|SMSC wins CYA Regatta of the Year Award|
Nova Scotia club wins CYA Regatta of the Year Award for 2009 Nautel Laser World Championships
Toronto, ON – The 2009 Nautel Laser World Championship held on St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia, was named top regatta of the year for Canada.
The prestigious CYA Regatta of the Year award was presented at the Annual Rolex Sailing Awards in Toronto on the weekend. Laser World Organizing Committee co-chairs Barbara Pike and Rod Millar were in Toronto to accept the award on behalf of the St. Margaret Sailing Club.
Pike said the success of the Laser Worlds is a tribute to the 400 volunteers who helped over the three weeks of the event.
“This is a success story not only for the St. Margaret Sailing Club and the community around St. Margaret’s Bay, but also to the sailing community of Nova Scotia,” said Pike. “We had a great scoring team from the Lunenburg Yacht Club, race management from the Bedford Basin Yacht Club, volunteers and boats from the Chester Yacht Club, the Waegwoltic and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. It truly was a story of the sailing community coming together for the love of our sport.”
Millar thanked the community, the sponsors and the three levels of government for the finances that helped make the Laser Worlds a reality.
“With their help we have a legacy of great facilities for training for our athletes and to host future world events,” said Millar. “We also learned how many Laser hulls we can fit in our clubhouse, which is 197 by the way.”
The comment drew laughter from the audience, and referred to the precautions the organizing committee took to store boats inside the clubhouse in advance of Hurricane Bill which swept by the region during the event.
More than 450 athletes from 72 countries competed in the Laser Standards and Laser Masters World Championships on St. Margaret’s Bay from August 17th to September 5th 2009.
The Laser is one of the most popular small sailboats (four metres) in the world; it has a single sail and is sailed by one person. Designed in Canada, there are some 198,000 sailed world-wide and it is the single-handed boat for the Olympics.