December 05, 2014

O Canada!

by Pam
The Laser Open and Masters' Worlds will be in Canada in June 2015. Doug is always sharing little "did you knows" about Canada. Did I know that the only war Canada fought on their home soil was against the US ... and they won? Did I know that Canada is the second largest country in the world and has more lakes than the rest of the world's lakes combined? Did I know that the red stripes on the Canadian flag were originally proposed to be blue because they represent the Atlantic and Pacific oceans? And on and on it goes. Canadians are proud and humble and oddly polite creatures. 

If you want to see a glimpse of the hospitality that awaits you ... where else in the world but Canada, can you go to a hockey game where the fans finish singing he other team's national anthem (word for word) when the sound cuts off. Doug got all choked up when it saw this. You can take the man out of Canada but you can never take the Canadian out of the man. 

For those that want to be prepared to return the gesture ... 

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.


  1. Kingston is a great town. Beautiful and lots to do there vacation-wise. What are the qualification rules for entry in the Masters regatta?

    1. In North America it's based on two things: your resume and how early you apply. The resume gives preference to people who have sailed in a worlds recently, who go to NA master events, etc. And within each group you have to be early enough to make the cut.

      For the charters, preference is given to people who travel from overseas. I trained hard for the Brazilian worlds and qualified but there was a limited supply of boats and I missed out.

      So apply early, go to some major NA master events, and plan to take your own boat.


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