2022 Hall of Fame Induction

On Saturday, November 26th the RHYC Heritage Committee will be inducting seven accomplished individuals into the RHYC Hall of Fame. The inductees will be:
  • Larry Woods – 1976 and 1980 Olympic Representative. 
  • Will Jones – 2020 Olympic Representative
  • Evan DePaul - 2020 Olympic Representative
  • Hugh Brown – The Father of RHYC Junior Sailing
  • Rolf Essig – Reestablished Junior Sailing at RHYC
  • Kathryn Crowder – National and International Recognition for RHYC
  • Tony Ronza, Jr. – Two Time Canada’s Cup Winner
Note that three of these inductions, Larry Woods, Will Jones, and Evan DePaul, are individuals who represented RHYC at the Olympics, increasing our Olympic Hall of Famers to seven. Very few Yacht Clubs in Canada can boast seven Olympic sailors. Tony Ronza continued RHYC success in the Canada’s Cup stated by RHYC Hall of Fame member Don Green, making RHYC the only other Canadian yacht club to have ever won that prestigious trophy, not once, but twice. One might even say that RHYC won it 2-1/2 times! Of particular note are the other three inductees - Hugh Brown, Rolf Essig, and Kathryn Crowder- who did not themselves achieve individual success on the racecourse, but instead established and re-established the RHYC Sail Training and Junior Sailing Programs at RHYC. Through their efforts and initiative, and with the help of innumerable volunteers and successive VCs of Sail Training, the program they started and re-established was recognized three times as the best Junior Sailing Program in Ontario, and was twice recognized as the best program in Canada. Add to that that success was the hosting of the only World Championship of an Olympic Class that has ever been undertaken by RHYC. To honour Hugh, Rolf, and Kathryn, and the long history of Sail Training at RHYC we would like to invite as many past graduates, instructors, and volunteers and past VCs of the Junior Sailing program from the 1960s to the present to attend this event. We hope to see this as being another reunion of sailing school participants from the over 60 years of sail training at RHYC. However, space will be at a premium, so early registration is encouraged.

Horizons article from the Heritage Committee