Sarnia Sailfest Update: Chris Hewson

The 16th annual Sarnia youth regatta has ended and the Ontario sailing team had great results. Through hard work in the pre-season four team members won their events. Alek Magi won in the radial senior, Brayden Garbey won in the full rig and Gray Snyder and Jack Porter won in the 420.

Ontario Development Coach Chris Hewson was very proud of his athlete’s results.

“They didn’t just put in lots of training,” Chris said. “They continued to sail at the level they’ve been training at and found success because of it.”

All of the athletes from the Ontario sailing team had great results; they were all right at the top of their classes. It bodes well with the Youth North American’s and Radial Youth Worlds coming up in August. Chris hopes his athletes continue to work hard.

“Success as a sailor comes as a commitment, athletes need to want it and always be training to improve on their last result.”

Mr. Hewson preaches to his athletes that they need to keep at it if they want to make the national team.

“The people on the national team got it through hard work and lots of water time, if you want to supplant them than you need to work harder and put more water time in.”

Chris works hard to stay organized and keep all his athletes goals in mind while he coaches them. So far his athletes have rewarded his work with great results and lots of hard work.

– Submitted to Ontario Sailing for Publication



Ontario Sailing Team Update: Chris Cowan

Chris Cowan is a busy man these days. The Laser Full Rig coach and his athletes have two major events coming up, U.S. National Championships in New Jersey and North American’s in North Carolina. He has six athletes, aged 16-23, that he is prepping to not just do great at upcoming events but to get the target results required to get on the National Team, no easy feat.

That’s not to say that his athletes are the only ones hard at work. Its Chris’ job to not just help his athletes reach their goals but to get them embrace the lifestyle of a high performance athlete.

“They have to learn that the work doesn’t end when you get off the water.” Mr. Cowan said when speaking about the importance of a sailing coach.

“You have to inspire them and get them to eat right, train right and live the type of life that makes them successful sailors.”

Chris knows that all athletes have goals and for young sailors those goals usually involve making either their provincial or national team. For young athletes he says that they must make sure they’re willing to put in the effort to succeed.

There is no doubt that with Chris Cowan coaching them, his athletes will be ready for success on the water wherever the sailing season takes them.

– Submitted for Ontario Sailing for Publication