The Golden Horseshoe Yacht Racing Association has won Sail Canada’s Recreation Event of the Year Award. The honour is bestowed to an individual, club or association bringing recognition to the sport of sailing.
At the western end of Lake Ontario, the GHYRA hosts an annual race week combining members and boats from eight clubs in Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Stoney Creek and Port Dalhousie. Over the course of the week eight races are run, varying in length, format and venue, always ending the day with a social event hosted by a different club.
In 2014, along with title sponsors Volvo Cars of Canada and Gold Sponsor Helly Hansen, GHYRA collected $10,000 for the Wellspring Cancer Support Network in support of a former member suffering brain cancer.
At the same time, The Chisholm Trophy for Excellence in Race Management was awarded to the National Yacht Club for their role in hosting the 2014 Shark Class Worlds. With close to 50 boats from North America and Europe, the race management team was faced with challenging Toronto conditions ranging from light and variable to sturdy 18-20 knot days.
The award recognizes the club or association responsible for the best-managed regatta.
Delegates from National Yacht Club and from the GHYRA will be in attendance to accept the 2014 Chisholm Award for Excellence in Race Management and the Recreation Event of the Year Award at the Sail Canada Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards at the Carlu Toronto, on Feb. 6.