2017 International Albacore Championships Video!

Some amazing footage of the sailing from Weymouth!

Congratulations to Tom Lonsdale and Steve Graham on the convincing win! Second place went to Barney Harris and Dave Smith (USA), with Chris Turner and Alex Hayman (GBR) sitting third.

Also big congratulations to Jamie Stanley and Julie Stewart (CAN) who held in to sit in 7th place overall, and Paul Clifford and Mia Brandt who grabbed 14th!

Hope to see everyone out in 2019 when the show comes to Canada!

Full results and more awesome video footage at www.albacore.org.uk

CAA Clinic – Introduction to Racing – June 25th!

To register online, click here.
(And please let Frank know via email that you’ve registered.)


The Canadian Albacore Association will be holding an Introduction to Racing in Toronto’s Outer Harbour on Sunday June 25th, 2017. This is a course for sailors who have completed their introductory lessons and wish to find out what racing is about. You will get both classroom and on the water instruction. There’ll be an introduction to types of courses, the basic rules, and tips on boat speed. If you have never raced but would like to join the fun, this is the course for you.

Please register early so as to not miss out on this opportunity, as the classes fill up quickly. Registration will be based on first come first serve basis. Contact Frank at education@albacore.ca to register (please send an email to let him know when you register online).

Volunteers are also needed to help man the support boats. Please email me at education@albacore.ca if you can help out.

Instructor: Ian Brayshaw with Jenny Gibbons

Date: Sunday, June 25, 2017

Location: Toronto Multihull Club, 16 Regatta Road, Toronto Portlands

Cost: $65/boat (includes Racing Rules of Sailing handout, coffee, donuts, après snacks)

Time: 9am – 4 pm (boats ready & rigged)

Registration Date: after June 1 (first come first serve basis)

Pre-Requisites: Can Sail Level 3 and a keen interest to learn


  • Introduction
  • Boat Setup
  • Sail Trim and Adjustments
  • Rules and Right of Way
  • Drills
  • Lunch Break
  • Morning Recap
  • Starting sequence and flags
  • Afternoon session – racing
  • Debrief
  • Wrap up

Frank Loritz
Third Vice Commodore (Education)
Canadian Albacore Association

Albacore Day Toronto – Outer Harbour, Saturday May 27th – All Welcome!

This Saturday, May 27th, is Albacore Day at Toronto’s Outer Harbour! Come out and take part in this great community day!

Workshops, Measurements, Swag, BBQ!

All sailors welcome – new and old! Sit in on workshops to learn fibre glassing, knots/splicing, and more!

CAA measurers will also be on hand to measure in new sails for 2017, and we’ll also have scales available weighing hull weight! See how close your hull is to the 240 lb specification and make any necessary adjustments to your certified corrector weights.

Want to broadcast your Albacore love this season? We’ve got some awesome new t-shirts! Pick up this great swag for only $20.

Get in on the fun. Grab some BBQ. Enjoy the weather. Catch up with friends and make some new ones!

After Party – The Outer Harbour Club Crawl! 

After the festivities of Albacore Day, stick around into the evening for the always-amazing annual Outer Harbour Club Crawl! Costumes, food ($10 ticket, available from the clubs), and drink (BYOB). Follow the masses from club to club!

This year’s theme is “Your Favourite Canadian,” so bring a costume and show your pride!

Directions – Regatta Road

Haven’t been to the Outer Harbour before? The place to be is Regatta Road, just east of Cherry Beach.

From Lakeshore Boulevard, take either Leslie Street or Cherry Street south. Turn onto Unwin Avenue, and follow until Regatta Road.

Parking is free. Just look for the signs for Mooredale, J-Town, Westwood, and OHCC and walk into the grounds.

See everyone Saturday! Albacore Day 2017!




Albacore Sailing Info Night @ MEC Toronto – Wednesday, April 19th!

Considering learning to sail? Make this the season!

The Canadian Albacore Association’s member clubs offer introductory and intermediate courses in and around Toronto.

Join us at MEC Toronto, King Street West, anytime between 5:30-8:00 for a drop-in session to meet sailing club reps. Learn more about the sport and how you can join a local sailing club today!

Just a few of the benefits…

  • Sail all summer long!
  • Learn the sailing skills that can take you anywhere in the world!
  • Join active waterfront social communities!
  • Learn to race, and jump into one of the most welcoming, fun, competitive fleets in Canada!
  • See the city from a different vantage! Lake Ontario is a playground for everyone!

Toronto’s Albacore sailing clubs, located minutes from downtown, offer affordable membership and provide shared access to cooperatively owned sailboats!

Add to that a thriving social scene, plus amazing recreational racing on Toronto’s harbour, and this will be a season to remember!

For information and links to Albacore sailing clubs across Canada, visit albacore.ca/learn.

CAA presents an Introductory Course on Weather for Sailors

Have you ever wondered what happened to the polar vortex? A one season wonder? Come find out how and why weather happens and how to use the weather to your advantage in a race or for planning a safe outing on the water.

Join us for guest speaker Ron Bianchi, a professional meteorologist and sailor who is always preoccupied with the next wind shift. He aims to educate and entertain with a wealth of weather facts, trivia and predictions.

The CAA is presenting this 2 evening seminar on weather for sailors at the National Yacht Club, April 5-6, 2017.

Topics will include how wind is created and how gradients shape the strength and direction, lake breezes, cloud interpretation and predicting changes in wind direction.

DATE: Wednesday/Thursday April 5 – 6, 2017

TIME: 6:30pm– 9:30pm

(Register by April 1st. Seating will be limited to 30.)

South Chartroom
National Yacht Club
1 Stadium Road Toronto, ON M5V 3H4
(Buzz the intercom from the gate and the attendant will let you in.)

HOST: Canadian Albacore Association
CONTACT PERSON: Frank Loritz (education@albacore.ca)

Make sense of the hieroglyphic charts used by meteorologists and navigators:

Weather GIFs





2017 Pre-Season Update!

Hello Albacore Sailors!

March is upon us and naturally sailors begin to dream anxiously of docks in the water, squeezing into wetsuits, and maybe perfectly timing the start line for that first race of the season 🙂

The CAA is busily getting ready for 2017 and we can’t wait…


First off, membership launches this Friday, March 10! Don’t wait. Renew your membership at early bird rates ($60 through May).

Renew by logging in at albacore.ca and visit your account page. New members, visit albacore.ca/membership and join the ranks!

And don’t forget! Once you’ve got your membership settled, also be sure to register for any race series you intend to sail (FNRs – $15, Harbour Master Summer – $15, Fall Series – $5). Find ’em all here.

Weather for Sailors Course!

Next up, Frank Loritz (education@albacore.ca) has lined up an early season weather course, April 6th and 7th at National Yacht Club, Toronto! Meteorologist Ron Bianchi will help us tune our forecasting skills and pick up tricks of the trade bound to give an edge on the race course. You won’t want to miss it! All the details here. (Sign-up form coming soon.)

CAA Albacore Day!

Mark your calendar for CAA day, May 13th, at the Outer Harbour, Toronto.

We’re organizing a great day with racing clinics, fibre glassing, boat weighing and sail measurement, and much more. Stay tuned for details to come!


Racing is so key to the Albacore community! If you haven’t gotten in on the action yet, make this the year! It’s an amazingly welcoming sport, and there’s no better way to up your sailing game. After racing, nothing beats a beverage with new and old friends at “results” as we celebrate personal bests and congratulate our champs!

For those planning their racing season, the schedule should be up in the coming days, but a few key event dates for your awareness:

  • Ontario Championships – June 10-11, Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Toronto
  • International Championships – August 5-11, Weymouth and Portland, United Kingdom
  • Canadian Championships – September 22-24, Kingston Yacht Club, Kingston

Club Life!

Our community clubs are also ramping up for their own membership drives. Know someone keen to learn sailing this year? Encourage them to join up early and make the most of the whole season!

Shackles & Cringles

Shackles & Cringles Magazine is coming at you!

In 2017 we’re mixing up the format a little to release the great Shackles content you love more often! Every few weeks you can find amazing new articles written by our very own sailors online at at albacore.ca/shackles.

And you can help us promote Albacore sailing by sharing Shackles & Cringles stories and issues in your club newsletters and Facebook groups. There are a lot of new sailors joining our ranks each year, and Shackles is one of the best ways to show the community spirit!

When did you realize you’re an Albacore-Lifer?

Last year we spread the Albacore-love with our Raw Fish video series. This year let’s get even more people involved sharing our community stories! We want it all: the events, the characters, the laughs, and as much sailing as you can fit on the Youtube!

A special idea for 2017…. We want to hear how came to realize you’re an “Albacore-Lifer!” What was that moment when you knew the Albacore community was in your blood? If someone put the question to you, how would you answer?

Put it on film, shoot an email to rawfish@albacore.ca (aka Graham P), and we’ll get it on the Youtube channel ASAP!

Spread the love sailors. We’re about to make 2017 the best Albacore year yet! The community is you!

Graham P
2nd Vice Commodore – Promotions

Shackles & Cringles 2016 Fall Issue – Out Now!

Hot off the presses, Shackles & Cringles 2016 is out now!

sc2016-03-coverVisit albacore.ca/shackles for stories and tips from some of the community’s best sailors!

In this issue:

Shi(f)ts Happen by Liana Giovando
The Importance of Tactics by Paul Clifford
Sunday Sinners by Michael Tersigni
Albacore Share at Nepean by Dominic Goodwill
3 Boats at the Mark by Andrew Alberti
and more!