National Awards

Sail Canada invites all sailing and boating enthusiasts to participate in recognising Canada's top recreational and competitive sailors, coaches, volunteers and events via the Sail Canada Annual Awards. The Sail Canada Annual Awards list, guidelines and descriptions follow.

 

1. Rolex Sailor of the Year Award
2. Skippers’ Plan Female Athlete of the Year Award
3. Skippers’ Plan Male Athlete of the Year Award
4. Marvin McDill Memorial Award
5. Nathan R. Cowan Memorial Award: for developing sailors
6. Bill Burk Memorial Youth Elite Award
7. Gerry Roufs Trophy
8. Coach & Instructor of the Year Award
9. Chisholm Trophy for Excellence in Race Management
10. City of Kingston Regatta of the Year Award
11. William Abbott Senior Trophy
12. Recreation Event Award
13. Volunteer of the Year


SELECTION CRITERIA

1) Rolex Sailor of the Year Award

Nomination form

The Rolex Sailor of the Year Award, Sail Canada's most prestigious award, is presented annually to a Canadian sailor for bringing recognition to Canadian sailing and Sail Canada.

The award was first presented in 1986 to America's Cup supporter Paul Phelan, who successfully organised a merger between Canada's top 12-meter syndicates. The individual nominated for this award must:

a) Have been significantly involved in an activity that, from January 1, 2014 to December 1, 2014 has provided recognition to Canadian sailing and Sail Canada. Priority in recipient selection will be given to individuals who have attained high levels of excellence in Olympic/Paralympic class sailboat competition during the award year. However, other results and accomplishments will be considered.

b) Have shown leadership qualities with respect to the event or activity.

c) Have demonstrated sportsmanship and gained the respect of fellow sailors.

d) Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Previous winners:

2013 Terry McLaughlin
2012 Oskar Johansson
2011 Paul D Phelan
2010 Fredrik D Eaton
2009 Curtis Florence
2008 Paul Tingley
2007 Evert Bastet
2006 Michael Leigh
2005 Chris Cook
2004 Ross MacDonald and Mike Wolfs
2003 Derek Hatfield
2002 Stephen Tupper
2001 Terry McLaughlin
2000 Livius Sherwood
1999 Richard Clarke
1998 Dirk Kneulman
1997 Gerry Roufs
1996 Bill Abbott, Joanne Abbott and Brad Boston
1995 Ross Cameron
1994 Paul Henderson
1993 Karen Johnson, Jennifer Normand, Suzanne Calladine and Cathy McPherson
1992 Ross Macdonald and Eric Jespersen
1991 Hank Lammens
1990 Ross Macdonald
1989 Andre Julien
1988 Lawrence Lemieux
1987 John Hughes
1986 Paul J. Phelan, CM

2) Skippers' Plan Female Athlete of the Year Award

Nomination form

The Skippers' Plan Female Athlete of the Year is awarded to a current Canadian Sailing Team athlete with a record of outstanding achievement in national and international competition. The nominated athlete(s) must:

a) Have a record of outstanding achievement in national and international competition from January 1, 2014 to December 1, 2014, and brought recognition to Canadian competitive sailing. Priority will be given to athlete results from international Olympic/Paralympic class competition in North American and ISAF Graded events. However, please note that other sailing accomplishments will be considered.

b) Through behaviour and manner, have set an example for other competitors.

c) Have demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship.

d) Be female.

e) Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Previous winners:

2013 Isabella Bertold
2012 Nikola Girke
2011 not awarded
2010 not awarded
2009 Nikola Girke
2008 Stacie Louttit
2007 Dominique Vallée
2006 Lisa Ross
2005 Jennifer Spalding
2004 Jen Provan and Nikola Girke
2003 Keamia Rasa
2002 Jennifer Spalding
2001 Jen Provan and Nikola Girke
2000 Beth Calkin
1999 Kelly Hand
1998 Kathryn Ruddy
1997 Joanne Abbott
1996 Joanne Abbott
1995 Caroll-Ann Alie
1994 Tine Moberg-Parker
1993 Lindsay Staniforth and Ali Matthews
1992 Penny Davis and Sarah McLean
1991 Shona Moss
1990 Edithe Trepanier
1989 Shona Moss
1988 Caroll-Ann Alie
1987 Judy Lugar and Morag McLean
1986 Karen and Gail Johnson

3) Skippers' Plan Male Athlete of the Year Award

Nomination form

The Skippers' Plan Male Athlete of the Year is awarded to a current Canadian Sailing Team athlete with a record of outstanding achievement in national and international competition. The nominated athlete(s) must:

a) Have a record of outstanding achievement in national and international competition from January 1, 2014 to December 1, 2014, and brought recognition to Canadian competitive sailing. Priority will be given to athlete results from international Olympic/Paralympic class competition in North American and ISAF Graded events. However, please note that other sailing accomplishments will be considered.

b) Through behaviour and manner, have set an example for other competitors.

c) Have demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship.

d) Be male.

e) Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Previous winners:

2013 John McRoberts & Jackie Gay
2012 Zachary Plavsic
2011 Al Clark
2010 Paul Tingley
2009 David Wright
2008 Oskar Johansson and Kevin Stittle
2007 Bruce Millar
2006 Luke Ramsay
2005 Paul Tingley
2004 Ross MacDonald and Mike Wolfs
2003 Bernard Luttmer
2002 Bernard Luttmer
2001 Chris Cook
2000 David Williams, Paul Tingley, Brian MacDonald & Jamie Whitman
1999 Eric Holden
1998 John Clarke
1997 Mike Simms
1996 David Cook, Ken Kelly and Kirk Westergaard
1995 Hank Lammens
1994 Ross Macdonald and Eric Jespersen
1993 Richard Clarke
1992 David Sweeney and Kevin Smith
1991 Lawrence Lemieux
1990 Hank Lammens
1989 Peter Hall, Alain Boucher and Mark Osterman
1988 Frank McLaughlin and John Millen
1987 Ross Macdonald and Bruce Macdonald
1986 Hans Fogh

4) Marvin McDill Memorial Award

Nomination form

The Marvin McDill Memorial Award was established to honour the man who returned Canada to the America's Cup Competition in 1983.

Also known as the Canadian Sailing Team Rookie of the Year Award, the Marvin McDill Award 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.

The determination of best performance is based on the percentage (%) of boats finishing behind the athlete (crew) at his/her first participation as a member of the Canadian Sailing Team in an Open World Championship.

Previous winners:

2013 Jacob Chaplin Saunders & Graeme Chaplin Saunders
2012 Thomas Ramshaw
2011 Ingrid Merry
2010 Gregory Douglas
2009 Lee Parkhill
2008 Isabella Bertold
2007 Abe Torchinsky
2006 Michael Kalin
2004 Bruce Millar
2003 Zachary Plavsic
2002 Andrew Childs
2001 Jen Provan and Nikola Girke
2000 Tony Snell & David Caesar
1999 Paul Sustronk
1998 Danny McCoy
1997 Rachel Dennis
1996 Nathaniel Stoffelsma
1995 Jamie Boyden
1994 Pierre-Olivier Roy and James Sauter
1993 Alain Bolduc
1992 Shona Moss
1991 Hank Lammens

5) Nathan R. Cowan Memorial Award for Developing Sailors

Nomination form

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. In order to be eligible, the candidate must:

a) Have a record of outstanding achievement in national and international competition, have followed a committed training program during the award year, and brought recognition to Canadian competitive sailing.

b) Have demonstrated an effort in fundraising through sponsorship and private contributions.

c) Be 19 or over as of December 31st in the year of nomination.

d) Must not be a member of the Canadian Sailing Team, or be a carded athlete during the award year.

e) Have demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship.

f) Be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Previous winners:

2013 Sam Gustin and Ian Woodbury
2012 Jacob and Graeme Saunders; Saunders Team 470
2011 Thomas Ramshaw
2010 Tyler Meyrick
2009 Robert Davis
2008 Lee Parkhill
2007 Stéphane Locas & Oliver Bone
2005 Marc Farmer and Trevor Parekh
2004 David Wright
2003 Conner Higgins

6) Bill Burk Memorial Youth Elite Award

Nomination form

As of 2003, both a male and a female youth athlete will be selected for this 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. In order to be eligible, the candidate must:

a) Have a record of outstanding achievement in national and international youth competition from January 1, 2014 to December 1, 2014, and brought recognition to Canadian competitive sailing. The following events will be considered foremost (although not exclusively) in the selection of a male and female recipient: 1) Youth Worlds, 2) International youth events recognized by ISAF 3) CYA Canadian Youth Sailing Championships

b) Through behaviour and manner, have set an example for other youth competitors.

c) Have demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship.

d) Be 18-and-under as of December 31st in the year of nomination.

e) Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

2013 Corinne Peters and Sandy Beatty
2012 Alie ten Hove, Allie Surrette and Justin Vittecoq
2011 Fréderique Tougas, Florence Pepin-Delhaes and Kyle Campbell Martin
2010 Jessica Round, Erin Berry and Alex Heinzemann
2009 Isabella Bertold and Alex Heinzemann
2008 Robert Davis and Isabella Bertold
2007 Robert Davis and Isabella Bertold
2006 Luke Ramsay and Hayley McLean
2005 Luke Ramsay and Hayley McLean
2004 Nicole Bastet and John Romanko
2003 Nicole Bastet and Alex Steele
2002 Conner Higgins
2001 Mike Leigh
2000 Matt Johnston
1999 Genevieve Gaudreau
1998 Mike Todd
1997 Bernard Luttmer

7) Gerry Roufs Trophy

Nomination form

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.

Previous winners:

2013 Eric Holden
2012 Eric Holden
2011 Will Apold
2010 Richard Oland
2009 not awarded
2008 not awarded
2007 Not awarded
2006 Not awarded
2005 Hal Davies
2004 Not awarded
2003 Derek Hatfield
2002 Richard Clarke
2001 Not awarded
2000 Roberta Holden
1999 Ross Macdonald
1998 Curtis Blewett

8) Coach of the Year Award

Coach Nomination form

This award was established in 1998 to recognize an instructor/coach who has contributed to the advancement of sailing. The candidate must:

a) Have shown leadership qualities.

b) Through his/her behaviour and manner, have set an example for other instructors/coaches.

Previous winner:

2013 Rob Frost
2012 Agustin Ferrario
2011 Murray McCullough
2010 Robert Douglas
2009 Lennie Liscio
2008 Steve McBride
2007 Kevin Eames
2006 Sarah Urquhart
2004 Cam Watt
2003 Lee Simms
2002 Kimberley Case
2001 Anton Mihic
2000 Tommy Wharton
1999 Wes Smith
1998 Krzysztof Machnowski

Instructor of the Year

Instructor Nomination form

2013 Jenn Grierson

9) Chisholm Trophy for Excellence in Race Management

Nomination form

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 January 1, 2014 to December 1, 2014. The winner is selected on the basis of the quality of race management. The following criteria must also be met:

a) The regatta must be a provincial, national, continental or world championship event held in Canada.

b) The minimum number of races as prescribed in the sailing instructions must be completed.

c) The Race Committee Chairperson must hold a valid Sail Canada Race Management certification.

d) In order to be eligible for this award, clubs or associations must be members in good standing with the Sail Canada.

e) Applications for the award must include; notice of race, sailing instructions, any other relevant forms used, names of the presiding race officer, as well as any supplementary comments from competitors or other officials (i.e. jury).

Previous winners:

2013 Not awarded
2012 Gimli Yacht Club - Craig & Ross CYA Youth National Championships
2011 St. Margaret Sailing Club - 2011 Trihedral CYA National Sailing Championships
2010 not awarded
2009 Royal Victoria Yacht Club - CYA Canadian Youth Championships
2008 Lunenburg Yacht Club - Canadian Optimist Championships
2007 CORK / Sail Kingston - Volvo ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships
2006 Royal Victoria YC & Canadian Forces Sailing Association – Esquimalt Squadron Fireball World Championship
2005 8 Metre World Championships - Royal Canadian Yacht Club
2004 Europe/470 NQR (Lord Reading/Royal St Lawrence)
2003 Cornish Hen Open Regatta
2002 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, Lunenburg, NS
2001 Canada Games Committee
2000 Toronto Sailing and Canoe Club, ON
1999 Association Nautique de la Baie de Beauport, QC
1998 Central Okanagan Sailing Association, BC
1997 Lunenberg Yacht Club, NS
1996 Dartmouth Yacht Club, NS
1995 Hudson Yacht Club, QC
1994 Beaconsfield Yacht Club, QC
1993 Royal Lake of the Woods, MB

10) City of Kingston Regatta of the Year Award

Nomination form

This award is in place to recognize a regatta whereupon all phpects of race management have resulted in an overall organizational success. The following criteria must be met.

a) The regatta should be an event of provincial, national or international status held between January 1, 2014 to December 1, 2014.

b) The regatta will have been a well co-ordinated and orchestrated event.

c) Key criteria for this event includes: overall achievement of the event objectives, the level of community involvement, positive feedback from participants, including sailors, coaches and officials.

d) The regatta will have met Sail Canada expectations with reference to the use of certified officials. This is an important phpect of promoting and increasing the overall regatta management skill development.

e) Applications for the award must include: notice of race, sailing instructions, any relevant forms used, names of the presiding race officer, social program, press coverage, and any other relevant information, including supplementary comments from competitors or officials.

f) In order to be eligible for this award, clubs or associations must be members in good standing with Sail Canada.

Previous winners:

2013 Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club - Canadian Optimist Dinghy Championships
2012 Kingston Yacht Club - 2012 Shark Worlds
2011 Royal Hamilton Yacht club and Burlington Sailing & Boating Club - Rotary Mobility Cup 2011
2010 Sturgeon Lake Sailing Club
2009 St. Margarets Sailing club - 2009 Nautel Laser World Championships
2008 Pointe Claire Yacht Club and Association Québecoise de voile adaptée - Mobility Cup
2007 CORK / Sail Kingston - Volvo ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships
2006 Wabamun Sailing Club CYA Youth National Championships
2005 CYA 16 & Under Western National Sailing Championships – Wabamun SC and Calgary YC
2004 Optimist Canadians, Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, ON
2003 Mobility Cup
2002 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, Lunenburg, NS
2001 Chester Yacht Club, Chester, NS

11) William Abbott Senior Trophy - Sail Training Program of the Year

Nomination form

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. In order to be eligible, the nominated program must:

a) Be run by a club or school member in good standing of Sail Canada.

b) Employ Sail Canada certified instructor(s).

c) Follow the Sail Canada program and use the Sail Canada material.

Previous winners:

2013 Nepean Sailing Club
2012 Vancouver Island School Sailing League – Royal Victoria Yacht Club
2011 Royal Victoria Yacht Club
2010 BC Sailing Mobile Optimist Sailing School
2009 Ontario Sailing BOOM and Access BOOM Program
2008 Nepean Sailing School
2007 WaveSkills Sailing School, Charlottetown, PE
2006 Regional Cadet Support Unit Pacific
2005 Kingston Yacht Club
2004 Britannia Yacht Club, Ottawa, ON
2003 Parry Sound Sailing School, division of Sail Parry Sound, Inc.
2002 Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, Hamilton, ON
2001 Burrard Yacht Club, North Vancouver, B.C.
2000 Central Okanagan Sailing Association, B.C.
1999 Lake of Bays Sailing Club, ON
1998 Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club, NFLD
1997 Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, ON
1996 Ottawa Sailing School, ON.
1995 Niagara on the Lake Sailing Club, ON
1994 Bedford Basin Yacht Club, NS
1993 Hamilton West Sailing Adventures, ON
1992 Sarnia Yacht Club, Sarnia, ON
1991 Central Okanagan Sailing Association, BC

12) Recreation Event Award

Nomination form

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 affiliated with Sail Canada.

Previous winners:

2013 Sail All - Lunenburg Yacht Club
2012 Toronto Windsurfing Club
2011 not awarded
2010 NSYA Mobile Sailing School
2009 La Course Jacques Cartier & Sail Parry Sound – the Big Sound Challenge
2008 Ontario Sailing BOOM Program
2007 Not Awarded
2006 Royal Canadian Sea Cadets
2005 Broad Reach Foundation
2004 Starlight Starbright Children’s Family Day
2003 Regional Cadet Support Unit Pacific
2002 Boat for Hope
2001 OSA's BOOM Programme
2000 Tall ships 2000 & Agnes McLean
1999 Easter Seals Regatta
1998 Edward Walentynowicz & Maciej Smaja
1997 Newfoundland Flotilla

13) Volunteer of the Year Award

Nomination form

The Sail Canada Volunteer of the Year Award was established in 1991 to recognise outstanding contributions by Sail Canada 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. The candidate(s) must:

a) Have shown leadership qualities with respect to the event or activity.

b) Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

c) The award cannot be awarded to a current director or employee of Sail Canada.

Previous winners:

2013 Evert Bastet
2012 Fiona Kidd
2011 Ron Rubadeau and Marilea McAllister & Ethel Thayer
2010 Mike Heseltine
2009 Hugh Drake
2008 Tracy Terry
2007 Timothy Irwin
2006 Darin McRae
2005 Lynne Beal
2004 Guy Walters
2003 Kathy Campbell
2002 Kathryn Crowder
2001 Don Pearson and Craig Coleman
2000 Keith Hobbs
1999 David Pelling
1998 Graeme Hayward
1997 Robert O'Brian
1996 Fie Hulsker
1995 Michael Eames
1994 Volunteers of the "1994 IYRU World Boardsailing Championships"
1993 Carole Pearcy
1992 Jack Cameron
1991 Livius Sherwood