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Mobility Cup was back - after a two year hiatus due to the pandemic!

 

Hosts

Northern Yacht Club

Dates

Aug. 29 - Sept. 2, 2022

Regatta Chairs

John Astephen
Jennifer Shebib

 

Legacy

1 Martin16 sailboat

Trophy Winners

Gold Fleet winner | Brian  Peckover, Carleton Place, ON
Silver Fleet winner | Tracy Schmitt, Toronto, ON
Top sip 'n' puff sailor | René Dallaire, Montréal, QC

 

Forty racers, including one from Hawaii for the first time!

     

Hosts

National Capital Able Sail Association
Nepean Sailing Club

Dates

September 10 - 13, 2019

Regatta Chairs

Adam Wong-Sing & Alan Galley

         

Legacy

2 Martin16 sailboats, 2 power assist systems

Trophy Winners

Gold Fleet winner | Pierre Richard, Montreal, QC
Silver Fleet winner| Antoine Robert, Montreal, QC
Top sip 'n' puff sailor |  René Dallaire, Montreal, QC

 

 

The smoke cleared and the racing began!

The southern part of the BC interior had been blanked by acrid smoke from a 32,000-acre wildfire burning just south of the border – but this cleared in time for the racing to begin.

Forty-two sailors from across Canada and into the US – with a particularly strong Californian contingent – competed in another memorable Mobility Cup. Winds were somewhat variable, being at various times too low, then too high, then switching direction, but when they were right they were perfect, and some fine racing took place.

Particularly notable this year was contestant Ean Price – who just happens to be coordinator of the Kelowna chapter of the Tetra Society of North America which creates custom assistive devices – who devised his own boat control solution. Unable to use either sip ‘n’ puff or joystick option, he invented a one-of-a-kind ‘magic fingers’ in which an adapted glove allowed him to press wires that steered the boat. For this ingenuity a new recognition was instigated: The Ean Price Outside the Box Award.

And a special mention goes to CanAm Mobility, in Kelowna, for donating four vans with drivers for the duration of the event. Thank you for your support!

 

Hosts

DSA BC, Okanagan branch
Kelowna Yacht Club

Dates

September 11-15, 2017

 

Regatta Chairs

Tracy Delorme & Larry Clark

Legacy

Purchase two lifts to aid transfers

Trophy winners

Gold Fleet winner | Pierre Richard, Montréal, QC
Silver Fleet winner| Monique Trudel, Verdun, QC
Top sip 'n' puff sailor |Chris Loscerbo, Chemainus, BC

2016's event was the celebration of 25 years of Mobility Cup, which has been held from coast to coast across Canada since 1991.

It was a welcome return to Montreal - always a popular city with visitors. Mobility Cup was last held here in 2008.

Once again, Quebec Adapted Sailing Association (Association québécoise de voile adaptée – AQVA) and the Pointe Claire Yacht Club were hosts.

Pointe-Claire Yacht Club has been home to AQVA’s disabled sailing program since 1996. It is located on the north shore of Lac St-Louis, close to the historic village of Pointe-Claire. The club’s bathrooms, locker room, bar and restaurant are fully accessible, and it has a deck looking out over the harbour and the lake. Racing was located directly in front of the club, and also in view of spectators at a park across the street.

Location

Pointe-Claire Yacht Club, Montreal, Quebec

Hosts

AQVA
Pointe-Claire Yacht Club

Dates

Aug. 29 - Sept. 2, 2016

Personnel

Regatta Chairs Pierre Carpentier, René Dallaire, Paula Stone

Legacy

Upgrading facilities at AQVA, including an updated accessible bathroom and a new, wider ramp onto the dock.

Trophy winners

Gold Fleet winner | Marc Villeneuve, Laval, QC
Silver Fleet winner| Shaylagh Ley, Nepean, ON
Top sip 'n' puff sailor | René Dallaire, Montréal, QC

Back in 1995, Victoria was the first city outside of Vancouver to host the Mobility Cup – and, 20 years later, the regatta returned.

The 2015 event was understandably larger, with more participants, and an overall higher level of skill. In all, 40 sailors from across Canada and the US competed in the 2015 event.

Victoria is one of the oldest cities on the Pacific Northwest, dating back to 1843, and a popular tourist destination. The regatta has hosted by Canadian Forces Sailing Association in Esquimalt harbour, which is one nautical mile from Downtown Victoria. Esquamalt actually has more history than Victoria, being inhabited by indigenous Coast Salish for thousands of years. “Is-whoy-malth,” they called it, referring to the flats at the head of the harbour.

Location

The Canadian Forces Sailing Association ,
Esquimalt Squadron, British Columbia.

Hosts

DSA Victoria
CFSA Esquimalt Squadron

Dates

Sept. 7 - 11, 2015

Personnel

Regatta Chair: Emily Boardman
Race Officer: Paul Ulibarri

Legacy

Bringing awareness of adaptive sailing to the wider community.

Trophy Winners

Gold Fleet winner | Peter Eagar, Toronto, ON
Silver Fleet winner| Pierre-Yves Lévesque, Montréal, QC
Top sip 'n' puff sailor | Kevin Penny, Halifax, NS

Probably the most beautiful location for a Mobility Cup ever – participants stayed in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in a fully accessible wilderness retreat lodge.

It will probably be remembered as the Mobility Cup that it snowed. Yes, a freak early snowfall blanketed southern Alberta during the week of Mobility Cup 2014.

The event was held on Lower Kananaskis Lake in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, with participants staying at William Watson Lodge.

Location

Kananaskis, Alberta

Hosts

Disabled Sailing Association Alberta
William Watson Lodge

Dates

September 6 - 13, 2014

Personnel

Regatta Chairs Robb Lawrence, Sara Cooper

Legacy

Expansion into new locations throughout the province, such as Cold Lake, Wabamum or Newell. 

Trophy Winners 

Mobility Cup | Marc Villeneuve, Laval, QC

Coupe Dallaire | Marc Polley, Pointe-du-Chêne, NB

Sam Sullivan Trophy | Not awarded

Daren Tucker Award | Pierre-Yves Levesque, Montreal, QC

Forty-one sailors from across North America and as far away as Australia challenged the waters of Halifax harbour for the High Liner Foods 2013 Mobility Cup.

Hosts

Sail Able Nova Scotia

Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron

Dates

August 27 - 30, 2013

Regatta Chair

Mike Archibald

Legacy

Construction of a floating dock and ramp.

Trophy winners

Mobility Cup | Christine Lavallee, Gatineau, PQ

Coupe Dallaire | Jean-Paul Dussault, LaSalle, PQ

 

Mobility Cup returned to Ottawa, ON – it was last here in 2003 – for five days of sailing.

In all, 39 sailors raced in two fleets on a 3 km (2 mile) wide section of the Ottawa River, which forms a natural lake known as Lac Deschênes.

The event took place at Nepean Sailing Club, which is located approximately 10 kilometers west of downtown Ottawa.

Location

Nepean Sailing Club, Ottawa, ON

Hosts

National Capital Able Sail Association
Nepean Sailing Club

Dates

Sept. 9 – 14, 2012

Personnel

Regatta Chair Peter Wood

Principal Race Officer Rick Anderton

Legacy

Upgraded accessible washrooms in the sailing pavilion, a revitalized volunteer base and new training sails for the fleet of Martin 16 sailboats

Trophy winners

Mobility Cup | Marc Villeneuve, Laval-des-Rapides, QC

Coupe Dallaire | Patrick Leger, Montreal, QC

Sam Sullivan Trophy | René Dallaire, Montreal, QC

Daren Tucker Award | Colin Smith, Middlebury, VT

 

The 2011 Rotary Mobility Cup featured the Mobility Cup for the Martin 16, the Canadian Championship for the Liberty class and the North American Championship for the 2.4mR class.

Needless to say, it was the largest event ever in the history of the Mobility Cup. In all, 72 sailors competed, representing Canada, US, UK, Netherlands and Australia.

Racing took place off the southwestern shore of Hamilton Harbour, situated at the western tip of Lake Ontario. It was a testing location that boasted what organizers classed as “interesting” winds and challenging conditions.

Location

Royal Hamilton Yacht Club,
Hamilton, Ontario

Hosts

Burlington Sailing and Boating Club
Royal Hamilton Yacht Club

Dates

Aug. 29 – Sept. 2, 2011

Personnel

Regatta Chair, Laurel Thompsom & Bob Wercholoz
Race Committee Chair, Colleen Gravelle
Principal Race Officer, Irene Macneil
Honourary chair, Don Green

Legacy

New permanent accessible floating docks with lifts for the Able Sail programs of the Burlington Sailing & Boating Club and the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club.

Trophy winners

Mobility Cup | Pierre Richard, Montreal, QC

Coupe Dallaire | Sara Cooper, Calgary, AB

Sam Sullivan Trophy | René Dallaire, Montreal, QC

Daren Tucker Award | Lisa Harris, Burlington, ON

Once again the Mobility Cup returned to the sheltered waters of English Bay - it was last here in 2006. This time around 36 sailors competed,19 in Gold Fleet and 17 in Silver. Together they represented four countries: Canada, USA, England and New Zealand.

Infuriatingly, flat weather struck the same fleet two days running - Silver sailed each time, but the Gold Fleet was becalmed. However, organizers managed to fit the Gold Fleet races into the last day.

There was a memorable meeting with a face from the past - the original Sunbird, which was used to start the whole Canadian sailing program, and with it the Mobility Cup, had been restored and put on display at the event. The boat, Iron Lady, was on her way to the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

Location

Royal Vancouver Yacht Club,
Vancouver, British Columbia.

Hosts

Disabled Sailing Association of B.C.
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

Dates

Sept. 13 – 17, 2010

Personnel

Regatta Chairman, Stephen Hunter
Race Officer, John Culter

Legacy

You're looking at it right now. . . the launch of the history website

Trophy winners

Mobility Cup | Merle Hickey, Calgary, AB

Coupe Dallaire | Hafsa Chaar, Montreal, QC

Sam Sullivan Trophy | Terry LeBlanc, Vancouver, BC

Daren Tucker Award | Gerry Burns, Vancouver, BC

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