailing Association is excited to announce that the 2021 Georgian Bay Regatta will be running again, July 29 to August 1!

This year marks their 35th anniversary of competitive sailing and camaraderie, while at the same time offering confidence to those new to racing and the opportunity to explore diverse anchorages of Georgian Bay.

The race area will be bounded by Beausoleil Island in the south, Western Islands in the west, and Sans Souci in the north. Six races are planned for Cruising, PHRF-LO White Sails, and PHRF-LO Flying Sails divisions.

Registration is $195 plus $5 GBSA membership.

Deadline for registrations is midnight July 25, 2021. Unfortunately, due to the logistics of organizing a totally on-the-water event, NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Olympic Sailing Competition Starts this Upcoming Saturday!

Sailing has been an Olympic sport for over 100 years! The sport has taken many tacks, from racing keelboats, to strictly racing dinghies.

Did you know there are 30 Olympic sailing medals to be won?

The Canadian Sailing Team is in Tokyo preparing for the start of competition. Sailing competitions will start on Saturday night, July 24th at 11:05pm ET. We're looking forward to following Team Canada's journey in Tokyo and cheering on the 9 sailors representing Canada!

Tom Ramshaw - Ontario
Ali ten Hove - Ontario
Mariah Millen - Ontario
Sarah Douglas - Ontario
William Jones - Ontario
Evan DePaul - Ontario
Nikola Girke - British Columbia
Oliver Bone - Quebec
Jacob Saunders - Nova Scotia
Full sailing schedules and results can be found on the Tokyo2020 website at (remember that all times displayed on their website are in Tokyo local time - there is a 13 hour time difference - a 12:05pm July 25th start in Tokyo equates to an 11:05pm July 24th start here in Ontario).
Also be sure to check out the special section on the Sail Canada website at where you'll find all things Olympics including access to Live Tracking during the races, links to CBC coverage during specified races, and the results of the races. You'll even find a section entitled 'Sailing 101' for those wanting a better understanding of sailing ... great for the new sailor!
On July 31st and August 1st, as we head into the medal rounds at the Olympics, Canadians looking to get acquainted with sailing will find a list of activities enabling them to celebrate the sport of sailing on the Sail Canada website at Be sure to check out the activities.
And don't forget to record your time online. Sail Canada is gathering hours sailed on July 31st and August 1st. The goal is to collectively sail a total of 1,500 hours (which represents the 12,000 km distance that separates Ottawa from Tokyo if one were to travel in a straight line between the two cities at an average speed of 5 knots) in support of our Canadian Olympic sailors. We can't be there in person but we can make the trip to Tokyo together to show our support!
Strategic Planning Update

Big thank you to everyone who completed the Ontario Sailing Strategic Planning survey! Our consultant was very pleased with the large number of responses and engaged comments. The Board committee is working through all this information over the summer.

To better understand some comments and feedback, our consultant will be hosting 2 small focus groups in early fall to further explore some topics. We will be looking for approximately 25 participants who represent the wide variety of Ontario Sailing stakeholders. Keep your eyes on our social media in the coming weeks if you are interested in putting your name forward to be part of that process.  
COVID-19 Update

Restrictions around COVID are loosening and we are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel! Step 2 on the province’s Roadmap to Reopening resulted in big things for sailing and all outdoor sports and then Step 3 permitted some indoor access. Sailing has been fortunate compared to many activities through the pandemic, but it is exciting to get to this stage and be able to expand our sailing activities.

As we move forward it is important to take a moment and send a sincere thank you to all the leaders in the sailing community located across the entire province. In every club and organization there have been an incredible number of volunteer hours dedicated to keeping the clubs operating during COVID. From understanding the Regulations and Health Unit guidance to simply ensuring there were cleaning supplies, signage, and protocols in place, sailing volunteers across the province have done extraordinary work!

Even with loosening Regulations, the work continues to follow through on requirements and keeping everyone safe. Thank you to everyone who has helped contribute to their club’s activities and success navigating these unusual times! We recognize it and we appreciate it, and we know everyone in the sailing community does as well!

Kevin Talks Sails:
Boat Tips from a Sailmaker

Thanks to Keven Piper of Bay Sails in Hamilton, Ontario for the following tips to get you sailing in less time and with better outcomes. Keven founded Bay Sails in 1998 and is a two-time Shark 24 World Champion. Thanks for sharing, Keven!
Additional COVID-19 Updates

Updates regarding COVID-19 can be found on the front page of our website at
We update this page on a regular basis so be sure to check back often.

Although the Ontario Sailing office is closed as staff participate in physical distancing, staff can be reached directly by email. A list of staff email addresses can be found at  along with staff responsibilities.
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