Sail Canada to support 17 up-and-coming athletes at various World Championships

Kingston, July 12, 2022 – Sail Canada announced today that 17 sailors have been selected to receive support for various upcoming World Championships that will take place this year, a new initiative that is related to the 2022 Identified Athlete Program.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the athletes have been selected based on the application they sent to Sail Canada over the past months following the launch of the 2022 Identified Athlete Program. Each of them will take part in a pre-World Championships camp, be coached at the selected event by the same representative, and will receive financial support to attend these events.

‰ÛÏSail Canada is glad, as part of our strategic plan, to be able to support our next generation of sailors through the implementation of our Identified Athlete Program,‰Û said Sail Canada High Performance Director Mike Milner. ‰ÛÏWe hope that the selected athletes, as part of the program, will learn from the coaches and other athletes, grow with their participation in major international field competitions and, most of all, have fun while sailing with this pat in the back from Sail Canada.‰Û

Sail Canada would like to thank Sport Canada, Own the Podium, the Provincial Sailing Associations, Helly Hansen and Fogh Marine as supporters of the Identified Athlete Program.

Following is the complete list of athletes who have been selected and the competition they will attend:

29er World Championships – July 29-August 6, El Balis, Spain

-Charles Peddlesden & Nicholas Dixon (Calgary, AB)-Calgary Yacht Club

-Tom Desrochers & Ford Amery (Toronto, ON)-Port Credit Yacht Club

-Grace Poole & Jessica Hirshbold (Victoria, B.C.)-Royal Victoria Yacht Club

Coach: Steve McBride (Royal Victoria Yacht Club)

2022 Junior World Championships ‰ÛÒ July 31-August 7, Lake Como, Italy

-49erFX: Tate Howell (Toronto, ON) & Adrianna Baird (Beaconsfield, QC)-Royal Canadian Yacht Club/Royal Vancouver Yacht Club/Pointe-Claire Yacht Club

-49er: Thomas & Will Staples (Beaconsfield, QC)-Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club

-49er: Andreas Steinitz (Carrying Place, ON-Royal Vancouver Yacht Club) & Walker Moffat (Toronto, ON-Port Credit Yacht Club)

Coach: Marcin Czajkowski

2022 ILCA 7 (Laser) U21 World Championships – August 21-28, Vilamoura, Portugal

-Daniel Connors (Bedford, N.S.)-Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron

-Lucas Fogh (Mississauga, ON)-Port Credit Yacht Club

-Kofi Dinel (Montreal, QC)-Brome Lake Boating Club

-Finley Nakatsu (Halifax, N.S.)-Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron

-Luke Vincent (Victoria, B.C.)-Royal Victoria Yacht Club

Coach: James Juhasz (Bronte Harbour Yacht Club)

More details are available on Sail Canada website at

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.