Get Out On The Water!

The annual Sail Canada Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards offer a premium opportunity to nationally recognize achievements and successes of Canadian sailors and organizations.

ONTARIO SAILING and ROWONTARIO were honoured on Friday, February 26, 2016 when they became the proud recipients of the Sail Canada Rolex Sailor of the Year Award for “Recreation Event of the Year” for their joint venture, “Get Out On The Water.”

Stephanie McKenzie, Project Manager of the GOOTW campaign, is the primary reason for the win!  Her exuberance and commitment to the project are infectious and continue to fuel the project’s success as it heads into its second year.

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l-r: ROWONTARIO Executive Director Derek Ventnor, ONTARIO SAILING President Mark Searle, GET OUT ON THE WATER Project Manager Stephanie McKenzie, ONTARIO SAILING Executive Director Glenn Lethbridge

In 2015, Stephanie promoted the project to member clubs and the public which resulted in over 101 events and 3278 registered participants. From data provided, 25% of the registered participants financially committed to either programming or membership. For 2016, more partnerships are being featured and the project is sizing up to be better than ever.

If you speak with Stephanie, you get a great deal of insight into how this program affects the sailing community.  “It is in itself groundbreaking,” she explains “because it has a large number of clubs following one line of thought and executing it to get more people out on the water.”

Visit to see all the club events for 2016!

For more information, please contact Stephanie at 1-888-672-7245 ext. 225 or drop her an email at


“GET OUT ON THE WATER” is a joint initiative between Ontario Sailing & ROWONTARIO funded by the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund. Our goal is to create and rejuvenate the interest and passion in the sports of Sailing and Rowing while bringing more awareness to Ontario clubs and organizations through one mass marketed TRY IT day and open house event scheduled for June 25th 2016.

“GET OUT ON THE WATER” is a no cost, barrier free and safe way to introduce everybody to Sailing or Rowing at their closest club or organization. Clubs and organizations will open their doors to those wanting to try sailing and rowing.  Following these open house and try it events, opportunities will be given to those participating to ensure that they stay involved within a club or sport of their choosing!

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