Canada wins 25th Canada’s Cup

Canada's Cup

September 9, 2021

Royal Canadian Yacht Club’s Defiant completed a six-race sweep of the Cup for Canada over Zing, the US representative from Youngstown Yacht Club. While the results show 6-0 for Canada, the racing in the 25th edition was much closer than the score indicates. The individual races, held over three days from last Thursday to Saturday provided great competition for the large spectator fleet to enjoy.

This year’s Challenge held a year later than scheduled and slightly subdued thanks to event limitations and the uncertainty leading up, was nonetheless a landmark event graced by excellent weather and topnotch competition. Flying in for the races, Canada’s own Sharon Green, well known for her internationally acclaimed photography and ubiquitous calendar was on hand as official photog (Sharon has graciously provided all of CYOB’s shots for this article – you can learn more about her lengthy accomplishments in this Katherine Stone Canadian Yachting portrait 

Canada's CupCanadian helmsman, Olympic medalist and long-time prominent skip Terry McLaughlin ultimately won each race but the Americans led by Adam Burns, J22 Worlds winner with a lengthy list of youth and other sailing accomplishments, made them work hard for every bit of it.

Team Defiant’s success demonstrated the advantage of a two-boat program made possible with the support of a coterie of top Toronto sailors; while the USA challenge with Zing sailed the past two seasons alone and focused on crew work, RCYC was able to provide a second IC37 a to practice with and as a result Defiant was able to hone their match racing skills, crew work and boat speed.  Vigilant, a very equal IC37owned by David Howard & John Hele and crewed by 25 to 30 RCYC members and juniors, sparred four or five days per week with Defiant.

Canada's CupMcLaughlin, whose experience includes America’s Cup match racing as well as top finishes in a long list of other international events is known as meticulous and always well prepared. The crew of Lance Fraser, Sandy Andrews, John Millen, Andrew McTavish, Mariah Millen, Ingrid Merry, Scott Collinson, and Andrew Kenny combine for miles of top-tier sailing.

In the last Cup event sailed in 2016 in 8-Metres, Team Yquem also of Youngstown and also skippered by Adam Burns was beaten by Bryan Gooderham’s Hollandia.

The Canada’s Cup represents 125 Years and 24 matches of high-level match racing between Canadian and US Yacht Clubs on the Great Lakes. The 11 Canadian and 13 US victories have resulted in matches determined by metres after miles of head to head racing.

Canada's CupThe Cup was first raced in 1896 when Royal Canadian Yacht Club and Lincoln Park Yacht Club (Chicago, IL) met for the inaugural race in Toledo, Ohio.  Currently, the Canada’s Cup was scheduled for matches to be held in 2020, 2022 and 2024 in Toronto. With the 2020 event rescheduled to 2021, the next event is only 12 months away.

Zing won several starts but could not hold the lead.


Following the awards ceremony, Bob Hesse, the owner of Zing, announced his intention to challenge again in 2022. That will make for an interesting year going forward since the 2022 match is open to additional challengers and defenders.

Canada's Cup


Paul L’Heureux, owner of Defiant and Terry McLaughlin, skipper, raise the Canada’s Cup

Canada’s Cup Canada’s Cup

Related Articles

New Boats: Beneteau Oceanis 34.1 – A Sleek, Good -Looking Delight To Sail

By Katherine Stone

There is nothing more that I enjoy than being with friends and messing about in boats. Messing about in brand-new boats on a champagne sailing day on Lake Ontario at the beginning of the summer doesn’t get any better. To have the new owner, Helmuth Strobel and Anchor Yachts dealer Pancho Jimenez aboard made it even more special, as they can also speak to what they truly enjoy about the boat. We keep our own boat in a harbour that has a long waiting list for boats over 35 feet, so this little gem would definitely fit the bill and feels like a much bigger boat. True to the spirit of the 7th generation Oceanis line, the 34.1 is built in Poland and replaces the 35.1. It is 1,000 lbs lighter, 14 cm narrower and has 29% more sail area.

Read More


Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands has Reopened

Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands has opened its rebuilt and re-envisioned luxury private island in 2024 after the property closures from the Virgin Islands’ 2017 hurricane season. Peter Island Resort has been undergoing its transformation for over six years. Its evolution includes brand new and upgraded accommodations and new state-of-the-art facilities and five stellar beaches amid hundreds of acres of unspoiled tropical island.

Peter Island Yacht Club

The new Yacht Club will be a must on the itineraries of sailors, boaters and yachtsmen with a marina that can accommodate a range of vessels from power boats, sailboats and catamarans, to super yachts of up to 200 feet. Located in Sprat Bay harbor, the Yacht Club will be its own destination with a dedicated swimming pool for Yacht Club guests, Drunken Pelican restaurant and bar, a commissary, Sea Chest Boutique and a sports recreation area with pickleball, basketball and bocce ball courts and a lawn-games area. To protect the coral reef and marine life surrounding the island, moorings will be located in White Bay, Sprat Bay, Deadman’s Bay…

Read More