EVENT SPOTLIGHT: INTERNATIONAL ALBACORE CHAMPIONSHIP
A Roaring Success
Forty-seven teams from Great Britain, the U.S.A, and Canada competed in the six-day regatta. British sailors Neville Herbert and Mark Fowler sailing You Can Call Me AL
took the overall win.
While the official hosts of the regatta were the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club, the Town of Shelburne also played an integral role in the event, providing infrastructure and venues so that the participants, athletes and their families and supporters, could gather each day following racing.
The Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club
has received incredible support from the community and sponsors for hosting the event. Competitors used the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club marina, the Shelburne Sailing Academy slipway, and the Town of Shelburne to store their boats. The nearby Shelburne Guild Hall served as a social gathering spot in the evenings for the competitors. These nightly gatherings were open to the public, and town residents would stop by to check out the proceedings and interact with the regatta participants. “This was a great way to bring the Sailing Club and the local community closer together,” said lead organizer Henry Pedro.
Over 67 volunteers, including many youth stepped up to the plate to help during the week, all with the help of the local community. Everyone was very enthusiastic and happy to see a large number of visitors to the town all together; competitors certainly enjoyed that as well.
The International Albacore Championship was started in 1973 and is held every two years, with Canada, Europe and the U.S.A. alternating as hosts. The 2021 Albacore International Championship will be held in at the Plas Heli Welsh National Sailing Academy in Northwest Wales.
North Sails Toronto was thrilled to support such an amazing event that brought the local community together with participants and their families.
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