Meet the Recipient of the Marvin McDill Memorial Award - Luke Ruitenburg

Meet the Recipient of the Marvin McDill Memorial Award - Luke Ruitenburg

February 28th, 2018 - Kingston, ON

As a long time member of the Nova Scotia Provincial Sailing Team, the up-and-coming athlete has been nominated for this year’s Marvin McDill Award!


As a first year Canadian Sailing Team member, Luke competed in a number of international events such as the 2017 U21 Laser World Championships,  and the 2017 Open Laser World Championships.


Luke was Petro Canada FACE program recipient in 2017. The Petro Canada FACE Program Petro-Canada’s FACE­TM Program supports up-and-coming athletes that are striving to represent Canada at the Olympic or Paralympic Games, providing funding to both athlete and coach. Receiving this award  allowed Luke to compete abroad in international competitions with coach Lisa Ross by his side.  


To learn more about Luke’s sailing by watching the video here.

It is with great pleasure that Sail Canada congratulates Luke on receiving this year’s Marvin McDill Memorial Award!

The Sail Canada Awards will be presented at the Sail Canada Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards on Friday March 2nd, 2018.



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.