The Word on the Water

a.k.a. The Word on the Street

"One of my favorite places to race.  Great venue, great town".
John Osborn, MBE, Olympic Gold Medalist 1976

"I hope Kingston will host the Worlds and come on the map again. We need it now to develop sailors here in Canada. "
Hans Fogh, Sailor & Canada Sports Hall of Fame Honoured Member

"The waters off Kingston Ontario are outstanding for racing sailboats. I have competed there several times over the years. I have raced Finns, Flying Dutchman and Lasers at Kingston. I found the race management to be excellent as well as the shore side organization. On behalf of US SAILING, we enthusiastically endorse Kingston's bid to host the 2014 ISAF Worlds."
Gary Jobson President US SAILING

"CORK would be a fantastic place to host the 2014 ISAF Worlds. CORK has the ability to host the ISAF games all under one umbrella. No other venue can attest to this.."
Kevin Burnham, USA Olympic Gold medalist 470 class

"The venue is well built to host regattas; it was the venue for the 1976 Olympic games… expect a very professional event, great conditions and a great atmosphere."
Kevin Stittle 4th 2008 Olympic Games, Tornado Class, Canadian National Team Member

"..staging this major sailing event in Kingston would offer the potential of securing significant sport, economic and cultural benefits for Canada, as well as advancing federal policy objectives and priorities in sport."
Honourable Gary Lunn P.C. M.P. Minister of State (Sport)

"You and your team have proven to the world that you have the skills and expertise to host a world level event and I encourage you to seek world and international events whenever possible. There are very few venues in the world that can match Portsmouth Harbour and Kingston and now that you have successfully organized one of the most logistically demanding events, you can host anything."
Fiona Kidd Chairman, ISAF Youth World Championship Sub-committee, regarding the 2007 VOLVO Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships

"Kingston… The Fresh Water Sailing Capital of the World…"
Dr. Stuart Walker, Sailor & Author

"Rugby Canada and Churchill Cup were thrilled to have Kingston as part of the 2008 tournament. With the countries of Ireland and Scotland visiting the area - the strong connection to the history of the area and the building of the Rideau Canal system. Argentina and the USA also enjoyed the beauty and history of the greater Kingston area.

Teams spoke of the great amenities for training, hotels and close proximity to the central downtown area. Often teams are located away from these areas - so players were happy to be able to enjoy the downtown area. The other aspect that teams enjoyed was that people were very aware of the event - and made players and staff feel very welcome to the area. Team managers also spoke of the willingness of volunteers to provide whatever was required by teams to get the maximum training and results for the athletes.

Richardson Stadium gave the matches a tremendous feel - with a beautiful summer night welcoming the over 6,000 fans to the weeknight spectacle - making the whole event look fantastic to an international TV audience.

Rugby will return to Kingston in the near future - as organizers and citizens alike have shown they have an appetite for our game!"
Graham Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Rugby Canada

"Kingston’s enthusiasm, state of the art facilities, first rate volunteers and local amenities made holding this event a great deal easier and by all feedback – a great success……they have raised the bar for other communities and future WJC events like this."   "
Bob O’Doherty, General Manager, 2009 IIHF WJC

"The organization of these championships and the way they looked after all the teams, has been outrageously good, this my fifth (FISU) Games and quite easily the best one."
2010 FISU World University Cross Country Championships, Chris Colman Great Britain team manager