Ron Rosenberg and Erin Rafuse top the list of special guests at upcoming Regional Talent ID Camps

September 29, 2022

Ron Rosenberg and Erin Rafuse top the list of special guests at upcoming Regional Talent ID Camps

Kingston, September 29, 2022 – Sail Canada is pleased to announce that renowned sailor and coach Ron Rosenberg as well as Canadian Olympian Erin Rafuse, who competed at the 2016 Rio Games, will be among the special guests slated to take part in the upcoming Regional Talent Identification Camps.

A total of four Regional Talent ID Camps will be held over the next few months, for a total of eight since the start of 2022. The upcoming events will take place based on the following schedule:

-September 30-October 2: Royal St-Lawrence Yacht Club (Quebec)
-October 1-2: Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (Atlantic) – double handed
-October 8-10: Royal Victoria Yacht Club (West)
-October 29-30: Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (Atlantic) – single handed

The Regional Talent ID Camps are for sailors under 21 years of age and are an opportunity for young sailors as well as coaches to come together in their respective Canadian regions to push each other and build connections with the new Sail Canada National Training Centres.

More details regarding the Regional Talent ID Camps are available at https://www.sailing.ca/talent-id-camps/.

Ron Rosenberg in British Columbia, Erin Rafuse in Nova Scotia
At the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, which will host the event to be held in the Western part of the country on October 8-10, Ron Rosenberg will attend the camp over the first two days.

Ron Rosenberg is an American sailor who has won five world titles (World Sailing Youth World Championships, J-24, Olympic Soling, Etchells and 5.5 Meter), two Gold Cups and one European Championship. He has more than 50 national titles in a wide variety of One-Design classes and was elected Team Captain of the US Olympic Sailing Team in Barcelona in 1992 with his team winning medals in nine of 10 events.

Erin Rafuse from Halifax, Nova Scotia, will attend the double handed event at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, October 1-2. Erin represented Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games as the skipper in 49erFX, where she finished 16th with Dannie Boyd. She also competed at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

“We are very pleased to have Ron Rosenberg and Erin Rafuse be part of these Regional Talent ID Camps and have the up-and-coming athletes working with these internationally-known sailors who have namely competed at the Olympic Games,” said Sail Canada High Performance Director, Mike Milner.

“Ron will bring a wealth of technical experience from some of the most competitive professional fleets in our sport, considerable insight on sailor and coach development, as well as sincere and infectious enthusiasm. We hope to add to the Regional Talent ID Camps by introducing a different voice and perspective on technical skills, on how many opportunities there are in both Olympic and professional sailing, and how to navigate some of the challenges for young sailors who are striving for excellence at the highest levels of our sport.”

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.


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