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Canada’s Hollandia wins the first two races

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— Day one of the Canada’s Cup–

Toronto Ontario (September 10, 2016) –September 10 – 14 — Hollandia takes the lead on day one of the 24th Canada’s Cup (#canadascup)match-race regatta at RCYC.  The two races were completed in medium wind conditions. Hollandia won both races but not without taking duels and penalty turns. Tomorrow’s racing will take start at 10:30AM.

Modern Grand Prix 8 Metre yachts compete in a match-race regatta for the honour of the coveted Canada’s Cup www.canadascup.org . The Canada’s Cup, an America’s Cup style sailboat match-race, between Canada and the United States, attracts high performance sailors from across the region to compete in Great Lakes sailing. They will partake in a “best of seven or first to win four races” series of match-races, a one-on-one style of sailboat racing, to decide on the winner of the 24th Canada’s Cup on the 120th anniversary.

RCYC invites media to get an up-close look of the on-water racing. We are supplying drivers and chase boats.

When: Saturday September 10 to Tuesday September 13, 2016

First Gun 10:30AM (DAILY) to approximately 5PM depending on weather

Who:    Canada’s Team Hollandia (RCYC) is skippered by Bryan Gooderham and crewed by Rob Emery, Will Gyles, Allan Megarry, Erwyn Naidoo, Jennifer Provan, Michael Rustom, Peter Wickwire, Mike Wolfs

America’s Team Yquem (Youngstown) is skippered by Adam Burns, and crewed by Jason Suitor, Jimmy Carminati, Trimmer, Philip “Flipper” Wehrheim, Ryan Suitor, Eric Voss, John Goller,

Where:             Lake Ontario Toronto

RCYC 150 Cherry St, Toronto, ON M5A 3L1

***To arrange transport on the water contact: Tory Crowder, Jumpstart Communications, tory@jumpstartcommunications.ca 416 998 9702****

www.canadascup.org

 

About the 24th Canada’s Cup

 

The Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) hosts the ultimate of North American match racing sailing events—the 24th Canada’s Cup challenge and the 120th anniversary of the Cup. A historic event that celebrates excellence in sailing and the rivalry and comradery of Canadian and American sailors on the Great Lakes. This year the event officially marks the revival of the historic, classic and much-admired International 8 Metre (8mR) class, but in its most modern and developed form, called the Modern 8mR. The return of the 8mR to the Canada’s Cup has been longed for by Canadian and American sailors who have kept the class vibrant and alive since 1954—the 8mR’s last challenge for the Cup.

 

In the summer of 2016, the Canada’s Cup, sailed in the Modern 8mR, celebrates tradition and glamour along with a modern hi-tech look in head-to-head, match-racing-style competition for yacht-racing excellence of the Great Lakes.

 

Toronto’s RCYC is the current holder and defender of the Canada’s Cup. The defender is the yacht club who won the previous Canada’s Cup while the challenger of record is the yacht club who officially issues the challenge for the next regatta in hopes to win the coveted Canada’s Cup. The challenger for the 24th Canada’s Cup is the Youngstown Yacht Club from New York State. The trials, or qualification series, take place in July for both the Canadian and US teams. Gefion, Hollandia, and Lafayette are the Canadian contenders while Aluette, Natural, and Yquem 1 are the US contenders. The winners will compete in the 24th Canada Cup in September.

About RCYC

The Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) offers both a down town city club and an island yacht club.

The RCYC’s Olympic calibre sailing facilities hosted the 2015 Pan American Games.

RCYC was founded in 1852 to serve both as a yachting recreational club and, in the British tradition, as an unofficial auxiliary of the Royal Navy in the defence of the waters of Lake Ontario. Two of the primary objectives of the club are to promote yacht architecture, building and sailing; and to promote excellence in competitive sailing.

About Youngstown

The tradition of yacht racing and cruising has been in the hearts and souls of Youngstown Yacht Club sailors since its inception. The Club’s first yacht was the Blue Moon, a New York 30 sloop which dropped anchor off the Club dock on July 2, 1931. The nine-man syndicate from Buffalo that brought her to Youngstown joined a small group of promising local sailing enthusiasts and formed the Youngstown Yacht Club.

In 1936 the fledgling Club agreed to hold the L.Y.R.A. regatta in Youngstown. Enthusiastic racers from Lake Erie sailed into the mighty Niagara River to attend the event. Struck by the prevalent natural beauty and exceptional sailing conditions, these sailors decided to stay, bringing to the Club a cadre of experienced sailors who were to provide much of the Club’s leadership for the next 40 years. Overnight, Youngstown became a power in Lake Ontario racing, and a sailing center for the Buffalo area. The Club has been increasing membership, improving facilities, and promoting racing and cruising ever since.

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