Marguerite Pyron, Executive Director of the Broad Reach Foundation for Youth Leaders, invited Shellbacks and others to their upcoming fundraiser.
Founded in 1998, Broad Reach Foundation for Youth Leaders is a registered charity built on partnerships with youth-serving agencies in the Toronto community. Promoting accessibility and inclusion, Broad Reach believes that economics should never be a barrier to participation, offering the only free program for at-risk youth that combines building life skills, job training and sailing in a unique setting aboard one of our 35′-40’ sailboats. Through Summer Afloat and Winter Ashore activities, youth aged 13-24, use sailing as a learning medium to develop confidence, leadership, teamwork, responsibility and positive work ethic.
Details on the fundraiser and on Broad Reach Foundation generally can be found at https://www.sailbroadreach.ca/.
Fundraiser details also at: https://www.sailbroadreach.ca/spring-thaw/
Bob Medland, long-time Shellback, returned to present the tale of Being ‘Holed’ en Route to Bermuda aboard "Monterey". Bob was joined by Les Crane & Kit Tatum, who shared the adventure.
About Bob Medland
For seven years, Bob attended the RCYC Junior Club. During that time, his future wife Sally, Les Crane and Kit Tatum, his fellow presenters today, also attended the Junior Club.
He summered on Toronto Island until 1967 with his family. As good fortune would have it, so did Sally’s family.
Bob has raced, crewed, day-sailed and cruised. He raced on the family’s Firefly. He crewed on the Dragons "Puzzle" and "Tomboy", on the Viking 33 "Mistral", and C&C 34 "AFIKA". He sailed and/or cruised on the family’s 6 Meter "Aphrodite", and the 42’ custom yawl "Estrellita". Additionally, Bob and Sally sailed and cruised on their C&C 29 "Bananas" and their Niagara 35 "Aphrodite".
Bob’s extensive racing over the years has included crewing on:
• local course races;
• various distance races including
◦ Susan Hoods, Boswells, Somervilles, and five Lake Ontario International Races;
◦ 8 Port Huron – Mackinac Races;
◦ 4 Newport – Bermuda Races;
◦ South China Sea Race and
◦ Antigua to Bermuda Race.
His cruising or deliveries around the world have including sailing:
• the Great Lakes;
• Bermuda to the Azores;
• the ARC (Canaries to St. Lucia);
• Darwin to Bali;
• Finland and;
• the Mediterranean.
Bob also gives back to the world of sailing. He has served in various capacities at the RCYC including Commodore and Chair of the 150th Anniversary celebrations. Also, he has served in several positions with the Cruising Club of America and is currently Vice Commodore.
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