St. Margaret’s Bay, N.S., and Gimli, MB, to Welcome close to 200 Sailors at 2022 Sail East and Sail West
Kingston, July 14, 2022 – Close to 200 sailors from Western Canada and the Atlantic will be in action this weekend, July 16 and 17, as they will take part in Sail Canada 2022 Sail East competition at St. Margaret Sailing Club in Glen Haven, Nova Scotia, or Sail Canada 2022 Sail West event at the Gimli Yacht Club in Manitoba.
At the St. Margaret Sailing Club, a total of 137 sailors from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince-Edward-Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, will compete at Sail Canada 2022 Sail East at Bay Wind Regatta in the 29er, 420, ILCA 4, ILCA 6, ILCA 7 and Opti classes
A total of 55 athletes from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, Yukon and Northwest Territories will take part in Sail Canada 2022 Sail West event in the 29er, 420, ILCA 4, ILCA 6, ILCA 7, Open Portsmouth Handicap and Opti classes. It will be the first edition of Sail West since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both competitions will be held in accordance with the public health and social measures that are in place.
The Sail East and Sail West events are part of a series of three Regional Championships that are overseen by Sail Canada, which also includes an event in Central Canada to be held July 23-24 at the Hudson Yacht Club, QC.
These three regional championships are attended by:
-U15 sailors in the Optimist class;
-U17 sailors in the Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, 420 and 29er classes;
-Open class sailors in Laser, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, 420, 29er and Optimist classes.
These competitions provide a chance for sailors to train and compete with high-level sailors in their region, in addition to serving as talent identification opportunities for regional and provincial sailing teams, as development and mentoring opportunities for coaches, as well as training and development opportunities for officials and volunteers.
More info is available through Sail Canada’s website at www.sailing.ca.
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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