Evert Bastet: Volunteer of the Year

Published on February 26th, 2014

The Sail Canada Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards event annually offers premium opportunity to nationally recognize achievements and successes of Canadian sailors. On February 28, Evert Bastet will be receiving the 2013 Sail Canada Volunteer of the Year Award.

Evert Bastet, an accomplished sailor and volunteer from the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club, is a well-respected figure in the global sailing community. Evert or E.B, as he is fondly referred to, has Olympic roots spanning five decades, including the significant accomplishment of placing 4th at the 1976 Montreal Games and winning a silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Games in the Flying Dutchman.

After his retirement from elite level sailing, Evert put his major games expertise towards the role of Team leader for the 2004 & 2008 Games held in Athens and Beijing respectively.

In 2013 Evert took on the role of Head National Technical Advisor for the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec. His role included a wide range of services including management of race officers, jury, measurement, food services, travel, safety, accreditation, media, and essentially marrying the sailing venue to the “Games” environment.

Brigitte Smutny, Executive Director, Sail Manitoba was in awe of Evert’s professionalism saying. “His knowledge and fun way of dealing with participants, officials and volunteers made him invaluable for the regatta. His outstanding leadership became important when dealing with various issues at the venue.”

Mark Lammens, Executive Director of Saskatchewan Sailing, also admired Evert’s leadership boasting. “This was one of the best Canada Games ever and Evert is a large reason why”.

Evert has been honored in the past for his philanthropic work receiving the Rolex Sailor of the Year award in 2007 and being inducted into the Quebec Sailing Federation Hall of Fame in 2010.

Click here for all the recipients that will be recognized for their 2013 achievements.

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