Windsurf In The City

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» Located at Cherry Beach, Toronto

TWC Youth Camp

» Week Long Windsurfing Day Camps
» Ages 12+ July through August
» Fun for kids - Convenient for Parents

Youth Racing Program

» Ages 8 - 18
» Professional Instruction
» Beginner to Olympian Progression

Wednesday Night Racing

» FREE public races every Wednesday evening
» May through September
» Apres race Beach BBQ every week

TWC hosted the Outer Harbour Spring Classic SUP Race and event on Sunday, April 22. We had 35 racers start and 33 finished. This came close to being the largest ever SUP race held in Ontario. The largest SUP race to date was held last summer and had 35 SUP racers complete the course. Not bad for an event that I originally thought might get a dozen people. We were actually expecting over 40 racers but a large continent from Sudbury had to cancel at the last moment. We had many of the top SUP paddlers in Canada at the event (many of them have represented Canada in international sprint canoe events) - including the top male (Larry Cain) and female (Jessica Rando). Larry has won an OIympic Gold medal for Canada in sprint canoe and Jessica has won a Pan-Am Games Gold medal for Canada in sprint canoe.

Quite a few spectators and supporters of racers attended the event. The course was laid to maximize entertainment value for spectators as well as shelter the racers from the NE wind that day.

In addition to the race, we had several board distributors and retailers there to display their gear and have demos - including KayakSport, Boardworks, 404, and Boardsports. Larry Cain ran a paddling technique clinic after the race that had very high quality content. There was also a beginner clinic.

A silent auction was held to raise money for the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre - www.kawarthaturtle.org.

Mike Fekete of KayakSport (and a TWC member) was the sponsor for the race and contributed loot bags (with Hammer gel products and a T-shirt) and trophies and prizes (full wetsuit) for the top 3 finishers in each class. Mike did much of the marketing to help spread the word for the event in the paddling community as well. I'd like to also thank Mike and his son David for their help in organizing the many facets of this event.

We had a dozen volunteers help with registration, escorting paddlers on the water (in kayaks and outrigger canoes), food, recording race times and posting them online on a very professional website (completed the same day as the event), providing a boat to lay the buoys and watch over the race, and cleaning up afterwards.

I'd also like to thank John Darling for help with a number of things including collecting firewood with me, helping inflate the buoys, taking out the garbage before and after the event, and taking care of the propane tanks for the BBQ.

Click here to view the race results.  

After the event, we've had quite a few positive comments from the attendees. One attendee (a regular on the SUP event circuit) said it was the best run SUP event/race he's been to so far.

Talks of TWC hosting additional SUP events this summer are already being considered.

~ Michael Shin

'World will be watching,' Harper says

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The wife of a Canadian on death row in Iran says she spoke with her husband on Sunday, as he waits to learn his fate and the Canadian government pleads for his release.

Antonella Mega has been fighting since 2008 to free her husband, Hamid Ghassemi-Shall.

"He was in tears," Mega told CBC News on Monday. She said he's been told that his execution may be coming soon.

The Iranian-born Ghassemi-Shall, 43, emigrated to Canada after Iran's 1979 revolution, and most recently lived in Toronto.

He was arrested four years ago while visiting family, and was later charged with espionage. He was sentenced to death in 2009.

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The federal government issued a plea Sunday for the life of Hamid Ghassemi-Shall a Canadian on death row in Iran, over fears his execution "may be carried out imminently."

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Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Diane Ablonczy issued a joint statement asking Iran to release and halt the execution of Hamid Ghassemi-Shall.

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ARRESTED FOR STOLEN BOAT MOTORS / BOATS

Tufan Gumrah TURANLI
1982.08.14
9 Dhir Mews, Toronto

Charges:

  • Possession Property Obtained by Crime (Over) X 4
  • Possession Property Obtained by Crime (Under)
  • Possession of Burglars Tools

We will be forwarding further information about this male (pictures of the stolen property , burglars tools, decals and Fraudulent serial number stickers that he was putting on the stolen boat motors ) He was actively selling the stolen items on Kijiji

55 MCU D/C Daniel Phillips #99590 , D/C Joey Hicks #10526 , and Det. Whalen #5940 conducted a Search Warrant with Shelburne OPP Det Mark Taylor on Saturday March 24, 2012 at 9 Dhir Mews, Toronto (13 Div).

Stolen property recovered;

  • 3 stolen boat motors, gas cans from the Toronto Sailing Canoe Club, Break and Enter Occ #4206746
  • 1 stolen boat motor, gas can from the Toronto Windsurfing Club, Break and Enter Occ #4317499
  • 1 stolen Rowing shell $8,000 from the Don Rowing Club, Mississauga, Peel Theft Occ# PR12089290
  • 2 stolen Empacher Rowing shells from Orangeville, approx $20,000 from Orangeville
  • Fraudulent Serial number stickers for boat motors
  • Several stickers for 9.9 hp motor (with serial #OT983791) and 15 hp motor (with serial # OT987791)
  • brand new decals for Mercury and Yamaha motors
  • Other rowing type equipment, boating items

THEY SEIZED HIS LAPTOP COMPUTER and cell phone and will be going through these for further stolen property They will be following up on him for several Break and Enters at Sailing, Boating clubs in Toronto (Stolen boat motors)

Further charges to be laid

FULL PRESS RELEASE

Vandalism at TWC

If you've been checking the website recently you've probably noticed the webcam was offline for several days. This was not due to the intermitent technical issues the camera sometimes experiences. It is unfortunate and disturbing to report that the club was recently subject to a break-in in the boat and repairs trailer resulting in the theft of the computer system that supports the webcam as well as the motor from the clubs scout boat. Fortunantly no other items appear to have been taken from the trailer.

Efforts are currently underway to replace the motor to the boat and if anyone is able to donate or a new motor or has any connections in assisting the club to acquire a new motor would be greatly appreciated. Please contact the club if you are able to assist in either capacity.

Efforts to re-enable the webcam have also been put in place and will be back online over the next day or so.

Timothy "Tommy" Manastersky
MARCH 7, 1929 - MARCH 11, 2012

tommy 01We were deeply saddened to hear that Tommy Manastersky, passed away on Sunday. At the club, most of us knew Tommy as a gentleman who was quick with a smile, a helping hand and a good story. Each windy summer afternoon would find him rigging and tuning Carol’s sails, carrying them down to the water and and then keeping a loving eye on her (and all of us) while she was on the lake.

tommy 02Tommy may not have been a windsurfer, but he was an unparalleled athlete. Our Tommy played both hockey and football professionally, winning the Grey Cup with the Montreal Alouettes in 1949 and playing defense with Rocket Richard’s Montreal Canadians in the 1950-1951 season! On the (many) days when the wind did not blow, Tommy would regale us with jaw-dropping stories about his career. But they pale in comparison to the story that we can now tell: we shared the beach with a two-sport Canadian hero.

“Mr. Manners” was a TWC member since 1989 and, as Alan Backlund, our club’s de facto historian, says, “possibly earlier as records before 1989 are on paper and hard to find”. He also served as a club director which gives him the distinction of having been our first and only non-windsurfing director.

Over the decades, Tommy worked hard for us in many other capacities. If you close your eyes, you can probably still see him working the barbecue at countless events.

Our heartfelt condolences go to his beloved Carol, Tim, Tony, Larry and Bill.

We will miss Tommy very much.

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