We are honoured to announce the 2021 BC Sailing Awards Recipients!
Female Youth Sailor of the Year:
Jessica Hirschbold & Grace Poole have dominated the 29er fleet at competitions across Canada throughout 2021. This dynamic duo came first overall in the 29er at the 2021 (CORK) Canadian Olympic Training Regatta Kingston. Grace and Jessica attended their first European Championship and represented Team Canada at the 2021 Youth Sailing World Championship. Congratulations Grace Poole & Jessica Hirschbold!
Male Youth Sailor of the Year:
Tayne Steven, from Rossland BC has earned himself a spot on the Junior team by CORE KITES Canada. The 17-year-old kiteboarder who is affiliated with the Interior Kiteboarding and Windsurfing Society, won the Canadian trials with his 5th place overall finish at CORK Sr Canadian Kitefoil Championships. This result qualified Tayne for Team Canada at the 2021 Youth Sailing World Championships in Al Mussanah, Oman. Tayne’s sport experience has been very unique and his pure enthusiasm for the emerging Olympic sport of Kiteboarding is inspirational. Congratulations Tayne Steven!
Volunteer of the Year:
Kathy Parslow was regatta chair for the 2021 Pumpkin Bowl. The Pumpkin Bowl hosted by the West Vancouver Yacht Club each October, was an especially large undertaking this year as the event was spread into 2 weekends which saw 220 competitors in 185 boats with countless volunteers. Kathy is a committed volunteer whose dedication and leadership over the past years have helped make Pumpkin Bowl what it is today. Kathy has been a member at the West Vancouver Yacht Club since 2003. Kathy currently sits on the WVYC Board of Directors representing Jr. Activities and Sail Training. Thank you for your service!
Sailor of the Year:
Andrew McCorquodale of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club took the TP52 world by storm in 2021, winning both the 2021 52 SUPER SERIES and Rolex TP52 World Championship; in Palma, Mallorca. Sled have been on the 52 SUPER SERIES since joining in January 2014 and finished on regatta podiums eight times. Building on their 2019 season successes, Sled came back after the pandemic hiatus with progressive and consistent performance. Bravo Zulu Andrew McCorquodale!