The waters off Kingston offer some of the best fresh-water sailing in the world. Located at the eastern end of Lake Ontario and the head of the St. Lawrence River, the combination of land mass, islands and thermal effects produce excellent wind and wave conditions with very little current. Winds during July are predominantly from a south-westerly direction, with an afternoon wind range of 10-15 knots. Water temperature will vary between 18 to 22 degrees (Celsius) with normal air temperature being 25 to 35 degrees. Daylight hours will be approximately 16 hours per day.
Kingston’s thermal wind arises most afternoons and usually reaches 10-12 knots.
Kingston airport is close to the water, approximately 1 nautical mile (2 kilometres) from the sailing site, and keeps weather records.
The three-race courses will be a short 10 to 15-minute sail from the sailing venue, Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, allowing necessary support services to be made available in close proximity of the course location. While course lengths can be adjusted to meet the daily requirements, a wide-open expanse allows all three courses to be run within sight of each other.
The shore facilities include event offices, boat storage, storage area for clothing/personal gear, internet café, change room facilities, cafeteria, boat and gear repair services and chandlery.
Post office, drug store, convenience store and restaurants are within a short walk from the harbour.
In 1969 a group of enthusiastic sailors decided to establish CORK to host international sailing events off Kingston. The area offers some of the best fresh-water sailing in the world, excellent wind and wave conditions, and a short distance from shore to the race courses. Leading up to the 1976 Olympics, the CORK regatta offered excellent training for sailors, coaches and officials and has since become a fixture on the international calendar. CORK has hosted championships for international classes out of the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour for the past 36 years.
Working closely with the Ontario Sailing Association and the Canadian Yachting Association, CORK established Youth Fest in the mid eighties. Youth Fest is a two-day training event held each year, just prior to the CORK regatta. The festival includes seminars, on-water coaching and debrief for young sailors. The annual CORK regatta includes ISAF Grade 1 event for Laser and Laser Radial, as well as other Olympic and international classes, national classes, offshore classes and a special event for the Optimist class. With a total participation of more than 1000 boats, it is a magnificent sailing festival, attracting sailors not only from North America but from all over the world.
Environment Canada Weather Forecast: http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/city/pages/on-69_metric_e.html
Current Wind Conditions: http://www.iwindsurf.com/windandwhere.iws?regionID=94&geographicalAreaID=28&siteID=121