March 6, 2017


2018 Awards

The winners of the 2018 annual CICSA Awards are:

Volunteer of the Year (An individual who has contributed greatly to the betterment of our sport in the intercollegiate league): Adrian Singer from McGill Sailing Team 

Adrian was the regatta coordinator for the McGill Sailing Team this past season and he went above and beyond the call of duty. In addition to fulfilling the demanding role of Regatta Coordinator with apparent ease, Adrian volunteered to help the team out at just about every opportunity. He is an invaluable member of the team and McGill’s Season would not have been nearly as successful without his hard work and dedication.

Coach of the year (A coach who has shown exceptional dedication to their team)Jonathan Ladha from Queens Sailing Team 

Jonathan Ladha was an exciting new addition to the Queen’s Sailing team for the 2018-season. Right from the start he was extremely keen on getting the team up to their highest potential, with the goal of becoming a high ranked team both in the U.S and Canada. He was a valuable addition to the team as he was not only focused on performance but also added fun both on and off the water, which improved the overall dynamic within the team. The Queen’s Sailing Team was extremely fortunate to have Ladha as a coach this season and look forward to what he has in store for the future.

Team of the year (A team that has made remarkable achievements this season)McGill Sailing Team

McGill had an incredibly successful 2018 season, winning both Team Race and Fleet Race Nationals. Largely due to their successes at these two national events, McGill also won the CICSA League Championship. The team is very proud of their achievements this season.

Female skipper of the year (Demonstrating outstanding performance or improvement as helm)Emilia Clementi from UBC Sailing Team 

Though new to UBC’s sailing team, is by no means a novice when it comes to the sport. Emilia started sailing at the age of nine in her hometown of LA, California where she continued to sail throughout her youth. She continued to sail during her undergraduate degree at the Connecticut College, where she studied biology while competing on their varsity sailing team. As a member of this team she attended ICSA nationals two years in a row. Now, Emilia has joined UBC sailing as she pursues a Masters in Public Health.

Female crew of the year (Demonstrating outstanding performance or improvement as crew): Livia Kelly from McGill Sailing Team 

Liv tried out for the McGill Sailing Team two years ago, and it was immediately apparent that she was an exceptionally talented crew. Liv is an invaluable member of the team – both on the water and through her volunteer work as the team’s VP. This year, she competed at Fleet Race Nationals and helped bring McGill to their first-place finish.

Male skipper of the year (Demonstrating outstanding performance or improvement as helm)Julien Brunet from McGill Sailing Team

For the past three years, Julien’s commitment to the McGill Sailing Team has paid off immensely. He is always one of the fastest boats on the water and is the result of his deep knowledge of the sport and the intense work ethic shared between him and his crew Antoine. This year Julien was speedier than ever and proved crucial to McGill’s wins at both Team and Fleet Race Nationals. The team would not have been able to achieve all it did this year without the talent and leadership of Julien Brunet.

Male crew of the year (Demonstrating outstanding performance or improvement as crew)Antoine Pacarar from McGill Sailing Team 

Antoine is a sailor who exemplifies the power of dedication to performance. For four years he has been committed to every practice, fitness session, team social event and meeting to manage the McGill Sailing Team. Antonine served as the President for two years and during that time, helped cultivate a team that reached a new level of athleticism and sportsmanship. His hard work on the water with his skipper Julien Brunet was well worth the the effort and together the two helped bring home the CICSA cup to McGill this season. As Antoine graduates this spring, we wish him well and know there is no one more deserving of this award.

2017 Awards

The winners of the 2017 annual CICSA Awards are:

Landon Gardner Volunteer Award: Zac Baum, 1st year of Masters from Queens

Zac devoted a substantial amount of time to CICSA as development officer on the board. Between fixing unforeseen issues with the performance ranking system and tightening up the Constitution, Zac’s attention to detail will help sustain and grow CICSA for years to come. Furthermore, Zac continued to work on the development of the Queen’s Sailing Team as co-President, and looks to further better the team in both Canadian and American leagues as recently-elected co-President for 2018.

Coach of the Year: Todd Ward from RMC

Todd Ward is highly deserving as CICSA Coach of the Year in not only his exceptional involvement in the development of RMC and UNB, but also in his involvement in CICSA and the sailing community. Todd helped facilitate the 2017 CICSA mid-winter regatta in Florida and has been a constant champion for collegiate sailing in Canada and the production of high-performance sailors in Canada.

Skipper of the Year Female: Renee Torrie, 4th year from McGill

Renee’s passion and deftness for sailing is rivaled only by her unparalleled commitment to her team. As a racer, an executive, and an invaluable friend, Renee will be missed by the teammates who have had the privilege of knowing her over the past 4 years.

Skipper of the Year Male: Zac Baum, 1st year of Masters from Queens

Throughout his years at Queen’s, Zac skippered for countless CICSA events. Always thinking, Zac consistently outplayed others at Team Racing Nationals several years in a row. This year, Zac won every event he participated in, with specifically strong performances at Team Racing Nationals and the Can/Am Cup.

Crew of the Year Female: Emma Blackburn, 4th year from McMaster

As the current president of the McMaster Sailing Team, Emma Blackburn as played an influential role in the team’s recent success both on and off the water. During her 4 years as a member of the team she has competed in many CICSA events, and most recently contributed to the teams third place finish in the overall rankings.

Crew of the Year Male: Marc De Verteuil, 2nd year from Queens

Marc is an outstanding and dedicated crew who competed in a several CICSA events for Queen’s University this season. Placing 1st overall at the Can/Am Cup and calling tactics at Team Race Nationals he performed exceptionally in all situations.

Team of the Year: Laurier

Despite being only four years old, the Laurier Sailing Team has managed to achieve considerable success in a short amount of time. In 2016, they placed second at keelboat nationals and qualified for the Student Yachting World Cup. In 2017, they represented Canada at SYWoC 2017. Qualifying for the regatta was a huge accomplishment on its own and the team is very proud of their 6th place finish.

Congratulations to everyone!

2016 Awards

In lieu of our annual general meeting, we are pleased to announce the following recipients of the annual CICSA Awards!

Landon Gardner Volunteer Award: Brendan Puddington from RMC

Coach of the Year: Christian Greenfield from Laurier

Skipper of the Year Female: Christina Black from Queens

Skipper of the Year Male: Will Jones from Queens

Crew of the Year Female: Katrina Greenfield from Laurier

Crew of the Year Male: Tristan Chauvin Bosse from McGill

Team of the Year: Queen’s University

Congratulations to everyone!

2015 Awards

After a productive and insightful Annual General Meeting, we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 CICSA awards.

New Team of the Year: University of Waterloo Sailing Team

Female Skipper: Renee Torrie of McGill

Male Skipper: Alex Doyle of Laurier

Female Crew: Jess Horne of McGill

Male Crew: Sean Magee-Saxton of Queen’s

Coach of the Year: Marie-Pier Alary for UBC

Landon Garner Volunteer of the Year award: RMC Sailing Team

Congratulations to all!

2014 Awards

The following are the winners of the 2014 CICSA Awards:

Landon Gardner Volunteer of the Year Award: Stephanie Steerman

Coach of the Year: Rob Frost

Skipper of the Year (Female): Jeanne Currie

Skipper of the Year (Male): Marcus Swarska

Crew of the Year (Female): Ashley Burns

Crew of the Year (Male): Sean Magee-Saxton

New Team of the Year: Laurier Sailing Team