The Bid Team

Leadership for the bid to host the 2014 ISAF Worlds is being provided by CORK in collaboration with the Canadian Yachting Association, (CYA).

Jamie Fraser
Rear Admiral (retired) Jamie Fraser is current chair of CORK. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada and was commissioned in 1971 and subsequently served in HMC Ships before commanding ANNAPOLIS and KOOTENAY. In 1998, he was appointed Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic and in 2001 he was promoted to Rear-Admiral and appointed as Commander Maritime Forces Pacific. In 2003, Jamie was appointed Canadian Forces Liaison Officer to United States Northern Command in Colorado. He retired from the Canadian Forces in 2005. In retirement he has been recruited to carry out work for the governments of the Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago as well as to support the preparation of security forces for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and the G8/G20 Summits.

Marianne Davis
Marianne is the Executive Director of CORK/Sail Kingston and has held positions as executive director of the Canadian Yachting Association and the Norwegian Yachting Association. She has significant experience in organizing and managing international sailing regattas as General Manager of CORK. She served as Executive Director for the 2007 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships. In addition, Marianne has international experience as an athlete and a team leader. As an athlete, she campaigned on a 470 for the Olympics, was assistant team leader at the 1992 Olympics and as team leader, led the Norwegian sailing team at the 1996 Olympics.

Paddy Boyd
Paddy is the Executive Director of the Canadian Yachting Association, with a background in commercial and leisure maritime activity. A Master Mariner by training, with experience in all types of shipping operations including research and sail-training vessels, Paddy came ashore in the 1980s to become, first, the Training and Development Officer of the Irish Sailing Association, and latterly, the Chief Executive, a post he held for fourteen years. During that period he attended the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics in management capacities as well as managing and sailing with two Irish Admiral’s Cup teams. He has been a sailing representative at many National, European and International bodies, including the European Boating Association (EBA), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).

Tim Irwin
Tim Irwin is Past Chair of CORK and has been involved with the organization from its inception. He is a Past Commodore of the Kingston Yacht Club. Tim was a member of the University of British Columbia sailing club and competed in the 1968 Olympic Games on board Canada’s entry in the Dragon Class. Tim has been involved in the organization and delivery of regattas at CORK over its 40 year history.

John Kerr
John is an accomplished sailor and publishing executive. He competed successfully in the Soling class, crewing for Hans Fogh. They won an Olympic Bronze Medal in the 1984 Olympics (Los Angeles) and several World Cup, European and Canadian Championship titles. John is currently a volunteer Director of the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA), the Canadian Circulations Audit Board, BPA Worldwide, Connecticut and a Commander of the Penetanguishene Squadron CPS. He is currently the CEO of Kerrwil Publications Limited, publishing among other magazines, Canadian Yachting Magazine. He is also the President and Director of IP Group International in Chicago, Director of Ready Solar (Canada) and Chairman of the Canadian Business Press.

Ken Dool
Ken is an accomplished, accredited sailing coach. Since 1995, Ken has been the High Performance Director/Head Coach for the Canadian Yachting Association. Ken has served as Head Coach for the Canadian Olympic Sailing at Team at 4 Olympics beginning in 1996 and for the Pan American Games Sailing Team at the 1995 and 1999 games. He also served as coach for the Finn, Tornado and Europe Classes at the 1992 Olympic Games. Ken has coached athletes to top ten results in 1990-2001, 2004, 2007 and 2008. From 1990 to 2010 he served as Canadian Coach at assorted World Championships and European and Grade 1 events including Finn, Tornado, Laser, Soling and Star. In 2005/06, Ken was the Sailing Manager/Coach for the movistar sailing team in the 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race. As a sailor Ken competed at the provincial and national levels.