Friday, December 10, 2010

The Canadian Yachting Association invites all Canadian sailors and their supporters to participate in recognizing Canada's top sailors, coaches, volunteers and events via the Annual Canadian Sailing Awards.
 
Now is your chance to nominate outstanding sailors, athletes, coaches, race officials, volunteers and events that have contributed to the sport over the past year.  All nomination forms are due at the CYA office by January 5, 2011 so download the nomination forms today and submit your nominations!
 
The recipients of the 2010 Canadian Sailing Awards will be honoured at the prestigious Canadian Rolex Sailor of the Year event. This event will be held on Saturday February 26, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario. Details about the Canadian Rolex Sailor of the Year event will be released soon.
 
For more information about the Canadian Sailing Awards and award nominations received to date see details below:
 
1) Rolex Sailor of the Year Award
The Rolex Sailor of the Year Award, CYA's most prestigious award, is presented annually to a Canadian sailor for bringing recognition to Canadian sailing and the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA).
More details and Nomination Form 
 
2010 Nominees:
Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn
Fred Eaton
Paul Tingley
 
2) CYA Female Athlete of the Year Award
The Female Athlete of the Year is awarded to an individual athlete or crew with a record of outstanding achievement in national and international competition.
More details and Nomination Form 
 
3) CYA Male Athlete of the Year Award
The Male Athlete of the Year is awarded to an individual athlete or crew with a record of outstanding achievement in national and international competition.
More details and Nomination Form 
 
2010 Nominees:
Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn
Fred Eaton
Paul Tingley
 
4) Marvin McDill Memorial Award
The Marvin McDill Award, named in honour of the person who organized Canada’s entry into 1983 America’s Cup is presented annually to the athlete/crew with the best results at their first Open World Championship as a member of the Canadian Sailing Team.
More details and Nomination Form 
 
5) Nathan R. Cowan Memorial Award for Developing Sailors
Friends and family of Nathan Cowan donated this award to the CYA in 2002 to honour the memory of Nathan Cowan, a Canadian Sailing Team member, who died tragically in a car accident on February 16, 2002. In 2002, after years of determination and persistence, Nathan finally achieved his goal of making the National Team. Nathan’s friends and family have designed the criteria of this award in order to support athletes like Nathan, and help them through these years of hard work.
More details and Nomination Form 
 
6) Bill Burk Memorial Youth Elite Award
This award was donated to the CYA in 1997 by the Burk family to honor the memory of Bill Burk, their father, an active promoter of youth sailing in the Montreal's West Island region. As of 2003, this award may recognize a top male and female sailor.
More details and Nomination Form 
 
7) Gerry Roufs Trophy
This award was established in 1998 by the Canadian Yachting Association to honour the memory of Gerry Roufs, the internationally renowned Canadian sailor and single-handed offshore racer who was lost at sea in 1997.
The award is presented to the person whose achievement in international offshore racing has had significant impact on the recognition of sailing in Canada.
More details and Nomination Form 
 
2010 Nominees:
Mike Evans
Richard Oland
 
8) CYA Coach of the Year Award
This award was established in 1998 to recognize an instructor/coach who has contributed to the advancement of sailing at the club/school level.
More details and Nomination Form 
 
2010 Nominees:
Sam Benson and Peter Nyhuus
 
9) Chisholm Trophy for Excellence in Race Management
This award, donated by the Ontario Sailing Association, was established in 1993. Emblematic of excellence in race management, the Chisholm Trophy recognizes the club or association responsible for the regatta with the best-managed races during the time frame of September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2009. The winner is selected on the basis of the quality of race management.
More details and Nomination Form 
 
10) CYA City of Kingston Regatta of the Year Award
This award is in place to recognize a regatta whereupon all aspects of race management and organization have resulted in an overall organizational success.
More details and Nomination Form 
 
11) William Abbott Senior Trophy - Sail Training Program of the Year
In 1991, at the second annual CYA Sail Training Symposium, the Sarnia Yacht Club donated a trophy in honour of William Abbott Senior, who as well as being one of Canada's best known yacht builders, has contributed significantly to sail training at Sarnia Yacht Club.

The purpose of the trophy is to recognize the many fine programs run by dedicated volunteers throughout Canada and to share the information among clubs for the improvement of their sail-training programs.
More details and Nomination Form 
 
2010 Nominees:
Lunenburg Yacht Club

12) CYA Recreation Event Award
This award was established in 1997 to recognize a club, an organization, an individual or a group that has contributed to the promotion of recreational sailing in Canada.
The club, organization or individual nominated for this award must be Canadian based, and be affiliated with the Canadian Yachting Association.
More details and Nomination Form 
 
2010 Nominees:
Nova Scotia Yachting Association Mobile Sailing School
 
13) CYA Volunteer of the Year Award
The CYA Volunteer of the Year Award was established in 1991 to recognize outstanding contributions by CYA volunteers. The contribution can be related to activities by the candidate(s) over a period of years or to a specific event or program during a particular year.
More details and Nomination Form
 
2010 Nominees:
Joanne Abbott
Herb Hilgenberg
 

All the CYA Awards info can be found at http://www.sailing.ca/about/awards