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Kingston, May 9, 2022 – Sail Canada is pleased to be working in partnership with David Cripton for the launch of the new – and first-ever –podcast on Canadian sailing called “Whitecap”! 

A reference to the top of a wave when it is extremely windy as well as to our northern country’s tall mountains and their whitecaps, this podcast will allow members of the Canadian sailing community, from high performance athletes to coaches, as well as from recreational sailors to officials and others, to share and to listen to some great stories told by sailors from coast to coast to coast here in Canada. 

The first-ever episode of “Whitecap” will feature Canada SailGP team skipper Phil Robertson, and will drop this Wednesday, May 11, three days before the start of Season 3 of the wildly popular SailGP world circuit and the Canadian team’s inaugural season. An overview of the interview is now available on the official Apple Podcasts page dedicated to “Whitecap” at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/whitecap-the-canadian-sailing-podcast-season-1/id1622324747.

New episodes will then be available each month, leading up to the launch of the full 10-episode season in August. 

Throughout the season, Canadian sailing fans will have access to the new episodes on the official Apple Podcasts page dedicated to “Whitecap”, and the episodes will also be promoted on Sail Canada’s social media platforms. Videos of the podcasts, when available, will also be on Sail Canada’s YouTube page at

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCciXPIoXyU-jGpWC62dX9mw.

A passion for sailing… and podcasting

David Cripton has been racing sailboats since he was 11 years of age in New Brunswick, where he was also an instructor, a provincial coach and an instructor evaluator. He represented his province at the Canada Games in 1989 (Laser 2) and 1993 (Laser). He continues to race today on the Laser masters
circuit, having competed at the 2018 Laser Masters World Championships in Ireland.
 

As are many in the Canadian sailing community, he is a proponent for the inter generational aspect of the sport, having raced both with and against his two kids in 420s and Hobie 16’s. 

In 2017, he founded the Skull Island Race Team (SKIRT), a sailing collective in New Brunswick.

You can follow him on his personal Instagram page at @skullislandraceteam. 

When he is not sailing, he is a TV Editor and a documentary filmmaker. In 2016, he launched his first podcast called “The Criptcast”, featuring independent music artists. 

Don’t miss season one of “Whitecap” with the first-ever episode to be launched on Wednesday, May the 11th! 

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.