Under the banner: “Congratulations to Sturgeon Lake” the following article appeared on the International Laser Class Assoc. – North America website today:
|Congratulations to Sturgeon Lake!|
|Friday, 28 January 2011 23:31|
|On January 28, 2011, the Canadian Yachting Association announced its annual sailing awards and a Laser Masters event has come out on top as CYA Regatta of the Year. The 2010 CYA City of Kingston Regatta of the Year Award will be presented by CYA to the Sturgeon Lake Sailing Club. The Sturgeon Lake Club receives the annual award for its hosting of the 2010 Canadian Laser Masters Championships that took place over 3 days of great sailing in July 2010.
Sturgeon Lake is one of the Kawartha Lakes in Ontario cottage country north east of Toronto. The national championship attracted sailors aged 35 to 77 from coast to coast in Canada – British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia – and from the U.S. (along with one sailor from Northern Ireland). For the event, sailors stayed in cottages in the Village of Sturgeon Point, once Ontario’s smallest incorporated village.
The fleet was superb. It included Canadian and international hall of famers, an Olympic medallist and former Laser world champion, a former North American Laser Champion, champions from other classes, other Olympians, stars of yesteryear, as well as a number of good club sailors who came to compete with the Masters stars. After three days of racing in a mix of conditions, Al Clarke, Master sailor and coach at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club in British Columbia was crowned 2010 Canadian Laser Masters champion.
In his remarks at prize giving, Al Clark noted that he had attended well over a 100 regattas either as a competitor or as a coach of his charges at Royal Vancouver and never had he been to a regatta that combined such hospitality, such community support, such fabulous meals and all with such great racing and race committee work. In a post regatta note, competitor Rob Muru said about the regatta: “speaking for all of us, the regatta was a real treat. … You folks really captured the spirit of earlier times when the “lake regatta” was the biggest event of the year. The food, the parties, the billeting in the cottages……beautiful!” . American competitor Mike Schmidt added “the food, drink, and first class accommodations were like nothing I’ve ever experienced at a Laser regatta! Many thanks to all the great volunteers; they were some of the friendliest people I’ve met.”
This is the kind of regatta that makes Laser sailors lifers.
Here is the link to the North American Laser Class Association site.