Annual National Awards

Annual National Awards

Sail Canada invites all sailing and boating enthusiasts to participate in recognizing 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. Please submit all nominations to sailcanada@sailing.ca


Rolex Sailor of the Year

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:

  1. Have been significantly involved in an activity that, from December 2, 2018 to December 1, 2019 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.
  2. Have shown leadership qualities with respect to the event or activity.
  3. Have demonstrated sportsmanship and gained the respect of fellow sailors.
  4. Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
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Gallagher Skippers’ Plan Male Athlete/Team of the Year Award


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

  1. Have a record of outstanding achievement in national and international competition from December 2, 2018 to December 1, 2019, and brought recognition to Canadian competitive sailing. Priority will be given to athlete(s)/team results from international Olympic/Paralympic class competition in North American and ISAF Graded events. However, please note that other sailing accomplishments will be considered.
  2. Through behaviour and manner, have set an example for other competitors.
  3. Have demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship.
  4. Be male (for Team nomination must have at least one male team member).
  5. Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
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Marvin McDill Memorial Award

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.

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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. In order to be eligible, the candidate must:

  1. 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.
  2. Have demonstrated an effort in fundraising through sponsorship and private contributions.
  3. Be 19 or over as of December 31st in the year of nomination.
  4. Must not be a member of the Canadian Sailing Team, or be a carded athlete during the award year.
  5. Have demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship.
  6. Be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
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Bill Burk Memorial Youth Elite Award

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:

  1. Have a record of outstanding achievement in national and international youth competition from December 2, 2018 to December 1, 2019, 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) Sail Canada Canadian Youth Sailing Championships
  2. Through behaviour and manner, have set an example for other youth competitors.
  3. Have demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship.
  4. Be 18-and-under as of December 31st in the year of nomination.
  5. Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
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Volunteer of the Year Award

The Volunteer of the Year Award was established in 1991. This award recognises volunteers for their outstanding contributions to sailing activities at Sail Canada member clubs, Sailing Schools and Regattas. 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:

  1. Have shown leadership qualities with respect to the event or activity.
  2. Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  3. The award cannot be awarded to a current director or employee of Sail Canada.
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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.

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Coach/Instructor of the Year Award

Coach of the Year Award

This award recognizes Sail Canada coaches that work with sailors that race. To be eligible for this award, coaches must be working for a Sail Canada member club or Sail Canada member athletes. Coaches should be Sail Canada certified and registered however exceptions may be made in special circumstances.

The coach of the year award is presented annually to a coach who demonstrates outstanding coaching skills and contributes to sporting excellence by offering a healthy attitude towards winning, enjoying sport and effective training.

This person must demonstrate and reinforce spirit of sport values to hers/his athletes as measured by a respect for the game, a love of sport, a respect for others and a commitment to fair and ethical sport.

  • The Coach of the Year should have made a significant impact on athletes’ performances at competitions.
  • Honest, sincere and honourable in their relationships with athletes, respect for the sport, race management and jury.
  • A high degree of self-awareness and the ability to reflect critically on how their perspectives influence their interactions with others.
  • Supporting consideration may be given for the following contributions in the field of coaching:
    • A distinguished career as a coach
    • Promotion of character development and ethical sport
    • Developing high functioning athletes who also display excellence in other fields like citizenship, scholastics, art, etc.
    • Education or mentoring other coaches
    • Development of coaching materials like books, videos, etc.
    • Pioneering new training or competition methods
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Instructor of the Year

his award recognizes Sail Canada instructors focused on sailing skills and instruction. To be eligible for this award, instructors must be Sail Canada Certified and registered and working for a Sail Canada member club or school.

The Instructor of the Year should have made a significant impact and accepted the challenge to improve the level of sailing at their club/school. Honest, sincere and honourable in their relationships with sailors as well as improving their own teaching and the training and mentoring of new instructors.

Instructors should have a high degree of self-awareness and the ability to reflect critically on the information exchange between them and the sailors and how their perspectives influence their interactions with others.

  1. Demonstrate excellent on water teaching and communication skills
  2. Be respectful, fair and equitable
  3. Encourage pride in the sport
  4. Participation in clinics, workshops, sailing camps and regattas
  5. Perform above and beyond the requirements of an instructor

 

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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 December 2, 2018 to December 1, 2019. The winner is selected on the basis of the quality of race management. The following criteria must also be met:

  1. The regatta must be a provincial, national, continental or world championship event held in Canada.
  2. The minimum number of races as prescribed in the sailing instructions must be completed.
  3. The Race Committee Chairperson must hold a valid Sail Canada Race Management certification.
  4. In order to be eligible for this award, clubs or associations must be members in good standing with the Sail Canada.
  5.  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).
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City of Kingston Regatta of the Year Award

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

  1. The regatta should be an event of provincial, national or international status held between December 2, 2018 to December 1, 2019.
  2. The regatta will have been a well co-ordinated and orchestrated event.
  3. 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.
  4. The regatta will have met Sail Canada expectations with reference to the use of certified officials. This is an important aspect of promoting and increasing the overall regatta management skill development.
  5. 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.
  6. In order to be eligible for this award, clubs or associations must be members in good standing with Sail Canada.
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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. In order to be eligible, the nominated program must:

  1. Be run by a club or school member in good standing of Sail Canada.
  2. Employ Sail Canada certified instructor(s).
  3. Follow the Sail Canada program and use the Sail Canada material.

 

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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 affiliated with Sail Canada.

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  • Rolex
  • Helly Hansen
  • Gallagher Skippers' Plan
  • BMO Sail Canada MasterCard
  • Government of Canada