Oct 14, 2021

HOF Group ShotEight of the 14 Hall of Fame inductees with MC Rob Mazza. L to R Terry McLaughlin, Thomas and Kirsten Fogh representing Hans Fogh, David Miller, John Ekels, Rob Mazza (MC), Bill Cote, Karen Morch, Andreas Josenhans, Terry Neilson.

On the afternoon of Sunday, October 3, fourteen exceptional sailors were inducted into the Canadian Sailing Hall of Fame. This induction had been delayed a year due to Covid 19. With COVID restrictions in place, 60 individuals gathered to honour the fourteen 2020 Inductees.

MC Rob Mazza providing background on the Hall of Fame and the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, and the Hall of Fame’s collaboration with Sail Canada and the Kingston Yacht Club. Mazza explained that the By-Laws for the Hall of Fame stipulate that any Canadian citizen who wins an Olympic or Paralympic medal, or a World Championship in an Olympic or Paralympic class, is considered an “automatic” inductee into the Canadian Sailing Hall of Fame. Initially there were over 50 individuals who qualified for induction on those grounds, as well as all the great non-Olympic sailors, designers, builders, and contributors to the sport over the 175 years of recreational sailing Canada. This is a huge backlog of candidates that will take many years to adequately honour.

John Kerr then stepped to the podium to recognize the three Hall of Fame members who have passed away since their inductions – George Cuthbertson, Don Green, and Bruce Kirby.
Welcoming remarks were then delivered by Rob Crothers, Commodore of the Kingston Yacht Club, Chris West, President of the Board of Directors of the Marine Museum, and Don Adams, Executive Director of Sail Canada.

The inductions started with John Kerr presenting plaques to David Miller, Bill Cote (representing his late brother Paul Cote) and John Ekels. Miller, Cote, and Eckels had won a Bronze Medal in the Soling class in the 1972 Olympics. David and Bill had flown in from British Columbia for this event. David and John even wore their Team Canada blazers from 1972, which fit surprisingly well!

John Kerr and David MillerJohn Kerr presenting the Canadian Sailing Hall of Fame plaque to David Miller

Dana Archibald then inducted fellow Nova Scotians Glen Dexter, Andreas Josenhans, and Sandy MacMillan for their two World Championships in the Soling Class in 1977 and 1980. Dana is a past member of the Canadian Team, sailing 470s with Glen’s daughter. Andeas and Sandy made the 18 hour drive from Nova Scotia to be part of this event which Andreas described as extremely important to the future of the sport in Canada.

Danaa Archibald and Andreas Josenhans

 

 

Dana Archibald presents the CSHOF plaque to Andreas Josenhans

Karen McRae performed double duty by first inducting Karen Morch for her Windsurfer World Championship and Olympic Gold Medal in 1984. Karen then inducted her fellow Canadian Fourteen Foot Dinghy Hall of Fame member Terry McLaughlin for his Silver Medal in Flying Dutchmen in the 1984 Olympics. Terry’s sailing accomplishments extend well beyond an Olympic Medal, recently having won the Canada’s Cup for a third time.

David Covo then inducted Evert Bastet for his Silver Medal in the 1984 Olympics sailing in Flying Dutchmen with Terry McLaughlin as skipper. Evert was unable to attend the induction. Evert’s accomplishments in winning Flying Dutchmen World Championships with both Hans Fogh and Terry McLaughlin were noted by David.

Noted Finn sailor Larry Lemieux flew in from Calgary to induct Terry Neilson, his old friend and Bronze Medal winner in Finns in the 1984 Olympics.

The most emotional part of the afternoon was when Paul Henderson inducted the late Hans Fogh. The induction was accepted by Hans’ widow, Kirsten, and their son Thomas. Thomas gave a heartfelt and moving tribute to his father.

Paul Henderson and Kirsten FoghPaul Henderson and Kirsten Fogh look on as Thomas Fogh pays an emotional tribute to his late father

Henderson then inducted John Kerr and Steve Calder in recognition for the Bronze Medal they were each awarded in the 1984 Olympics while sailing with Hans.

The afternoon ended with Scott Morgan inducting his father’s old friend Lynn Watters. Appropriately, the induction was received by Lynn’s son Alex.

Alex Watters

 

 

 

Alex Watters accepting his late father’s Hall of Fame plaque.

This was the fourth series of inductions into the Canadian Sailing Hall of Fame and represented the largest gathering of living inductees to date. In that regard the event felt like an exuberant homecoming for everyone involved, with a tear occasionally shed for those no longer with us. The inductions have traditionally taken place every other year. Therefore, even with the 2020 inductions postponed to 2021, the CSHOF Management Committee is still planning for a 2022 Induction. Stay tuned.

- Rob Mazza






John Eckels, David Miller and Bill Cote

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Eckels, David Miller, Bill Cote representing his late brother Paul.

 

Sandy McMillan, Danada Archibald and Andreas Josenhans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandy McMillan, Dana Archibald, Andreas Josenhans


Karen McRae and Karen Morch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen McRae and Karen Morch

Terry McLaughlin and Karen McRae

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terry McLaughlin and Karen McRae

 

Paul Henderson, Steve Calder, John Kerr, Kirsten Fogh, Thomas Fogh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Henderson, Steve Calder, John Kerr, Kirsten Fogh, Thomas Fogh.


        Larry Neilson and Larry Lemieux

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry Neilson and Larry Lemieux

 

Scott Morgan and Alex Waters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Morgan and Alex Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Covo inducting Evert Bastet

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