Saturday, March 03, 2007

Evert Bastet is inducted into the Quebec Sport Hall of Fame

Evert Bastet received this honour some time ago, but I just found the article below surfing the CYA website.

This week 7-time Canadian Olympic Team Member Evert Bastet was inducted into the Quebec Sport Hall of Fame. The ceremony which took place on Monday night recognized 9 outstanding Canadian athletes.

Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Evert moved with his family to Dorval in 1955 at the age of 5. Evert grew up beside Dorval’s yacht club where he began sailing at the age of 9 and competing at age 11. His first win at the national level was in Calgary in 1965 when he won the title of Canadian Junior Champion.

He first raced the Flying Dutchman in the Olympics at age 18 in the Olympic Games in Mexico, 1968. He was again selected to compete for Canada in the Flying Dutchman class for Olympics at Munich (1972), Montreal (1976), Moscow (1980), Los Angeles (1984), Seoul (1988) and Barcelona (1992).

When the games came to Montreal in 1976 Evert just missed the podium with a 4th place finish. In 1984, he and new partner Terry Mclaughlin took home the silver medal.

In 1994, Evert was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame after a sailing career which earned selection to seven Canadian Olympic Teams.

Since retiring as a racer, he has remained active in the sport as an official and / or executive at the Royal St. Lawrence and Hudson Yacht Clubs. He has been a manager of Canadian teams at most major international events and has also supervised junior programs.

“As the first sailor selected for the Quebec Sport Hall of Fame, Evert joins a host of household names that have been honored. It was a distinct privilege to be in attendance when one of Canada’s greatest sailors and most inspirational figures was recognized.”
– Ken Dool
Canadian Sailing Team Head Coach

Bastet and his wife Valerie have two girls. Nicole, 20, has followed Dad into competition. For 30 years, Evert Bastet has owned a fabrication shop in Hudson that makes aluminum masts for sailboats.