Sail Canada President’s Award

Published on February 7th, 2018

The Sail Canada President’s Award is a discretionary award, established in 2011, to recognize individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing and who have brought recognition to Canadian sailing and Sail Canada.

This year Sail Canada has presented this award to Gillian West and to the crew of the Atlas Ocean Racing powered by Groupe Esprit de Corps.

Pioneer in the sport of sailing, Gillian West (Simply Sailing) has been contributing her time and resources to sailors across Canada for decades. As a role model and mentor for women in the sailing community, she has been instrumental in the development of the sport. Whether it be as an instructor, evaluator, committee member, or board director, she truly is an inspiration to all sailors in Canada. Named Volvo Cars Volunteer of the Month in March 2017, it is clear that there’s not much she cannot do.

“Gillian’s years of hard work and dedication towards the growth of resources within the sport of sailing is commendable,” said Todd Irving, Sail Canada President. “Her knowledge and guidance have contributed a great amount to the success of programs in Canada.”

In May 2017, the crew of the Atlas Ocean Racing powered by Groupe Esprit de Corps were commended for their heroic efforts, rescuing the Monterey crew who had to abandon their sinking Farr 56. In the midst of sailing in the Antigua Bermuda Race, the Groupe Esprit de Corps crew saw an orange safety flare in the sky and made the decision to abandon the race . Recognized for their selfless gesture, they were named May’s Sail Canada’s Helly Hansen Sailor of the Month.

“The bravery of the Atlas Ocean Racing powered by Groupe Esprit de Corps crew shows great passion, and value towards the sport and the community that surrounds it,” notes Irving. “We are extremely grateful to have such devoted sailors, continually improving our sport everyday.”

Source: Sail Canada

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