Celebrating the sailing career of this world class Olympic Sailor comes with a certain amount responsibility, and, after reviewing a variety of proposed approaches, John Finch ultimately suggested….
“Look why don't we just run a regatta in the three One Design keel boat classes that Hans sailed and loved, and make it more of a celebration for him, by inviting his friends and colleagues from“near and far”, whether they are still sailing or not!”
The idea stuck!
So, with the full endorsement of Kirsten, Morten, and Thomas Fogh, RHYC is pleased to announce that we are going to do just that - run a “fun filled” 3 day event, that we simply don't want you to miss!
In keeping with Finchy’s philosophy, the Regatta will include three days of active events, with:
Boat assembly, and “on the water” coaching, with video recording of the participants followed by an evening review and critique by the “Sailing Elite” while enjoying a “cook your own” steak /chicken and salad feast.
Day 1 - June 23/17
Day 2 - June 24 /17
Three races in each of the 3 classes STAR - ETCHELLS - SOLINGS, will run, in accordance with the NOR - which is also provided on this web site. Food and beverages will be available to all competitors immediately after coming off the water. Saturday evening will feature reflections, memories and testimonials from a huge group of Hans’s and his family’s friends. Available for the racing, will be a number of club members larger craft - both motor and sail, for Spectators that wish to enjoy the sailing from the water.
Day 3 - June 25 / 17
Two races in each of the 3 classes will be run, in compliance with the NOR provided on this web site.
Results of he Regatta racing will be tabulated
PLAN ON JOINING FOR THIS CELEBRATION and WATCH FOR UPDATES TO THIS SITE.
- TROPHY PRESENTATION for each of the three classes and a
- SPECIAL TROPHY PRESENTATION to the overall winner
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE SAILING / RACING TO ATTEND THIS CELEBRATION
If you knew Hans, sailed with /against Hans, or simply were lucky enough to have experienced his sportsmanship, personality and humour…then.. WE WANT YOU HERE FOR THIS EVENT
Hans Fogh Memorial Regatta
Hans had won the Silver Medal in the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games in the Flying Dutchman. In those days all Canadian sailors had to smuggle their sails in from the USA or Europe as we did not have a top sailmaker here with the resultant visits from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Hans was the loft foreman for Elvstrom Sails in Denmark. Hans wanted to set up his own loft and we convinced Kirsten to immigrate with their young son Morten to Canada.
Paul Elvstrom made a very insightful statement about Sailing when he said:
“It is much easier to design a new boat then build a class association.”
Class Associations hold the fraternity of sailors together, transcend international borders while promoting and ensuring the integrity of our sport.
Hans was always a strong supporter of One-Design International Classes. On immigrating to Canada he won the FD Worlds in Rochester NY and then represented Canada at the 1984 Olympics winning Bronze in the Soling. He kept his love for one-design keelboats by competing in the Soling, Star and Etchells until his untimely departure 3 years ago.
It is great tribute to Hans that the classes he so loved are instituting a regatta in his name at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club. It is essential that these wonderful classes have a regatta circuit and I look forward to seeing all who believe, as Hans did this summer, competing in the Soling, Star and Etchells.