Kingston to host more than 400 sailors for Sail Canada 2023 Youth and ILCA 6 and 7 Senior Championships

The competition will be held August 8-11

Kingston, August 3, 2023 – More than 400 sailors will be in action in Kingston next week, August 8-11, during the presentation of two Sail Canada championships: the 2023 Youth Championships and the ILCA 6 and ILCA 7 Senior Championships, to be held during the 2023 CORK International Regatta and the CORK Olympic Classes Regatta, and which will also include athletes from the USA, Cayman Islands and New Zealand.

The Sail Canada Youth Championships are the pinnacle event of the season for many youth sailors, with over 300 athletes travelling from across Canada to compete. In addition, athletes in the 29er and ILCA 6 classes will be aiming to qualify for the 2023 Youth Sailing World Championships to be held in Búzios, Brazil, December 8-16. At the 2023 Youth Sailing World Championships, the following events will be featured: iQFoil, ILCA 6, 29er, i420, Nacra 15 and Kiteboarding.

A total of 20 teams are registered for the 29er competition, and 91 in the ILCA 6 event, while 73 teams will compete in the Club 420 class and 45 athletes in ILCA 4.

The team comprised of Claire Podolsky and Maggie Tripp in i420 as well as Thomas Hung in iQFoil have already qualified to be nominated for the 2023 Youth Sailing World Championships Canadian Team, having finished as the top Canadians in their classes at the 2023 US Youth Championships back in June, as did Nathan Pearce in Kiteboarding at the Canadian Championships held in early July, and as per Sail Canada’s Selection Process, available at

At the Sail Canada 2023 ILCA 6 and ILCA 7 Senior Championships, 72 athletes are registered in total.

Races will be held according to the following schedule:
-Tuesday, August 8: races start at 1pm
-Wednesday, August 9: races start at 11 am
-Thursday, August 10: races start at 11 am
-Friday, August 11: races start at 11 am

The Sail Canada 2023 Youth Championships and the ILCA 6 and ILCA 7 Senior Championships are part of a series of seven Sail Canada National and Regional Championships that will be held this summer:

-Sail Canada 2023 Senior Kiteboarding Championships: July 7-9 – Kingston, ON
-2023 Sail East Regional Championships: July 14-16 – Glen Haven, N.S. (St. Margaret Sailing Club)
-2023 Sail Central Regional Championships: July 20-23 – Hudson, QC (Hudson Yacht Club)
-2023 Sail West Regional Championships: July 27-30 – Parkland County, AB (Wabamun Sailing Club)
-Sail Canada 2023 Youth Championships: August 8-11 – Kingston, ON (CORK)
-Sail Canada 2023 ILCA 6 and ILCA 7 Senior Championships: August 8-11 – Kingston, ON (CORK)
-Sail Canada 2023 49er and 49erFX Senior Championships: September 23-24 – Kingston, ON (CORK)

Helly Hansen is the proud prize sponsor for the 2023 Sail Canada Championships. All participants registered for Sail Canada’s events can look forward to receiving a perk from Helly Hansen at the season’s end.

Sail Canada Championships are funded – in part- by the Government of Canada.

About Sail Canada
Established in 1931, Sail Canada is the national governing body for the sport of sailing in the country. Sail Canada is a leading international sailing nation, proud of its world class athletes, lifelong participants and inclusive culture. The organization and its members are committed to excellence by developing and training its leaders, athletes, sailors, instructors, coaches and officials. With the valued support from our partners, the Provincial Sailing Associations and our member clubs, schools, organizations and stakeholders, sailing is promoted in all its forms. By setting standards and delivering programs from home pond to podium for Canadians of all ages and abilities, from dinghies to keelboats, cruising to navigation, windsurfing to powerboating and accessible sailing, Sail Canada sets sail for all, sail to win and sail for life.

A sport in the Olympic program since the first Games in 1896, except in 1904, the pursuit of success in these Games is what fuels the focus of Sail Canada as Canadian athletes have so far achieved nine Olympic and five Paralympic medals.