Posted 8.13.14 @ 7:15 by: Staff

For more than 3 decades, the Steerers Junior Sail Regatta has been dominated by Port Credit and Toronto’s Royal Canadian Yacht Club; but all of that changed a couple of weeks ago as Oakville’s BHYC or Bronte Harbour Yacht Club bagged the elusive trophy for the first time in 35 years.

The trophy, which was awarded at the annual Steerers Regatta of Port Credit Yacht Club to the best junior sail club has a rich history of its own, but we will talk about that later. The breakthrough event overjoyed the representatives of BHYC as well as their supporters. According from the PCYC website, only Port Credit was able to win the trophy for the last 30 years.

BHYC’s Pride

Jack Thayer finished fourth, James Juhasz and Colton Ladoceur collected a bronze, Ava Snyder got a silver and Harrison Bruce bagged the gold at their respective events on the Steerers’ meet. BHYC is also proud to share that Harrison Bruce received the Four Sister’s Regatta’s Marilea McAllister Corinthian Spirit Award which is another event hosted by PCYC. The Marilea McAllister Corinthian Spirit Award is a new award which recognizes sportsmanship and is given in memory of Marilea McAllister, a long-time PCYC member whose father was a founding member of the club.

The Winning Team

Members of BHYC’s race team ranges in age from 9 to 19 and has been training since the first day of April – a training that paid off so well. There are 3 race teams, Opti, single-handed and double-handed. The athletes are trained to race development-class and Olympic-class boats such as the Optimist Class, Laser Radial, Laser, and the 420.

For this year, the much awaited highlight would be CORK (Canadian Olympic-training Regatta, Kingston), which is a yearly multi-class sailing regatta held off the shores of Kingston.

The Event – Steerers’ Junior Regatta

6 decades ago, during the 50’s, no Provincial, Zone or Canadian Youth Championships existed; hence, Toronto’s junior sailors had no choice but to race against adults in events. Things changed in 1959 when Port Credit Yacht Club’s junior instructors invited some of neighbouring club’s junior programs to participate in a regatta held at the mouth of the Credit River under the direction of Fleet Captain Ron Searle. The event was such a huge success that every year since then, the regatta was held without fail. Today, the regatta is far from the local event that it once was all those decade ago. It attracts junior sailors from all over Canada and has become a training ground for future Race Officers.

The Coveted Steerers’ Trophy

The elusive trophy got its name from its origins. The first trophy was made from a wooden Nutshell rudder (or steerer) in 1968 and was awarded to the best Junior Club in the regatta. The name stuck to it and to the event since then. Being awarded the trophy is an honor awarded not only to signify winning but also to recognize participation in all classes.

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