City of Kingston Regatta of the Year - Royal Canadian Yacht Club
Monday, February 25th, 2019 - Kingston, ON
The Royal Canadian Yacht Club went above and beyond for the 2018 Sail Canada Championships. From the scenic ferry rides to the yacht club, to the animated opening ceremonies, engaging all the sailors to sing and dance, to the top-notch Race Committee and delicious food after a day on the water, everything was to the highest standard.
Over 150 volunteers took the the time out of their busy summer to provide quality service to everyone who attended the event. The community of volunteers in their orange shirts were always the firsts one at the club, and the lasts ones to leave, continually helping everyone at the yacht club.
On top of hosting this event, RCYC hosted Sail Canada’s Youth Olympic Training Seminar (YOTS), re-introducing this great opportunity for sailors to learn from their idols and training with some of Canada’s best. The yacht club was full of life, engaging sailors from all ages, sharing the same passion. The 2018 Youth Championship was nothing short of great! Felicity Rodness, Chair of the event, comments;
- How does it feel to have been selected as the recipient of the Regatta of the Year?
It feels wonderful. I am really proud of my team who worked very hard to create a regatta that was special for the competitors and then to have Sail Canada recognize the regatta as being the best just shows my team that the work effort was worth it!
- What would you say were the significant contributing factors to the success of the event?
Any regatta to be a success requires great a great on-water team and we were lucky to have top-notch race officials both on and off the water. But on top of that was providing unique experiences for the competitors outside the racing – such as the training event prior to the regatta where Olympians coached the competitors, having warm snacks at the end of racing, having an Opening Ceremonies where each athlete could stand with their fellow provincial teammates – were all things that contributed to the success of the event.
- Sailing is all about the community, would you say this holds true especially when hosting an event?
Absolutely – not only was it a special event for the sailors who realized that we have amazing sailing talent here in Canada as seen by the Olympic and National Team coaches but it was also very special for the membership of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club to see the top National Youth Sailors walking around the Club. It created an energy that is not part of the regular day to day going on at the Club.
- If you could give one piece of advice to a club looking to host an event, what would it be?
Go for it!!! Get a good team together and ask for help from those of us who have run regattas of this size. We need to host more of these events around the country!
Join us in celebrating this award on Friday, March 1st, 2019 at 6.30pm at The Carlu in Toronto, ON. Tickets are available here!
Photo: Christian Bonin - TSG Photos
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.
a) The regatta should be an event of provincial, national or international status held between December 2, 2017 to December 1, 2018.
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 aspect 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.