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 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 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

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 (

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

Weather GIFs





CAA Short Course on Weather for Sailors

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 April 27, 2016

TIME: 6:30pm– 9:30pm

St James Town Sailing Club, 10 Regatta Road, Outer Harbour Toronto

HOST: Canadian Albacore Association

FEE: $40.00

RSVP Required:
*Please indicate your interest by email ASAP.

Guest speaker will be Ron Bianchi, a professional meteorologist who also lectures to yacht clubs in the GTA area, and advises race committees on the race day weather.  He was the lead Meteorologist for the TO2015 Pan American Games – sailing venue at RCYC. He is past Director of Meteorology/Atmospheric Group Manager-worldwide operations with Golder Association Ltd., Past Vice President of Meteorology for the Weather Network, and senior manager for Environment Canada at the Ontario Storm Prediction Centre. He has over 24 years of experience in applied meteorology and forecasting. Ron is a walking resource book on Meteorology, who also happens to sail. He usually brings along a catalogue of references and resources which can be printed and this alone is worth the price of admission. The talk is geared to the aspects of weather that are pertinent to sailors and Ron is always flexible and can tailor his advice to the specific sailing locale.

St James Town Sailing Club - map