Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Coupe McAuslan Cup To Support Association québécoise de voile adaptée (AQVA)

There is a strong and noble tradition of helping others on the water. This year, we are being asked to respect that tradition by participating in the McAuslan Cup on September 7th. The Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club in conjunction with the AQVA, will be hosting a Pursuit Race and Charity Challenge Cruise, with the goal of raising funds to support the activities of the AQVA. The AQVA has been based at PCYC for many years, and their program has allowed many disabled sailors to enjoy the sport. We would like to see that continue and grow. With a minimum, tax- deductible donation of $250 per boat, participants will get to choose between racing in what will undoubtedly be the largest Pursuit Race on the lake or spending the afternoon cruising. There will be a silent auction and a dinner/dance at the Royal following the action on the water. Details and registration are 
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The cause is good; it will be fun. Please register and participate. 

Joe Jospe 

Friday, August 09, 2013

Coupe du Quebec Bombardier (Martin 16)

Another great post from a favourite correspondent, Jen Davey!

This weekend, the Association québécoise de voile adaptée (AQVA) hosted the Coupe du Quebec Bombardier at the Pointe Claire Yacht Club in Montreal, Quebec. The two day event for sailors with disabilities was raced on Martin 16s and drew competitors from Quebec, Ontario, New York, and Vermont. Sailors raced in two fleets, Silver for newer racers and Gold for more experienced

On Saturday, light, shifty winds and strong current challenged sailors in both fleets, while Sunday saw stronger breeze with occasional rain. The Race Committee, led by Madeleine Palfreeman, worked hard to get in 5 races for Silver and 4 for gold over the weekend. In the end, local knowledge paid off as the host club finished with strong results. The Silver fleet was won by AQVA’s J-P Dussault, followed by team mates Vincent Gagnon and Steve Payette. Gold was tightly contested with AQVA’s Marc Villeneuve taking first place just one point ahead of Christine Lavallée, of the Nepean Sailing Club. Pierre Richard of AQVA rounded out the top three.

AQVA was proud to host several distinguished guests throughout the weekend. Jean-Pierre Grenier, Pro Mayor of the City of Pointe Claire, Francis Scarpaleggia, Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint- Louis, Karen O’Neill, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, as well as Caroline Tison, Executive Director of West Island Community Shares. The city, region, and both organizations have been strong supporters of AQVA’s mission to provide sailing opportunities for persons with disabilities. A big thanks also to the staff of AQVA, PCYC, and all the volunteers, including many of our friends from neighbouring Lac St Louis clubs and beyond.